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.