Beyerdynamic claims this system generates currently unequaled impulse performance. While they don’t go into much detail, a stronger magnetic structure could allow a somewhat heavier and therefore stiffer driver design.
At our request, Beyerdynamic also loaned us the new A1 headphone amplifier, which is said to be ideal for the T1s. While we used other headphone amps during our testing, we did make ample use of the A1 and you’ll find comments on this combination below as well.
Consider this headphone if: you are frustrated by the obvious imbalances of lively sounding headphones and are equally frustrated by the tepidness of headphones whose balance sounds neutral but whose overall presentation sounds strangely dull and lifeless. The T1s offer the best combination of midrange neutrality, vividness and transparency we’ve heard.
Look further if: maximum low bass extension or the ultimate in bass definition are paramount among your needs. At the other end of the audio spectrum, note that while the T1’s treble balance is generally accurate the headphones can sometimes emphasize (or overemphasize) certain treble transients—a quality that some listeners won’t mind, but that others will.
Ratings (compared to similarly-priced headphones)
- Tonal Balance: 9.5
- Frequency Extremes: 8.5
- Clarity: 9.5
- Dynamics: 9.5
- Comfort/Fit: 8.5
- Sensitivity: 8.0
- Value: 9.5