Product Summary:The Solitaire P-SE is a paired-down version of the Solitaire P, with a very similar design and a much lower price point. Like all T+A's headphones, the Solitaire P-SE is of uncompromising design for its price.... Click To Read More
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Solitaire P-SE Planar-Magnetostatic Open-Back Headphones By T+A HiFi
The Solitaire P-SE is a paired-down version of the Solitaire P, with a very similar design and a much lower price point. Like all T+A’s headphones, the Solitaire P-SE is of uncompromising design for its price.
The Solitaire P-SE is based on the award-winning Solitaire P, which in itself was a new and ground-breaking development, incorporating a highly refined application of the magnetostatic principle. The Solitaire P-SE was conceived with a single aim in mind: music reproduction in perfection.
From the TPM 2500 converter system to the headband connections every single component and sub-assembly is manufactured to the tightest possible tolerances using precision tools. The headphones’ construction employs various plastics with differing characteristics, selected according to function and specific application: the cups exhibit very high internal damping, and the yokes and headband attachments are mechanically strong and extremely robust. The surfaces are finished in special top-quality lacquers developed for aviation applications. The sophisticated design of the TPM 2500, in conjunction with the magnet arrangement, the sound duct, and the diaphragm, linearises the sound field and the radiation characteristics. Music is reproduced in its purest form: the Solitaire P-SE shows the music for what it is. Natural, totally faithful reproduction is the first commandment of all T+A devices.
Construction and Material
Many planar-magnetic headphones share the problems of low efficiency, very low impedance, and considerable weight, and T+A was determined from the outset to avoid these drawbacks in their design. A crucial factor in this purpose was the adoption of a new approach to problem-solving. T+A invested considerable effort in the design and insisted on the use of the finest available materials. The headphones incorporate several close-tolerance sub-assemblies which fit together snugly; they can only be manufactured using precision tools to ensure that they meet T+A’s requirements for tolerances in the hundredths of a millimeter. The net result is consistently perfect fits. The ear cushions and headband are hand-made and manufactured for T+A by a specialist company here in Germany. They consist of allergen-free synthetic leather and velours and are specially selected to suit the specification of the Solitaire P-SE. Right at the development stage, T+A laid the foundation for a very enjoyable wearing experience; contact with the skin is pleasant even when the headphones are worn for long periods.
In the pursuit of optimum sound, the quality of the connecting cables is a crucial link in the chain. T+A cables 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. The headphones themselves are fitted with special 3.5mm barrel connectors, which – like the sockets at the headphone end – are finely gold-plated, and exhibit zero transfer resistance. 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 as standard: 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 an option, a lead terminating in a four-pin XLR connector can be supplied instead of the 4.4mm Pentaconn cable set.
The Solitaire P-SE is driven by T+A’s in-house transducer TPM 2500. The TPM 2500 is a derivative of their flagship transducer, the TPM 3100, both developed and handmade in Herford. The high-performance neodymium magnets of the TPM 2500 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 opposed magnet systems, helping to keep the headphones’ weight low. The diaphragm is able to vibrate freely in the direction of the ear cushions since there is no acoustic hindrance between the transducer diaphragm and the ear. The diaphragm of the TPM 2500 itself consists of a special ultra-thin – and therefore ultra-lightweight – film material, coated with an accurately routed and calculated conductor array whose impedance is around 45 Ohm.
The open construction of the Solitaire P-SE avoids the resonance problems of closed systems, and allows the diaphragm to vibrate unimpeded; the music signal is maintained in its full, unadulterated form.
“The Solitaire P- SE headphones do not live up to their name. Listen to music with them and you will never feel solitary again.”
“With something like the T+A Solitaire P-SE headphones, you get exactly what you pay for. Ideally, you’d want to use them with T+A’s stunning HA 200 headphone amplifier, possibly one of the most beautiful pieces of audio kit I’ve seen in a while. This is the Rolls-Royce of headphone amplifiers and will set you back more than $7,000. However, it’s the perfect partner for the Solitaire P or Solitaire P-SE headphones. These headphones are made for people who do most of their listening through headphones in a dedicated music room. I think there’s little to beat the Solitaire P range and the lower price of the P-SE doesn’t appear to impact unduly on the sound. If you do decide to buy a pair for yourself, just prepare to feel the upgrade itch that will come from listening to these superb headphones through your existing audio setup. You’ll soon be looking to upgrade, just to see if you can squeeze any extra performance from these exquisite headphones.”
“What an outstanding headphone the T+A Solitaire P-SE is. It has a world-class resolving capability, a stellar transient response, and very pleasing levels of separation from top to bottom. This is purist’s headphone for those who like to hear every event and note in the music they like to play. “
“The Solitaire P SE T+A proves they can withhold a similar level of sonic fidelity no matter the model. Their in-house design is one to look out for, as it has the potential to reproduce a planar sound signature like no other. even though it’s seen as the lesser model in T+A’s current lineup, it still competes quite well with other high-end audiophile headphones like the Focal Utopia, Meze Empyrean, and the Final Audio D8000. It proudly joins their ranks as an endgame headphone to think about in the conversation.”
“The T+A Solitaire P-SE is a very well-made set of high-end headphones for home use. Best suited for situations where you can be alone and immerse yourself in the music. Whether it’s with a streaming service, CDs or vinyl collection. And in a quiet environment, because they’re open and don’t shut anything out.”
- Transducer principle: Planar-magnetostatic
- Impedance : 45 Ohms
- Frequency responce : 8 Hz – 45 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
- Connectivity : Wired transmission, un-balanced 6.35 mm, balanced 4.4 mm Pentaconn or XLR-4-Pin
- Material : Thermo plastic, steel, allergen-free synthetic leather and velour
- Weight : 440 g excl. cable
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