Heilbronn, March 2010: With their outstanding and innovative design, the T1 premium headphones by the Heilbronn-based audio specialists beyerdynamic impressed in one of the most renowned design competitions in the world. Within the scope of the “red dot award: product design 2010”, a top-class jury of experts awarded the T1 headphones with the “red dot” quality seal for their excellent design quality. The prize-giving ceremony will take place before more than 1,00 guests on 5 July 2010 at the Essen Opera House. The T1 headphones will then be displayed in a four-week special exhibition at the red dot design museum in the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex in Essen. 

With its T 1 high-end headphones, beyerdynamic succeeded at the end of last year in achieving what many considered to be impossible: a quantum leap in terms of sound quality and audiophile sound processing. The headphones specialist from Heilbronn used Tesla technology for the first time in the T1 headphones. Scientists define tesla as the unit of magnetic induction or magnetic flux density in the metre-kilogram-second system (SI) of physical units and it was not until 1960 that it was named after the brilliant inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (1863-1943). The completely redesigned transducers, which are being premiered in the T1 top model, achieve extremely high drive power of over one Tesla. That is roughly double the strength of normal headphone driver systems. The result: The membrane coil can be designed to be extremely filigreed and nevertheless achieve a high degree of efficiency. That allows the T1 to reproduce each nuance with extreme precision, with a sound that is absolutely transparent, spatial and distortion-free. 

As the flagship of the beyerdynamic premium line programme, each headphone is finished individually by hand in Heilbronn. Once the sound of the T1 had already enraptured fans into euphoria, the timeless elegant design also led to the red dot award.

 “All products given the red dot design award had to impress an international jury of experts. These products are silhouetted against the mass by their excellent design and innovative approach and were able to prove their quality in one of the toughest design competitions in the world,” said design expert Professor Peter Zec, initiator of the red dot design award. This year, designers and companies from 57 countries with 4,252 products took part in the red dot design award: product design.  

Together with the other prize-winning products, the T1 will be displayed in Essen from 6 July to 1 August 2010 in the exhibition “Design on stage – winners red dot award: product design 2010” at the red dot design museum in the Zollverein Coal Mine Industrial Complex world heritage site in Essen. The headphone will then be presented for at least one year in the permanent exhibition of the red dot design museum. The red dot design museum houses the larges permanent exhibition of contemporary design in the world with around 1,500 products on over 4,000 square meters.  

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