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Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 Reviews

Positive Reviews

Skylab

Beyerdynamic T1

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Pros: World class sound and comfort from Beyer

Cons: Cable isn't as pretty as rest of headphone

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.  While slightly behind the Sennheiser HD800 in terms of midrange transparency and soundstage realism, it beats all other dynamic headphones in those areas, and slightly bests the HD800 in terms of treble smoothness and realistic bass.  The T1 has an...
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Negative Reviews

ag8908

A $700 headphone masquerading as a flagship

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Pros: Excellent detail and instrument separation, good balance between bass, mids and treble; relatively lightweight and comfortable

Cons: unacceptable distortion, erratic highs, this is not worth $1,400, not even close

Please be advised that I am only writing this review to help other buyers. I am not trying to upset any T1 owners and it's my honest opinion. If you think it's unfair please state so in the comments and I can reconsider although I have enough experience with headphones now to know what I like.   First, let me note for the reader that if you google the three words beyerdynamic t1 deal, you'll see that every month or so an internet retailer sells brand new T1s for $750 to $780 (and these seem to be authorized retailers, for example one deal was from Buydig which is Beach Camera if I understand correctly, which is listed as an authorized retailer on Beyer's website; that deal even...
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More Reviews

MacedonianHero

Simply my favourite ever!

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Pros: Incredibly balanced and the best all rounder I've heard

Cons: Nothing yet.

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. The T1s on the other hand are incredible all rounders and work with everything that I've ever thrown at them. They even rival my all time favourite rock cans the Grado RS1s.   These are simply amazing cans and my personal favourites! Well done beyerdynamics!
Frank I

T1 a near perfect headphone

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Pros: Very musical with great detail,bass and a stellar high end

Cons: expensive

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. I started to realize that there was something special with the T1. The sound reminded me less hifi and more of a live musical event. I had noticed the tone of instruments were nearly what I had heard live in a concert...
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The Monkey

Oh, Did I Ever Want to Love These

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Pros: Great build quality, no terrible flaws

Cons: Joyless, lack of impact and immediacy

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.
tommarra

T1 vs Grado (GS1000 and RS2)

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Pros: Neutral, Comfortable, Well built, Detailed and comfortable sound, Soundstage!

Cons: High Impedence means you cant use it with portable sources like iPods

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.   Now before I go further in this review, I want to talk a little bit about my music philosophy (for whatever its worth  ): "When headphone makers such as Grado, Sennheiser, beyerdynamic, AKG release their headphones they never tell you what source or amplifier to use. Thus I...
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Zombie_X

Tesla 1, the new kid on the block.....

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Pros: Neutrality and naturalness of the sound.

Cons: Very unforgiving of poor quality recordings.

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. This also means your amp won't strain to power them like some amps do with the DT880/600 (and this is from my experience).    IMO the Tesla 1 is at about the same level of the HD800, but I vastly prefer the T1 as it sounds more natural and dare I say less synthetic...
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Loquah

An Outstanding All-Rounder - The Best All- Rounder? Perhaps...

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Pros: Comfort, transparency, staging / imaging, versatility

Cons: Will absolutely reveal your weakest source links

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. Specifications Style:  Semi-open Frequency response:  5 - 50,000 Hz Impedance:  600 ohms Nominal SPL:  102 dB Overview The T1s sit squarely at the top of the Beyerdynamic tree of headphones and were their first Tesla headphone. The Tesla nomination relates to the amount of magnetic force in the driver mechanism of the headphone. In general terms, 1 tesla of magnetic force is massive and it means that the drivers are very sensitive. I want to equate it to...
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delusionist

inoffensive

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Pros: frequency response, all-rounder

Cons: a bit boring

It's hard to review this headphone as it's the most I have ever spent on a headphone. For starters, I don't really care for the HD800, I do have the SA5000 which I consider much more technical. So of all three which would be the most musical, while delivering an accurate sound? The Beyerdynamic T1 of course! The sound signature is inoffensive, which is how I would describe it, it's more laid back than the Q701 and DT880. But the treble is never boring like the HD600/650. It can sparkle when you need it and it's not very fatiguing. The downside of this is that it could get a bit boring for some, especially if you're accustomed to a hot signature.  The bass is perfect in texture,...
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donthuang

Redefine the term "Transparency"

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Pros: Transparency,vivid ,openness sound never heard before

Cons: Still a headphone

 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.
mnicnc404

Terrific and Interesting Headphone - Tesla 1

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Pros: Nearly perfect sound image, and so on.

Cons: A little hard to put on.

  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. T1 and HD800 do much better in atmosphere rebuilding than other cans (I have to apologize for having not heard to PS1000, 007mk2 and other flagships singing.) do, at least better than K701, HD650, and DT990/880 do.    T1...
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TheWuss

A fabulous effort from beyerdynamic

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Pros: Terrific sound quality, great build quality

Cons: Heavy cable, $1300 price tag

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...  It's the most resolving midrange I've ever heard.  Voices and instruments not only sound fantastic, they sound more real than with other headphones I've heard.  And by some measure, I might add.   My only nit to pick with the T1 is a slightly difficult...
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