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Beyerdynamic updates its flagship headphones with the new third-generation T1 and T5

By Kenny Yeo - on 2 Sep 2020, 12:44pm

Beyerdynamic updates its flagship headphones with the new third-generation T1 and T5

(Image source: Beyerdynamic)

Beyerdynamic has just updated its flagship over-ear headphones. Say hi to the new third-generation T1 and T5 headphones.

The two headphones are fundamentally identical but the T1 features an open design for a more natural sound, whereas the T5 has a closed design for better noise isolation.

The new closed-back T5. (Image source: Beyerdynamic)

Both headphones are developed and manufactured at Beyerdynamic's headquarters in Heilbronn, Germany, and are made with high-quality materials. This includes anodised aluminium for the yokes and Alcantara for the headbands.

Both headphones also have lacquered metal earcups. The open-back T1 uses stainless steel while the closed-back T5 uses aluminium to keep weight down.

The new T1 and T5 headphones feature Beyerdynamic's Tesla drivers. (Image source: Beyerdynamic)

Frequency response is not a specification that I pay much attention to when looking at a headphone but it's worth noting that the T1 and T5's claimed frequency response is 5Hz to 50,000Hz. As a result, they are Hi-Res Audio certified.

The drivers have a rated impedance of 32 ohms, while sensitivity is rated at 100dB SPL/1mw. While this means the drivers are efficient and will work out of mobile devices, there's no doubt that an amplifier will help maximise their potential.

Beyerdynamic has also tweaked the sound of both headphones. Compared to its predecessor, the T1 gets a "gentle bass boost" for a warmer sound. As for the T5, it has tweaked upper mids to improve vocal reproduction.

The open-back T1. (Image source: Beyerdynamic)

The drivers are angled to create a wider soundstage and feature specially-designed earpads. The open-back T1 earpads are made of soft velour while the T5 uses synthetic leather for better noise attenuation. Both headphones have earpads that are filled with memory foam.

As for accessories, both headphones with come with a hard carrying case and a 3-metre long braided detachable cable.

The Beyerdynamic T1 and T5 headphones are available starting today and are priced at S$1,499 each.