The Good The relatively compact Beyerdynamic T 51 p is sturdily built and offers a comfortable fit along with excellent sound. It also comes with a well-designed protective carrying case.
The Bad Somewhat expensive; headphone cord isn't detachable, and you don't get an extra cord with an integrated remote/microphone like you do with some premium headphones.
The Bottom Line The Beyerdynamic T 51 p is one of the best on-ear headphones available, offering excellent sound quality and a comfortable fit.
Top-notch on-ear headphone
Finding a really good pair of on-ear headphones can be a challenge. While they're more compact than over-the-ear models, they often aren't as comfortable -- they sit on your ear after all -- and don't measure up sound-wise to their over-the-ear brethren, which also tend to do a better job sealing out ambient noise (at least the closed-back models do anyway). So it's easy to get excited when you come across an on-ear headphone like the Beyerdynamic T 51 p that not only features top-notch sound but is sturdily built and comfortable to wear.
Made in Germany, the $289 T 51 p is a dead ringer for Beyerdynamic's earlier T 50 (now discounted to $199), but the newer model has upgraded innards and sound. The lightweight (174 grams) mostly metal design doesn't have a hinged headband, but the ear cups fold flat for easy storage in the supplied, well-designed carrying case.
If you're looking for a headphone that has an inline remote and microphone, Beyerdynamic makes the T51i, which has a 3-button Apple remote control and microphone (that model costs about $10 more). However, this "p" version is intended for the serious audiophile who doesn't want to ever lose focus on the music. Impedance is rated at a highish 60 ohms, but the T 51 p sounded great plugged into both mobile devices (iPod Classic, iPhone 5S, and Samsung Galaxy S4) and a Schiit Asgard 2 headphone amp at home.
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