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I received my T-X0's today and I have to say that I am not in agreement with the negative reviews. Nope. A couple of hours of pink noise and about 6 hours of using them with a variety of music, i.e. Classical, Rock, Jazz, and they already sound a whole lot better than they did straight out of the box. If the Argon mod is as good as it is purported to be these are going to be one of my best investments in headphones. To my ears they sound detailed, have nice highs without being harsh. Bass is there without sounding mushy. Mids may be a little recessed. I have no real complaints. I've been driving them with an Aune X7s 2018 edition, Topping D10 Dac, and iPad Mini 4 playing Tidal Hifi as the source. I also have a Cavalli Tube Hybrid and Little Dot MK II that I will test with over the next few days. I'll also try some other music genere as well, e.g. Rap, and EDM to get a fuller picture on the bass response. They are also very light and extremely comfortable. I like'em!
Update: 9/3/18; I’ve been switching back and forth between these and my HD6XX’s. I like these in a different way than I like the HD’s. Sorry, but I can’t really describe it yet. The mids are recessed but I find that with enough power that that can be overcome somewhat. They are not bright, which I like. Piercing highs are not my thing. They sound good on my Aune X7s, Massdrop CTH, and Massdrop 02 Amp. 11-12 O’Clock on either of those amps delivers good performance. I tried them on my Little Dot MKII but I don’t think they sounded as good. If that’s the case even after modding so be it. I definitely want to do the Argon mod. There’s so much potential here. However the current turnaround is 12 weeks. I can’t be without them for that long. I’m going to get a set of the ZMF Lamb skin pads to hold me over until the wait is shorter. I may try some mods on my own also in the meantime. I haven’t tried any bass heavy music yet. I’ve spent the last days since I started this post listening to the Dead. I find their music a good test because of the range of instruments they used. It’s a good sonic workout for any headphone. One last thing. Based on the review comments at the bottom of the overview I don’t think Massdrop considered the TX-0’s to be the ultimate result. I think they were expecting people to mod them. I think a lot of people bought them without that being a consideration that came to mind.. More later.
Update: 10/22/18; Well, I got a pair of Dekoni Elite Sheepskin pads from the previous drop which came today. I've been listening for a few hours with them on and have to say that I like the improvement. The mids sound a bit more forward, and bass a bit more defined. over the stock pads. The drivers are farther from my ears as these pads are thicker. I guess that makes part of the difference along with the different material. Obviously, I don't know all of the language to describe what I'm hearing. I won't say that these pads have transformed these headphones. Only extensive modding will do that. But I do thinkthe improvements from the new pads bode extremely well. I got the Dekoni pads rather than the ZMF pads because they were cheaper. I am going to have to try the ZMF's though. The Dekoni pads are comfortable and are not hot. I also like the smell. I also like the smell of the T-X0's comfort strap. It's leather and I don't view it as cheap. Anyway, I continue to like these cans.
Update: 11/1/18; It is a week on with the Dekoni pads on and I believe the sound continues to improve. I think the treble has opened up more. It is more present without being sibilant and fatiguing. I'm listening at relatively high volumes on different amps I have available. I was mostly listening on an Aune X7s, but switched today to my CTH and I think I like the way they sound through the hybrid the most. It adds a nice warmth without darkening the sound further. The Dekoni pads have definitely improved the bass and opened up the soundstage. The other amp I've used is the Massdrop 02 Amp. It is a solid driver of the cans and sounds great too. I have to try this on my LD MKII again next. I didn't like the sound as much on that when I first got these but it has been a while that I've been using these now so the sound may have improved. Last comment today is that they sound really lush on the CTH. Listening to the Reservoir Dogs soundtrack right now. "Coconut!"
I bought these back in August and immediately sent them off to Ryan at Modhouse. Got 'em back today and can say, without reservation, they are well worth the wait! Whatever he does to these is, simply, magic...he's like an alchemist, turning iron into gold! The mids (vocals) are placed right in the middle of the widest soundstage I've ever heard from a closed (semi) set of cans. The bass, which was thin before the mod, is now punchy without being overdone. Unlike you, I prefer highs a little more pronounced so I boosted them by 3db and they are now, to me, just perfect! I opted for the balanced mod, the ZMF protein pads (super comfortable) and grabbed a 3.5mm to XLR cable from Periapt which puts me all-in at about 350 bucks and I truly beleive these are the best cans that can be had for that price. I'm also using the X7s which powers these easily.
Hi Lavakillu! Thank you for the filling me/us in on the results of the Argon mod. I'm about ready to do it myself. I ended up buying the Dekoni lambskin pads a few drops ago. Those pads definitely improved the sound. I too am going to go for the balanced conversion. How do the protein pads change the sound though? Unfortunately, only the lambskin pads are being offered in the mod now based on feedback.