T+A Solitaire P-SE Planar Headphones
The Solitaire P-SE is based on the Solitaire P, which in itself was a new and ground-breaking development, incorporating a highly refined application of the magnetostatic principle. Like all our headphones the Solitaire P-SE is of uncompromising design, since it 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, 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.
The Solitaire P-SE is driven by T+A’s in-house transducer TPM 2500. The fundamental design of this transducer is based on the solitaire P’s TPM 3100, but the new transducer incorporates far-reaching detail changes. 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. The net result is a driver capable of carrying the celebrated sound philosophy of the Solitaire P and TPM 31000 into a new price bracket. The resulting sound signature is characterised by a total lack of inertia, incredible bass-performance and a sweet treble range.
All these features give the Solitaire P-SE a distinctively different appearance from the original model, without denying its family likeness. T+A have achieved a substantial reduction in weight by employing high quality plastics, whilst maintaining the same high level of comfort in use. 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.