T1 UNABLE TO ANSWER THE BELL FOR ROUND 2
With relief bordering on elation I packed and boxed up the T1, then rounded out the evening's musical enjoyment with the DT880/600. The latter sound notably smoother, warmer and more transparent than the T1. The T1's annoying edginess was really getting to me.
USG, I would still like to believe that there is possibly a shorting problem in the connection somewhere, and I will send in for a replacement pair from Beyerdynamic just to make sure. Besides your- and myself, no one is admitting that they, too, have that hum/short/static when plugging/unplugging.
One thing I did not do was critical listening over either the Denon AVR-1905 or the RAM-modded Samsung HD-841 and AMC integrated (both SS). At this point, though, I am so weary of the T1 that I don't deem it worth my while to unpack them and try them with solid state amplification.
If the pair I just auditioned are not defective, then my disappointment with the T1 rivals, nay surpasses, the extreme disappointment I underwent while auditioning the DT880/250 ohm (2005).
The T1 did fare better with the Bada, which was tubed with a Mullard ECC33 and two Russian 1578: no slouches here. However, after switching from the T1 to the DT880/600, it was no contest in terms of ease, smoothness, warmth and overall listenability, even with better-than-average recordings like GRP's "Digital Duke". The DT880/600 stayed on my head while the T1 stayed at arm's length.
If these T1 are not defective--BIG contingency, then I have the same major quibble with them as I did with the DT880/250 (2005): Beyer employed a redesign bent on filling in the midrange, but at the critical loss of both high and low frequency extension. In this respect, the T1 are most reminiscent of my least favorite DT880, the--aaack!--250 ohm, 2005 version. Yes. The middle has gotten much better with the T1, the best ever, but the high and low ends fall just enough shy of the mark to make me willing to walk away from Beyer's flagship offering and possibly not turn around to take a second listen.
In closing I reiterate, in a final gasping effort to further suspend my disbelief, that I suspect my T1 (and possibly USG's) might be defective. That deep in my mind I "just know" the T1 are an exponential improvement over the DT880/600 in every respect.
Oh, how I want to like these headphones!
Edited by pataburd - 6/17/10 at 11:59pm