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Beyerdynamic T90 vs. T1 | A COMPARISON!!

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Beyerdynamic T1 vs. T90

Beyerdynamic T1 vs. T90

What I will bring you in this review

  1. Specifications
  2. Summary
  3. Pros
  4. Cons
  5. Neutral
  6. Video Review
  7. Amp/DAC requirements
  8. Who these headphones benefit?
  9. Consensus/Conclusion
  10. Similarities/Differences
  11. Final Word

Now without further ado, let’s get rolling!

Beyerdynamic T90

  • Beyerdynamic T90

    Beyerdynamic T90

    Price: check amazon! check eBay!

  • 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

Summary

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!

Pros

  • 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.

Cons

  • Non-removable cable.
  • Mids are distant and may sound thin depending on the source. grills and dust magnets easy to scratch.

Neutral

  • 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!

Amp/DAC requirements

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
  • Rap
  • Pop
  • EDM
  • Screamo (lol).
  • Rock
  • Funk

Consensus/Conclusion

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.

Onto…

Beyerdynamic T1

Beyerdynamic T1

Beyerdynamic T1

  • Price: check amazon! | check eBay!
  • 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

Summary

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”. These drivers are extremely sensitive, meaning essentially that they have a lot of power, can respond to changes in sound accurately and quickly, and are very efficient in handling volume without requiring a lot of power. The 600 Ohm impedance would suggest a harder to drive headphone, but the T1 actually produces volumes comparable to say a 300-350 Ohm headphone. What is Headphone Impedance?

Other than that, these babies are so good that they may even reveal flaws in mastering that were previously unheard for years.

Pros

  • 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.
  • Soundstage 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.

Cons

  • 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. What does sibilant mean?
  • A bit heavy, with underwhelming cable that isn’t as nice as the rest of the headphone.
  • Needs pretty beefy amplification to power correctly.

Neutral

  • 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!

All credit goes to @Metal571. Check him out on Twitter and Youtube for some great reviews!

Amp/DAC requirements

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:

  1. Schiit Valhalla 2
  2. Woo Audio WA3.
  3. HIFI-M8

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.

Consensus/Conclusion

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

Similarities

  • 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 Soundstage, with similar clarity and detail retrieval.
  • 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.
  • Both do well with the JDS Labs O2 Amp.

Differences

  • 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.
  • Bass. The T1’s bass is tighter and less in your face, while the T90’s is more present. You’re more aware of it.
  • Treble. The T90 is a bit more treble happy than the T1. This basically means that it’s high end can be overly bright at times, leading to some harshness. They are incredibly detailed and extend beautifully though. The small details are really heard and felt. By contrast, the T1’s aren’t treble happy, but just right. Their highs also extend beautifully, but aren’t too fatiguing. The detail is there, but it’s not seemingly thrown at you/in yo face.
  • Overall Application. The T90’s are more of a fun sounding headphone, while the T1’s would be better suited in a critical listening/mixing environment.

Final Word

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.

SEE THE T90’s FOR YOURSELF ON AMAZON!!

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!!

If you have any other questions for me, leave them down below or contact me as well. I would love to hear from you!!

All the best and God Bless,

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22 Comments

  1. Great comparison Stu,
    I’ve been looking for good headphones but i’m not very good at looking at the details. I’m not too picky on the type of sound whether its critical or not so the T90 is perfect for me. It looks pretty cool too with the brown cover thing, very stylish! Might just get myself one soon on my next payday ;D

    • Hey again dude!

      That’s really cool that you’re thinking about a pair of T90’s! I am too actually. Sometimes a critcal/analytical sound can be a bit boring. I definitely agree on that. It’s been hard for me to decide whether I want a true mixing can, or a headphone that’s fun to listen to. I do think the Beyerdynamic DT 990’s give the best of both worlds. That’s why I’m heavily considering them.

      Hope all is well and come back anytime!
      -Stu

  2. Wow. I really thought the your review regarding the beyerdynamic t90 vs. the t1 was really thorough. I am thinking about converting a closet into a small studio and really had no idea that there were headphones beyond the garden variety of beats etc. These two really are the best of the best. Its hard for me to decide however which ones I like better.

    • Hey Tiffany!

      Sounds like you know what you’re doing in regards to the booth. It’s good to be in an enclosed space. Have you thought about egg crate foam or old comforters to line the walls?

      Yeah, the T90 and T1 are pretty high up there. Just for reference, the T1 is a bit more analytical of a headphone, while the T90 is a bit more of a joy to listen to. For your studio, if you were to purchase one of these, I may go with the T1.

      Thanks for stopping by! Hope to hear from you again soon..

      -Stu

  3. I like your review! I would like to compare with other brands before I purchase. Thank you for sharing these informative reviews…

    I like sports, would you mind suggesting me some sports headphones. I would like to purchase a pair so that I can exercise with them.

    Thanks a lot.

    P.S. sorry about that, my question may not relevant to your niche topic on your website.

    Good Day!

    • Hey man!

      Yeah it’s not relevant to my niche at all. Lol. But I did find something for you. A quick Google search was all it took.. Check this out!!

      Thanks for stopping by.. hope to hear from you soon..

      -Stu

  4. Very useful article to me, who is also a musician and home studio addict. I was looking for good headphones to do some mixing. What would you suggest? Very good idea also to suggest some amps to go with these headphones and to have put a video in your article. Makes me want to buy both!

    • Hey David!

      I’ll link you to an article that I wrote about the best studio headphones for mixing.. Out of those 3 however… my best recommendation would be the Sennheiser HD 600. It is the best pair of mixing headphones as far as price vs. performance ratio, and has been around for a long time. It really set the standard for open back studio headphones, and still remains to many, the best investment that you could make for the long term.

      Thanks for stopping by brother, if you have any other questions let me know..

      -Stu

      • The HD 600 are very muffled and lack sufficient bass and treble extension by most modern standards. I suppose if you enjoy the more bland, midrange-centric sound of older floorstanding speakers from the pre-1990s, the HD 600 is a good fit. But that is the ONLY case.

        • Muffled? Bland? Are you listening with aluminum foil over your ears? The HD600 is just about the best headphone you can buy when evaluating the entire package. It’s price to performance ratio is unrivaled. And no, I prefer clarity, precision, and detail, all of which the 600’s provide in spades.

          “By most modern standards” Please extrapolate on that, because I think you’re just throwing words around.

  5. This is wonderful. Very clear and well explained in each step. Thank you! Me and boyfriend have had a home office for a long time and we never knew how to set it up for great cinema audio. We need it for our job while we create video games and movies.

  6. I am a little disappointed that you do not compare the two headphones despite the article being labeled as such. I can’t find any tangible comparison.

    “T 90 is more fun and laid back.” And? What does that mean? Everything is really vague and does not give away the characteristics of the headphones in question.

    • Good catch, my apologies for the fuzzy and unclear differences. I revised the Differences section. Should be more apparent now. Hope it helps. If not please let me know or Contact me.

      Thanks for dropping by!
      -Stu

  7. Hello, great comparison.
    I recently upgraded from my Beyerdynamic DT990 Pro’s to the T90 black chrome edition. I find there are almost zero areas in which the DT990 excels compared to the T90.
    Mind you, there is a bit more sound isolation with the DT990’s than I get with my T90’s. Oddly enough…despite both headphones being 250ohms, I find the T90 are easier to drive with mobile devices. But this comes at a cost, as poor quality recordings are much worse sounding on the T90, and higher volumes without a proper amplifier sound much worse and lose the body present beforehand.

    Both great, but if you have the money the T90’s have no contest with the DT990s.

      • Yes, I have a JDS Labs Objective 2. It makes such a profound difference with both headphones. Granted, poorer quality recordings and weaker amplification are more profound in their detriment to the listening experience for the T90. I really want to try the T1’s now, but I was fortunate to find my T90’s for $276 usd and T1’s are nearly $800. At that difference, if I bought the T1’s I don’t think I would be anything but disappointed.

        • Yeah. The T1’s are still a great headphone but that treble range can be pretty harsh.
          Thanks for stopping by Beau! Let me know what your impressions of the T90 are overall.

          • For me the T90’s are great headphones for the cost, excellent if you can find them on sale (buydig seller on ebay has great deals on Beyerdynamics).
            It is a fun headphone that can be mildly fatiguing on hot tracks or lower quality recordings, but the more you put into it, the more it gives you. Definitely recommend, same old comfortable and high quality build from Beyerdynamic in a new headphone.

          • “But that treble range can be pretty harsh.”
            This is absolutely incorrect. If anything, the upper midrange peak in the HD 600 is just as obtrusive and tonally inaccurate. How about actually obtaining a pair and demoing it in real life instead of “reviewing” by guessing how things will sound using one touchy audiophile’s review as the basis of your knowledge? The Beyerdynamic T1 is far from peaky compared to the DT 990 or Grados, which are far more abrasive and grainy.

          • That’s your opinion. I don’t find it obtrusive, and to be honest it’s not even that large of a peak. Tonally inaccurate? Maybe, but I can forgive that small bump when looking at the entirety of the sound signature.. It’s called clarity. Most people already know that the mids are forward, so what you’re saying isn’t revolutionary or new. It’s what makes the 600 a great headphone. Why is it that 99% of people have no issues with fatigue? I’ve yet to come across a person who said they had to take them off because of the supposed obtrusive mid-range. It also depends on your source files. If you’re listening to crap, they’ll absolutely let you know. Maybe you should evaluate your music. I’m not going to listen to anything less than FLAC or the highest quality WAV when I plug mine in.

            As far as your other comments, I’m not sure what you’re getting at. If I don’t demo or own a headphone personally, I research as much as I can, it comes from many sources and reviews, and it’s based off of a clear consensus. I’m not just saying things just to be saying them. You do realize that because I can’t demo everything, I base my buying decisions off of what others say? It has never failed me. For instance, there’s an entire thread on Head-Fi dedicated to “dampening the T1’s.” The consensus around the internet is that the T1’s have a hot, somewhat harsh treble at times. That’s undisputed and you may disagree, but it doesn’t make them wrong. Also, we’re not comparing them to the Grado’s or 990’s. People should automatically take that into account before buying, since Grado’s being harsh is no news flash at all.

            Thanks for stopping by.

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