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 Soundstage. Related: What is Soundstage? 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.
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.
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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!
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
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.
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 Soundstage realism.
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.
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.
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. 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.
Bass is a bit confusing and strange, with a mind of it’s own. On some tracks it really lacks a certain impact.
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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.
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. That said, the 9k peak will be off putting to the majority of people, though the overall sound is fairly balanced for the most part.
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 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.
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.
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.
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