A fellow audiophile and reader recently asked MajorHiFi about the differences between the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and the Beyerdynamic T1 headphones. And to be honest, I didn’t quite know what to say. Both headphones are similar in many ways, but I wanted to give a clearer answer by doing a listen side-by-side. So here, I’ll try to describe the differences with this Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Beyerdynamic T1 audiophile headphones comparison review.
Beyerdynamic Amiron Home vs Beyerdynamic T1 Audiophile Headphones Comparison Review
In the Box Comparison
Beyerdynamic Amiron Home
|Amiron Home headphones||T1 headphones|
|3 m double sided detachable cable (3.5 mm)||3 m double sided detchable cable (3.5mm)|
|3.5mm to 6.5 mm adapter||3.5mm to 6.5mm adapter|
|semi-hard carrying case||semi-hard carrying case|
Both the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and the Beyerdynamic T1 headphones have super comfortable headbands. They also happen to the just about the same shape. They’re both made of metal and are durable. However they are also both super flexible and would be comfortable for just about any sized head.
While the Amiron Home headband is coated in a suede-like material, the T1 headband is coated in light and soft synthetic leather. And although both headbands are just about the same shape, the Amiron Home headband squeezes the head a little bit tighter than the T1.
Both headphones’ earcups are large to fit super comfortable over the ears. They are both also open-back and thus have grills on the outside to protect the drivers inside.
The Beyerdynamic Amiron Home has a little bit more of a retro look to its earcup. The grill is partially threaded with metal and some sort of fabric. On the other hand, the Beyerdynamic T1 has a more slick and modern look. The best way for me to describe it is simply through pictures, so behold the earcups!
Both the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and the Beyerdynamic T1 are coated in a similar, soft, velour material. They are both circular and follow the shape of the earcup.
The earpads are a little bit softer on the T1 and less firm than the Amiron Home. As a result, they’re more comfortable. Additionally, they’re a little bit thicker on the T1 than the Amiron Home.
Both the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and the Beyerdynamic T1 are similar in their bulkiness. They are also both detachable.
The cable of the Beyerdynamic Amiron home is coated, like most cables, in a rubber insulation. On the other hand, the cable of the Beyerdynamic T1 is coated in braided cloth.
Low Frequency Comparison
Both the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home and the Beyerdynamic T1 have healthy low end energy. I wouldn’t necessarily describe it as thick, but I’d describe it as transparently accented. Both headphones have nice separation between the low end and the low-mids, so they both are able to reproduce a good sense of detail.
The Beyerdynamic T1 seems to respond a bit quicker to changes in low frequency dynamics. As a result it is a little bit clearer. The T1’s emphasis is at about 100 Hz. The Amiron Home’s emphasis is at about 60 Hz so it feels a little more subby to me.
Mid Frequency Comparison
Both headphones have midranges that feel a little bit scooped while still maintaining detail. However, this sensation of midrange modesty can sometimes make the headphones lack excitement. Both headphones have frequency cuts between 500 Hz and 600 Hz, and as a result, electric guitar aren’t as thick as they are in some other headphones. Additionally, both have frequency cuts at 1.5 kHz and 3 khz and as a result, vocals lack a little bit of body and tend to sit a bit lower in the mix. The integrity of vocals is preserved, however, because of boosts between 4 kHz and 5 kHz.
The most noticeable difference between the signature of the two headphones is in the low mids. The Beyerdynamic T1 is a bit flatter in this area, while the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home has a boost at 200 Hz. This gives bass guitars, and low strings and horns like cellos and bari sax more energy. Additionally, especially with a lot of power to drive them, the T1 has a faster dynamic response across the midrange in general and so feels slightly more spacious and detailed.
High Frequency Comparison
Both headphones benefit from wonderful high frequency extension. As a result, everything has a lot of air and breadth. Both headphones have frequency boosts at 10 kHz which accents cymbals in the mix, but also provides a bit of crispy clean vocal brightness. They both also have a frequency boost between 7 kHz and 8 kHz which sometimes makes vocals a little sibilant depending on the mix.
The Amiron Home has a big cut at 10.5 kHz. This cut wasn’t so noticeable when I first started listening but became more obvious when I listened back and forth between the two. As a result, the T1 feels a little bit more natural in the high frequencies.
Both headphones have a similar sense of height, which feels especially tall and extended. Likewise, they both have an accurate, although not overly emphasized sense of width.
The small differences in dynamic expression contribute to both headphones’ sense of depth. The T1 seems a little bit deeper and more speaker-like, while maintaining the subtly which the Amiron Home has as well.
|Beyerdynamic Amiron Home||Beyerdynamic T1|
|Frequency Response||5 Hz-40 kHz||5 Hz- 50 kHz|
|Impedence||250 ohms||600 ohms|
|Type||open-back, over-ear||open-back, over-ear|
|Sensitivity||102 dBSPL/1mW||102 dBSPL/1mW|
It is hard to say which is better, the Beyerdynamic T1 or the Beyerdynamic Amiron Home. You’ll like the Amiron Home if you like a more accented low-mid response. You’ll also like it if you have a little bit of a less powerful amplifier. However, you’ll like the T1 better if you priorities dynamic quickness. If you have a powerful amplifier than can push these 600 ohm headphones, I highly recommend it because its dynamics contribute positively to its emotional translation of music.
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