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Solitaire P Headphones By T+A HiFi
T+A’s Solitaire P headphones have won a ton of awards and represent a new and ground-breaking development that pushes the magneto-static principle to the point of perfection.
T+A designed their Solitaire P open headphones with no hint of compromise, without regard to cost, and with only one goal in mind… musical reproduction to the very highest standard of perfection.
The headphone transducer systems are of sophisticated construction, and all components and sub-assemblies are manufactured to the tightest of tolerances using precision tools. Wherever possible and sensible, the headphones employ aluminum components machined from solid metal. The ingenious construction of the diaphragms, drive magnets and sound guides linearise the sound field and the dispersion characteristics. Music is reproduced without distortion: the Solitaire P adds nothing and takes nothing away. Totally natural reproduction is the first commandment for all T+A devices.
Many planar-magnetic headphones exhibit significant inherent disadvantages, including low efficiency, high weight, and – very often – very low impedance. From the outset, T+A designed its headphones to avoid these problems. A crucial factor in this purpose was the adoption of a new approach to the problems. T+A invested considerable effort in the design and insisted on the use of the finest materials. The headphones incorporate several close-tolerance sub-assemblies which fit together perfectly; they can only be manufactured using precision tools. These parts consist of high-strength plastics or carbon in accordance with their function and are made to tolerances of a few hundredths of a millimeter in order to guarantee a perfect fit.
The open construction of the Solitaire P avoids the resonance problems of closed systems and allows the diaphragm to vibrate unimpeded. All sub-assemblies are attached to solid aluminum cups which are machined from solid using a precision 5-axis milling machine. The machining of a single cup takes more than an hour, starting from a 35 mm thick solid aluminum plate. The yokes and yoke connections are also machined from the solid. Although these sub-assemblies are very complex and difficult to produce, T+A’s decided to employ aluminum for them because it does not suffer from aging problems, and always maintains its shape and strength.
T+A’s in-house transducer TPM 3100 is the beating heart of the Solitaire P. The TPM 3100 -just like the entire Solitaire P- was developed and built in Herford.
The high-performance neodymium magnets are made with an accurately calculated segment shape as well as being precisely matched in length to suit the oval outline of the diaphragm; this ensures that the magnetic field lines generated have a homogeneous course and that no air turbulence occurs; the airflow remains laminar at all times. The precise design of the retaining rings and the magnet mount maintains the diaphragm’s position accurately in the linear part of the magnetic field, ensuring that it is able to generate high sound pressures without distortion and with an enormous dynamic range, virtually devoid of inertia. This design also eliminates the need for supplementary opposed magnets, helping to keep the headphones’ weight low. The diaphragm is able to oscillate freely in the direction of the ear cushions since there is no acoustic hindrance between the transducer diaphragm and the ear. The diaphragm itself consists of a special ultra-thin – and therefore ultra-lightweight – film, coated with an accurately routed and calculated conductor array whose impedance is around 80 Ohms.
The ear and head cushions are hand-made and manufactured for us by a specialist company here in Germany. They consist of allergen-free synthetic leather and Alcántara. For this reason, they are very pleasant in contact with the skin even when the headphones are worn for long periods.
Of particular interest to T+A is the sound quality of the connecting cables. T+A’s are of symmetrical construction, with very low inductivity and capacitance, and designed with the optimum impedance. They consist of ultra-pure copper (OFC) conductors with a carefully defined silver layer. The four signal conductors are embedded in cotton threads and permanently wrapped in a silver-plated woven shield. This construction isolates electromagnetic influences and damps mechanical resonances. The connectors are of the highest quality. Professional military-grade two-pole connectors are used in the headphones. The entire cable harness, including connectors and splitters, is encased and sheathed in a single manufacturing process, resulting in an extremely robust, durable cable that remains very flexible. The cable insulators consist of high-quality Hytrel® and TPE; these elastomers are free of PVC and latex and are manufactured without the addition of toxic softening agents. Two cable sets are supplied with the headphones: one with a 6.3 mm barrel connector, and the second with a symmetrical 4.4 mm Pentaconn connector which offers optimum transfer resistance for the best possible sound quality. As you would expect, all contacts are gold-plated.
“The Solitaire P headphones and HA 200 amplifier work together to reveal previously unheard layers of a recording.”
“The T+A Solitaire P is among the truly expensive headphones out there. Fortunately, they also sound heavenly! Sit down and get lost in the music!
Solitaire P is even more addictive than its little brother P-SE, with an even warmer tone. The bass is in a class of its own, and the lower midrange is simply magical. And it sounds extra good with T+A’s own amplifier, the HA 200.
The slightly laid-back midrange may not be for everyone, especially not those who want voices and instruments to come forward as far as possible. Sound engineers will probably also wonder about the sound balance. But many, including myself, will experience the sound as exclusively beautiful.
This is the sound of butter melting on a delicious tenderloin, here you just have to sit back and indulge in dreamland!”
“We are up in rarified air with the T+A Solitaire P. However, it doesn’t cost that much more than Focal’s Utopia, and it’s about £30,000 less than Sennheiser’s Orpheus if that’s any consolation. Personally, I prefer the build and feel of the Solitaire P over the flagship Focal, but understand that this is a matter of taste.
What’s less subjective is the sound, and I genuinely believe that the Solitaire P has now set the benchmark for planar magnetic headphones. It has incredible speed, insight and dynamic range – plus musicality in abundance. Factor in the almost supernatural comfort and this is a seriously special product that performs impeccably across so many areas.
For those who can’t afford the not inconsiderable asking price, there is good news as I am told that we can expect more headphones at different price points to follow – including dynamic and electrostatic designs, as well as more head-fi electronics. Meanwhile, there’s always the National Lottery.”
“These T+A Solitaire P headphones are the Rolls Royce of headphones….they are designed for the longer journey, enabling you to arrive without fatigue, knowing you’ve experienced the best your money can buy.
In substance, as I have already stated, the T+A Solitaire P headphones deliver a wonderfully warm sound with such fabulous detail and they have a soundstage to stand up for. I can award these headphones nothing less than ‘Outstanding’, 5 stars.”
“Thanks to some amazing technology involving advanced materials and clever placement of magnets, the T+A Solitaire P headphones set the benchmark for all other manufacturers of planar magnetic headphones to reach. Of course, like any high-end headphones, the Solitaires need an impeccable source because they are ruthless in the amount of detail they can reveal. If you feed substandard signals it will be no surprise if the music sounds as bad as it is. Cheap headphones can disguise a multitude of sonic sins. The musicality and abundant detail that these headphones offer is a pure delight. Normally, I can’t manage more than an hour or two of headphone listening at a time, but with these headphones not only could I listen all day in comfort, I knew my ears wouldn’t be fatigued and I could spend days rediscovering my favorite music, finding new sounds and instruments that I never knew were there. T+A may not be a household name in high-end audio, but it really deserves to be. If you are an ardent headphone fan and you want the very best that money can buy, I can heartily recommend T+A’s Solitaire P headphones.”
“Owing to the ultra-low distortion (a record-breaking < 0.015% at 100 dB), the Solitaire P is a leader of micro-dynamics and capably highlights gradations in small volume changes.”
- Transducer principle: Planar-magnetostatic
- Impedance: 80 Ohms
- Frequency response: 5 Hz – 54 kHz
- Distortion: < 0,015 % @ 100 dB
- Maximum sound pressure level: > 130 dB
- Transducer size: elliptic 110 x 80 mm
- Type of construction: Open, over-ear
- Wired transmission (3m)
- Version 1: unbalanced cable with 6.3 mm connector and balanced cable with 4.4 mm pentaconn connector
- Version 2: unbalanced cable with 6.3 mm connector and balanced cable with 4-pin XLR connector
- Material: Aluminum, steel, allergen-free synthetic leather, Alcantara
- Weight: 530 g excl. cable
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