Beyerdynamic t 1: The high-end headphones T1 for top sound quality

The high-end headphones T1 for top sound quality


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  • High-end stereo headphones for sophisticated music enjoyment at home
  • Tilted Tesla drivers ensure a precise and spatial sound signature
  • Double-sided, detachable connection cable made from ultra-high-purity OCC7N copper and covered with fabric
  • Breathable, replaceable velour ear pads with memory foam
  • Handmade in Germany

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Whatever we do at beyerdynamic, we continue to focus on doing it better with only the highest standards inspiring our strive for perfection. The new T1 marks a new milestone in beyerdynamic’s flagship model. Now in its third generation, we have raised the bar once again in both standards of sound and design. Handmade by beyerdynamic in Heilbronn, Germany, the T1 looks, feels and sounds one step closer to perfection.

The T1 headphones are also Hi-Res Audio certified and provide lossless high-resolution sound. This means your music of choice keeps all of its musical details and nuances during playback and sounds as close as possible to the original recording.

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The T1 headphones are also Hi-Res Audio certified and provide lossless high-resolution sound. This means your music of choice keeps all of its musical details and nuances during playback and sounds as close as possible to the original recording.

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High-end through and through: Only high-quality materials are used in the T1 headphones. The housing covers are made from lacquered stainless steel and the yokes use brushed and anodised aluminium for a particularly striking surface structure. The plug-in cables are covered in fabric and contain conductors made from ultra-high-purity OCC7N copper – the highest-quality material available for ensuring optimum signal transmission. Finally, the use of Alcantara® gives this model that certain something that elevates it to a truly high-end set of headphones.



The replaceable, breathable velour ear pads contain a multi-layer filling which helps fine-tune the sound while also making the headphones extremely comfortable to wear. One of the layers is made from memory foam which adapts to each user and ensures an excellent customised fit. As a result, nothing can stand in the way of a long listening session.

The components of the T1 headphones are made almost exclusively in Germany. In addition to development and production of the drivers, final headphone assembly is also carried out at the company’s headquarters in Heilbronn. Here, sophisticated technology and the finest materials are brought together with impressive craftsmanship and a passion for detail.


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Nominal impedance headphones
32 ohms

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360 g

Headphone frequency response
5 – 50,000 Hz

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100 dB (1mW)

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Circumaural (around the ear)

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double-sided detachable cable, 3 m length, gold-plated mini stereo jack (3. 5 mm) & 1/4″ adapter (6.35 mm)

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Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla (open back, 600 Ω, 12. 2 oz./346g without cord, about $910). larger. This free website’s biggest source of support is when you use these links, especially this link to it at Amazon when you get anything, regardless of the country in which you live. Thanks! Ken.


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The T1 are clean, detailed, open-sounding and well-built professional headphones. Many people consider the T1 as the finest dynamic headphones on Earth. If you want crystal clarity and definition, these are it. Any errors in response are a very slight emphasis to the presence range like in the AKG K702.

The T1 excel at treble detail; if you want to hear a thousand shades of percussion, the T1 show them more clearly than anything. I was quite taken with how distinct and well defined are cymbal work.

Anyone who’s worked in radio or recording knows beyerdynamic dynamic microphones and headphones. I’ve been using them since the 1980s, and they’ve been around since the 1920s. For instance, reading about Billy Joel’s classic album 52nd street, the vocals were recorded with a beyerdynamic 250 microphone. For all you know, maybe your favorite recording was made with a beyerdynamic microphone, too!

The T1 also excel at physical presentation. They come in a fancy aluminum case and use fancy wire and plugs, so if this sways you, the T1 are unique among beyerdynamic’s headphones, coming with a metal ¼” Neutrik plug and balanced cables repurposed from 110 Ω AES digital uses.


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From the box



beyerdynamic T1 angled driver.

Open-back (almost no isolation) dynamic stereo headphones.

Circumaural: sits around your ears, not on them or in them.

“Tesla” simply means strong neodymium magnets which produce more than a Tesla (10,000 Gauss) of magnetic field. This gives a few decibels more sensitivity than the DT880.

Unlike other beyerdynamic headphones, the drivers are angled forward to point back into your ears. Most beyerdynamic headphones have their drivers parallel to your ears.


Plug and Cable

Neutrik ¼” Neutrik plug and cable. bigger.

3 meter (10 feet), straight cord.

Sommer SC-Peacock MKII cable, which is actually a dual 110 Ω balanced AES digital cable.

Curly-cue plastic cable tie to keep the cord tied to a shorter length.

¼” Neutrik plug, metal handle with rubber strain relief.

Use the Grado Mini Adapter for 3.5mm equipment.


Frequency Response

5 ~ 50,000 Hz, no conditions specified.



Rated 600 Ω.



102 dB SPL at 500 Hz at 1 mW, which is 6 dB more than the DT880’s 96 dB rating.

1 mW is 775 mV at 600 Ω, thus 1V is 1.67 mW or +2.2 dBm into 600 Ω, so 1V gives 104. 2 dB SPL.


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Less than 0.05% at 1 mW at 500 Hz (102 dB SPL).


Power Handling and MOL

300 mW, which gives 126 dB SPL at 500 Hz.

300 mW is 24.8 dBm or 13.4 volts at 600 Ω.



Free included aluminum case. enlarge.


What’s inside. enlarge.

Aluminum case with foam insert, included.

It’s mostly for show. It has very hard, sharp edges that won’t play well if thrown in the back of your truck with the rest of your gear. The smooth aluminum also appears easy to damage; I prefer the soft cases beyerdynamic supplies with its other headphones.



12.2 oz. (346g) actual measured, without cord.

17.57 oz. (498.1g) complete with cord and cable tie.



T1 headphones.

Aluminum case with foam insert.


Price, USA

$910, February 2015.

$1,400, November 2013.

Box, beyerdynamic T1. bigger.


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The beyerdynamic T1 are well-made, sensitive, comfortable, natural, open and airy sounding headphones.

They are expensive because they can be and because they are packaged with a fancy case and wire; sound-wise when you get to this level there isn’t that much difference between the T1 and the other great beyerdynamic headphones.



I don’t believe in break-in, but since some of you do, I burnt these in for 200 hours (a little over a week 24/7) of continuous music played with a 1 VRMS peak level before I listened to the T1 in depth.


Sensitivity and Amplification

The T1 are sensitive enough to deafen you if plugged directly into a good CD or SACD player’s or preamplifier’s headphone jack.

These 600 Ω beyerdynamic T1 are a few dB more sensitive than my 600 Ω DT880, so the T1 probably aren’t sensitive enough to replace the need for an outboard amplifier if driven from an iPod. For most music (or movies) you’ll be at close to maximum volume, so you’ll still want an outboard amplifier for the T1 when driven from portables.

The 250 Ω T90 have more voltage sensitivity due to their lower impedance; in other words, the T90 play louder than the T1 and usually work great from portables. (You’ll need a Grado Mini Adapter to plug the T1 into portables.)

With my two favorite reference amplifiers, the solid state Benchmark DAC1 HDR and the Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies, there is more than enough gain and output level for anything.

With their high 600 Ω impedance, won’t stress a cheap amplifier or have significantly different bass response if your amp has a high output source impedance.

I auditioned these with various amplifiers, and the sound didn’t vary much at all — just the maximum output, which of course will vary the perceived bass response.

I found that the T1 sound a little smoother through the vacuum tube Woo Audio WA7 Fireflies, and sound a bit brighter with the solid state Benchmark DAC1 HDR, but it’s a subtle difference. Given the choice, I prefer the Woo since the T1 are on the bright side to begin with.



Tonal Balance

The beyerdynamic T1’s are of the neutral German school of sound, with somewhat more midrange, presence and treble than the DT880, and thus very similar to the AKG K702.



The T1 will sound light in the bass if compared to most consumer headphones that boost the bass. As a bass player I prefer boosted bass, but the T1 are more accurate and what you should be using for creating music. The T1 are good for mixing and mastering because your projects won’t wind up being bass-shy.

Our ears hear more bass at louder levels; if you want more bass, play the T1 more loudly.

The T1s don’t boost the bass, so what bass they have is extremely tight and well controlled; you’re hearing exactly what you’re recording or what’s on your recording.



Stereo imaging is normal: nice and wide and clear with reasonable out-of-head sound. There is plenty of stage depth.



With more presence and midrange than others, of course there is more apparent detail. If you want to hear seat creaks, mic preamp noise or page turns, the T1 are superb.



These are open, non-isolating headphones.

They only slightly muffle outside sound, and anyone within a few feet of you will also hear your music.


Residual Magnetic Field

I measured a maximum of about 4,000 µT (50 Gauss) at the exterior of one of the earpieces.

These are not shielded, so keep them away from sensitive magnetic material.





The T1 feel like a fancier version most of beyerdynamic’s headphones: solid and simple. The parts that look like metal are metal; these aren’t toy headphones.

The padded harp cover is leather, and what look like fine woven metal grilles actually are.

I’d worry about denting the metal grilles. They feel tough, and I’ll bet they’ll dent if banged against the edge of a console.



The earpads are covered with fuzzy velour. The pads ride around your ears, not touching them. Your ears sit inside untouched.



They stick well on my head as I move around.

The T1 are comfy and not stuffy when worn all day.

The T1 use moderate to low spring pressure.


Cord and Plugs

I dislike the long straight cord. I’d prefer a shorter or coiled cord, but these T1 are trying to impress with fancy wire, which doesn’t come coiled.

I love the real ¼” plug, although I prefer nickel to gold plating because it lasts longer under daily professional use.


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Thank goodness beyerdynamic knows how to make great headphones, and makes so many of its headphones so similarly excellent. Comparisons between them are subtle, as the sound quality is so close to perfection on all of them that there is little sonic or mechanical difference among them. Pick your favorite based on tonal balance, and if you need sensitivity for portable devices.


Compared to the beyerdynamic T90

The beyerdynamic T90, with its lower 250 Ω versus 600 Ω impedance, have more voltage sensitivity, which means they play louder. The T90 sound great plugged directly into portable devices, while with the T1 you’ll often want an outboard amplifier for it to play loud enough.

The T90 have slightly more treble and slightly more bass, which is more fun than the slightly emphasized midrange of the T1. When I say slightly, I mean a dB or a fraction of a dB here or there; these beyerdynamics all sound very similar.

I also prefer the bass of the T90. The T1 sounds very slightly tubbier to me, while the T90 has just a little bit more and tighter bass on direct comparison — but it’s very close between the two.

With a little more on top and bottom, the T90 is more fun for music enjoyment, while the T1 is more accurate for music creation.


Compared to the beyerdynamic DT 880

Auditioned on the reference Benchmark DAC1 HDR, the DT880 and T1 sound is almost identical, with the T1 having a little bit more presence (upper midrange and lower treble), and thus the DT880 sounding a little smoother.

If you prefer what some call added detail or faster transients (we audio engineers call it more response in the upper midrange and lower treble), you’ll love the T1. If you prefer a slightly smoother sound, then you’ll prefer the DT880. It’s a subtle difference, and if I forget which is on my head, it would be hard to recognize one from the other all by itself.

The 600 Ω DT880 is a few dB less sensitive than the T1, but there are 250 Ω and 32 Ω versions of the DT880 which are more sensitive for the same voltage. I’ve compared the different impedance versions of the DT880 against each other and they sound identical, just with different effective sensitivity. I have not compared the 250 Ω or 32 Ω DT880 to the T1 for sensitivity; the 32 Ω DT880 probably plays much louder than the 600 Ω T1 and the 250 Ω DT880 is probably about the same as the T1.

Even though they look of very similar construction, the earpieces of my DT880 are always retracting into the harp, while the T1 earpieces stay where I put them after I put them away. With the T1, I don’t have to readjust the earpieces each time I put them on.


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The beyerdynamic T1 are superb headphones, especially if you want to hear extreme detail. They allow me to hear all the defects for monitoring recordings, but with much smoother sound than cheaper headphones like the Sony MDR-7506 that are often used professionally.

For musical enjoyment, I prefer the slightly more entertaining sound of the beyerdynamic T90. For creating music (mastering and mixing), these T1 on the other hand will ensure your work will sound great everywhere, as the T1 lack the very slight high end and bass emphasis of the T90.

If you think the T1 are expensive, think again. Unlike consumer electronics like flat-screen TVs or digital cameras that you’ll throw away in 5 years, invest your money in great headphones or speakers and you’ll still be enjoying them decades from now. I still use my original set of beyerdynamic DT990s that I bought in 1986. They seemed expensive then, but the price has long been forgotten while their quality is remembered every day. $900 seems like a lot for a pair of headphones, but not when you realize that you’ll get a few decades out of these German-Made beauties for that price, it’s a lot less than whatever you threw away on your last fancy TV or camera.

Headphones don’t wear out or get old. So long as you don’t abuse them too much, they ought to outlive you. Never get cheap with headphones or speakers; they don’t become obsolete as do electronics; these are completely passive transducers.

If you need to pay less, today’s DT880 sound very similar for much less money. Get the 250 Ω or 32 Ω version if you want more sensitivity.

For portable devices, get the T90 instead so it will play loudly enough. If you use the T1 with an iPod or other 3.5mm output device, be sure to get a Grado Mini Adapter so it will plug in.

Never cheat yourself out of the headphones you deserve. They will last you a very, very long time. If you want the T1, get them and you’ll never look back. If you really must economize, the T90, DT990 and DT880 are also superb choices. When I have them all here for direct comparisons the differences are small, and if I had only one, I’d not notice. They are all superb; beyerdynamic knows how great headphones should sound and all these models are similarly excellent. Your preference should be guided by the slight differences in tonal balance, not by price. Get what you want.

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3rd Generation Hi-End Open Headphones with Tesla Technology

– High quality stereo headphones for listening to music at home
– 32 ohm Tesla drivers optimized for detailed and powerful sound reproduction
– Reversible detachable cable
– Breathable, silky soft velor ear pads and high quality headband
– Handcrafted in Germany

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Advances in technology inevitably lead to higher standards in audio recording and playback. T1 marks a new milestone in the development of beyerdynamic’s flagship model. The third generation of the Tesla series raises the bar in both sound and design standards. Handcrafted in Heilbronn, Germany, the T1 looks and sounds one step closer to perfection. Such files retain all musical nuances and sound as close as possible to the original recording

Craftsmanship down to the smallest detail

These headphones are made using only the finest materials, with brushed anodized aluminum hardware and Alcantara® suede on the headband for an elegant look. The external lacquered cups of the T1 stainless steel case with dot perforations look amazing. Thanks to the internal memory foam filling that adapts to the shape of the head under the influence of heat and pressure, the ear cushions guarantee perfect mechanical and acoustic balance. The earbuds come with detachable, reversible fabric-braided cables, making them flexible and pleasant to the touch. The textile sheath also protects the OCC7N copper conductors from mechanical damage. Unlike previous versions, the new T1 has a 32 ohm impedance for comfortable connection to stationary and mobile devices.


T1 open-back headphones offer a solid and truly three-dimensional sound. Thanks to third-generation Tesla drivers, listeners will feel as if they were at a real concert. The new version of the T1 received a soft bass boost and a warmer delivery. Drivers, as in previous generations, are located in a classic slope, which allows you to achieve a high level of realism and detail, especially in the upper and middle frequencies. Both voices and instruments are now clearly distinguishable – it sounds like you are in a live performance. The magnetic systems are based on the legendary Tesla technology from beyerdynamic. Designed and manufactured at our headquarters in Heilbronn, Germany, Tesla transducers deliver high sound reproduction even when the source is a less than ideal music player.


The highest quality in every detail makes the flagship T1 a desirable and reliable music companion. The combination of high reliability and durability of these headphones gives us the basis to guarantee their flawless performance for 5 years.


The T1 headphones are manufactured in Germany with highly skilled manual labor. At the headquarters in Heilbronn, only high-quality materials are used in combination with innovative technologies, with particular attention to every detail of construction.


Third generation beyerdynamic T1 full-size headphones, open type, 32 ohm impedance, frequency range: 5-50,000 Hz, maximum power 300 mW, detachable cable (3 m), adapter 3.5 – 6.35 mm and storage case included, weight 360 g (without cable). Made in Germany.

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Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla headphones – review

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It’s really hard to give up your own tastes when you objectively listen and examine the headphones on trial. However, there are some headphones that I don’t like. I didn’t like the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla. If I had tried them in a store, probably, and definitely put them in their place and never touched them. I seem to be very sensitive to harsh 8kHz (squeaky).

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However, I forced myself to listen for a few weeks because I really wanted to compare the flagship Beyerdynamic T1 with my best headphones. And patience has taught me to make my own assessment about headphones…

So, for several weeks of testing, I had these Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla, and I listened to them 5-10 hours a day and listening was in different genres, moreover, I compared them a lot with my headphones. I have often read that the T1 is very picky about hardware, even than the Sennheiser HD 800. Although later on I found a good competitor to these headphones is the HD 800!

Opening / packing / comfort

Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla headphones – supplied in a beautiful metal box. It all looks big and spectacular. The T1 is nicely arranged, and in a nutshell: serious and useful storage boxes. The HD800 comes in a cardboard box with a more luxurious “velvet” fabric, but the look is ultimately lower quality.

Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla

The Beyerdynamic T1 headphones themselves look solid and well made – we feel Beyerdynamic experience in professional headphones – and seem to weigh a lot – 350 grams, and you don’t feel like you’re buying some kind of toy. The metal cups and leather on the headband are well made and exude quality. T1 don’t look easy.

Wires soldered and not removable!

For those who do not understand – this means that the cable is directly soldered to the speakers.


Thereby limiting the number of connectors, and instead solder at the points between the connector and the speakers.


You can not change the wire for a better one or for your own proven over the years. The

Beyerdynamic T1 sits very naturally on my head while listening to music – I quickly forgot about them. There are headphones that “weigh” in the hands, and on the head they also feel a certain heaviness, but T1 is not the case when they are on the head – everything is comfortable.

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Comfort is excellent, I didn’t feel any painful pressure points for a long time. The overall comfort impressions of the T1 are good . In addition, the cups are wide and deep. Velor ear pads are good (not too hard, not too soft). Although the HD800 still remain more comfortable over time. Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla headphones do not have isolation.


My first impression when I listened to the T1 for the first time was an onslaught of high frequencies. When I put on the Sennheiser HD 800, I immediately noticed high frequencies. If, like me, you are sensitive to potential peaks at 8 kHz, then you better refrain from buying a Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla and your ears will thank you. Although many T1 owners do not have these problems with these HF.

On the contrary, many owners of the Beyerdynamic T1 say that high frequencies are not enough. But this is a matter of personal sensitivity.

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After a few hours/days, my brain did its job of self-alignment and the high peak became much more tolerable, even for me. And I continued to listen / evaluate the T1 Tesla headphones for other characteristics.

The point is that T1 will grow for you. The Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla doesn’t offer a “wow” effect on first listen. These qualities in the T1 come on gradually, hence the importance of a long-term headphone test, which can be easily underestimated.

The absolute highlight of the Beyerdynamic T1, the

soundstage offers an unusually large width and depth. Moreover, it seems to be closer and slightly forward – much more than on the HD800 – the sound stage is farther. The most enjoyable moment is yet to come. 9The 0013

T1 has a very specific way of making the left and right edges of the sound stage audible. In fact, the soundstage seems to be, namely the left and right edges closer to the ears, creating a very precise “bubble” in which we can locate the detail with great ease. This is a very healthy effect.

By the way, Beyerdynamic T1 – inspires a little more energy in music. It’s a slight influence, not at all outrageous or too unnatural. I felt sound movements behind and ahead. Very striking 3D effect.

T1 Tesla is really fun to listen to. Listening to the Sennheiser HD 800 is more “hard”.

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In terms of overall impression and without going into details on the different ranges, we can appreciate that the sound of the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla is neutral with plenty of extra bass and treble. In general, HD800 and T1 sound character is close.

I listened to all the genres that I usually listen to on the Beyerdynamic T1. I was quite surprised and found them to be very good for classical music. I assumed the Sennheiser HD 800 would be much better in this area, but it isn’t.

Beyerdynamic sounds really convincing on classical compositions, although many usually complain about the lack of high frequencies, namely, they say that they have some kind of metallic high frequencies, but the main thing that I can say is this: you need a careful selection of equipment, for these Headphones require an excellent DAC and an excellent headphone amplifier, which can affect the perfect tone reproduction of acoustic instruments as well as vocals.

Comparing Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla and Sennheiser HD 800

headphones will play different music. The HD800 will be more focused on music reproduction in general, including its sound environment and atmosphere. The T1 will provide a more lively and highly sensitive listening experience with a very high level of separation between different instruments in the music.


Bass : Sennheiser HD 800 — this case is great, showing the most powerful bass register, but the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla does better. Great extension and no shortage of sub-bass, you can feel it in difficult genres. The bass is tight and fast and there is no mid-range overflow at all. Bass is tight without being dry. Because of the performance that the T1 offers, the bass is supple and dynamically projected, something the HD800 doesn’t have.

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Bass is slightly more than “one note” than on the HD800. Various components are less audible and less detailed and textured than offered on the HD800. For example, I found that electric bass sounded better on the T1.


A few months ago, I would say that the HD800 was the king of headphones. It is not true. The real King is Stax SR009 and requires a lot of experience to select equipment. The Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla seems to be in the same boat: the mids sound very good, very clean. However, a little euphonious with the refined Stax charm. However, the T1 does not sound any more harmonious than the Sennheiser HD 800. I have listened and listened to many voices (Bogushevskaya, Pelageya, Norah Jones, Newton Faulkner, Andreas Scholl, etc.) and it seems to me that the HD800 offers a more refined level in this question. And actually punished the T1, since the HD800 is still a tough competitor.s


now we are going to reach the point that annoys me and rips my ears. The high range of the Sennheiser HD 800 is better in terms of overall listening, but the T1 can be problematic and seem to have an excess of highs.

So we have two pairs of headphones that undeniably tend to be a little bright. I say a little, I’m not a fan of deaf headphones, of course, both T1 and HD800 have too much high frequencies. Someone who loves a bright/light sound and will appreciate details, brilliance and a lot of air.

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But the Sennheiser HD 800, like the T1 and the others, lacks detail. I would say, at first glance, that the T1 is perhaps best suited for the foreground soundstage, while the HD800 is best for reproducing low level details – reverb, resonance and acoustics, vocals – giving a greater sense of realism to the sound material… When this material present in the record.

The Sennheiser HD 800 provides consistent support in the high 4kHz up to 8kHz, with a maximum at 6kHz. The Beyerdynamic T1 offers a sudden 8kHz peak and retains elevated high frequencies at higher frequencies. Choose your headphones based on your sensitivity and your preferences.

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– Soundstage

Sennheiser HD 800 and Beyerdynamic T1 – It’s like 2 beautiful pavilions, but – as I said – very different, and thus personal preferences will drive us or Sennheiser or Beyerdynamic. Compactness, density, precision and a sense of movement – that’s the Beyerdynamic T1.

A cloud of music with a strong sense of different sound patches and a great sense of the reality of music in its environment, this is the Sennheiser HD 800. However, the HD 800 headphones expand the music more. I have often thought, in this review, that the T1 will end up with a better acoustic effect. It’s almost true. Almost, because from my point of view, although the soundstage of the Beyerdynamic T1 Tesla is fantastic.

The Sennheiser HD 800 loses some of that fidelity, but delivers music in a more unusual way.