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These very affordable entry level planar magnetic headphones are a stellar deal with huge bang-for-your-buck. Overall these are a very solid 4/5.
Included in the box:
The Good - I found them exceptionally comfortable, the flatter response actually works quite well for a plethora of genres and made longer listening sessions easy on the ears, the additional modding options actually make a drastic impact on the overall sound allowing me to dial in the headphones to my personal taste quite easily.
The Bad - I hope you have an amp you can dial up to 11. These guys require quite a bit of power to really start putting out their best. Now, if you have a decent amp already, this is actually more of a pro than a con. If you plan to use this directly from your PC or mobile device, you'll have a rather sub-par experience. I also tested with a modmic and Sennheiser GSX-1000 and the gaming experience was also pretty sub-par. Again, needed some power and the flat response didn't really make game sound sparkle and rumble like most people want. I do wish these were balanced as well.
Overall, these are an excellent choice for those that want a nice serious pair of listening headphones and have the means to drive them. They were a joy to listen to over extended periods through my main setups.
Speaking of, here is what I tested these with:
- T-X0 II PLanar Magnetic Headphones
- Locking T series angled cable
- 1/4 to 3.5mm adapter
- Artificial Leather Pads
- Hybrid Pads
- Heavy Damping foam
- Light Damping Foam
- Pro-Ject Debut Esprit
- Ortofon 2M Bronze
- Schiit Valhalla 2
"A Modders Delight"....and what this actually means for you.
You'll see/hear this pasted all over the place with these headphones. "A modders delight." What does this mean? Well, really two major points. It means you have quite a few options (included in the box and even more aftermarket) to tune these headphones to your personal taste, and it also speaks to the out-of-the-box audio and build quality. Do you have to mod these to sound good? Absolutely not. Are the mods difficult to do? Not in the slightest, no tools are even required for the out-of-the-box options, making it easy for anyone to quickly change up the options and test out the included mods.
The out of the box options are actually surprisingly impactful on the overall sound. I ended up liking the artificial leather pads with the lighter foam the most. The bass wasn't exaggerated or overwhelming, and the highs came through very clearly, giving one of the flatter response options. I could definitley tell the bass got a decent boost with the hybrid pads, and the heavier foam did cut treble a noticeable bit as well. For certain styles of music I did really enjoy some of the other options and have modded my original pair with the hybrid pads and heavier foam to give me even further options.
One great thing that comes out of toying around with modifying these headphones, if you have never done anything of the sort before, is that you start to learn a bit of theory behind what actually affects the sound of headphones. This information will not only help you to continue to tune the T-X0's to your liking, but will also help you know what you want to look for when purchasing headphones in the future.
Like most planar headphones, the soundstage isn't going to be massive. The imaging is above average though. The flatter response made these pair quite well with tube amps, and allowed the color the tubes added to really shine.
The bass is not overwhelming, certainly not overly exaggerated. It is more present than say the 6XX's, and plays quite nicely with bass heavy music. The neutral and relatively flat mids were enjoyable pretty much throughout with all genres of music. The treble is not overly sparkly and present, but this also helps make them comfortable over extended sessions. There is still enough airiness to bring out more intricate details in recordings that were mastered well - a finger slipping on a guitar string, the breath between a blow on a saxaphone, a brush lightly swirling around on a snare drum.
Again, overall these are rather flat and overall that is something that I am rather fond of. If the modifications don't tune these exactly how you want, they do take to EQ quite well. I used a 482i Sonic Maximizer for some instances and that alone really brought out the bass and treble when I wanted/needed it in a very pleasing way. Sunn 0))) rubmled and my hammered dulcimer music sparkled and came to life.
Quality and Comfort
The T-X0's have a light clamp, are not exceptionally heavy, and are extremely comfortable. I enjoyed the hybrid pads best on a comfort level.
Build quality is excellent. The metal adjustment bar is extremely sturdy, and the leather headband strap is a substantial peice of leather. The actual plastic body of the headphones is good quality and overall nothing struck me as a weak point that would wear out with normal use. It is worth mentioning that the headphone cable is a locking T series connection, so if you have to replace the cable you can but will just have limited options. The included 1/4 to 3.5mm adapter
Overall, I think these are pretty much a no-brainer for the $180 asking price. You get a very solid entry into magnetic planar audiophile grade headphones at a very low price. You are provided with more than enough options to further dial in the sound to your liking that don't require any prior knowledge to modifiying or tuning headphones. They play nice with lower powered amps, but really shine with higher powered ones. I would put these in my recommended/highly recommended line of heaphones.
- Sprout II
- lossless audio with a few lower quality tracks for comparison of detail (Pet Sounds is my go to A/B for lossy/lossless)
Would these headphones work well with the Fiio K3 DAC/amp? Also would these fit a smaller head. Some headphones I have used in the past were still a bit too big even at the smallest adjustable headband setting. The ear cups would end up being too low and basically rest on my ears.
Yeah these would work fine with the K3.
And yeah, I think they would fit alright. They don't have a lot of clamp to begin with, and definitely are not going to be a pair you will want to use when you're out and about moving around. If you were just sitting at your desk working I'm sure they would be perfectly fine though!
Hello, I use a radsone ES100 with the HIFIMAN HE4XX to walk around the house or as a passenger on roadtrips. Would the ES100 be powerful enough to drive these? Also, would this be worth to get (is the sound signature different enough from the HE4XX), since they are both entry level planars? I wanna get this as these are closed unlike the HE4XX, maybe I can use this as my commuter headphones paired with the ES100s.
Not LSB but as another community reviewer and owner of the ES100 I think you will be fine if you get usable volume out of the HE4xx. Balanced would be even better but these won't accept a BAL connection in "stock" form. For me personally, the ES100 is a bit low in the power department for "reference level" listening. I use it primarily with my Noble K10u's/IE800's when travelling. If you did end up with a pre-order I wholeheartedly recommend a pair of sheepskin oval pads from Brainwavz. I've stopped pondering new mods and just enjoying the combo with the denser foam tuning disks.
Hey, thanks for the feedback/input. Yes, I do get decent volume on the HE4XX, which cannot be driven by my LGV30 phone. I think you are right, ES100 works better for most iems, I currently use it with moondrop kanas for my daily train commute. Unfortunately/Fortunately,I didn't jump on the pre-order. Thanks again for the feedback.
You are most welcome, the LG V series are great with a lot of cans but they don't handle planars well (due to the combination of low impedance and current needs). I don't like my V20 with the HE500, Sine or T-X0 II as none of them trigger the high out put mode.