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Astell & Kern partners with Beyerdynamic for T5p 2nd-gen headphones

As with its AK T1p and T8iE Mk II headphones, Astell & Kern’s latest over-ear headphones, the AK T5p 2nd Generation, have been manufactured by Beyerdynamic and tuned for the brand’s portable music players.

Unsurprisingly, then, the AK T5p (2nd gen) utilise the Beyerdynamic Tesla transducers found in the Beyerdynamic versions. 

The supplied detachable cable has been specifically designed for the A&Ks, though. Made of four silver and four copper cables braided together, the cable is terminated with a 2.5mm 4-pole balanced connector to match the balanced headphone output on Astell&Kern players. 

Using a source without that connection? Both 6.3mm and 2.5mm-to-3.5mm adapters also come in the box next to a carry case.

Only 1000 of the AK T5p 2nd-gen headphones will be produced, and they’re on sale now for $1,199.

MORE: Read all Astell & Kern reviews

Becky is Hi-Fi and Audio editor of What Hi-Fi?, and has been part of the team for almost eight years, with her current position preceded by roles as a staff writer and news editor. During that time she has been fortunate enough to travel the world to report on the biggest and most exciting brands in hi-fi and consumer tech (and has had the jetlag and hangovers to remember them by). In her spare time, Becky can often be found running, watching horror movies and hunting for gluten-free cake.