Many of you have most likely heard of a company called Beyerdynamic. It has been a family owned company since it’s inception in 1924, which means they keep a careful eye on all of their operations and also usually means they take pride in a higher quality product.
I’ll be giving you a full review of the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 on-ear headphones. If I had to use one word to describe them it would be CLARITY.
Beyerdynamic DT1350 – On-Ear Headphones Review
I have to admit, when I took these out of their black case I was a little bit skeptical. That’s why they say don’t judge a book by it’s cover. Now that I’ve had some time to use them I realize I couldn’t have been more wrong.
I also now see why they are heralded as the perfect headphone for DJs, musicians, and those looking to make the perfect mix on a rough track.
If you enjoy being fully engrossed in your listening/mixing sessions via the nuances of a track pulling you in, you’ll love these. Let’s take a look at the technical specs before we dive into the full review.
Technical Specifications & Features:
- Available in 32 & 80 Ohm models
- Supra-aural (on-ear) build design
- Tesla Technology transducers (for premium, extremely well-balanced sound)
- 90° swivel ear cups (for monitoring, storage, etc.)
- Split headband for a more personalized fit
- Carry bag + straight 3.5 mm cable + 1/4″ adapter (for airplanes/other audio inputs) included
- Frequency Response: 5 – 30 kHz
- Impedance: 80 Ohms
- Weight: 14.9 ounces
- Dimensions: 2.2 x 7.9 x 8.5 inches
Sound Quality – Balance Is Key
The logical place to start is with the sound quality. Do these cans live up to their name, or is it all hype? Keep reading to find out.
The balance between bass, mids, and the highs is amazing. With certain headphones the snare and/or high hats pierce through the rest of the song and forces you to lower the volume.
The bass isn’t too overpowering but doesn’t lack either. Certain songs off of Heavy Metal King’s latest album have small details that I am hearing only now after the fourth or fifth listen through using these headphones. You will probably find yourself re-discovering nuanced production on older songs that you thought you knew like the back of your hand.
You’ll Hear Every Piece of the Song
These are perfect for those of you who want to hear EVERY SOUND no matter how quiet, or nuanced. Sounds that might go unnoticed when using other headphones can’t be missed.
How Loud Do You Like to Listen?
If you’re like me, you want to have the ability to play music as loud as is still comfortable to listen to. With some headphones, certain aspects of the song will be too overpowering to turn all the way up to where you like it.
With the DT 1350s – I have yet to run into this problem. It feels like they force you to be fully engaged with the music you’re listening to.
This could especially come in handy when you’re using music to hit a meditative state of being. Since it demands your attention this way, it’ll also bring you into the present which is part of the purpose behind certain meditations.
Tesla Technology – Custom Transducers Advantages
The DT1350 model features something called Tesla Technology. It’s basically an internal system that allows you to listen louder (and across a wider range of frequencies) with less distortion. This is done through the use of “sound transducers” and operate similarly to our ears.
The audio waves (mp3, cd, tape) are transmitted as electrical signals which then travel through your headphones and are then converted into a signal that our brain responds to via the sound transducers.
This technology is also why you will hear over and over again about the pristine balance these headphones have to offer. Now that we’ve covered the sound quality, let’s see how comfortable they are – or if they are at all.
Comfort – For Longer Listening Sessions
Since these are a supra-aural (aka on-ear) model you will have to take comfort during long listening sessions into account. (Sometimes the on-ear design tends to start causing discomfort after an hour or two.)
Luckily, these cans didn’t cause much (if any at all) discomfort after wearing them for a few hours. The Soft-Skin ear pads are lightweight and pretty breathable. The material covering the ear pads is extremely soft and comfortable. You shouldn’t have any issues with them heating up too much and causing your ears to sweat.
The split headband that sits on top of your head fits like a glove. Either I have a perfectly shaped head for these headphones or the designers had maximum comfort in mind. (My guess is the latter.)
Although it’s a thin band I think this adds to the comfort. A lot of over/on-ears have a thicker headband which adds weight, therefore adding slight discomfort during longer sessions sometimes. These take a different approach and it definitely pays off. The semi-adjustable headband was a new experience, but is definitely worth the personalized fit.
While most headphones have a fixed band, these allow you to widen the top piece as pictured above.
…or keep it closed like a more traditional pair.
Supra-aural Build Design – 90 Degree Earcup Swivel
They also have a 90 degree earcup swivel feature that allows you to isolate the right and left feeds. This would come in handy if you’re an audio engineer or DJ.
It’s also a convenient feature for more casual listeners simply for the fact that you can have one ear covered, still listening, and one ear uncovered so you can listen to someone talking to you or hear your baby crying while you’re listening in a different room.
Side by Side Comparison – How Do They Hold Up?
Compared to the Beats Solo HDs they have a more comfortable feel despite being on your ears as opposed to over or inside. They don’t feel heavy on my head at all, in fact they’re more lightweight than I would’ve expected.
Sometimes it’s fun to throw on a pair of headphones to drown everything out even if you’re not fully focused on exploring an album.
These aren’t built for that purpose. These were designed to enhance every piece of audio that goes into the creation of a song. They will elevate your sonic experience on a different level.
*Bonus Breakdown – Performance When Paired With a Portable Amp
These headphones are unlike any other pair of cans I’ve listened to. When paired with the FiiO A3 – your audio will be even further enhanced (as is expected).
As mentioned above, these are very well-balanced and with a portable amplifier it doesn’t add any distortion to the sound. It only amplifies the well-balanced sound signature.
Although it’s not completely necessary to add a portable amp to your personal audio setup – it can really make a big difference.
Our Verdict – Highly Rated and Highly Recommended
I would recommend these to anyone who looks for a super balanced listening experience. They are highly rated on Amazon – as well as in the world of audiophiles. The general consensus is that these offer a great solution to anyone seeking a more detailed, smooth audio experience.
The comfortable build design, supra-aural ear cups, 90° swivel ear cups, and nearly flawless audio playback make these a must-have for audiophiles or someone interested in exploring hi-res audio.
You can see our final rating (out of 10) as well as the main pros/cons on our review table below. To see them on Amazon, or check out some more customer reviews – click the button at the bottom of the review table.
I hope this review answered any questions you had about the Beyerdynamic DT 1350 On-Ear Headphones and if not, please feel free to ask below!
Thanks for stopping by to read through our review, I hope you found it helpful!
Sonic Elevation: Ride The Waves.
Beyerdynamic DT 1350 On-Ear Headphones
Overall Design + Fit10.0 /10
Audio Enhancement10.0 /10
- Well Balanced Audio Playback
- Tesla Technology Transducers
- Form-Fitting, Personalized Design
- Ultra Lightweight, Comfortable Fit (For Longer Listening)
- Noise Isolating Ear Cups
- Carrying Case Isn't Reinforced
- Not The Most Durable Pair Of Cans