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T 1

Made in Germany
€1,199.00
Article Number: 718998
Delivery time: 3-4 days

Audiophile Tesla Hi-Fi headphones, semi-open (2. Generation)

Top quality "Made in Germany"

The T 1 stands for top sound quality and precise workmanship like no other headphones from beyerdynamic. It is the flagship of beyerdynamic's premium range for the home and its unique Tesla technology sets new standards. The T 1 plays crystal clear, excels with faultless impulse fidelity and long-range, power sound quality. Its frequency range is extraordinarily harmonically tuned; its reproduction is spatially transparent and offers enjoyment of music for the most demanding of listeners..

Silky-smooth warmth meets precise bass

The second generation of this high-end model impresses thanks to a new, even further enhanced tuning with a touch more warmth and musicality that will delight audiophile listeners. Moreover, a carefully intensified bass gives fans of contemporary music, in particular, the low-frequency foundation that they are looking for.

Tesla technology for genuine music enthusiasts

Tesla technology uses innovative sound transducers with over 1.0 Tesla (unit of measure for the magnetic flux density). The headphones therefore permit practically twice the volume of conventional models. Thanks to the enhanced efficiency the electric signal is converted into sound vibrations with virtually no loss of performance. The T 1 therefore offers greater performance reserves for dynamic and authentic musical fireworks.

Studio-quality plug-in cable

The new edition of the T 1 with textile-covered connection cable and screwable jack plug provides for optimum sound transmission. Its conductors, made from ultra-pure OCC copper, are among the best the industry has to offer. It can be removed from the headphones and, if required, exchanged for an optional cable with 4-pin XLR connector. This enables users with a headphone amplifier with the right outputs to take advantage of 'symmetrical transmission'.

High quality materials – Elegant design

The elegant appearance of the T 1 rounds off the technical fine details with the individually selected construction right down to the tiniest detail. The open earcups covered with a delicate metallic grill and subtle colour shades round off the premium appeal of this headphone model. The T 1 received the international design prize "Red Dot design award" for this in 2010.Soft, velour ear cushions made from hollow fibre are further hallmarks of the new generation of the T 1. They transport warmth and moisture away from the head, enabling the listener to enjoy music for hours without any unpleasant build-up of heat. A memory foam layer beneath the velour cover makes the ear cushions exceptionally soft.When not in use, the headphones can be stored in a luxurious hard case with a hinged lid. Not only is this ideal for transporting the headphones, but also perfect for displaying the classic piece next to your hi-fi system at home.You will enjoy the T 1 most impressively with the A 2 headphone amplifier from beyerdynamic – the "dream team" for true music lovers.

FAQs about the T 1 and similar models

Features

  • 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
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Contact

beyerdynamic GmbH & Co. KG
Theresienstr. 8
74072 Heilbronn - Germany

Questions regarding Orders, Payment & Delivery

Phone: +49 7131 617-444

Product Advice

Phone: +49 7131 617-430

Or contact us per e-mail!

technical data

EAN   4010118718991
Transmission type   Wired
Headphone design (operating principle)   Semi-open
Headphone impedanceAlso known as nominal impedance. The impedance is the AC resistance of the coils of loudspeakers and headphones in ohms. Since impedance depends on the frequency, it is always specified at a frequency of one kilohertz.   600 ohms
Headphone frequency responseThe frequency response specifies the highest and lowest frequencies reproduced by the acoustic transducer of the headphones.   5 - 50.000 Hz
Nominal sound pressure levelThe acoustical level, the headphone transducer produces to an artificial ear (a measurement device, which simulates a human ear) with an input power of 1 mW (dB/mW @ 500 Hz).   102 dB
Remote   Without Remote
ConstructionSound coupling to the ear. A differentiation is made between supraaural headphones, circumaural headphones and in-ear headphones.   Circumaural (around the ear)
Cable & plug   Stereo jack plug 3.5 mm (1/8") & ¼“ adapter (6.35 mm)
Net weight without packaging   360 g


Spec Sheet

accessories for T 1

Audiophile connection cable, balanced
Audiophile connection cable, balanced
€149.00
Audiophile connection cable, balanced, 3.0 m
Audiophile connection cable, balanced
Audiophile connection cable, balanced, 1.40 m
Audiophile connection cable, balanced, 1.40 m
€99.00
Audiophile connection cable, balanced, 1.40 m
Audiophile connection cable, balanced, 1.40 m
Audiophile connection cable, 1.40 m
Audiophile connection cable, 1.40 m
€99.00
Audiophile connection cable, 1.40 m
Audiophile connection cable, 1.40 m

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T 1 (2. Gen.): Impulsive with an enormous resolution and a special live feeling
www.fairaudio.de 09/2016
Title: Renovated instead of painted only
Autor: Thomas Johannsen
 

www.fairaudio.de 09/2016
Title: Renovated instead of painted only
Autor: Thomas Johannsen

Translated from the original German article

 

Conclusion: beyerdynamic T1 (2nd Generation): The beyerdynamic T1 loves live music and succeeds in presenting complex performances in a differentiated way. It is by no means as demanding as the players, as one might think regarding the technical specifications, quite the opposite, it can develop its potential with mobile devices – provided there is an appropriate amplifier.  But the best and most comfortable way is to enjoy it at home.

With a comparatively small effort, the NuForce Headamp is only a fraction of the headphone, a surprisingly high degree of bass staggering and impulsivity can be heard. In direct comparison with fully-open listeners like a Sennheiser HD 800, a more defensive gait in the mid- tweeter transition is heard, but that's more of a question of taste than a flaw. Its key features include the impulsive dynamics and tremendous resolution in the bass and mid-range, especially live recordings of all genres are a real pleasure with the T1.

The Beyerdynamic T1 ...

    reaches down deeply and very precisely into the bass cabinet without playing it in the foreground. It allows for an enormous differentiation in the low frequency range. On the level side, this area is kept neutral.

    is due to its very light high-frequency emphasis and the linear bass range regarding the sound and overall something on the lighter side of sound.

    does not only dissolve in the bass range, but also very precisely in the mid-range, copes with complex recordings and is close to the music event. Perhaps this is why it has a special passion for live recordings.

    brings one very close to the stage, it forms well in its width and creates an impressive spatial bass performance with appropriate recordings. The imaging precision succeeds convincingly for this price class.

   is a well-balanced dynamics which reproduces small as well as large loudspeaker jumps out of nowhere - provided the player can cope with its high impedance.

    plays well with the most simple headphone outputs in the stationary mode, but runs with the right amplifier to the best form. In mobile applications, a potent amplifier is required.

   is of an enormous high-quality workmanship.

T 1 (2. Gen.): Delivers precise spatial sound
Stereoplay 02/2016
Title: More dynamic
Author: Marco Breddin

Stereoplay 02/2016
Title: More dynamic
Author: Marco Breddin

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The new T 1 deals extremely well with reverberation, room and spatiality and fascinates with an overwhelming atmosphere of a spacious room. The beyerdynamic headphone succeeds in reproducing even drum grooves with extremely motivating bass drum kicks. (...).

The second generation is not only a remake, as it shows more musical qualities than the predecessor without giving the reproduction quality away. Guitars have more body, bass more bottom end and voices sound more oiled. Regarding the sound this is an effective enhancement, as dynamic attacks are also more immediate.

[...]

But we have to take off our hat for the balanced qualities and the wonderful in-head free listening. Phasing and grooves are united harmoniously. Provided that a voltage stable amplifier is nearby, sensual evenings full of music should begin and end abruptly when the daylight sets in.

[...]

Congratulations to Heilbronn! The new T 1 remains in the beyerdynamic tradition and supplies a high-precision spatial sound and can raise the roof with a bit of warmth and smoothness.

Price-performance ratio: very good

T 1 (2. Gen.): Not only for professionals
Stereo 02/2016
Title: Not only for professionals
Author: Michael Lang

Stereo 02/2016
Title: Not only for professionals
Author: Michael Lang

Translated from the original German article

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Its look is solid and unspectacular and can be hardly distinguished from the successful predecessor, but the tuning has been carefully developed further.  

[...]

The engineers, however, ensured that friends of contemporary, bass intensive music enjoy the T 1. The low power requirement, which is due to the Tesla technology, makes sure that the T 1 supplies a useful sound pressure level even with weak headphone sockets and performs a bone-dry bass from the sandwich diaphragm making the mids sound extremely transparent when using a Lehmannaudio Linear D or even a big MalValve. Even when wearing it for a longer period of time this solid, semi-open headphone is extremely comfortable. The well-padded headband does not make the 440 grams a featherweight, but pleasant to wear, the circumaural velour pads with the “memory foam” known from mattresses do the rest.

[...]

This is about the best possible sound at a price which is more than fair despite hand-selected components and rather small quantities. Well it is time for an extra compliment as for the whole successful development of this headphone. With its discreetly presented details it will please lovers of each musical style.
A lifetime investment. Unspectacular on the highest level regarding the sound and processing at a reasonable price.

[...]

Price-perfomance ratio: Excellent

T 1 (2. Gen.): King of Comfort
videoaktiv 01/2016
Title: Good deals
Author: Karl-Gerhard Haas

videoaktiv 01/2016
Title: Good deals
Author: Karl-Gerhard Haas

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The kings of comfort are beyerdynamic’s T 1 Mk II and (...):  beyerdynamic is generous in using high-quality velour cushions and leather on the headband (...)."

[...]

In order to find out if the candidates meet the high expectations, we compared them with everything of our references. It is only due to the sound qualities that these comprise only of beyerdynamic headphones.

[...]

The T 1 Mk II is an excellent workmanship, but the bass is weaker compared to the competitors of the same company.  

Test rating: good
Price-performance ratio: satisfactory


T 1 (2. Gen.): Gently readjusted sound
Tonart 11/2015
Title: beyerdynamic T 1, the straightforward high end headphone
Author: Ulrich Wienforth

Tonart 11/2015Title: beyerdynamic T 1, the straightforward high end headphoneAuthor: Ulrich Wienforth 

Translated from the original German article

[...]

When looking at the T1, its appearance has hardly changed compared to the original model from 2009, but inside the developers have fine-tuned several features. They have optimised the geometry and the texture of the acoustic baffle and eliminated disturbing resonances and vibrations by an additional attenuation. The sound has been carefully adjusted as well: slightly more warmth in the highs, and a slightly more solid bass foundation. But the T 1 still features a neutral, natural sound.

Regarding the comfort of wearing there is an improvement as well: The new ear pads are filled with viscoelastic memory foam and covered with extra fluffy velour of hollow fibres.

Each time it is astounding that beyerdynamic does not only develop high end headphones, even the more inexpensive ones, in Germany, but also manufacture them there, even though it is not a low-wage country.

T 1 (2. Gen.): Impressive precision
Audio 10/2015
Title: Evolutionary theory
Author: Claus Dick

Audio 10/2015
Title: Evolutionary theory
Author: Claus Dick

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The progression of evolution: The new beyerdynamic T 1 embodies the improved, partly elaborate in details, tesla technology of the specialists in Heilbronn, combined with useful ideas regarding practicality and comfort. Its sound character impresses with balanced, impressive precision, resolution, fine dynamics, colour fastness and bass conciseness – even then when it may be louder as with crispy newcomer pop by Farao (...) or “old hands” such as Fleetwood Mac."

Sound rating: 93 points
Price/performance ratio: Very good




T 1 (2. Gen.): The new authority for sound
www.mactechnews.de 08/2015
Title: Test beyerdynamic T1 (new) – The Untouchable
Author: Frank Borowski

www.mactechnews.de 08/2015
Title: Test beyerdynamic T1 (new) – The Untouchable
Author: Frank Borowski

Translated from the original German article

[...]

Conclusion
The word, you are looking for after thoroughly listening with the T1 is “authentic”. Those who prefer headphones with steroid loaded bass, contrast enhanced mids and bleached highs, probably will not become familiar with the new T 1. The sound of the new T 1 is not revealed with a quick listen. You have to take your time to discover its special qualities. Afterwards you will hardly want to replace it with any other headphone.
Its biggest strength is clearly the almost complete absence of resonances and therefore the eliminated distortions. When listening quickly, the new T 1 it might appear a little bit plain. But it is rather honest and has integrity with the best long-term listening comfort of all headphones known to me. Exactly these properties make the new T 1 to a higher tonal authority – a standard which is approved.  Therefore, it is the clearly new and only rewind reference.
The listed cons are no significant criticism, but are in the nature of things.  I just noticed them and thought they should be mentioned.
I must give praise to the developers of the new T 1 as they actually succeeded in enhancing a headphone which is already excellent.  

Plus/minus of the new beyerdynamic T 1

++ Almost completely free from resonance distortions
+ Significantly more pleasant, physical and warmer sound in comparison to the predecessor
+ Marvellously airy, detailed and dynamic
+ Almost perfectly balanced sound
+ Absolutely free from distortions even with very high levels
+ Enhanced comfort in wearing (better ear climate due new velour material)
+ Very comfortable to wear even for people with glasses
+ Excellent detailed workmanship
+ Completely free from creaking housing parts, no cable noise
+ Now detachable cable, supplied with high-quality cable (balanced connector optional available)
+ Diagonally inserted cable connections enhance the comfort in wearing
+ Very beautiful case for transport or storing

– Requires a powerful, high-quality amplifier
– Headphone can be only accommodated in the case when the yokes are pushed together

T 1 (2. Gen.): One of the best among the top models
Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 09/2015
Title: This is worthwhile for listening
Author: Marco Dettweiler

Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung 09/2015
Title: This is worthwhile for listening
Author: Marco Dettweiler

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The new T 1 from beyerdynamic is one of the best among the electrodynamic top models.

[...]

The new T 1 is an example how important the weight of moving coil is and how it influences the sound. The target of each manufacturer should be to reduce the weight as much as possible to achieve a high impulse fidelity and natural sound.  For the T 1 beyerdynamic could use a very thin wire with a diameter of only 18 micrometers which results in a lower coil weight. The thin wire, however, has a high impedance of 600 ohms, which is normally a disadvantage, because such headphones are hard to operate and should be supported by appropriate amplifiers. Beyerdynamic can rely on their Tesla magnet, which have a high efficiency so that the T 1 works with each usual amplifier.

The low weight of coil and diaphragm influences the sound as well. The new T 1 which is only by a slight sound modification different provides an absolutely precise and natural sound. Its impulse fidelity is exemplary: the T 1 reproduces sounds with a short, powerful swing and low resonance perfectly from the lower to upper frequency response. While listening, after a few seconds you are carried away by the rhythm and the music is pushed forward. Voices seem close and strong, the highs are absolutely differentiated. Although there arises no particularly big stage, regarding neutrality and naturalness the T 1 belongs to the best, which are available in the electrodynamic field. 

T 1 (2 Gen.): Sensational listening experience
Audio Test 08/2015
Title: Audiophile enjoyment for the studio and living room
Author: Ramona Dautz

Audio Test 08/2015
Title: Audiophile enjoyment for the studio and living room
Author: Ramona Dautz

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The black-silver appearance gives a high-quality impression and increases the joyful anticipation. There is a great danger of getting lost in the detailed design which appears to be timeless and up to date with its graceful punched elements including the small T 1 logo on the silver holders. But not only the noble design is extremely attractive, the quality as well is convincing.  The workmanship of this premium headphone absolutely inspires confidence.

Everything is strongly built as if it were created for eternity. Not only the metal components promise a long life, the high-quality components also appear to be extremely resistant. The clean rail guidance, the soft leather headband pad and the rugged folding mechanism give a very good impression. When putting the headphone on, the soft velour ear pads with memory foam snuggle onto the ears. Whilst wearing, the airy ear pads dissipate heat optimally and therefore can be used for long listening sessions at home or in the studio.

[...]

The balanced frequency range from 5 Hz to 50 kHz has no distortion even with a maximum sound pressure level of 125 dB.  Due to the elaborate moving coil of the transducer the impulse behaviour is pinpoint and meeting the requirements for a neutral and realistic sound performance. After becoming familiar with the technical details, it is time to test the sound quality of the headphones. We go to the listening room and start with ApparatÕs ÒArcadiaÓ were extremely low-frequency bass are convincingly reproduced precise and analytical. The added highs are very open and reproduce Sascha RingÕs voice in a clean, high-definition treble range very realistic with all its facets. "Chasing the dragon" by Metastaz is presented convincingly with a broad and dynamic sound spectrum. There is a fantastic spatial bass performance where all tone pitches are reproduced evenly and detailed. The whirling energy of the drums are reproduced in transients where the warm mids sound uncoloured and balanced. The high resolution of the instrumental power is intoxicating and creates an entire concert hall in the ear when listening. When you close your eyes, you might think that the music is actually live.

Also classical and jazz auditions could convince with a harmonious and natural sound, clear nuances and a deep contrast imaging. With the track "Kiara" by Bonobo the locating of the individual instruments is without any efforts. The piano wonderfully spreads organically and authentically, while the highs of the violins sound smooth. Enriched with a tonal warmth a whole symphony slowly creeps into the head. Such an authentic stage performance ensures a crystal-clear pleasant sound.

[...]

All in all, we can say that the detailed reproduction of the whole sound spectrum sounds excellent. For music producers this results in a clear advantage: Failures in the recording or mix are immediately revealed as even the finest detail can be heard.

[...]

Conclusion:

BeyerdynamicÕs approach really works. The sophisticated audiophile headphone is focused on professional studio use and opens up numerous application possibilities. Even at home you will enjoy the T 1. Highs and mids are clearly reproduced, the bass is powerful, warm and detailed. The material is of a high quality and also the performance, comfort and features are convincing. Admittedly the new T 1 model has its price, but the sensational listening experience definitely justifies this investment.






T 1 (2. Gen.): With attention to detail
www.modernhifi.de 09/2015
Title: beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation test: Tesla headphones
Author: Torsten Pless

www.modernhifi.de 09/2015
Title: beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation test: Tesla headphones
Author: Torsten Pless

Translated from the original German article

[...]

The choice of materials and implementation of the semi-open headphones is once again terrific. The beyerdynamic headphones seem to be made for eternity. Its leather headband, the clean guide bar and the robust ear cups speak for themselves. For the ear cushions beyerdynamic uses velour with memory foam padding. The material should dissipate heat and moisture away from the ears. We did not sweat even after prolonged wearing.

[...]

On the head, the Beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation once again feels great. The semi-open headphones enclose the ears completely. It sits firmly on the head, so as not to slip, but not too tight that it is pinching. The velour material with memory foam padding sits comfortably on the ears and adapts its shape accordingly.

[...]

The beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation is still a headphone with a clean playback and analytic variety. In order that the headphone does not sound too boring, the T1 2nd generation supplied a starting direct sound. Individual instruments were almost tangible in front of us, regardless of individual performance or full rock band line-up.

The mids of the new beyerdynamic headphones have gained more musicality. Now base notes sound more vivid, from which the general sound characteristic benefits.

The beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation has, however, maintained the attention to detail. In this way consonant-heavy vocals sounded sometimes slightly superficial. Graceful instruments had a very fine resolution and could be very well discovered in the depth of space.
We noticed the positive bass performance of the beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation. Deep frequencies were not too loud, but audible. The Tesla drivers always got to the heart of the bass and thus provided a very dynamic reproduction.

Regarding level accuracy the beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation is not inferior to the T 1. When using an appropriate headphone amplifier the volume could be still increased without the headphone showing the slightest distortions.

All in all, the beyerdynamic T 1 was already a prime example for German headphone ingenuity, now the new edition adds something more. Base sound and the properties of the 1st generation were largely maintained and partially optimised. The beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation still appears more musical and is entitled to be called premium Tesla headphones.  

Overall rating: 9.2 points (from 10)

Pros
- Excellent fit
- Musical sound
- Detachable cable
- Very good workmanship

Cons
- Somewhat bright sound

 

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