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Originally Posted by Madmollusk View Post
 

I’m a long term owner of the HD800 checking in with you crazy Tesla guys and gals. Twenty minutes ago, my bewildered postman rang my doorbell and delivered my T1. I say he was “bewildered” because I all but pounced upon the poor fellow as soon as he rang my bell, bursting from my door and wresting the package from his trembling hands with an unrestrained, “Hell yeah!”  Upon seeing his wide, fearful eyes, I apologized (of course, I apologized!), and then, I retreated into my lair and prepared myself for “the ritual.” You know: the ritual of unpacking new and long-anticipated headphones.

 

First impressions aren’t worth much, I know, but I would like to immortalize my first moments with the T1 for the pages of this thread. In a word, “Wow.” The T1 is nothing like the HD800. I don’t mean this pejoratively or figuratively; really, they sound nothing like the HD800. For starters, the T1’s soundstage is much smaller. Nope, that’s not a criticism—it’s a compliment. Quite frankly, The HD800’s soundstage can stagger the imagination with its amazing breadth, its almost supernal presentation.  The T1, on the other hand, brings the soundstage back down to earth, and I find its balance both impressive and refreshing. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever experienced a more focused and balanced stage.  I’m tempted to dub the T1’s soundstage as “the Goldilocks Stage.”  Not too big. Not too small. Just right.

 

Later, I’ll post some serious impressions, but for now, you'll have to pardon me: I’m going to enjoy my new toy. 


+1, sometimes the HD-800 can sound too detailed and have too wide a soundstage IMO while the T1 is a more fun headphone that I can enjoy easier.

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Originally Posted by TraneTime View Post
 

Congrats!  I love my T1.  I don't have an HD800 but I've heard it on four separate occasions.  The last time was with a Woo WA5 amp listening to everything from electronica to Diana Krall. I'm not going to say it's a poor headphone because too many people I respect love it but, it leaves me feeling indifferent.  Maybe there's just too much going on with it for me to absorb.  Not so with the T1.  It is more focused and more musical and I appreciate that.  It's my favorite headphone.  Two amps it works well with is the WOO WA7/WA7p and the Schiit Asgard 2.  To my ears it sounds a little warmer with the Asgard.  Have fun with it.           

Thanks, TraneTime! I also own the Asgard 2, but I’m finding the T1 sounds just a tad bright with that amp (I’m a little sensitive to treble in the 7-10 kHz range, btw). Enter the Valhalla 2: so far, this is my favorite pairing with the T1. Speaking of Woo audio: I’ve had my cross-hairs on the WA2 for a long time. But for some reason, I’m reluctant to drop that kind of cash on a headphone amp. Silly, I know. 

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+1, sometimes the HD-800 can sound too detailed and have too wide a soundstage IMO while the T1 is a more fun headphone that I can enjoy easier.

Yep. I'm already convinced that the T1 is easier to enjoy, though I can't see myself ever selling the HD800. I kinda think there's room in my stable for two top-tier headphones! 

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Originally Posted by Madmollusk View Post
 

Thanks, TraneTime! I also own the Asgard 2, but I’m finding the T1 sounds just a tad bright with that amp (I’m a little sensitive to treble in the 7-10 kHz range, btw). Enter the Valhalla 2: so far, this is my favorite pairing with the T1. Speaking of Woo audio: I’ve had my cross-hairs on the WA2 for a long time. But for some reason, I’m reluctant to drop that kind of cash on a headphone amp. Silly, I know. 

Same.  I've got a Valhalla 2.  I'm using with a Senny HD650 but I'm dying to pickup a T1.  It's good to know how good a pairing it is.  Though, now I'm not sure if I want to get one or wait for the next gen about to this the street.  Hmmm.

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Originally Posted by jfoxvol View Post
 

Same.  I've got a Valhalla 2.  I'm using with a Senny HD650 but I'm dying to pickup a T1.  It's good to know how good a pairing it is.  Though, now I'm not sure if I want to get one or wait for the next gen about to this the street.  Hmmm.

I thought about waiting for the next gen version too, but I found an amazing deal on the T1 ($629! from an authorized dealer!) and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  

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I thought about waiting for the next gen version too, but I found an amazing deal on the T1 ($629! from an authorized dealer!) and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  

Exactly.  I may just pull the trigger.  I want to be able to run balanced without recabling BUT if it works well enough single ended through those amps, I may not need to go balanced for my Ragnarok. 

post #9667 of 9673
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Originally Posted by Madmollusk View Post
 

I thought about waiting for the next gen version too, but I found an amazing deal on the T1 ($629! from an authorized dealer!) and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  

If you wouldn't mind, could you PM me where you got that deal?

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I just found a set at a great price and purchased. This thread is subbed! I also have had a Woo WA2 in my sights. Some day. We will see how this pairing works.
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Originally Posted by Madmollusk View Post
 

Thanks, TraneTime! I also own the Asgard 2, but I’m finding the T1 sounds just a tad bright with that amp (I’m a little sensitive to treble in the 7-10 kHz range, btw). Enter the Valhalla 2: so far, this is my favorite pairing with the T1. Speaking of Woo audio: I’ve had my cross-hairs on the WA2 for a long time. But for some reason, I’m reluctant to drop that kind of cash on a headphone amp. Silly, I know. 


There's nothing silly about it.  This can be a very expensive pastime, as my monthly credit card bill can attest. :confused_face:

post #9670 of 9673
So I have had my T1's for just under a month now. Got them brand new from the Focus Camera deal. Since I prefer xlr/balanced listening through my amp, doing a cable mod on the T1's is on my mind. I called Beyerdynamic USA and asked about a factory mod to the stock cable to convert to 4 pin XLR, but they said they would not do it, and if I performed it myself, it would void the warranty. Poop!
So...if I am going to crap on my warranty, I might as well just mod the earpieces to take either the Audeze mini XLR or the Sennheiser HD800 plugs. I have both cans, and I am leaning towards putting the HD800 plugs in, since I am shopping for a replacement cable for the Senns as well. ( leaning towards the Norne Audio).
Question: have any of you done an Audeze or HD800 plug mod to the T1's?
I know a few who have had the miniXLR's done, BTG Audio is on my short list of modders that performs this, although it seems his communication and turn around times leave something to be desired.
Any feedback regarding this would be appreciated.
Thanks
post #9671 of 9673
Too bad you are not living over here, Beyerdynamic did the cable mod to 4-pin XLR for me for around 30 € if I remember correctly. Not sure if they are doing it anymore since the T1 2nd generation is on it's way. I sent them the XLR Neutrik plugs however. They also created a short adapter cable for me from the original cable.
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Originally Posted by soundlogic View Post

So I have had my T1's for just under a month now. Got them brand new from the Focus Camera deal. Since I prefer xlr/balanced listening through my amp, doing a cable mod on the T1's is on my mind. I called Beyerdynamic USA and asked about a factory mod to the stock cable to convert to 4 pin XLR, but they said they would not do it, and if I performed it myself, it would void the warranty. Poop!
So...if I am going to crap on my warranty, I might as well just mod the earpieces to take either the Audeze mini XLR or the Sennheiser HD800 plugs. I have both cans, and I am leaning towards putting the HD800 plugs in, since I am shopping for a replacement cable for the Senns as well. ( leaning towards the Norne Audio).
Question: have any of you done an Audeze or HD800 plug mod to the T1's?
I know a few who have had the miniXLR's done, BTG Audio is on my short list of modders that performs this, although it seems his communication and turn around times leave something to be desired.
Any feedback regarding this would be appreciated.
Thanks

I went with the mini-XLR for my T1 and DT-990, they are much easier to work with and don't cost an arm and leg like the HD-800 plugs  Took about 4 hours to do each one as I was extra careful when using the dremmel on the cups.  Also will need some epoxy to anchor the mini-xlr plugs in the cups.

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I thought about waiting for the next gen version too, but I found an amazing deal on the T1 ($629! from an authorized dealer!) and I just couldn't pass up the opportunity.  

If you wouldn't mind, could you please PM me where you got that deal?

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