My head’s metaphorical size is open to question, but I am confident there’s nothing unusual about its literal size. I’m an average height and average weight, and I reckon my head is of pretty average dimensions.
So, when the most immediately notable thing about the Solitaire P-SE headphones by T+A is just how swamped they make my unremarkably sized head feel, I can’t help but worry for those people blessed with smaller heads than mine. Presumably T+A hasn’t set out to exclude whole swathes of the population from Solitaire P-SE ownership. However, unless “must feel large” is high on their list of new-headphones requirements, I fear lots of prospective customers will reject the Solitaire P-SE when they put a pair on (or, more accurately, over) their head.
Rejecting the headphones would be a dreadful pity because in pretty much every other respect the T+A Solitaire P-SE are brilliantly accomplished headphones that are an unalloyed joy in listening, which is just as it should be, given the asking price.
Before we even get to the sound they make, though, T+A has done its utmost to make that price seem perfectly reasonable. As is unerringly the case with this German manufacturer (whose company name stems from ‘Theory and Application’, and most certainly not from any baser Miss World-related derivation), the Solitaire P-SE are painstakingly conceived, specified and manufactured. By the time T+A has explained the processes behind these headphones, three grand feels almost like a bargain.
Indeed, the £3,000 P-SE seems a bargain compared to the £5,000 Solitaire P headphones T+A has used as a jumping-off point. Everything’s relative, after all. T+A has replaced the aluminium elements of the Solitaire P with a “high-quality synthetic compound” alternative on the outside. It’s chamfered the ear cups. But as far as compromises are concerned, this seems as far as T+A is prepared to go.