T+A Solitaire P-SE
T+A Elektroakustik expands its successful portfolio of headphones. The Solitaire P-SE shares its heritage with the Solitaire P and delivers the performance audiophiles have come to expect from T+A headphones. The Solitaire P-SE has been designed using the original Solitaire P as the base and has retained key design elements such as chamfered ear cups. T+A have replaced aluminum parts with high-quality synthetic compound to reduce production costs and overall weight. The P-SE features a new transducer unit (the TPM 2500), with new membranes and filters, all of which are new developments. The Solitaire P-SE is hand-made in Herford Germany and is available in the new elegant black matt finish.
"The Solitaire P was an instant success. These reference headphones are now recognized for their excellence all over the world, and we want to build on that. Although the fundamental technology was already in existence, our whole team managed in just six months to produce yet another outstanding product that carries our philosophy in terms of sound and handling into a new price bracket. The hugely positive response to the Solitaire P, both in the press and with consumers, has certainly accelerated the development of lower-cost planar headphones since this approach is an even more efficient method of enhancing our market potential." - says Siegfried Amft during the presentation of the new Solitaire P-SE. However, the Herford engineers have not just chamfered the external housing of the Solitaire P. "We certainly intended to differentiate the Solitaire P-SE from its big brother, but not just by its external appearance. That's why we introduced a modified transducer in addition to the external changes." - explains Project Manager Sebastian Kobelt. "The development and production departments are closely interlinked, and the clear benefit is that new findings in either branch are immediately picked up by the other. A completely new and successful product within the Solitaire P series, constituting much more than just a little brother to the Solitaire P." - says T+A's Development Director, Lothar Wiemann.
The TPM 2500 (Transducer Planar Manufacture) is based on the single-row magnet array of the TPM 3100, as featured in the Solitaire P, but the development team of the Herford-based audio specialists turned to a membrane and filters which are completely new developments. Both transducers were developed in the company headquarters in Eastern Westphalia, and are hand-made on-site, as indeed are the headphones as a whole. The new Solitaire P-SE also reflects another innovation in terms of the company's headphone product nomenclature. "It is our intention that the name of each product should clearly show the technological series to which it belongs, but still be in a position to clearly define the flagship model of that series. That is the reasoning behind the SE suffix, as it will be used to define the entry-level model in each series." - explains Global Marketing Director Conradin Amft. Solitaire P-SE are available at an RRP of $3600/£3000. Info and photos by T+A.