beyerdynamic Tesla T1

Average User Rating:
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  1. baratmea
    5.0/5,
    "Beyerdynamic T1"
    Pros - One of the best allrounder, high quality sound.
    Cons - Cable uppgrades a little hard, but not impossible.
    Extremly good sound and a very good allrounder, perhaps the very best. Have tried mine on different amp's both tubes and transistors and it has never let me down yet.
    They need some "breaking in" time.

    I higly reccomend this if you are looking for some well buildt and amazing sounding headphones, and if not the price scare you, this have to be tested out if you are in the marked for some new High-End headphones.
  2. NilsTentacles
    5.0/5,
    "My experience of the mighty T1's"
    Pros - Sound, Comfort
    Cons - Price
    This is my review of the T1's. I purchased a pair from Meier-Audio in Germany and I paid €1900 for the entire combo including headphones, headpone-amplifier and DAC. This price is including a very nice discount. I received them on Tuesday this week (3/27/2012) and I've been breaking them in every day since then. This is actually the first product I own were I experience a very obvious break-in and the headphones have improved alot of time. The gear I've been using to feed the headphones with are all Meier-Audio products: Corda Classic and the Corda StageDAC (+a computer with FLAC-files). The sound is extremely transient fast. It sounds like they reveal everything in the recording. Or atleast I hear alot of things I didn't before (what a cliché, I know, but it's true). I'd say it's a very versitale sound. They can make extreme metal sound brutal, and they can make ambient music sound very soft. So I feel the headphone combo bring out what the artist intended. The sound has become more fluid over time which I also like alot. I get the same fluidity as my speakers, but with a higher resolution. The only thing I find I like more in my speakers (Klipsch RF82) is the bass and dynamics. But all in all the headphones and Meier-gear is state-of-the-art equipment. Enjoy!
  3. Ruzhyo
    4.5/5,
    "Dud"
    Pros - Comfort
    Cons - Price
    1st set died on me within 6 days.
     
    Right side suddenly no sound.
     
    Headband leather was very thin and looks prone to tears.
     
    Replacement set's headband was much better. 
  4. agoston.berko
    4.0/5,
    "not perfect"
    Pros - ok sound
    Cons - not so good sound with solid state amp
    harsh highs if not suited amp.
    not engaging enough.
    could be better for the price.
    midrange is not that good.
    bit heavy.
    velour pad too hot.
    chunky cable.
     
    build quaility is 10/8 (for the price)
    -velour pad always full of dust
    -cable always in way
     
  5. donthuang
    5.0/5,
    "Redefine the term "Transparency""
    Pros - Transparency,vivid ,openness sound never heard before
    Cons - Still a headphone
     
    To a headphone over $1000, how should we ask for?
    I am stunned by T1's ability about "Transparency", in Harry Pearson's means.
     
    All right, Beyerdynamic wins(read:beating my heart) in this generation , maybe Stax C32 could compete against ?
     
    This unlimited palpable(yes,you can even touch it!) is not about head-stage, sound-field ,or other terms, just Transparency,this is enough.
  6. Airwin
    5.0/5,
    "Best 880 ever."
    Pros - Clean and overwhelming sound, comfy, resistant.
    Cons - Price a bit, but you get what you pay for.

     
    Knowing the 600 and 250 Ohm Beyers (880s), both are pretty good headphones and one of the best values in the market.

    But the T1 got a better soundstaging than the 880s, is as fine in the highs, or even more detailed than the 600 Ohm 880, and solid sounding in the base like the 250 Ohm 880, and much more resistant.

    Driven with a solid amp in balanced mode, the headphone is a absolute beauty.

    No headphone is perfect, so the T1. He needs a little equalization to get even better. (Like Senn HD800 and others can getting better with a good EQ / digitally EQ)
    Notching the 8 kHz peak a bit (-5 dB) and between 80 and 400 Hz a little (-3 dB), and there it is: My heady for the next few years.
     
  7. Zombie_X
    5.0/5,
    "Tesla 1, the new kid on the block....."
    Pros - Neutrality and naturalness of the sound.
    Cons - Very unforgiving of poor quality recordings.
    I won't get too technical or get too in depth int his review. I will just state what I believe these headphones do and how they sound, just very straight to the point.
     
    The T1 is beyerdynamics' latest entry into full size open dynamic headphones. This model can achieve one Tesla with it's new driver and magnet system. This allows the T1 to be far more efficient and easier to amp than the DT880/600Ohm by quite a bit. This also means your amp won't strain to power them like some amps do with the DT880/600 (and this is from my experience). 
     
    IMO the Tesla 1 is at about the same level of the HD800, but I vastly prefer the T1 as it sounds more natural and dare I say less synthetic than the HD800. The HD800 has a leaner sound with more prominent treble and less bass, though the bass on the HD800 is slightly more accurate.
     
    Well onto the sound. I will be comparing to the HD800 in this review as I find them to be in the same league. I will go in sections: DETAIL, TRANSPARENCY, TREBLE, MIDRANGE, BASS, SOUNDSTAGE, CONCLUSION. 
     
    DETAIL:
    With this headphone you can hear a lot of things you may have never heard before, such as footsteps, raindrops, and even whispering. The detail retrieval is very close to that of the HD800, but rather more subtle sounding. The HD800 seems to revel in it's ability to bring out the smallest details. The T1 still has nearly the same amount of detail as the HD800, but it's just not so painfully obvious. The HD800 makes you want to focus on the details while the T1 is more of actually listening to the music, but that's my view on it.
     
    TRANSPARENCY:
    Man oh man these cans can reach deep into the music. They are so transparent that you can hear nearly everything that's there. I don't have the HD800 on hand but I would say the T1's are slightly more transparent. The transparency really shines in the midrange where the guitars and vocals are. The guitars are so crisp and clear and you can hear fingers sliding up the fret board and can hear little nuances in the voices of singers.
     
    TREBLE:
    The treble on the T1 is really great for many reasons. It extends just as high as the HD800, but unlike that headphone it is not as in your face. To me the T1's treble is very smooth without a hint of stridence or harshness. It also sound more natural to me. The treble is also very airy, not as airy as the HD800's, but very close. I also found the treble to be very detailed.
     
    MIDRANGE:
    The T1 has the best midrange I have ever heard. It has exceptional resolving capabilities as well as being more transparent than the HD800 in my mind. I also found the midrange to be more fleshed out than the HD800's, and though the T1 has neutral mids they are very slightly warmer. This warmness makes music sound more natural and lifelike. To me the HD800's mids were really good, but a little thin and could be somewhat lifeless on certain recordings. 
     
    BASS:
    The T1 definitely has more bass then the HD800 and this means more body and impact. I also found that the T1's lower most regions are a little rolled off, but not by that much. In fact I think the rolled off bass can make music sound more natural. The T1's bass still extends nearly as deep as the HD800's, but has more body and impact without sacrificing control or tightness. The bass of the T1 is more impactful than the DT770/DT880 but less than that of the DT990. The bass to me is perfect in it tonality and texturing capabilities which are really exceptional.
     
    SOUNDSTAGE:
    The soundstage is clearly much bigger than any of the DT770-DT990 variants and is also airy. I found it to be almost as big as the K702's soundstage, but has more depth and height to it. It's a really big stage that is nearly as big as the HD800's, but to me the HD800's is a little too big. The T1's is very spacious and provides great reproductions of spatial nuances and separation of instruments as well as providing a more accurate stereo image. Speaking of imaging, it's nothing short of incredible. You can place musicians on the stage really well and little nuances can be picked out really easily.
     
    CONCLUSION:
    I find the T1 to be a very good headphone and also the best reference all rounds out there. It has a very liquid and natural tonality that is heard to beat at any price. It's easily my no.1 recommendation for those who do not have a budget.
     
     
    Also the T1's are very unforgiving of low quality audio and if fed crap, they will spit it back at you. As for me I don't really care as I will use them anyways :wink:
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  8. mnicnc404
    5.0/5,
    "Terrific and Interesting Headphone - Tesla 1"
    Pros - Nearly perfect sound image, and so on.
    Cons - A little hard to put on.
     
    Beyerdynamic Tesla 1, often called T1, is a terrific headphone, indeed, but if I have to say, I’d say that T1 is an interesting headphone, rather than a terrific headphone, IMO.
     
    Premise: I listen to classical music, like symphonies, concertos, piano solos, etc.
     
    Let me talk about the normal pros first, which are outstanding but not so unique.
     
    T1 has great transparency, same as HD800. Both cans have the ability to rebuild the “atmosphere” of the scene of recording. T1 and HD800 do much better in atmosphere rebuilding than other cans (I have to apologize for having not heard to PS1000, 007mk2 and other flagships singing.) do, at least better than K701, HD650, and DT990/880 do. 
     
    T1 is very balanced, with great energy. With great balancing and tremendously wide dynamic range, T1 is able to play symphonies easily. I believe that HD800 is balanced as well, but sometimes, when HD800 is plugged into a “wrong” headphone amp, the bass disappears and the sound image becomes loose: even if HD800 has pin-point positioning, it’s not so enjoyable when listens to symphonies. Very weird. Of course, on the contrary, if HD800 is plugged into “right” amp, it will be enjoyable listening to symphonies with HD800. However, pleasure got by the listeners hearing to T1 and HD800 are different: It’s about the “scene type.” Lets talk about this later. 
     
    And it’s the neutrality. Sound of T1 is very neutral; however, if compared with HD800, T1 loses. Some say that HD800 has “the art of neutrality.” I think the statement meets the exigency. I like neutrality, and I like T1 better, but I have to admit HD800 does better in neutrality, IMO. 
     
    At last, let me talk about what makes T1 so phenomenal and what makes me love T1. Interesting and great, but more interesting.
     
    I haven’t heard to many cans so far, but in my experience with K601, HD800, DT990 and so on, “stage” and “scene” created by T1 are totally different. Stage and image created by T1 are so right and normal that these created by other cans seem deformed a little, including these  created by HD800. I’ve heard a way of saying, which somehow can express my thought: to analogize, if T1 has a normal len, then other headphones have wide-angle lens, in which images of objects usually seem distorted. Holographic, I’d say, even if the stage created by HD800 is bigger than this created by T1 by a -not big but- obvious gap. Because of such great imaging, maybe, all details go to the position they ought to be at, making the whole music more natural. In my opinion and experience, no other cans has such ability, and just this characteristic makes T1 phenomenal. 
     
    To sum up, T1 has these pros (some aren’t discussed):
     -Neutrality. (HD800 does a little better.)
     -Detailed.
     -Great transparency and ability rebuilding atmosphere.
     -“Normal,” “right” imaging and soundstaging. (HD800 has a bigger stage, but not so right.)
     -Grainless.
     -Energized.
     -Musical and exquisite.
     
    BTW, I want to complain that I always spend much time putting my T1 to the right position on my head. To me, this is the only con of T1.
  9. TheWuss
    4.5/5,
    "A fabulous effort from beyerdynamic"
    Pros - Terrific sound quality, great build quality
    Cons - Heavy cable, $1300 price tag
    Just throwing my two cents in... 
     
    These headphones are terrific.  And having come from some of the older flagship headphones (K702, DT880, etc.), I can say these are clearly a more reference quality headphone.
     
    The sound is revealing yet never harsh.  The treble response, to my ears, is sweet and very slightly rolled off.  It is part of the reason why these are not fatiguing headphones.  And the midrange?  Boy oh boy...  It's the most resolving midrange I've ever heard.  Voices and instruments not only sound fantastic, they sound more real than with other headphones I've heard.  And by some measure, I might add.
     
    My only nit to pick with the T1 is a slightly difficult one to describe, and it pertains to the bass.  (And I'm perhaps in the minority on this as well.)  While the headphones have neutral bass quantity, and nice bass impact, I find that the bass recedes slightly during complex sections of some music.  It's not terribly objectionable, but something that my ears pick up on from time to time, and keep these headphones from reaching a pure 5-star audio quality rating, for me. 
     
    Also, to be fair, there is a shadow of a chance that my amplification is not up to the task of driving these cans.  While they are rated at 600 ohms average, the impedance at ~100Hz is off the charts, and is reported to be somewhere near 1300 ohms.  Wow...  So, in order to get bass thump, you really need beefy amplification.  I will revise my assessment of this nit-picky problem if I come across an amp that helps resolve the receding bass...  Otherwise, it is, like I said, a minor quibble that I can live with, in an otherwise stellar set of cans.  Terrific in fact...
     
    And, if the price tag were a little lower, it would be easy to recommend the T1 to anyone and everyone.
     
    Edit:  My quibble with the disappearing bass seems to be tied to amplification after all.  I have just received the DNA Sonett amp, and the bass throught the T1 seems more fleshed out, and seems to sustain through busier sections of music. 
  10. Frank I
    4.5/5,
    "T1 a near perfect headphone"
    Pros - Very musical with great detail,bass and a stellar high end
    Cons - expensive
    When I ordered the T1 I really was not sure it would be a keeper. I bought a open box unit with full warranty. The headphones were burned in so listening time was much quicker for me as they needed no burn in. The first time I put them on using my Matrix M Stage and Marantz DV6001 was uneventful. There were no wow moments with this headphone.
     
    During the weeks that followed with the T1 I started to realize there were no problems or colorations I could identify. I started to realize that there was something special with the T1. The sound reminded me less hifi and more of a live musical event. I had noticed the tone of instruments were nearly what I had heard live in a concert ,whenI attended with Chris Botti and the Philadelphia orchestra.
     
    The sound coming from the T1 is really unique in a headphone. It is balanced with great detail and an open window into the sound stage that extends both wide and deep depending on the recording. The midrange is grain free with well defined imaging, and the transparency is like I have never heard  other headphones. The bass is tight ,well controlled, and sound almost perfect. There is no tipping of any bass or treble with these cans
     
    The most impressive quality of the T1 is can be used with any genre. It feels comfortable whether playing Pink Floyd or Beethoven. Vocals are presented with a lifelike transparency with no sibilance on  vocals unless it is a poor recording. The T1 just plays music as recorded and presents what the source is presenting.
     
    Beyer manufactured a headphone that is built like a Mercedes Benz and will provide the listener with years of enjoyment. The T1 has performed with my Matrix M Stage to a very high level. The headphone is the most neutral headphone I have heard to date. It just plays music as it was meant to be heard.
     
    The T1 is not a wow headphone. It is a reference headphone that plays the recordings as they would be played in a live setting. The most important quality that I see in the T1 is that it is so good playing all types of music, and it is the only can I own that can do that. If you are looking for IMO the most near perfect phone, the T1 is a can't miss can to own. I find its gets the most of my head time and I decided tyo buy the T1 as I feel this will be my end all headphone. I am sure there is better but I have not heard any that will perform as near perfect as the T1. Very highly recommended and a true Five star performer.
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