Over the years, Beardynamic has established itself as one of the most trusted names in the headphone business, especially for audiofiles. The German company constantly builds the top cans of the line with impeccable care and attention to detail, directly from their consumers to more sophisticated studio-grade products. The company’s new offering, the Beyerdynamic T1 3rd Generation is an open-back stereo headphone that retains the original, critically acclaimed T1 design language and features, with some slight differences. One of the major changes is that the 3rd generation model is much easier to drive for laptops and mobile devices because the new version has reduced the barrier at 32ohms compared to the 600ohm barrier of the old model. By doing this, the company has democratized high-end, studio-grade sound. The question is whether it still seems open and transparent, despite the few obstacles. Find out.
Beyerdynamic T1: Construction and Design
The Beyerdynamic T1, unlike some of Beyerdynamic’s more affordable cans, is hand-assembled at the company’s headquarters in Hellburn, Germany. The luxurious nature of headphones is evident from the first moment you touch them The 3rd generation model comes in a charcoal color tone with a design language that is undoubtedly baredynamic – simple but elegant.
The earcups are made of varnished stainless steel with a perforated design because they are open-back headphones. The headband extenders are brushed and made with anodized aluminum which has a smooth and premium feel. The headband is made from leather and alcantara while the earpads are covered with soft, black velor. Finally, the 3m connecting wires are wrapped in a protective cloth and made of OCC7N high-quality copper for good signal transmission. The wires are also easily disconnected, so it may take a few seconds to replace a replacement cable. You will also find a 6.35mm adapter in the box. As far as materials are concerned, you will be hard pressed to find something better within this specific price range.
Still, the premium materials make these gorgeous heavy cans, weighing 360g without wires. The T1s are neither foldable nor compressible, so despite the hard case they come with, they are not the best headphones you would like to travel with. The open-back nature of these cans means that you will not be too detached from the surrounding sounds and there are plenty of noise leaks. So, it is safe to say that these headphones are best enjoyed in the comfort of your home or studio.
Beyerdynamic T1: Comfort and fit
The Beyerdynamic T1’s velor-covered earcaps are soft and breathable, allowing users to listen to music for hours without getting too hot. Additionally, inside the cups is a layer of padding with a layer of memory foam which makes them extremely comfortable. The headband is also plush and comfortable. We listened to the song for an extended 2 hours and no uncomfortable hotspots were created over our heads, which is quite impressive. Beyerdynamic has been able to distribute the weight of the cans evenly throughout the space, which helps in more comfort.
The clamping force, on the other hand, is a little stronger. For smaller heads, such as the reviewer’s head, this works just fine. However, for those with large heads, the clamping force may actually feel a bit more because it can make the earpads a little warmer and less breathable.
Beyerdynamic T1: Performance
As mentioned earlier, Beyerdynamic has chosen to lower the barrier for the Gen 3 model from its predecessor at 600ohms to 32ohms. While this makes it much easier to drive headphones without the need for a dedicated amplifier, audiofiles can be frustrating due to the lack of high-resolution options. Nevertheless, BearDynamic claims that with its Tesla driver technology and larger drivers, they are still able to deliver high fidelity reproduction from any portable player that anyone can use.
In our experiments, we found that the new T1 has a larger and more open sound stage, due to its open-back form factor, which makes the tracks submerge and expand. The drivers inside the cans have a slight tilt to the front which increases the efficiency of the spatial sound. The sonic stage has a lot of width and even a fair amount of height. It makes music sound natural and clear, a quality that is explored by audiophile and sound engineers.
With the 3rd generation model, the T1 is coming through a mix of alloy frequencies with a warm-sloping sonic signature. While this is uncommon for open-back headphones, the base and logos still avoid being muddy and do not cloud the middle parts. In fact, there are many details of bass frequencies that push through the track such as Mindstreet By Motherfucker, With bass guitar playing throughout the track. The bass guitar sounded rich and full without disturbing the quality of the voice, which was impressive.
Mids are detailed-packed, however, they are a bit less elaborate which means that the tracks sometimes feel warmer than meant. This is surprising given that high-end stereo headphones do not usually pivot on this route, which is more common in consumer headphones. Still, with the new T1 the sound detail and naturalness is definitely something you won’t find in consumer headphones to this degree. The heights are also crisp and detailed, however, they’re not as bright as other studio-grade headphones as we’ve reviewed with the Maze Audio Empire.
Where the new T1 has excellent soundstage and Starler imaging capabilities. Instruments are perfectly placed on the stage and have little or no instrument overlap, even on tracks that are packed with instruments such as Selkis By Buried and between me. For those who like neutral sounds from near, we would probably recommend them to go with their T1 3rd generation predecessors.
The last row
Priced at Rs 94,599, the Beyerdynamic T1 3rd Generation is definitely not affordable. However, at this price point you get exactly what you expect, an awesome build made with premium materials and an open and transparent sonic appearance. These are especially good for people listening to hi-fi music as they can be easily powered by any portable music player, including smartphones, without a dedicated amplifier. If you like a warm sonic signature and want a pair of luxurious open-back stereo headphones, then you should definitely consider these headphones.