The build quality is really awesome, and something to behold. The design is very modern, and seems to be better designed than the T1. Beyer should have created a similar design for the T1, instead of just modifying the old DT880 frame. The T50p is very lightweight, and allows plenty of adjustments in the headband as well as complete 180 degrees rotation of the cups to either direction. The supra-aural pads are made from high quality synthetic leather, and feels very comfortable. I do wish that they can include a verlour replacement pads. Beyer also included a carrying case, which is both very well made and also very practical.
Although the design of the frame is very good, initially I had some difficulty getting a good fit. I guess I’m used more to the fit of the Sennheiser HD25-1, which is as simple as it gets. The Beyer T50p’s cups are smaller than the HD25-1, and combined with weaker headband clamping force, makes the fit a little looser than the HD25-1’s. After a few hours of use, I do find that the newer design gives a much more superior fit than the archaic HD25-1 plastic frame. There is less clamping force, but enough to plant the headphones firmly in our head, and it’s more comfortable for long term listening than the HD25-1 is, even with the verlour pad on the Senn. If I hold the three headphones in my hand, the T50p is heavier than the HD25-1 and the ESW-9, but placing them on your head, the T50p feels very light, and much more comfortable than the HD25-1 and slightly more comfortable on my ears than the ESW-9. The Beyer team really have done their research well. If there is one thing that the HD25-1 and ESW-9 is superior at, is the noise isolation. Having a stronger clamping force on the HD25-1 and ESW-9 give a tighter seal on the ears for a better isolation. Yet the T50p is not far behind, and surprisingly it gives just as much isolation as the big circumaural Shure SRH-840 headphones.
Of course, the T50p’s design looks like something pulled out of the Avatar movie, and they look much slicker to wear than either HD25-1 or the SRH-840. You can actually wear a formal suit, and the T50p won’t look out of place. If they give the T1 a Red Dot design award, I think the the T50p should win a Platinum Dot design award (if there is anything like that).
Almost all the portable closed headphones have a problem with housing reverb due to the closed design. The HD25-1 is the best in this regard, and probably the best among all the closed headphones I’ve tried, even high end ones. The T50p is not totally free from the reverb problem, and is inferior to the HD25-1 in this category, but is much less severe than the SRH-840.
Being a 32 Ohms design means that the T50p should work fine straight out of an Ipod, and it is. I really haven’t used the T50p long enough to experiment with portable amps, but when I plugged in the T50p to the Grace m902 DAC and Burson HA-160 desktop set up, the T50p sounds very improved than my Ipod Nano direct set up.
My initial impression of the T50p is very very good. I think Beyer could sell these at $500 and it would still be worth it. Of course, Beyer is probably targeting a much bigger crowd with the T50p and the $300 is right on the spot to compete with the popular Bose and Beats headphones, as well as the recently released B&W P5 headphone.
Stay in tune for a more in-depth T50p evaluation.