The AB-1266 is all about the sound.
We wanted to capture the sound of the finest speaker systems and music rooms in the world. Most importantly, they had to convey music as naturally as if you were sitting in the room with the band. This was a huge undertaking for a small company. In the end, there are headphones, and then there is Abyss.
The first thing you notice when you hear the Abyss AB-1266 Phi headphone is what the human brain is so good at recognizing, natural musical sounds, freedom to the music. The headphone is not producing weird sounds that tell the brain it’s a headphone. Instead, you hear cymbals ring out in time without hard metallic sounds, guitar strings resonate inside the guitar body, not some tubby or tin box. Drums have real impact, you hear the rolling of the drum skin, not a thump and it’s over.
当你聆听Abyss AB-1266 Phi耳机，你的第一感受一定是：人类的大脑太好用了，如此轻松的融入自然的充满音乐感的声音中。这耳机并不会制造一些怪声来告诉你，哦，这里有个耳机。相反，你会听到不刺耳的钗、吉它箱体共鸣中的吉它弦，不会像筒或薄皮罐子。鼓声有真实的冲击力，你能听鼓皮的弹动，不会是呯的一声然后就没了。
Let’s start with the most important component, the speaker or driver. The AB-1266 driver must transform an amplified signal to motion so your ears hear only music, not some vibrating plastics or metallics. Getting it right here is most critical, and most difficult.
We started from scratch with an open mind, and used up nearly 5 years of our lives to create unique materials, magnets, and acoustic design never before thought of in any full range headphone driver. This patent-pending speaker design is unique to the world, hearing them in action is never boring.
Next up was the structure or frame upon where to mount these fabulous drivers. Our extensive knowledge of high-end loudspeaker design and materials told us the finest loudspeakers have minimal cabinet resonances, meaning they do not vibrate and produce a sound of their own that would interfere with the beautiful clarity of our drivers. Typically with loudspeakers this equates to a very heavy multi-layered cabinet, not something you can wear as a headphone.
Headphones tend to be riddled with lots of plastic, moving parts, all sorts of loose fitting components that translate into rattles and noises not part of the music. There was no way we were going to let that happen here.
The AB-1266 was designed a lightweight rigid frame, machined from solid aluminum. Dozens of prototypes were built, and at each level greater intricacy was obtained in it’s anti-resonant construction and artistic detail.
Machining to this level of detail is nothing short of art in programming and tooling, so much so we purchased our own CNC machine and trained for more than a year to do it ourselves in Western New York, USA. It was the only way to control the finished quality of what was to be the world’s finest headphone.
Once we engineered the main frame components, adjustability was necessary, every persons head is different. Trouble is adjustments mean vibration, noise, and points where failure ultimately occurs. We wanted the AB-1266 frame to withstand most any abuse, never requiring maintenance or repairs due to broken parts; durability was key.
Engineering boiled it down to a single pivot point on the top of the headband. It took another 6 months designing just this pivot point, ultimately machining our own unique screw and slot design that allows not only width adjustment, but also height, toe in or out, and clamping force. Simpler is better.
So now we have the speaker drivers, anti-resonant structure, and ability to adjust for fit. Next up is how to suspend it on top of various head shapes as comfortably as possible. In essence it had to float, and what’s more comfortable than a hammock, so we worked toward perfecting this shape, adjusting leather and foam thickness, suspension, so many small details so this relatively large headphone sits on any head feeling light and comfortable. We needed to study the forces at play using statics and physics to tweak right down to the way the leathers were stitched and use a suspension system isolating head motion from the music.
Last but not least was acoustics, how to create a near perfect miniature acoustic space as if you were listening to your favorite band in an open room. Ear pads, foams, surface shapes and dimensions all had to be experimentally derived over many hundreds of hours of listening to many different genres of music. The goal was to ride a fine line between ultimate resolution and musicality while recreating as best as possible the original acoustic space in proper perspective.
In the end, all that is heard is the beautiful wave of music from the drivers coupled directly to your ears in an acoustically fine-tuned space having the subtle details of the instruments, voices, and the room the microphones picked-up during the recording- Music in your own private space in the Abyss.
Made in the USA. We machine all aluminum frame components and produce our planer speaker drivers in-house in Western New York. Leather goods such as ear pads, headbands, and carry bags are sewn in California.
Chassis consists of left/right side frames and adjustable two piece headband. No plastic parts to break, all components machined from solid aluminum for exceptional strength. Integrated resonance control for minimal added coloration.
High quality finishes, polished metal accents, hand-brushed artistic touches.
Proprietary planar magnetic transducer design (Patent Pending) utilizing our very thin, very low mass diaphragm. Effortless dynamics and low level detail retrieval in the bass, mids, and highs with spacious sound outside of your head. A front row listening experience with stunning bass impact no other headphone can provide, like the finest loudspeakers in a private room.
Matched driver pairs.
Unique custom made high power neodymium magnets with optimized slot pattern.
Low carbon steel front baffle with integrated resonance control.
Unique foamed aluminum sides acoustically tuned to our planar diaphragm for completely open sound.
High quality soft lambskin ear pads provide comfort and finely tuned acoustics. Magnetically adjustable positioning lets you fine tune acoustics and fit for your music, and you.
Padded leather headband with head movement isolation properly distributes weight for hours of comfortable wear. Looks are deceiving, these headphones are designed not to clamp your head, but rather float atop and loosely touch your ears (no problem with eye glasses). ‘Abyss’ embroidered logo.
Nicely hand-crafted two-tone felt lined wooden box touting the Abyss Headphones logo secures all of the above.
All main components permanently laser engraved for traceability and collectability.
- Frequency Response 频响: 5 Hz to 28 KHz
- Impedance 阻抗 : 42 ohms nominal
- Phase 相位 : Flat
- Sensitivity 灵敏度 : 88 dB/mW
- Distortion 失真 : Less than 1%; Less than 0.2% through ears most sensitive range
- Weight 重量 : 620 grams
Versions & Price
AB-1266 Lite, 参考价 31800元。
AB-1266 Deluxe, 参考价 37800元。
AB-1266 Phi Headphone.
Balanced 8 FT (2.5 meter) 4 pin XLR cable, with flexible 1/4″ (6.3 mm) adaptor. All cables are high performance custom made by JPS Labs for Abyss.
Velvet bag with embroidered ABYSS logo.
内含耳机，四针卡侬头的平衡耳机线2.5米, 卡侬到6.35mm的转接器。线材是JPS Labs品牌的，专门为Abyss制造。收纳用的布袋子带Abyss标志。
AB-1266 Phi Deluxe
AB-1266 Phi Headphone.
Dual balanced 8 FT (2.5 meter) 3 pin XLR cable set, and both 1/4″ (6.3 mm) and 4 pin XLR cable Y-adaptors, all custom made high performance cables by JPS Labs for Abyss.
Heavy leather man bag style carry case (made in California, USA) with extra room and pockets for an iPad, portable amp or player, for a completely portable high resolution audio system.
Heavy aluminum extended height headphone stand, laser engraved ABYSS logo, always ready to play.
AB-1266 Phi Complete
Upgraded JPS Labs Superconductor HP Dual balanced 8 FT (2.5 meter) 3 pin XLR cable set, the highest performance cables available for the AB-1266, and both 1/4″ (6.3 mm) and 4 pin XLR cable Y-adaptors.
耳机线换成官方升级线 JPS Labs Superconductor HP （单买这个升级线要2万多）。此线双平衡，2.5米，双3针卡侬头，给AB-1266带来最佳性能。仍然有转换成6.35mm的转换器。