Honest. That's how we'd describe the DT 1350 (80 ohms). They are raw, balanced, honest and we love 'em. Perfect for a monitoring, recording and DJ focused headphone. But don't think you can't enjoy these for regular listening though, we've been having a blast revisiting old tracks and music and rediscovering what the original mastering and recording engineers were going for. These things bring you audio as if it was mixed straight from the audio control booth to your ears. And somewhere in there the word Tesla was used which sounds very impressive, right? The addition of the Tesla term here relates to the strength of the magnetic field, and the influence it had on Eugen Beyer in his inventions around HiFi headphones.
As a musician whose recorded a lot, these things made the studio come alive in my ears. Kimbra singing The Build Up was so much fun and delightful we couldn't help but smile. If you want an idea of how these beyerdynamics bring out audio you've not enjoyed before, then put on Accidental Babies by Damien Rice and listen to the sustain in the last Piano chord ring and resonate and ring and resonate - beautiful.
We reviewed the DT 1350 using our iPhone Plus with no other power support to see how the 80 ohms would do - so far, no complaints at all. We'd have no trouble listening to these on the Skytrain on a commute, or at our desks at work. In the studio - even better.
The noise cancellation was better than we expected. While these are a closed back headphone, they are also Supraaural so they sit on your ears rather than Circumaural which sit over your ears. This can mean a tighter, closer sound than a circumaural headphone might offer. We don't always find supraaural heapdhones that comfortable, but didn't have any complaints with these. There is a lot of flexibility in the headband which helps. Not only can you adjust the height, but you can open the top band like a fan which makes 2 separate head bands.
Bass is tight - not dominant but really solid. Skrillex's bass dropping antics was more musical than we've previously experienced and the DT 1350 brought rock and metal tracks to the fore, combining the tight kick drum and tight guitar tones for a great overall experience.
It took a good 30 minutes of listening to different tracks before we really felt we really 'got' these headphones. As a pro studio headphone you can't go into them expecting a consumer tuned set of cans. These are designed for pro use, and as such need to be understood as such - it's well balanced and you're going to get all the frequencies working together, there is no artificial boosting of signals to flatten out weak spots - you get what you would direct from the booth, which we liked.
Acoustic tracks like Mumford & Sons were superb, Amy MacDonalds guitar was so real we felt we could reach out and pluck the strings ourselves.
DT 1350 Conclusion
Overall these are a fabulous headphone for music lovers or recording engineers/recording musicians. For the price you're going to find it hard to find a more honest headphone. Bassheads need not apply - these are tight, raw, alive but balanced. You're not going to get inflated bass here. The DT 1350 are up close and in your face audio that brings the authenticity of instruments to life. The sound stage is not particularly wide but we found this to be more true to life and alive.
We tried Jazz, Acoutic, Folk, Rock, Metal, Screamo, Classical, Dubstep and more and, to be honest, it was all good.
If you are listening to real instruments, these will make sure they still sound real in your ears. It's silly we're still blabbing on about these but for the price we're a little giddy.
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