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beyerdynamic T1 2nd Generation Audiophile Stereo Headphones with Dynamic Semi-Open Design (Silver)
- Highly Efficient Tesla Technology Drivers
- Spacious, Transparent and Powerful Sound
- Breathable, Super Soft Velours Ear Cushions with Memory Foam
- High impedance (600 Ohms), 5 Year Warranty
- 3-Metre Long Double Sided, Detachable and Textile Braided Cable with OCC 7N Copper Conductors
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Made in Germany
Like its predecessor, the T1 2nd generation is manufactured in Germany. The highest quality materials and Tesla technology are combined in a series of skilled hands with attention to detail.
The flagship of beyerdynamic headphones for at home
Silky-smooth warmth meets precise bass
The T1 (2nd Generation) stands for top quality sound and precise workmanship like no other headphones from beyerdynamic. It is the flagship of beyerdynamic's headphone range for the home and sets new standards thanks to its unique Tesla technology. The T 1 (2nd Generation) plays crystal clear, excels with faultless impulse fidelity and delights enthusiasts of all music genres thanks to its unassuming richness of detail.
Added touch of musicality - Spatially more transparent and more powerful sound at the same time
Compared with its predecessor, the new T1 stands out with an even more harmonically tuned frequency range and impresses thanks to new and even further enhanced tuning with an added touch of warmth and musicality that will delight discerning listeners. Moreover, a carefully intensified bass gives fans of contemporary music, in particular, the low-frequency foundation they are looking for. The integrated Tesla technology lends the second generation of the T1 optimal efficiency and together with a 600-ohm voice coil ensures extraordinary impulse fidelity.
Impacto essential - Make your beyerdynamic headphones digital
The portable USB DAC 'Impacto essential' is optimally tuned for beyerdynamic’s high-end headphone models, providing them with a digital edge. This makes it possible for you to no longer having to be dependent on your portable end devices’ jack plug. With the beyerdynamic T 1 (2nd generation),T 5 p (2nd generation) and the Amiron home, you’re guaranteed to enjoy perfect sound quality.
|T1 (2nd Generation)||T1 (1st Generation)||T 5 p (2nd Generation)|
|Design||Semi-open (low attenuation of ambient noise)||Semi-open (low attenuation of ambient noise)||Closed (high attenuation of ambient noise)|
|Sound Quality||Additionally (over T1 1st Generation) somewhat smoother high-frequency reproduction and slightly more powerful bass response over the entire frequency spectrum.||Precise, balanced, neutral, spacious||Additionally (over T 5 p 1st Generation) somewhat smoother high-frequency reproduction and slightly more powerful bass response over the entire frequency spectrum. Even better spaciousness.|
|Cable design||3 m, double sided, detachable and textile-covered, conductor made of OCC 7N copper||3 m, double dsided, non-detachable||1.4 m, double-sided, detachable and textile-covered, conductor made of OCC 7N copper|
|Application||Hi-fi amplifiers, headphone amplifiers||Hi-fi amplifiers, headphone amplifiers||Mobile devices|
|Impedance||600 Ohms||600 Ohms||32 Ohms|
|Headband||Easy-care, protein-coated leathertte||Genuine leather||Easy-care, protein-coated leatherette|
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|Item Dimensions||8.5 x 6 x 11.5 in||10 x 12.4 x 4.33 in||4 x 7 x 8.5 in||5 x 5 x 5 in||—||7 x 8 x 4.5 in|
|Item Weight||0.79 lb||0.57 lb||0.5 lb||0.99 lb||0.83 lb||0.83 lb|
|Additional Features||noise-isolation||lightweight||Noise-Cancelling-Feature||0||Black walnut High-quality model that spun out by the co-star of the housing and bio Dina diaphragm which adopted a solid machined out material, a glossy and natural sound., The headphone cable, adopting the pure copper premium cable exhibit excellent conductivity by special processing representation to clear the entire band.||lightweight|
The high-end headphones were redefined in 2009 with the launch of the new top model, the T1. Now it's time to raise the bar a little more. The sound experts have done a first-rate job in fine-tuning the second generation of the T1 and thus further enhanced the flagship of beyerdynamic's high-end headphone range. The T1 retains its well established name however. The second generation exceeds all previously unprecedented expectations thanks to its perfectly honed sound.
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I had already purchased the Sennheiser HD800S and the Hugo which I'm extremely happy with. But I wanted a second headphone to use with the Hugo's multiple headphone jacks to enjoy music together with my wife. I did not want to get another HD800S - not because of budgetary reasons (although that certainly had to be considered) but because I wanted something different. I did not want to spend more than what I did on the HD800S like on an Audeze LCD-3 or Stax SR-009. If possible, I wanted something that was as of a high quality as the HD800S but different and if it cost lower so much the better.
So after looking at various offerings from reputable headphone vendors, I decided the T1 2g would fit the bill. My expectations weren't as high for this set of headphones as I had for the HD800S. Based on the reviews I read, I expected it to be mellower, warmer and smoother than the HD800S, which has a reputation for being bright and brilliant. I personally prefer to hear more emphasis on the high-mids and treble so the HD800S was right up my alley and I wrote a detailed review of it as well. I absolutely love the HD800S but wanted something different that would be complementary.
It's quite interesting to hear the differences of high-end gear from different manufacturers and how they "voice" their products. I've noticed that all Sennheiser headphones and ear pieces have a certain voicing as do the headphones and IEMs from the likes of AKG, Sony, Klipsch, Shure and Jerry Harvey Audio. I also own the JH Audio Layla custom IEMs and the Shure SE846 for mobile usage. They all sound vastly different although they all sound good in their own ways. So the T1 2g definitely piqued my interest. After several weeks of "should I get this?" I finally ordered it.
Without a doubt, it's a completely different beast from the HD800S. Compared to the HD800S, the T1 2g is smoother in the high-mids, have a more accentuated low-mids, and a slightly "wider" yet diffused bass while retaining a very clear and silky high-end. As I had expected, it's mellower and doesn't have as great of a soundstage or the "3D" depth of the HD800S. If the soundstage can be drawn like the face of a clock, the T1 v2 certainly has the "width" from 9 o'clock to 3 o'clock but not quite the depth of noon setting to 6 o'clock.
Going back and forth from the HD800S to the T1 v2 through the Hugo playing DSD and high-res FLAC files, the T1 v2 almost sounds muffled initially but the warmth and the smoothness quickly sound endearing because the highs are still very clear and I can still hear all the details I hear on the HD800S. Everything sounds a little different because the EQ curves of each respective headphone is different but it is about what I expected. I didn't want another HD800S.
I'd say the T1 2g is more comparable to the AKG K702 65th Anniversary Edition headphones that I've owned for some years and which I've now passed onto my son. The edges of the notes on a piano's lower register are smoother while the HD800S exhibits a more "cutting" or defined quality. Some people pan the HD800S for this and say it's too trebly and bright and that it causes ear fatigue. I can understand that but that has never bothered me. At the same time, the T1 2g's smoothness is quite pleasant as well. The separation between the instruments is superb and I can still hear all the details.
If I had to choose between the HD800S and the T1 2g I'll go with the HD800S due to its greater clarity and soundstage depth but, fortunately, I don't have to do that and I can take turns alternating between the two depending on my mood. For classical symphonic or concerto music with large orchestras (think Beethoven, Schubert, Wagner, Mahler, Dvorak, etc.), I'm inclined to go with the HD800S. For jazz and small ensemble kind of music I'm more than happy with the T1 2g. For rock, pop, metal and intimate folk kinds of music, either would be fine but I may very well choose the T1 2g for something like 'Come Away With Me' by Norah Jones. From an ambience viewpoint, the HD800S is more like hall reverb while the T1 2g is more like a warm room or chamber reverb.
All in all, it's a great set of headphones and I love it. It now has well over 200 hours of break-in time (as does the HD800S) and sounds exceptionally clear as well as having a very smooth character and warmth in the mids. For me, it's a great complement to the HD800S and I'm more than happy to use it while my wife uses the HD800S through the Hugo DAC. If you're in the market for only one, I do think you need to consider if you prefer "bright/brilliant" or "warm/mellow" before making a choice.
T1 selling points - Easy to drive even from a phone and sound great / 600 Ohm rating allows them to have an inky-black noise-free floor even on my most powerful amps at hi-gain. / Don't need precise hardware combinations to produce good synergy for superior sound. / Still forgiving of sound files that the HD-800 might punish you for. / Feel & Look super-well made. /. 2nd version improves on the excellent sound of the original without dropping detail or richness of soundstage.
Music auditioned: Asia, Kitaro, Holst, Planet P Project, Alan Parsons, Michael Jackson, Linked Horizon, Beethoven, Handel, Wagner, Moody Blues, ELP, Genesis, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Miles Davis, Thelonius Monk, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, AC/DC, Deep Purple, Chesky Records, Daft Punk, Eddy Grant, Journey, Queen, Rachmaninov, Roger Waters, & Ravel.
Auditions ranged over a 3 month span after an initial break-in of all headphones for a minimum of 500 hours each.
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