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Let's go through the gamut of awesome things to say about these. I'll save the sound for last.
The ebony wood is exquisite. I like that its subtle. The wood grain is visible on closer inspection, and appears glossy black from a distance. Some may prefer to have a more prevalent wood grain, but to me, it's perfect. The metal construction is done well. It is premium. All the materials used are high quality and it is a very solid pair of cans. There are no rattles or squeaks as you adjust them on your head or head bang to your favourite tracks.
Comfort / Ergonomics:
Calliper pressure is descent. It provides a secure fit and feels very comfortable. The oddly shaped ear pads are surprisingly nice and not awkward around the ears. It's weight hasn't been an issue with me. This is one of my lighter, HiFi headphones. They're lighter than a pair of Beyerdynamic T1. Its lightness has a lot to do with the headband design and its ability to balance the weight on your crown without any uncomfortable pressure points. The cable is a bit long for my listening situation. Thankfully, it's easy to mod and use the excess cable as an extension. I would've wished some form of removable cabling.
These are big, as with most HiFi headphones. Proportionally, they look great. Their size is apparent once you put them on. I can't foresee many people using these on the go.
These sound amazing. It has a very approachable sound signature. It's not for reference, although it has the flattest response out of the three versions of the X00. The bass and high frequency extension is pretty impressive. It renders sub frequencies with ease and clarity. Bass is tight, fast, and clean with no perceivable bleed. Mids are tuned nicely to form a little bit of that smiley face EQ that make these really pleasant to listen to. Highs are present, airy, and sibilant free. It's a really clean, crisp, and enjoyable sound signature. This is one of my favourite headphones in my collection. It easily sits in my top 3.
I decided to try out some Dekoni pads with these. I took a stab at a pair of Dekoni fenestrated pads, and I immediately realised how crucial the stock ear pad design is to the sound signature. Opening the area where the pinna sits introduces a lot of piercing highs and sibilance. Dekoni makes attenuation rings to combat this and bring the tuning closer to stock sound, but I found that it doesn't do enough to the highs to really make a difference. I'm going to stay using the stock pads.
What are your top 3 headphones? I have these headphones I love them more then any pair I have ever owned and they just smash beats by dre hands down which was my best pair of headphones until these. But these ebony fostex are just way to heavy for me so I'm looking for something with the same bass or more with the same volume level or more and same clarity only I want them lighter then the ebony fostex because as you said they are not at all for every day use like riding a bus or in a car or at college and that's what I am looking for. Also resale value is horrible on these headphones.
Beyerdynamic T1 Gen2 / Philips Fidelio X2/27
The Beyerdynamic T1 has bass but it delivers a reference sound signature that isn’t as exciting to listen to. The Philips Fidelio X2 is better in that regard. It’s made for great listening if you don’t mind looking like Megaman. (Great soundstage too)
Hey if you’re interested in selling them, send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org
I had to thumb up this comment just purely on Megaman reference LOL.