Beyerdynamic DT 1350
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Built and designed by German audio engineers expressly seeking pristine resolution and musical accuracy above all, the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 look quite similar to the Beyer T50p model but delivers a significantly improved, richer tonal palette with a more correctly textured bass response and better fit ergonomics. Sweet choice to enjoy any genre or recording during mobile listening and perfect for sound quality buffs or music lovers wanting a small headphone ideal for travel. Cool uber-lightweight machined aluminum headband fits all heads.
- Cutting-edge look & build quality with 'retro' machined headband
- Tesla transducers with 109dB sensitivity/80 Ohm impedance good for mobile use or headphone amps
- Small easily portable sizing and lightweight on-ear fit
- Extra-stable 'split headband' stays where you put it
- 2-year manufacturer's warranty. Engineered and made in Germany
What's In The Box:
- Beyerdynamic travel case
- 1/8" to 1/4" stereo plug adapter
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The Beyerdynamic DT1350 opens up new musical dimensions with its superior materials, stringent build quality and clear, 'open' sound. The DT1350 compact supra-aural [on-ear; closed-back] earcup dimensions provide surprisingly good ambient noise insulation while delivering plenty of volume for iPod, iPad, MP3 and iPhone audio sources without demanding a portable headphone amp along for the ride. Not to be confused with the (nearly) look-alike Beyerdynamic T50p model, the DT1350 employs re-designed drivers with proprietary Tesla voice coil transducers for an extremely fast signal response with zero magnetic flux. Correctly sourced, the DT1350 drivers are capable of delivering a stable, wide soundstage image with a slightly analytical tone hallmarked by tightly wound low-end extension that punches without bloat or boom. The most outstanding trait of the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 remains the mid-range and upper highs presence which sings with clean transparency and deep instrumental body; this slightly 'forward' timbral presentation allows for maximum definition in the critical treble ranges. Especially noteworthy is Beyer's ingenious ring-shaped magnet new in the DT 1350 which features a nearly-microscopic drill hole centered behind the sandwich-layer membrane; this simple but clever porting serves to avoid disruptive frequency resonances normally encountered in smaller driver housings. The Beyerdynamic DT1350 very high efficiency ratings (109 dB) and stiff impedance of 80 Ohms combine to lower background noise floor levels even from hissy portable players.
The Beyerdynamic DT1350 matte-black earcups will rotate and swivel 90 degrees for one-ear 'mono' style mixing work -- a given since these are marketed as a 'professional' headphones for studio use -- and also for ease of storage into the supplied Beyerdynamic travel case. The lightweight machined-aluminum headband design seems extra-durable and offers lots of sizing adjustments to fit basically anyone's noggin short of Zippy The Clown. The better-fitting headband and softer earpad cushions are important egonomics advancements over the T50p design, and make for a better on-ear seal resulting in audibly improved sound quality. The 2-year Beyerdynamic manufacturer's premium 'repair or replace' product warranty remains free only with your HeadRoom 'authorized dealer' purchase receipt.
- Sensitivity: 109 dB
- Manufacturer Warranty: 2 years
- Headphone Type: Earpad
- Weight: 174 grams w/o cord
- Isolation: -10dB ~ -13dB
- Impedance @ 1kHz: 80 Ohms
- Detachable Cable: No
- Cord Length: 5ft
- Cord Type: Straight Left-Side
- Coupler Size: Medium
- Ear Coupler Type: Earpad
- Acoustic Seal: Closed
- Driver Type: Dynamic
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Posted by Soundking from Toronto, Ontario on 2014-01-09
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: bass, isolation, all round headphone
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Posted by jjhal from Chicago on 2012-11-26
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Sound quality and comfort
Cons: none noted
For perspective, I am a huge Etymotic in-ear monitor fan. I've used the ER-4s for years and their sound is unequaled in earphone/headphones (my opinion). Lately, I decided to try some new cans, to have on hand, mostly to rest my ear canals (only drawback of the Etymotics). So I had a very high bar for audio quality going in. I specifically wanted some cans that could travel, wear when I walk the dog, and enjoy great sound at home. So I was looking to balance a lot of demands and needs – but I was unwilling to sacrifice sound.
Fit and comfort. Excellent, The light weight, combined with the split headband allow for a wide range of comfortable positions on my head. As someone who wears glasses all the time, and ball caps and winter caps often, the ability to modify how the cans sit on my head was very important. Also, these cans stay in place - enough for everyday walking, bending, moving about, or just sitting still and listening for long periods.
Sound spill-over / isolation. Very good. I was pleasantly surprised that I could play these at volume whilst lying in bed with my wife reading next to me (she has the sonic sensitivity of an Asian Ghost bat) - without her hearing them. And while they do not block ambient sound like the ER4s, they do a commendable job such that I don't need to blast at full volume to enjoy my music.
Sound quality. Excellent. I listen to a wide range of music – except for hip-hop, rap, etc. The bass is NOT tuned or tweaked like so many of the new headsets. It is natural sounding and carries enough punch to please, without creating muddiness in the mid’s or sacrificing high’s. These cans carry a great soundscape with mid’s and highs of reference quality accuracy - on the order of the ER4s – entirely engaging and clear without stressing the ear. While listening most often with just my iPhone or iPod I find the sound very very good. The use of my Headroom Total Airhead does provide a deeper, more robust soundstage.
I am very picky person and not easily pleased with most products. I am a stickler for good, high utility, functional design. And I have strong opinions about high fidelity sound. I am extremely pleased with the sound coming from these cans, their comfort and adjustability, and overall build quality.
They come with a very nice, light weight but well padded travel case. My only concern is the cable. No issues, the length is good, but it does seem frail compared to the rest of the unit. Time will tell.
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Posted by serendib from CA on 2012-10-13
Recommend Product: Yes
Pros: Well constructed, detailed sounding
Cons: Narrower soundstage to eg Audio Technica ESW9
I need a high sound quality portable headphone for regular long distance air travel. The headphone should be : 1) light and comfortable (-overall weightwise and on/around the ear type), 2) fairly robust in build quality, 3) foldable in some way to enable easy carry on in a handgrip, 4) closed-type but open sounding as much as possible with a moderate soundstage, 5) have good sound insulation (to not disturb fellow passengers) and low leakage, 6) not be ostentatious or hip like Dr. Beats (whose sonic signatures are anyway not suited for jazz/classical).
Coming from unportable Hifiman HE-6 top-of-the-line full cup headphones (with generous much bigger drivers that make for spacious sound), I would like as close a sound as possible in a lower grade closed portable! I am used to Hifiman RE-262 IEMs for travel - great but feeling like a change.
My Music Preference:
Jazz (vocal and all instruments, trio/band formats) as well as classical. I would like abit more bass for a portable than with an audiophile grade headphone, to partly compensate for external noise when listening to jazz, but more neutral sound for classical.
From a portable, I would like a strong mid range performance for those jazz vocals but adequate detail at high end and reasonable bass definition.
Overall I think my sound signature preference is a more intimate narrower soundstage than Sennheisers (which I am well familiar with and like separately).
I narrowed my preferences to Audio Technical ATH-ESW9 (42 mm driver) at $199 Amazon, and Beyerdynamic DT 1350 at $299 Amazon as these were the closest recommended portables I could target with many discerning followers of both. (I've used portable Sennheiser PX 100 and 200 long ago but AT and BD are both way better and more expensive).
++++The following are only my personal views intended to help someone in my predicament in choosing between these two closest fought headphones!...++++
The Boxed Packages:
BD (Beyerdynamic) has a much more professional packaging, outside and inside. The white cardbox box is a solid protective box whereas the AT is a thinner "less serious" more flimsy packaging. The BD contains a very nice slim firm and protective black headphone carrying case, moulded to fit the cans with cups flattened. It has inner pockets for 2 handy extra plugs (one for airline entertainment systems aka Emirates and a big phono adapter, nice touch). The AT has no extras, and comes with a black leatherette-rubbery pouch sack which provides virtually no protection and this for a headphone that is more fragile than the BD.
BD is the clear winner here in carry-ability albeit at $100 more (which I would pay for).
Subjectively, the AT are clearly larger cups (2.6 inches diameter, roughly as measured on the outside) and basically the cushions rest on my outer ear tips and lobes. The BD being smaller (2.2 inches) rest on the ear itself more - more comfy for me.
AT is shallower in depth if you exclude padding width whereas the BD is more cuppy and deeper. Both phones can swivel the cup on your head to listen to someone talk to you etc.
AT seems a little lighter and the lambskin padding is softer whereas BD has a firmer padding and is better in feel (other reviewers say the sealing property is key to the sound quality and bass though I feel the bass is perhaps deeper on AT). I clearly prefer BD padding of the two, AT being a bit too spongy.
AT is a more wood and plastics device (the reddish wood is a dull red matt and not as shiny as I had seen in some photos), whereas the BD is a more solid hard plastic-type casing and metal finish: of the two BD clearly looks the more professional sturdy solidly built headphone - it is stolidly German after all! The AT is definitely the more brittle of the two headphones and needs to be more carefully handled in transit.
The headphone specs can be found on line, suffice to say they seem generally quite close in most respects to me. Range is a little higher on the AT technically ( 5-35,000 viz BD 5- 30,000 Hz). Impedance on AT is 42 ohms, BD 80 ohms for those so concerned. Power handling on AT is 1000mW whereas on BD it is 100mW...Output sound handling is 103dB for AT and 129dB for BD.
Some say the sound of the cables rustling on clothing is a distraction on the BD (its closed hard plastic cups do resonate sound inside your ears) and I would be sympathetic to this, but not perhaps a deal breaker.
Headband: AT has a light plastic mould cum soft leather head padding whereas the BD has a tough steely double band and a spongy padding right at the top. Herein lies a notable difference: the BD can be configured to grip your head much better to give an even better clamp whereas the AT is a light comfy slip over with little ear pressure. I was struck by the difference on actually handling the two. BD makes for a much snugger fit on my large head.
Cables: AT has cables on both cups ending in a slim 3.5 mm plug, whereas BD has wires from the Left side cup and ends in a beefy 3.5 mm plug which may in a confined player or ear socket bump against another wire eg line out etc. (probably does not affect most people). The BD also has two bits of cable popping up at the top of each can and this may be abit of an unnecessary protrusion for travellers (apt to snag on something) but no big deal.
The Sound !:
Here's the tricky bit. Overall, the AT sounds a warmer, distinctly mellower, more easy going, laid back headphone with a clearly wider soundstage - more in the direction of say HE-6 or any big sounding phone. The bass is decent and seems to have more depth/presence on jazz recordings I tried out viz BD. Vocals are more generous and intimate on the AT, whereas on the BD vocals are seemingly more constrained in the overall width of delivery - this is not to say BD is disappointing in any way but again sounds a bit more conical or directional rather than "all present".
The BD has a distinctly enclosed sound print, almost a conical sound but I feel it is more clinically colder and more accurate. Bass on BD is good but seems to be more measured and controlled whereas on AT it is reassuringly enveloping around your ear. Musical details are notably better (-not that AT is inferior) on the BD but soundstage is definitely better on the 42mm AT! I find myself turning the volume up on the BD for a "fuller" sound whereas the AT simply yields a larger sound print with instruments better laid out around around you.
On classical music, I prefer the BD signature for clarity and detail; on the AT is a warmer mellower "easy listening" sound.
Caveat: I listened to each headphone about 5 hours so the break in time is arguably insufficient. However, I did read reviews that contradicted how much break-in time these portables actually needed. Some said none - it does not matter either way, some talked of 20 hours +. I presume these portables don't need (or react dramatically) to much break-in time. I can't vouch for how different each brand might sound down the road!
I find it very difficult to choose! I would probably choose the BD overall for my needs as a frequent flyer as the isolation properties on the BD are definitely much better than the AT and I don't wish to disturb fellow passengers. The clarity of sound inside an aircraft is likely to be much better too from the closed BD cups. The added travel pack and plugs are useful extras and the AT would have closed the gap more had it been more featured here!
That said, my son and I both prefer the warmer sound of the AT! I think the differences in sound signature are such that I will keep both.
In looks both are good looking (read serious looking and not trendy bassheads aka Beat, no disrespect intended!). The AT looks the more conservative and elegant phone but the wood finish of its cups does look slightly un-woodish and slight mock woodish (perhaps the luster is not deep-red enough). The BD is all Germanic and clearly steely serious.
I used a flac tracks and Hifiman HM-801, the best portable by far, for my comparison (with a balanced sound card port, as well as testing the headphones from the normal headphone out socket (wider soundstage)). While I enjoy an RE-262 IEM for the last year, both these portable cans offer a welcome change in sound print over my IEM.
I give the BD a good 4.5 star rating without hesitation, maybe even 5 star.
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