Summary: This is still my favorite headphone, when something else impresses me beyond this then I'll upgrade.
When I compared this to my Audio Technica A2000X, the A2x sounded thin and delicate, the T5p had more life, it sounds alive, the T1 is smoky and refined, STAX has a different sound, transparent.
Summary: I've been looking for a over ear closed back headphones that I could wear anywhere for a while. My Bose QC15 is great when I take a plane or train (good noise cancellation, very comfortable), but the sound quality is rubbish.
Summary: Deal or No Deal - that's the first thing that went through my mind when I took out the aluminum case T5p came in. Apparently at $1,399 its a BIG DEAL. This is a high class Audiophile Quality headphones designed FOR use with mobile devices!
Pros: great sound (details!!!), luxurious design (real leather earpads and headband), driven straight from your smartphone
Cons: non-detachable cables, lack of bass quantity
Summary: I'm writing this comment long after the T5p was released, and have owned them since 2011. I leave them at work and use them almost every day, running through a Schiit DAC and amp, with an iPod nano (digital out through a dock) playing everything between 256kbps AAC and 24/48 Apple Lossless files.
Pros: Sound quality, bass level, isolation
Cons: Cost, perhaps..? Well worth the price, however.
I have been researching closed-back portable headphones for a couple of years, off and on. I sometimes have to drive a few hours to see family or travel to events, and I've found that the better the music I listen to, the more likely I am to remain awake at the wheel.
Pros: Clarity; comfort; detailed sound; build quality; looks; versatility; fun factor of sound; etc.
Cons: Less-than-ample bass; price; non-detachable cable; isolation could be better.
Summary: I bought these after someone described them as his "desert island headphones" in the annual Head-Fi Gift Guide about 2 years ago. I was looking for something to wear at my desk in an open office environment, which meant that I needed something closed-back to block out external noise (and to keep my...
Pros: Supremely comfortable, good isolation, exceptional bass
Cons: Expensive, too bulky/fragile to use on-the-go
Summary: I bought these used along with a Schiit Lyr & Bifrost. Going from my Audio-Technica M50's, they were amazing. Excitedly I went to my home music set up (Paradigm Studio 20s, HSU Research VTF-3, Pioneer Elite VSX-84TXSi) Of course the headphones were no match for the home set up.
Pros: Natural, Clear details, better sound stage than any closed headphone I have heard
Excerpt: My normal process for reviewing audio gear is about a two-week routine: Listen to a wide range of music, take notes along the way, and then bang out a pithy review. When I put the Beyerdynamic T5p headphones on, I knew that the normal routine wouldn’t suffice.
Pros: In a class of its own for portable cans. Build quality is top notch — these will be durable for decades, not just years. 32 ohms of impedance makes them plenty loud on portable rigs, so there’s no need for a headphone amp.
Cons: Errrrm, uh, the carrying case isn’t gold-plated?