Title: beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation test: Tesla headphones
Author: Torsten Pless
Translated from the original German article
The choice of materials and implementation of the semi-open headphones is once again terrific. The beyerdynamic headphones seem to be made for eternity. Its leather headband, the clean guide bar and the robust ear cups speak for themselves. For the ear cushions beyerdynamic uses velour with memory foam padding. The material should dissipate heat and moisture away from the ears. We did not sweat even after prolonged wearing.
On the head, the Beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation once again feels great. The semi-open headphones enclose the ears completely. It sits firmly on the head, so as not to slip, but not too tight that it is pinching. The velour material with memory foam padding sits comfortably on the ears and adapts its shape accordingly.
The beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation is still a headphone with a clean playback and analytic variety. In order that the headphone does not sound too boring, the T1 2nd generation supplied a starting direct sound. Individual instruments were almost tangible in front of us, regardless of individual performance or full rock band line-up.
The mids of the new beyerdynamic headphones have gained more musicality. Now base notes sound more vivid, from which the general sound characteristic benefits.
The beyerdynamic T1 2nd generation has, however, maintained the attention to detail. In this way consonant-heavy vocals sounded sometimes slightly superficial. Graceful instruments had a very fine resolution and could be very well discovered in the depth of space.
We noticed the positive bass performance of the beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation. Deep frequencies were not too loud, but audible. The Tesla drivers always got to the heart of the bass and thus provided a very dynamic reproduction.
Regarding level accuracy the beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation is not inferior to the T 1. When using an appropriate headphone amplifier the volume could be still increased without the headphone showing the slightest distortions.
All in all, the beyerdynamic T 1 was already a prime example for German headphone ingenuity, now the new edition adds something more. Base sound and the properties of the 1st generation were largely maintained and partially optimised. The beyerdynamic T 1 2nd generation still appears more musical and is entitled to be called premium Tesla headphones.
Overall rating: 9.2 points (from 10)
- Excellent fit
- Musical sound
- Detachable cable
- Very good workmanship
- Somewhat bright sound