T1 2nd Gen Review Introduction
If you’re a fan of high quality luxury headphones, then you’re likely familiar with the Beyerdynamic brand. If not, then I think you’ll be excited to learn about this forward thinking and innovative headphone company and their great new design; the Beyerdynamic T1 2nd Generation Audiophile Stereo Headphones.
Beyerdynamic, a company with origins dating back to 1924 making home theatre systems, now specializes in high quality headphones, microphones and other conference systems around the world.
Beyerdyanmic is not simply a product company, but is truly an innovative technology company that prides itself on new and exciting development in their products. Nearly all of their products are engineered and made in Germany — and most of them by hand.
What’s in a Name?
Among all of Beyerdynamic’s home products, the T1 2nd Generation is at the top in terms of quality and engineering. T1 or (Tesla) actually stands for “top sound quality and precise workmanship” according to their website. As their flagship product, they’ve worked hard to make sure the T1’s deliver incredibly clear audio with a frequency range that is fine tuned.
More specifically the “T” in T1 stands for Tesla, which is a unit of measure for the magnetic flux density. In the T1 2nd Generation headphones, Beyerdynamic dialed these measurements in at 1.0 Tesla — giving you twice the volume of conventional models.
It’s amazing how much that Tesla guys influences our everyday lives! Right?
The look and feel?
In addition to the T1 2nd gen designed with the best technology, they are also pleasant to wear. The design team has taken great care to make sure they both sound, feel and LOOK great!
Weight: When it comes to headphones, weight can be either a good thing or a bad thing. More weight is good, because you know that the head phones are made with higher quality materials like your magnet. Unfortunately, if they are too heavy they can become burdensome on your head or ears making the experience unpleasant.
However, according to other those who have used them, at 13oz they seem to be at just the right weight in terms of quality and comfort.
Headphones: The headphone are a work of art and technology. In fact, the Beyerdynamic team won the international design prize “Red Dot design award” for their innovative headphone design in 2010. What makes them so appealing is the fine metallic grill that covers the open ear cups. Additionally, you’ll find the memory phone cushion under the unique hollow fibre design allowing your ears to be comfortable for long period of listening.
Note on the hollow fibre: If you’ve ever listened to music of a long period of time, then you probably know that your ears can heat up and get moist over time. With the T1 2nd generation design, you won’t have to worry about that. With their soft hallow fibre material, it wisks away that moisture and heat.
And speaking of awards, their T1 line also won a Best Buy award among high end headphones.
The drives in the ear cups are designed to point into your ear canal for each side. This of course makes it important that you put the T1’s on correctly for the best listening experience — with left going in left and right going in right.
Another feature to note is the “semi-open” design. It allows some features only achieve with open-back, but still allows the audio substance you’re looking for in a closed back headphone.
Case: When it comes to protecting your headphones, the design team includes a durable, yet practical black case. It is made of a hard hinged shell and a somewhat soft exterior. While not as beautiful at the 1st generation, which included a great looking aluminum case, it’s said to be better in terms of travel and storage. It was specifically designed so you could enjoy your headphones on the go and display them next to your hi-fi system at home.
Cable: The standard cable is textile-covered with a screwable jack plug. The cable itself is made with industry quality OCC Copper conductors. The combination of the jack plug, the textile covered cord and the copper conductors ensures that you have a seamless, secure and one of a kind audio experiences.
Another move that the Beyerdynamic T1 team made for the 2nd generation was to make the audio cable detachable. This allows you to plug the set into a balanced headphone amp. The balanced cable comes as an option with the T1 2nd gen as a 3m connector ($145 option) — the same as the standard cable included. If for some reason you want to use 3rd party connectors, it shouldn’t be a problem, as the headphone jack is a 3.5m into the headphone end.
Pro Tip: If you own an audio amplifier, you also have the option with the detachable audio cable to use a 4-pin XLR connector.
Headband: Compared to the first generation, the materials are slightly different. The first T1 version included a real leather head band material. Unfortunately, with constant use and “ the environment” over time the coloring and texture changes.
Enhancements: Based on the feedback from their customer base on the previous version, the team at Beyerdynamic was able to fine tune the 2nd generation with even more “warmth and musicality.” Beyerdynamic did this by improving the bass response of the previous model.
Tonality: Probably among the most important features is the sound or tonality that comes from these Beyerdynamic T1 Headphones.
According to several places it does take up to a week or 35 to 100 hours to properly break them in and get the optimal audio.
No matter the music genre or frequency, the tonality of these headphones are impressive. From the low ranges, mid ranges to even the high ranges. Instruments specifically comes out very details and beautiful. Of course, you’re going to get the best audio only connected to a high quality headphone amp.
BeyerDynamic T1 2nd Gen Specs:
- Highly efficient Tesla technology drivers
- Spacious, transparent and powerful sound
- Extraordinary impulse fidelity
- High impedance (600 Ohms)
- Three metre long double-sided, detachable cable, OCC 7N copper conductors, textile braided
- Connection cable with 3.5 mm jack plug and screwd-on 6.35 mm jack adapter
- Breathable, super-soft ear cushions with memory foam
- High-grade protein-coated leatherette headband
- Luxury grade hard carry case included
- Hand crafted “Made in Germany”
- 5-years warranty
Pros and Cons
With every high quality head set, there are some pros and cons. Many times, it likely has to do with the price involved — as these headphones do not come cheap. But for the true audiophile listener, price is not always the first consideration.
Here are some pros and cons of the Beyerdynamic T1 Headphones found by users across the internet:
• The second generation has a fuller sound.
• Great sound stage.
• The increase in bass is noticeably better int he T1 2nd Gen.
• Very comfortable compared to previous version.
• Ability to render very high detail
• While the audio is fantastic, it may take a while to break in. This is specifically noted in the bass notes.
• A possible concern with the amount to magnetism being used and its affect on the brain. This is up for debate on whether this is a good or bad thing.
• Some pro users may want a longer length of cord.
See complete list here.
Technical Specs Feature Stat Transmission Type Wired Transducer type dynamic Power handling capacity 300 mW Max. SPL 126 dB Headband pressure approx. 2.8 N Cable 3 m/ double-sided Connector gold-plated 3-pol mini stero jack (3.5mm) Headphone design (operating principle) Semi-Open Headphone Impedance 600 ohms Headphone frequency response 5 - 50.000 Hz Nominal sound pressure level 102 db Remote No Remote Construction Circumaural (around the ear) Net weight (without packaging 360 g
Not only are these headphones built by an amazing, forward thinking company but they deliver in almost every way. In terms of price, they seem to be in a competitive price range. If you’re looking for a solid listening experience from all ranges — then the Beyerdynamic T1 2nd Generation is certainly worth considering.
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Thanks to the following sites for their help: whathifi.com, hometheatrehifi.com, and Beyerdynamic website.