Summary: Beyerdynamic are a well known name in the headphone industry and in the professional audio world. I have toyed with the idea of purchasing Beyers on many occasions, but never pulled the trigger... until now.
Frequency response: 5 - 50,000 Hz
Impedance: 600 ohms
Nominal SPL: 102 dB
The T1s sit squarely at the top of the Beyerdynamic tree of headphones and were their first Tesla headphone.
Summary: Beyerdynamic Tesla 1, often called T1, is a terrific headphone, indeed, but if I have to say, I’d say that T1 is an interesting headphone, rather than a terrific headphone, IMO.
Premise: I listen to classical music, like symphonies, concertos, piano solos, etc.
Let me talk about the normal pros first, which are outstanding but not so unique.
T1 has great transparency, same as HD800. Both cans have the ability to rebuild the “atmosphere” of the scene of recording.
Summary: Just throwing my two cents in...
These headphones are terrific. And having come from some of the older flagship headphones (K702, DT880, etc.), I can say these are clearly a more reference quality headphone.
The sound is revealing yet never harsh. The treble response, to my ears, is sweet and very slightly rolled off. It is part of the reason why these are not fatiguing headphones. And the midrange? Boy oh boy...
Summary: BORROWED FROM A FELLOW MEMBER
Wow, did I want to love these headphones. And I just don't. They're fine. They don't do anything horribly wrong. But the also don't do anything extraordinary, and for the price being charged, they should. I think the HD800 is better. However, it is a very comfortable phone and the build quality is superb. Just a bit blah to me.
Summary: I have been a fan of Grado sound for over 4 years now. My first set of cans was Grado SR60 which I replaces with the RS2 and finally with GS1000. I loved their fastpaced and fun sound, they are and forever will be the perfect Rock and Metal and Bollywood cans! (Yes I am a big fan of music from India). But I could never wear them for more than an hour because my head would be hurting with what some call harsh treble.
Pros: Neutral, Comfortable, Well built, Detailed and comfortable sound, Soundstage!
Cons: High Impedence means you cant use it with portable sources like iPods
Summary: I won't get too technical or get too in depth int his review. I will just state what I believe these headphones do and how they sound, just very straight to the point.
The T1 is beyerdynamics' latest entry into full size open dynamic headphones. This model can achieve one Tesla with it's new driver and magnet system. This allows the T1 to be far more efficient and easier to amp than the DT880/600Ohm by quite a bit.
Pros: Neutrality and naturalness of the sound.
Cons: Very unforgiving of poor quality recordings.
Summary: This is not going to be as thorough or long as my normal reviews for now - but I wanted to get something in place. I have always liked Beyer headphones, but they all had some very defining character or flavor - even the most neutral, the DT880/600, was a little hot in the treble and a little light in the bass, IMO.
Well, the T1 changes all that. While maybe just a touch lush, it is possessed of an amazing transparency and neutrality.
Summary: My comments echo Skylab's. These are simply the best dynamic headphones I've ever heard. While the may not be technically equal to the Sennheiser HD800s, they certainly make up in the fact that their overall presentation simply works better than every headphone I've heard to date.
I love the HD800s, but I limit listening to them to jazz, classical, and some prog rock.
Pros: Incredibly balanced and the best all rounder I've heard
Summary: When I ordered the T1 I really was not sure it would be a keeper. I bought a open box unit with full warranty. The headphones were burned in so listening time was much quicker for me as they needed no burn in. The first time I put them on using my Matrix M Stage and Marantz DV6001 was uneventful. There were no wow moments with this headphone.
During the weeks that followed with the T1 I started to realize there were no problems or colorations I could identify.
Pros: Very musical with great detail,bass and a stellar high end
Summary: To a headphone over $1000, how should we ask for?I am stunned by T1's ability about "Transparency", in Harry Pearson's means. All right, Beyerdynamic wins(read:beating my heart) in this generation , maybe Stax C32 could compete against ? This unlimited palpable(yes,you can even touch it!) is not about head-stage, sound-field ,or other terms, just Transparency,this is enough.
Pros: Transparency,vivid ,openness sound never heard before