T+A Reveals Solitaire P-SE Headphones
Following the impressive Solitaire P headphones, T+A elektroakustik has announced a (slightly) more affordable follow-up.
T+A elektroakustik's Solitaire P-SE follows the Applause Award-winning Solitaire P and shares many of its flagship trail-blazing predecessor's design cues.
However, to shave US$2,600 off the Solitaire P's asking price T+A have replaced aluminium parts with those of a high-quality synthetic compound to reduce production costs and overall weight on the new planar-magnetostatic headphones.
Furthermore, the dedicated ear-cushions were developed to suit the composite materials; allowing for an incredible positional accuracy of each instrument without compromising the expansive soundstage.
Additionally, the Solitaire P-SE features a new elliptic 110x80 mm transducer unit, the TPM 2500, with new membranes and filters, all of which are new developments. The special membrane located over the magnet array is damped with copper conductor tracks, while the Solitaire P’s Draft Control System has been revised in order to meet the particular requirements of the headphones’ durable plastic construction. Naturally, the P-SE remains hand made in Herford, Germany.
The result is a quoted frequency response of 8 Hz - 45 kHz and a 101 dB @ 1 kHz, 1V sensitivity. Impedance is rated at 45 Ohms and distortion < 0,015 % @ 100 dB. The Solitaire P-SE comes bundled with two plugs: A 6.3 mm standard jack as well as the choice of a balanced 4.4 mm Pentaconn or XLR plug.
Development Director, Lothar Wiemann, told StereoNET:
[The Solitaire P-SE represents] a completely new and successful product within the Solitaire P series, constituting much more than just a little brother to the Solitaire P.
Managing Director, Siegfried Amft, proudly states:
Although the fundamental technology was already in existence, our whole team managed in just six months to produce yet another outstanding product which carries our philosophy in terms of sound and handling into a new price bracket.
The new Solitaire P-SE also reflects another innovation in terms of the company's headphone product nomenclature. From now, there will be a clear definition to which series the headphones belong, as well as its status within that range. We must remember, the P-SE is only the company's second set of headphones. “The SE suffix will be used to define the entry-level model in each series,” explains Global Marketing Director Conradin Amft.
The T+A elektroakustik Solitaire P-SE will be available from February 2021 and have an RRP of USD $3,600 | fr SGD $5,400.
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