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beyer T50p: beyerdynamic Announces The T50p Portable Tesla Headphones

beyerdynamic is now entering the portable market. Yes, I know they already had an in-ear monitor, but I think it fair to say that beyer hasn't yet made the big splash on the portable audio scene. That seems about to change, as beyer announced the release of the beyerdynamic T 50 p headphone, which is a portable headphone using technology they developed for their flagship T1 (Tesla 1). (In my time with the T1, I found it to be one of the best currently available headphones on the market, and a viable competitor to Sennheiser's flagship HD800.)

If the T50p proves to be anything like a portable version of the T1, color me excited.

The beyerdynamic T50p will be available in late May 2010, and will be priced at 229 Euro (I'll post the U.S. price when I find it).

Here's what beyerdynamic's press release had to say about the T50p (you can find links to full-sized versions of the above photos on the press release page):

Originally Posted by beyerdynamic
Heilbronn, March 2010: No, we are not talking about sports cars with electric drive – although the new T 50 p headphones by Heilbronn-based audio specialists beyerdynamic and the US car marque Tesla Motors have a lot in common. Both are technology leaders with purist design and trimmed by their developers to provide the highest performance. Both also bear the name of the genius inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla (1863 - 1943).

Under the name of Tesla technology, beyerdynamic has bundled a range of features to improve the sound and increase the efficiency of the headphones. Put simply, the magnetic ‘drive’ of Tesla headphones provides double the performance of conventional models, which is an increase in efficiency that the manufacturers of modern electrical vehicles can only dream about.

The Tesla technology was first implemented at the end of 2009 in the T 1 - the high end luxury headphone for the domestic stereo system - and was highly lauded among experts. The timeless elegant design of the hand-built T1 from Heilbronn received the prestigious red dot award for 2010. Now, beyerdynamic is putting progress onto the road: the new T 50 p (229 Euro) has been specially configured for the reproduction of sound from MP3 players, notebooks and other mobile devices when out and about. This is because the efficient Tesla converters do not just provide exquisitely precise and detail-rich sound: their degree of efficiency also compensates for the low performance of mobile players. With the T 50 p, devices that often sound too quiet are given a boost in performance that can only be compared with the spontaneous acceleration and overwhelming torque of an electric car.

The construction details and appearance complement each other perfectly. Whereby other headphones with their plastic chassis give the appearance of a tuned car with spoilers, the T 50 p is an elegant listening machine. Its satin finish stainless steel and aluminium, together with parts made from high-quality plastic give it an exclusive appearance. Well thought-out details make mobile operation a real pleasure, starting with the tough nylon case and going on through the right angle plug that suits every iPhone to include many other features. The comfortable rotating ear casings rest on a spring steel headband that makes a reassuringly sound locking noise – just like the vehicle door of a German top-of-the-range saloon. You can be sure that loose gaps are not a feature of these exceptional “Handmade in Germany” headphones.

The full metal driver has particular acoustic benefits. Because of its solid casing, any vibration of adjacent components is reduced and it is not possible for resonances that distort the sound to be generated. At the same time, the metal shields the voice coil from electromagnetic fields like a Faraday cage. The special multi-level membrane contributes to the absorption of sound-disrupting break-up vibrations at their origin and the powerful magnet system assures high impulse fidelity in reproduction. The result is a more transparent and fresh sound, with powerful bass that is particularly enjoyable when out and about. The closed design of the headphones shields the wearer from excessive ambient noise and prevents the music from being heard from the outside.

Thus the T 50 p pays full tribute to its patron Nikola Tesla. But like the electrical cars from the USA, it will not share the same fate as the great inventor Tesla, who was not credited for many ideas and developments until after his death. We see the T 50 p driving ahead of its competitors right from day one.

Available from retailers from the end of May.

Recommended retail price: 229.- Euro
post #2 of 865
looking forward for further impressions!
post #3 of 865
Good stuff, always nice to see new headphones introduced to market.
post #4 of 865
For a second i thought it was a typo, that it was to read Fostex and not Beyerdynnamic. Eerily similar to Fostex naming conventions.

Nice looking piece of headgear however.
post #5 of 865
Great to see Beyerdynamic is getting more into consumer (read: audiophile) audio solutions. First with the DT880 600, then the T1 and now this.
For a portable the price is quite steep. I have no doubt though that this will sound great from your hi-fi system back at home as well. I am very excited!
post #6 of 865
Are these Supra-aural? They look well built, will look forward to the first reviews.

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Looking forward to impressions
post #9 of 865
I will be all over these.
post #10 of 865
Originally Posted by Skylab View Post
I will be all over these.
And I will be all over your review

These are gorgeous. I like their looks better than the new B&W's.
post #11 of 865
and i thought i was over buying stuff.
post #12 of 865
I would want one, to replace my portables, just in time.
post #13 of 865
Very excited if it can sound better than HD25-1II, with better technologies developed. Can't wait to try one.
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Originally Posted by ManAtWork View Post
Very excited if it can sound better than HD25-1II, with better technologies developed. Can't wait to try one.
I would want to find that out also, want to replace it as portables if its considered an upgrade, but they are expensive at about $320.00
post #15 of 865
Originally Posted by david1978jp View Post
What does the p stand for? Pennies?
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