Just counting down the clock now.....
Just counting down the clock now.....
T5p goes well with all portable, the problem seems to be powerful non-portable amplifiers. The better your portable is, the better the T5p will perform, I have yet to hear a portable that is limited by the T5p.
So pair up those portables and listen to ... probably not the most compressed recordings.
Well, I sold my DT880s and bought the T5Ps. They just arrived today and I couldn't be happier. While I'm sure my ears need a little while to get used to the sound I'm quite pleased. Everything I loved about the 880s seems to be even grander.
Don't hold your breath. Consider trading in for a sound you like more.
I've had the T5p for about a week now, and I prefer it to my previous closed-back favorites, the ED8 and D7000. The D7000s were loads of fun, but they leaked, and weren't ideal for semi-portable use (one of my requirements). The mids are my favorite characteristic of these cans, and I find the bass tight while having the ability to go low (very EQ friendly in this regard).
No complaints from the sound signature department, I only wished they clamped a bit tighter... maybe I'm just so used to the vice grip hug of my DT1350.
Looks very nice, hope it's not very expensive. Looks like FiiO have ideas about pairing it with the [i]Mont Blanc[/i], which is already available. I would like to try the X5 and then pair with the amp using the T5p, could be a winner.
I think both types of burn in you mentioned were necessary for me to understand and hear the T5p quality. At first I was a little apprehensive but after almost a month I started to really understand and appreciate their signature. A decent amp and/or dac will make them shine. They truly are "open windows" and will impress if fed correctly!
I felt the same way as you in the beginning, but now after six months (and a decent source chain) I won't ever part with them.
You might be one of few longing for the DT1350s comfort ;-)
Overall I find the T5p to be much more comfortable, but I would not walk around with them: tried once, gives me quite a lot of noise in the cups. Not cable noise, more my own steps moving or changing pressure within the cups -- so I think, I understand where your argument is heading...
Glad to hear you're liking it, man!! Yeah, it's definitely not a warm, fuzzy sound-- this is a resolution and clarity monster for sure. One thing that might help with the isolation and the fit would be other pads-- I found the clear Beyer gel pads to offer the best overall sound, especially bass. They look kind of atrocious, but as long as you don't plan on entering any beauty contests while wearing 'em, they work just fine ;).
Btw, agreed on the need for amping. I know Beyer markets these as not needing an amp, but they really do IMO.
Anyway, keep us posted bro!!
Which pads are those? Care to point them out?
Also, have you tried any other pads or are there any other mods for these cans? (just curious)
Apologies for the late reply-- I've been off HF for a while. I don't believe they are available anymore, but beyerdynamic made clear gel pads that fit the T5p (an example from a closed classified is here, if it helps). They can still be found used from time to time, and if you come across a pair, I'd still recommend them-- best pads I've heard on the T5p thus far (from an admittedly small sample set, but nonetheless). And yes, I've tried the stock pads (naturally) and the J$ pads in addition to the gels. I'm having trouble finding my notes on the differences (I've changed computers since I wrote them), but as I recall the gels are the least comfortable of the three by a small margin and the ugliest of the three by a mile, but they isolate better and improve the bass response (very brief mention here). If I can find my original notes, I'll try to copy them here.
If you have any other questions, please let me know and I'll do my best to answer them. Overall, I think they are absolutely worth the $30-or-so that they typically show up for used. Hope this was at least somewhat helpful!
And if you have a set of T5ps, I'm sure I wouldn't be the only one who would love to hear your thoughts on them!!
Edit: Missed your question about other mods. The mod most commonly referenced with these is switching to a balanced cable, which at least three companies (BTG-Audio, Moon Audio, and Jaben-- but Jaben won't do the mod by itself, you have to buy new cans fully modded) offer. The consensus, such as it is, appears to be universally positive, and I plan on having BTG mod mine as well at some point. There might be other mods, but I'm either unaware of them or unable to recall them at the moment ;).