Crafting a good on-ear headphone can be challenging for audio manufacturers. Listeners expect the full-bodied sound and isolation of an over-headphone in a much more compact design. It is no secret that Beyerdynamic’s audio products are some of the best on the market, and they remind us how they have earned that reputation with these superb on-ear headphones. So without further delay, let’s take a closer look in this Beyerdynamic T51i headphones review.
• Attractive, retro design
• Compact frame
• Comfortable fit
• Superb sound
• Soft shell case
• In-line Remote/Microphone
• Great isolation for an on-ear headphone
• Slight ear-fatigue after wearing for a couple of hours or more
• Buttons on in-line remote indistinct to the touch
• Only one color pattern available
• 3.5mm cable is non-detachable
Beyerdynamic T51i Headphones Review
T51i Design and Features
I love the look of the T51i. The metal headband and frame give these headphones a vintage look. Beyerdynamic masterfully blends the old with the new, combining this vintage design with modern elements to enhance comfort. The ear pads and headband are made of a soft leather-wrapped memory foam. The ear pads are extremely comfortable and provide impressive isolation for an on-ear headphone. The earphones rotate 90 degrees for added comfort.
The Y-shaped 3.5mm cable has a nice malleable jacket that prevents the wire from becoming tangled. The headphone jack is a slim right-angle plug which works perfectly for carrying your iPhone in your pocket without putting stress on the connector.
The inline volume switch works very well with my iPhone 6s for volume, play/pause, skipping and taking phone calls. To the touch, the buttons on the inline remote can be hard to tell apart, so when I first got the headphones, I would often pause the track when trying to adjust the volume. However, after a few days of using the headphones, you get used to the position of the remote’s buttons, and it works seamlessly. It would be welcoming to see a detachable mini-cable for these headphones since the hardware will likely outlast the cabling.
Overall the build quality of the T51i is outstanding.
• Maximum Sound Pressure Level: 131 dB
• Headphone Frequency Response: 10Hz – 23kHz
• Power Handling Capacity: 100 mW
• Impedance: 32 Ω
• Transducer Type: Dynamic
• Cable Lengths: 1.2 Meters Each
• Headband Pressure: 2.5 N
• Size: 7.8″ x 2.7″ x 8.3″
• Weight: 174 Grams
• Connector: Mini Stereo Jack Plug (3.5mm)
What’s In The Box?
• Carrying Case
• In-Flight Adapter
• ¼” Adapter
• User Manual
When it comes to sound, Beyerdynamic has always set the bar for competitors, and with the T51i, they have created an on-ear headphone that is a cut above the rest. These headphones are exceptionally articulate in reproducing detailed sounds but are never harsh.
The overall sound is warm yet balanced. I was pleasantly surprised with the bass presence on the T51i; the low end is thick, but not overwhelming. Beyerdynamic does a great job here at creating a versatile headphone for all genres of music. I enjoyed listening to a variety of different artists on the T51i. From the thicker production sounds of Hip-Hop and Rhythm and Blues to the articulate and delicate sounds of Classical and Jazz… the T51i does it all.
Beyerdynamic’s T51i is one of the best on-ear headphones on the market. With high-quality materials, superb sound and great comfort; few on-ear headphones can compete. For Apple iPhone/iPod/iPad users, the inline remote works great, and the eye-catching retro design makes the T51i the full package in the world of on-ears.
The headphones are comfortable but can cause slight ear fatigue after wearing for a couple of hours. At $189, the T51i is one of the best on-ear headphones you can get your hands on and are priced well against their competition. I highly recommend you try them out.
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FTC Disclosure: Beyerdynamic provided Beantown LLC with one (1) T51i headphones sample for review purposes. This writer’s opinion is 100% his own and not a paid product ambassador.
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