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Preface: Beyerdynamic is an iconic well-established brand that is not only a music industry icon for innovation and design efficiency, but also one that is highly regarded for many for their understanding the users needs and transforming this into a perfectly executed package. It is indeed no personal fact that I have professionally relied upon Beyerdynamic products for the duration of my career where they have never let me down under the premise of compromised build quality function or performance.
Unboxing: Arriving in the Beyerdynamic standard, the box is deceivingly small where inside you will locate a very nice, black zipped, hard-back clamshell case with a cord wristband to stop you loosing or mistreating your investment. Now, it has to be said that for a product in this price-range, the most advanced headphone protection case that I have come across is, if at all, a mere black cloth back pouch so this attention to detail is a truly awesome reward.
Build Quality: With a product that is made for a highly social and active consumer lifestyle the build quality can be a real lengthy subjective discussion however, I would like to believe that my positive findings with the DTX 501p's will be a straightforward affair. Because Beyerdynamic were generous with their givings, let us commence proceedings with a very short accessories breakdown... They work. No I kid, the clamshell hard-case is, in my opinion, sufficient in taking a fall from a substantial height whilst still protecting the goods inside. Fundamentally, it appears to be of a nylon water resistant material and easily light and transportable so, if it rains, pop them back in the case. As with all headphones they are not designed to be used in wet or stormy weather as the internal drivers can easily fall victim to longstanding damage.
On the exterior of the driver housing there is an aluminium backing built into the plastic design; something that is rare at this price-range and surprisingly doesn't add any tinny acoustics. Again, this will protect the products lifetime and adds a rigidity and quality that can be felt in the hand. Moving on to the soft ear-cups this material is supple covering a medium density foam that is slightly porous meaning that physical fatigue is reduced and compliments the soft skin of the outer ear. Now turning to the headband, it is indeed thin and has a aluminium core backed on top of the head with a minor degree of padding; if you have a lack of hair this is a good thing. Maybe one of the faults with the build quality is with the wire, and this is an issue for every headphone in this price-range, but it is slightly rubberised and will grip to your shirt to minimise tension on the solder points right down to the 3.5mm jack.
These are, in my option, the best headphones money can buy. I work in the radio industry, and these are my cans of choice. The sound quality is, quite simply, amazing. Put these on, turn up the music and hear things you would never have heard before. It's astounding. They're also extremely comfortable - I wear these for hours at a time. The ear pieces are large, allowing you ears to breathe, and well paddled too. The headphones are also very light, important if you're going to be wearing these for any length of time. They are very easy to adjust to any head size, a simple metal strip on each side allows each ear piece to slide wherever you want it. The headband is also well cushioned, and the whole thing reeks of quality - all the materials used are spot on. All parts on these, no matter how small, are replaceable too, so if you need a new ear cushion, you won't have to pay out for a whole new set of cans!