The Beyerdynamic T5p 2nd Generation is still a relatively new headphone, having been released in February. Expanding on the sound (and price!) of the original T5, just how great of leap up is this headphone in terms of sound quality? And does that leap warrant the price? Let’s take a look.
Beyerdynamic T5p 2nd Generation Review
The T5p comes with a fairly large hardshell case made from a suede-like material and probably a lot of plastic. Inside that case is a small pouch for the removable cable and a supplied 1/4” stereo adapter.
Built with a spring-steel headband and aluminum extenders, the T5p is quality while still remaining lightweight. The headband and earcups are padded with a leatherette material, and the removable cable features dual-entry 3.5 mm left and right plugs (a welcome improvement over the original T5, which had fixed cables).
Comfort is amazing, thanks to that leatherette padding and relatively light build. The long 4.6′ cable also allows for some movement while plugged in. Good stuff.
With a frequency range of 5-50000 hertz and a nominal impedance of 32 ohms, I figured it would sound great on a portable device – just not this great.
The sound is clear, articulate, and capable of a wide dynamic range. Compared to its predecessor, it definitely offers a crisper, more contrasting sound, but without the harsh edge that comes standard with so many high-end closed-back headphones these days. Thanks to Beyerdynamic’s own Tesla technology (which utilizes redesigned transducers for less distortion), there sound is clean and even at any given moment.
As such, it’s small wonder that the T5p lends itself to just about any genre. It’s a premium, high-end closed-back headphone well-suited for portable listening. It has the detail-heavy chops to tackle symphonies and operas, and it has the dynamic range to handle rock ballads and rap flows.
Should you consider buying it? If you already own the original T5, it may not be that much of an upgrade. You will get a better sound and a better construction, but the differences probably won’t warrant the cost. If, however, you are looking to upgrade to a high-end portable headphone, it doesn’t get much sweeter than the T5p 2nd Generation.
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