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Like its sibling T 51 p, the focus for design of the T 51 i is delivering unrivalled sound quality. With new and improved drivers the headphones deliver in an inspiring way – right from the first moment. A particularly deep bass response and transparent, clear highs are apparent from the T 51 i due to the common properties that make all Tesla headphones so special: high efficiency and low distortion. The result: a clear, powerful sound across the entire frequency range, even at low levels. The closed design of the T 51 p also isolates external noise very effectively. Further information about Tesla Technology.
Being an officially licenced product, you can be sure, that the T 51 i works smoothly on your iPod, iPhone or iPad. With the three-button remote and mic, you can use your T 51 i to control calls and media playback. All functions (except the volume up and down) work on other current smartphones and tablet computers as well, including Windows and Android devices.
The shiny beyerdynamic logo on the housing caps stands in sharp contrast with the brushed metal surfaces of the ear-cups. The cable has also been improved to be more stable and has a satin finish which results in less cable noise. A light champagne tone lends the headphones a very elegant appearance and raises the T 51 p above the plastic monotony of most – even more expensive – headphones with its all-metal construction.
With its metal fully-adjustable headband and swivelling earcups the T 51 i fits perfectly on your head and confirms beyerdynamic’s long-established reputation for producing headphones with excellent wearing comfort. The ear pads made of super-soft synthetic leather fit the contour of the outer ear thanks to its viscoelastic filling (a memory foam).
Thanks to the swivelling earcups the T 51 i folds up compactly and fits in the included rugged nylon carry case. A high-quality 6.35 mm adapter is included for listening on premium hi-fi equipment or headphone amplifiers, an airplane adapter is also included so you can enjoy a superior experience of in-flight entertainment.
These headphones received a qualified 'thumbs up' from Tyll Herstens formerly of Inner Fidelity and a more enthusiastic recommendation from "Lachlan Likes a Thing", with these becoming Lachlan's own preferred portable phones a few years ago. For myself I was pleasantly surprised by the sound of these straight out the box as they compare very well to my well used and burnt-in HD650s. I had considered this choice after much online and Youtube research. The purpose for which they were selected is to listen to my ripped CD collection on Roon using my iPad Air2 as an endpoint and running the phones of 32 ohms, from this mark of iPad's included 3.5 mm headphone socket. Frankly, I cannot see the point of the dongle dac 'merry-go-round', but will consider purchasing a dac for my 2020 iMac which has no headphone socket. As for comfort, yes, they are a little tight to begin with but I will not bend the headband as per the HD650s as the ear cups must sit snugly on top the ears rather than over them to ensure one doesn't lose bass output which is not thunderous but entirely adequate. I have listened using Roon to Roxy Music's Avalon, Elizabethan Renaissance music voices and period acoustic instruments, Borodin's String Quartet no2 and Grieg's Peer Gynt Suite - all sounded very listenable despite the lack of any burn-in i.e.straight out of the box.Would I buy these again - yes and the small case is a welcome bonus which can sit on a coffee table and keep the phones safe and sound as the very thin non-detachable cable must be treated with care to avoid damage. (There is in fact a Youtube video showing how to replace the cable with a detachable cable but it involves the soldering of a new female socket in each ear phone prior to attaching a complimentary cable). Service from Analogue Seduction was 5 star as usual and because I am account customer I was able to cash-in a small price deduction which is always welcome. Hope this review may be of help to others lost in the maze of headphone hype!
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