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Today I’m going to be once again slapping you in the melon with another comparison review! This time I’ll be talking specifically about the Beyerdynamic T90 vs. T1, as I sit here and spazz to some jazz (COLTRANE!). So sit back and relax buster,
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What I will bring you in this review
- Video Review
- Amp/DAC requirements
- Who these headphones benefit?
- Final Word
Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!
- type: open back
- fit: circumaural (over ear)
- impedance: 250 ohms
- frequency response: 5 – 40,000 Hz
- material: velour ear pads, metal
- color: black, grey, silver, some magenta on the ear cups
This is a great set of natural sounding, uncolored open back cans that thrive in an isolated studio environment. They deliver sound-wise is a neutral, flat, and airy reproduction, with no extra emphasis on the bass frequency. The bass is tight and controlled, as well as clean and clear with no boom. They are perfect for mixing and mastering in studio, as they will give you an honest reproduction of your mix. They are open backed, meaning you get a wider sound-stage. The music sounds as if it’s surrounding you. Potential buyers should also note that people will be able to hear your music at louder levels.
These are more of an enjoyable listen when compared to the Beyerdynamic DT 880’s, which are even better suited for critical listening in studio, but perhaps a bit too “clinical”.
Check out my article on the best headphones for mixing, which includes the DT880’s! Find out about my top recommendation for mixing at the bottom of this article!
- bass frequency is tight and controlled, with no distortion. It does not bleed into other frequencies.
- good bass and sub bass. There is thump to them right out of the box.
- balanced and neutral, but lively.
- head-band is made of spring steel.
- really really comfortable, which is a standard for Beyer products.
- extreme details/clarity felt; a singers breathing, previously unheard instruments.
- great sound-stage; you can discern easily where everything is. It has been compared to sitting in a theater in the middle section.
- good instrument separation. individual instruments come through clear.
- non-removable cable.
- mids are distant and may sound thin depending on the source. grills and dust magnets easy to scratch.
- an occasional over emphasis on treble, may be a bit harsh. This is kind of another standard with Beyerdynamic headphones. EQ does help these out quite a bit. They also calm down quite a bit after a significant burn in period.
- build quality for the price may be lacking somewhat. They should have more metal than plastic at this price point.
- Bass response may be overwhelming in certain recordings.
Check out the video review!
Some people claim that they need an amp to deliver the best sound, others say they do just fine without one. It’s your call. You can always add one later!
- One reviewer recommended the FiiO E12.
- The Bottlehead crack (DIY tube amp) may be the best pairing overall.
- The Schiit Valhalla
Who these headphones benefit?
- People who want to enjoy their music, rather than be too critical of it.
- They are precise. If you want subtle detail, these provide that.
- Bass-heads will appreciate this sound. Just know that they aren’t purely a bass-heads can.
- Very good for movies
- Screamo (lol).
An extremely accurate, amazing set of reference cans that reveal everything like a microscope, but are also really enjoyable to listen with. Know that a lot of people have complained about the tinny, kind of harsh quality in the treble range. Burn in time, the right headphone amp, as well as EQ all may help with the problem.
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- type: semi-open
- fit: circumaural (over ear)
- impedance: 600 ohms
- frequency response: 5 – 50,000 Hz
- material: velour ear pads, leather head band, metal cups
- color: silver, black
Some people consider these the finest dynamic headphones on the planet. They are very natural sounding, open, and airy. They are very neutral, and transparent, and only fall behind the HD 800’s in terms of sound-stage realism.
Check out my Sennheiser HD 800 review!
It should be noted, that both the T1 and T90 use what Beyerdynamic calls “Tesla drivers”.
“The Tesla nomination relates to the amount of magnetic force in the driver mechanism of the headphone. In general terms, 1 tesla of magnetic force is massive and it means that the drivers are very sensitive. I want to equate it to a car with lots of power and huge brakes, but that doesn’t account for the handling and the T1s are also nimble and agile, not just quick to stop and start.
In a speaker (or headphone) driver, the ability of the voice coil (the bit that drives the movement) to respond rapidly and accurately is the key to transparent and accurate sound as well as efficient creation of volume without requiring massive power. At 600 ohms, the T1s would traditionally be considered “hard to drive”, but the Tesla driver means it produces volumes comparable to 350 ohm headphones like the Sennheiser HD6X0s given equal amounts of power.”
Other than that, these babies are so good that they may even reveal flaws in mastering that were previously unheard for years.
- tight, realistic sounding bass response. clean and punchy.
- really a joy to listen with, even being as neutral as it gets in regard to sound.
- really really comfortable, again a standard with beyer products.
- versatile with many genres of music.
- design is clean and functional, yet attractive.
- angled drivers (inside the headphones) make for a more natural presentation of sound, imaging, and staging.
- mid-range is smooth and clean with exceptional detail.
- sound-stage is incredible. one reviewer noted that with some songs, as soon as he put his headphones on and pressed play, the sound seemed as though it was coming from his speakers. Even though he knew it wasn’t, he still had to take the cans off and check to make sure. It won’t happen with every recording, but it gives you a sense of how good the staging is. What is Soundstage?
- Bass is similar to that of the HD 600, although it reaches more into the sub bass frequencies. The upper bass is also has a bit more energy. It’s overall warmer and more lush.
- Build quality is phenomenal. Headband is made of real leather, and feels great.
- adjustment mechanism of the head-band is a bit imprecise
- treble presentation has been called “debatable”. There is a bit of a spike at 8-9 KHz, resulting in sibilance. Some say this is the source of their magic.
- a bit heavy, with underwhelming cable that isn’t as nice as the rest of the headphone
- needs pretty beefy amplification to power correctly
- Bass is a bit confusing and strange, with a mind of it’s own. On some tracks it really lacks a certain impact.
Check out the video review!
At 600 Ohms, I wouldn’t purchase these without some thought on proper amplification. How to choose a headphone amp! Regardless, the T1 is less amp picky than you would think.
Good amps to pair with these:
- Schiit Valhalla 2
- Woo Audio WA3.
Who these headphones benefit?
- They do extremely well in rendering the electric guitar in particular.
- They have an amazing sound-stage. If you want to feel immersed in the music, there’s arguably no better option out there.
- Pin point accuracy for gamers. There may not be a better headphone out there for FPS gaming.
- Great for Classical, Jazz, and generally more toned down music. Will bite at you in higher volumes. Tube amp is recommended, as they kind of tend to warm up the sound.
An amazing sounding can given proper amplification, and proves extremely versatile with a wide variety of musical genres. From Pink Floyd to Beethoven, these really shine..
Similarities & Differences
- both have spring steel head-band leatherette
- both are open backed, conducive to listening in an isolated room away from distractions.
- both have those comfy velour ear pads
- both are over ear (circumaural)
- both are a joy to listen to and have a great sound-stage
- both have very neutral and uncolored sound presentations
- both have cables that aren’t detachable
- both require very good amplification to power correctly. Don’t expect the sound to be at it’s best without one.
- the T90 comes with a nylon carrying bag, the T1 comes with an aluminum storage box
- the T90’s have a lower impedance at 250 ohms, vs. the 600 ohm of the T1
- The T90 is more of a fun sounding headphone, while the T1 is better suited for critical listening/reference purposes.
- The T90’s cable comes out of only the right side, while the T1’s cables come out of both ear-cups.
- The T1 is more aggressive than the more laid back T90.
If you want a more enjoyable and “fun” sounding experience, the T90’s may be for you. They have been called a bass-heads headphone, and do remarkably well in these sorts of applications. Anything from rock, rap, modern pop, hip-hop, funk, R&B, and/or club. The sound is full and loud, but also amazingly accurate.
If you prefer to be a little more critical of your music, and need a great mixing/reference can, the T1’s are great, but the HD 600 is the best. You don’t get that harshness in the treble range, and they aren’t as amp picky as the T1. They have also been given so many accolades that it’s hard not to call them the best. “Gold standard”, “Genre master”, “Best price to performance ratio.” All of these adjectives and more describe this wonderful set of headphones.
CHECK OUT MY SENNHEISER HD 600 REVIEW!!
Well that’s about it for today folks! I hope you enjoyed my comparison review of the Beyerdynamic T1 vs. T90!
Which of these headphones sounds more your style?? Let me know!!
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All the best and God Bless,