A lot of people claim to love music. They listen to Justin Bieber and One Direction, and they call themselves music lovers. But audiophiles are a different breed. Technically, you can call anyone an audiophile as long as they’re into high fidelity sound reproduction and audio equipment. I hope you’ll find my Beyerdynamic T1 Review informative!
But true audiophiles buy the good stuff because they really need it. Professional sound engineers are in this category. And so are music lovers whose hearing is so sensitive that compressed music sounds like a mess and they can differentiate between two different brands of pianos.
These are the people who will save money just so they can buy what the rest of the world considers as ridiculously priced audio equipment. And these days, a lot of audiophiles are saving for a [easyazon_link asin=”B0031RD3YY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Beyerdynamic T1 [/easyazon_link].
They’re not buying these headphones because of the prestige of the brand and they want to boast about the price tag. Those who do aren’t really true audiophiles, just like those who buy the most expensive cars aren’t really car guys and those who buy the most expensive whiskeys aren’t really whiskey fanatics.
Audiophiles are clamoring for T1s because the sound is absolutely perfect and reproduction quality is outstanding.
Features and Specs
For those who wish to know the features and specs of the T1, take a look:
- Semi-open earcup construction, which isolates against external noise but without total isolation
- Tesla driver technology
- Impedance @1kHz: 600 ohms
- Maximum sound pressure level: 126 dB
- Sensitivity: 102 dB SPL/V
- Isolation: -5dB ~ -12dB
- Cable: straight left-side, 10 feet long
- Connector: 0.25 inches gold-plated stereo jack plug
- Velour earpads
- Spring steel headband leather construction
- Weight w/o cord: 350 grams
Pros and Cons
You won’t find ever find a real review of the Beyerdynamic T1 that’s says the sound quality is less than excellent. In its Amazon page, there’s a single one-star rating (against 39 five star reviews) and that’s because the person who rated it received a malfunctioning product.
If you take a look at other legitimate reviews, the question isn’t whether the [easyazon_link asin=”B0031RD3YY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Beyerdynamic T1 [/easyazon_link] is good. The real question is whether it’s the best, and the T1 has lots of audiophile proponents saying that it is.
In just about every category, the T1 is among the best. In terms of comfort, it has large earcups that will fit just about any pair of ears. The tightness is just right, and there’s sufficient adjustment range for most head sizes. The padding is soft and super-comfy and the weight is light enough.
The build quality is superb as well. While the warranty is just for two years, the manufacturer has a very strong reputation for quality and you can expect many years of service for your T1. Just remember that this thing costs about $1,500 so you may want to be careful. Just leaving it anywhere is a recipe for disaster.
When it comes to the quality of the sound it produces, here are my observations:
- It’s a bit subtle but just about every small sound detail can be heard. If you have high-quality recordings and you’ve been listening to it through inferior cans, then the [easyazon_link asin=”B0031RD3YY” locale=”US” new_window=”default” nofollow=”default” tag=”vicdor-20″ add_to_cart=”default” cloaking=”default” localization=”default” popups=”default”]Beyerdynamic T1 [/easyazon_link] will bring you an entirely new experience. When you listen to guitar music, you may even hear the finger sliding up the strings if the sound was captured by the recording.
- The sound feels like you’re in a music hall and the musicians are playing right in front of you. It’s just that “natural” and realistic.
- For treble, mid, or bass, the sound is just fantastic. The T1 doesn’t have a bias for any particular frequency range. The sound is natural and just right, so that the bass is not overwhelming nor is the treble strident. With the treble, there is a sense of airiness and no harshness at all. The mids are also natural and real as well.
- Most people recommend a burn-in time of about 50 to 100 hours. After that, the mids open up just a tad more and the treble becomes a wee bit gentler.
- If you are a professional sound engineer, then this is probably a very good purchase. The sound is very accurate, and you will hear all the details you need. At the same time, the sound is warm enough that listening to many hours of music in one sitting won’t be a chore at all.
Is there any legitimate gripe against the Beyerdynamic T1? Of course, casual music lovers have plenty to gripe about. The price is the most obvious cause of complaint. Even some audiophiles may question it. That’s because of the law of diminishing returns. With cheaper headphones a product that’s twice as expensive may be twice as good. But at some point, there comes a price range wherein a superior product that’s only 5% better may cost twice as much as the cheaper model. But for real audiophiles, that 5% is crucial and well worth the price increase.
Keep in mind that you’ll also need to spend more money to buy a good amplifier. Using this headphone with your iPod simply won’t do. You’ll want to take a look at the Beyerdynamic A1 Headphone Amp to take full advantage of the T1’s features. Other good OTL (output transformer less) amps should also suffice.
With a headphone like this, you will find that poorly recorded music (which probably applies to a lot of CDs and mp3s these days) will sound “off”. You will definitely notice the inferiority of the recording, because its muddiness will be very obvious.
For true audiophiles, reviews like these simply aren’t as useful as they may seem. This review can be descriptive and it can give others an idea of what’s in store for them. But essentially, this review just drives home the most fundamental information about the Beyerdynamic product. Yes, it’s very comfortable on the ear. Yes, the build quality is superb. Yes, the sound can compete with all the other high end headphones available in the market today. It even looks great. At this price range, people expect nothing less.
But just because the sound quality it produces is excellent doesn’t really mean that this is the best headphone for you. If you have the budget, then spending over a thousand dollars on a headphone just to see if it’s good for you might not be such a bad idea. But obviously, not everyone can spend this much money without giving it much thought. So to be absolutely sure you don’t blow your savings, you have to try it out first. And then compare it with all other high end models available.
So essentially, what this review tells you is that Beyerdynamic took care of all the other important considerations regarding comfort and build quality. As for the sound quality, it’s good enough to be considered among the best. In fact, any list of the best cans in the world includes the T1. It’s that good, and that’s a fact.
But as for whether the T1 is the best headphone for you, you’ll have to figure that out for yourself.