Best Hi End Headphone Setup for Travel? Beyer T5p, Fostex HP-P1, Black Dragon V2 Headphone Cable and the Black Dragon V1 IEM LOD to USB Cable can make your flight sound better and preserve the battery life…

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The Beyer T5p offers you a world class high fidelity headphone that can not only be used on the homefront but can also be used as a primary portable headphone. If you are in a situation where your budget only allows for 1 headphone to cover all the bases, then this is truly the phone for you.

The alternative to the T5P is that you own a Beyerdynamic T1, V-Moda M100 and also some portable phone for the road.  The T5P is a full sized can, so some of you may find that a turnoff for portable use, but if you are an audio nut like me then it’s a non-issue.  I have no problem traveling with a full size can. The Beyer T5P is not as small as the Ultrasone Edition 8, but it is in the smaller sized, full size can category.  The best headphone cable match from Moon Audio for the T5p is the Moon Audio Black Dragon V2 Headphone Cable.

An excellent portable headphone amp that Drew recommends as a great sonic match for the T5P is the Fostex HP-P1 portable headphone amp and dac.  Also, make sure to add the Moon Audio Black Dragon V1 IEM LOD to USB Cable to your order because the Fostex HP-P1 has a USB A connector on it and any external battery charger can be used to add more listening time on that 30 hour airplane flight, train ride, etc.  In turn, the Fostex will recharge the ipod while its connected as well!  Let’s face it, no portable amp batteries are going to last forever and the Fostex has this great mini USB input that can save you alot of time and enhance your listening session as well!  🙂


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  1. Drew,

    I’m looking for a cabling suggestion to use my HD800’s with a Woo Audio HD22 (both balanced and single ended) as well as with my Ray Samuels Intruder (both balanced and single ended.

    I do not wish to modify my stock HD800 cable.

    Please advise as I wish to take advantage of the special shipping offer…


    Joe Gizzi

    [email protected]

    1. The Moon Audio Black Dragon V2 is the best bet for the HD800. In order to take care of both the Woo Audio WA22 and the RSA intruder, you will want o take advantage of the adapter system. On your main cable I would suggest getting a 5ft cable, with HD800 connectors, and Switchcraft Mini 4 pin Male XLR HERE

      Then you will got to the Moon Audio Black Dragon Adapter Cable page HERE

      Order 2 adapter cables. The first is a short 6″ adapter for the RSA Intruder amp with Switchcraft Mini 4 pin Male XLR to RSA/ALO plug. Then a second adapter cable with a length to get you from your sitting position to the amp. Maybe 5ft with Switchcraft Mini 4 pin Male XLR to 4pin Male Neutrik XLR.

  2. Thanks for posting this great review with some interesting suggestions.

    After reading it, I went straight to Moon Audio website to order a Black Dragon V2 Headphone Cable then something confused me, for in the mandatory headphone type field there is no T5p.

    Could you please tell me which headphone type to choose as well as termination type for T5p?

    Much appreciated Drew!

    1. That is because the Beyerdynamic T5p has a hardwired cable. Thus this headphone cable must be soldered to the drivers internally. If you are looking to do this yourself we can supply you with a cable set up for hardwiring. Or we can do the install. We are authorized by Beyerdynamic to perform these services and the headphones will still be covered under warranty. Please contact us directly through the contact for for purchase of either of these scenarios.

  3. My current set up sounds pretty good, but my concern is that my stock cable is holding me back from achieving even more amazing sound. What cable upgrades would you suggest for the D2000? I was looking into APureSound V3, but would welcome any input. I currently have:

    – Fostex HP-P1
    – Denon D2000 AH-D2000 (with dynamat installed; stock cable)
    – 1TB iPod Classic 7th Gen. (original HDD replaces with mSata Samsung 840EVO 1TB SSD)
    – All files are in Apple Lossless converted from FLAC


    1. The Black Dragon V2 would be my first pick for the D2000. It provides a fuller sound, more musicality and a bigger bottom end. Email direct through contact form for pricing. Please email us the length you want and your shipping address.

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