My first version was exactly like this one :
My second version is like this :
Basically as you can see the differences can be summed up like this :
- The damping inside the cup as been removed
- the hole in the middle of the white plastic back plate is smaller, to compensate for the absence of damping
- the two "free holes" (the black ones) on the sides of the plastic back plate are now covered with a thin black tissue, in contrast to the previous one which has a totally free hole on one side and another covered with the white paperish sheet on the other.
The sound is extremely similar, but what I noticed is that the second pair seems a little less "paperish" in the higher registers. I prefer the second version, but I'm afraid the difference is too small to be sure. I don't think it's worthwhile at all to change for this one at a cost (unlike the LCD2 Rev1 and 2 which seem to differ in a more substantial way).
Because of the damping removal you might think that the sound won't be as over damped as it currently is, but no, as the smaller hole on the back plate negates this.
On the other hand I'm starting to get pissed off (to put it lightly) by manufacturers changing stuff without reporting it (wether it has impact on sound quality or not). I think headphone manufacturers should use a software-like naming scheme. For example the first DT 1350 should be called the "DT 1350.0.0", and the second one "DT 1350.0.1". The first extra digit would be used for when the sound changes quite much (example : HD650.0.0 ; HD650.1.0, with the new grill, or LCD2.0.0, LCD2.0.1 - cosmetic changes, and LCD2.1.0 - Rev 2) and the second one for when the sound doesn't change much. More importantly, I'm tired of manufacturers sending out "beta" headphones for them to be changed very quickly afterwards. I know this is mostly for the better, but there is less than two months of production between the first version and the current one, and that tells me there hasn't been enough research in the first place. I'm starting to think Beyer really isn't a very serious company (in addition to other problems, like polarity reversal inconsistency in there production, or the fact that all the headphones I bought from them came with lots of dust and manufacturing defects in the box). This is quite bad as I feel there's much talent in that company.
Also, the carrying case has changed a little in its proportions, but there isn't much to notice. It definitely is different though (wider at the rounded edge, and that's all).
Now that I'm done ranting, I think the match was great and both teams did quite well.
Edited by MayaTlab - 10/23/11 at 5:07am