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dj_toast
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Mar 12, 2017
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These are great. Received mine last week and had some time to take them through some rounds of sounds both contemporary and classic. For the curious, I'm using a modest but capable Schiit stack comprised of a Magni 2U and Modi 2 Multibit. Purchased the teaks without the intention of modifying the cups. Listening to digital sources, mostly flac from my library, but also from more questionable sources like Spotify premium. Cross referenced with Fostex PH, Audio Technica ATH-M50x, AKG K7XX, and some other cans I had lying around like some old Pioneer DJM-2000s and Sol Republic Master Tracks XC.
Without getting too technical, the sound is beautifully represented. Like many have stated here before, the tones carry this sort of smooth and buttery quality that flows through anything you throw at it. The highs radiate purposefully, the mids are balancing and not convoluted as mids should be, and the lows... oh man the lows. So fun. Oh yeah, and since some of us are comparing Fostex variants, the stage on the teaks is subtly wider. Not ridiculously 270 like the more open back AKGs, but enough of it and in an effortless way, like my ears weren't ever "searching" for the music. I think that, to me, this was the most welcoming aspect of these phones. I didn't have to try to find the music or even certain tones, it was all just there, if that makes sense.
Listened to: Steely Dan - Aja Dire Straights - Brothers in Arms UNKLE - War Stories All Them Witches - Dying Surfer Meets His Maker Ryo Fukui - Mellow Dream Alice in Chains - MTV Unplugged Digable Planets - Blowout Comb Henrik Schwarz - DJ-Kicks The Starseeds - Parallel Life Townes Van Zandt - S/T Gillian Welch - Revival
To name a few. Solid phones, pick them up if you get the chance! Your wallet will despise you temporarily, your cochlea will kindly disagree.
Mar 12, 2017
jrjr
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Mar 13, 2017
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hi I also have the th-x00 purplehearts but am interested in these as well. Can you give me a steer on the differences and which you prefer.  Thanks.
Mar 13, 2017
Yoloman
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Mar 14, 2017
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dire 'straits'
Mar 14, 2017
jrjr
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Mar 20, 2017
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so...are they different enough from the Purple Hearts (th-xoo) to own both?
Mar 20, 2017
dj_toast
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Mar 21, 2017
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Haha whoops, thanks for looking out :]
Mar 21, 2017
dj_toast
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Mar 21, 2017
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Beyond aesthetics, the most immediate difference was the fit. The E-MUs are a slightly heavier phone which, in turn, made the enclosure and fit feel more natural. The cable is braided fabric just like the PH but is a tad on the rigid end. Easily amended if you're planning on crafting a custom cable from redco or elsewhere because, you know, you can with these cans.
As far as the important stuff, it's weird because when looking at a spec sheet you wouldn't expect to hear a major shift in tonality, stage, or presentation. They have the same drivers (as far as I know from research), same impedance and similar sensitivity but Fostex forums love to talk about magnetic flux density and E-MU about their bio-cellulose diaphragm. Honestly, from a technical standpoint I wouldn't be able to tell you the difference.
What I do know is that the E-MU Teaks possessed a wow factor that was just never there with the PH. Don't get me wrong, the PH is a superb headphone with little room for grievance, but that little something kept bringing me back to the Teaks. The low end was more meaningful, responsive, and smooth. The highs shimmered but were less piercing. The mids, although pulled back just like the PH, have a more rounded feel rather than a sharp valley. Similar soundstage, but feels more generous due to the aforementioned fit.
Given a second opportunity I would have bought the Teaks and purchased the Ebony and Rosewood cups. The pads are so easy to take off and the cup screws are right there in plain sight.
Mar 21, 2017
jrjr
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Mar 21, 2017
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thanks for the detailed response. I only want 1 pair of closed backs to complement my hd800 phones and i really enjoy the PH but from what i have previously read and your comments i think i will also get the E-MU Teak and decide which set to keep. cheers
Mar 21, 2017
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