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Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Ebony Headphones

Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Ebony Headphones

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When the Massdrop community asked for a closed-back headphone that redefined price-to-performance expectations, the TH-X00 was our answer. Made in collaboration with Fostex, a brand that’s produced innovative audio gear since 1949, these headphones feature ebony ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, and Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers Read More

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WaydeR
55
Aug 13, 2021
I'd like to second/third/one-hundredth the request. I've got the TH-X00 Purpleheart but missed the TH-X00 and TR-X00 Ebony with the replaceable cable. I'm tempted to mod mine to put in a removable headphone cable, but I don't trust my capability, plus I don't have the tools, which I could probably borrow if I got the confidence. Ebony TR-X00 would really round out my collection and I'm ready to pick one up when available. I've Requested on Drop months ago! The Purplehearts are my go-to around-the-house closed backs. Which means they're always connected to one of a couple of DAC/Amp setups I have in my two main listening areas. But I needed a closed-back with a removable cable so I could take it out on the road, for walks to the cafe to work at my laptop etc. For this purpose I bought a new (to me) pair of headphones, I ended up getting a great deal on a slightly used pair of Focal Radiance (also closed back with removable cables). The Radiance are excellent headphones, no problems there. But, unsurprisingly I've been doing a LOT of comparative listening between the Fostex TH-X00 and Focal Radiance. Well, considering the Radiance sells for around double what the TH-X00 sold for, the results are surprising. Focal Radiance I always loved Focal's high-end line for their punch and slam (similar to Fostex in that way), dynamic range and it's very mid-centric sound profile and warmth. They're slightly darker than the Purpleheart. Fostex Purpleheart (which I assume is very similar in sound profile to the Ebony) They always had a great rendition of the stereotypical V-shaped sound. I put some thick Dekoni leather pads on them and it only made the sub-bass that much more present. There is plenty of sparkle on the upper-end which I don't really hear in the Radiance. In comparison, there is no clear winner between them. If all I had were one of the Fostex headphones for taking on the road I'd be perfectly happy. The biggest thing that jumps out at me when switching over on the same track to the Fostex from Focal Radiance is Fostex presents more recessed mids and a lot more activity in the upper-end. They make a nice balance owning both, but honestly, if all I owned were a couple of versions of the TR-X00 I'd be happy and probably wouldn't have bothered with the Focals. I'm interested in comparing the Ebony to the Purplehearts, I imagine Ebony being a little darker than Purpleheart from what I've read about them being a bit more bass-forward. I've also read some complaints in the user-reviews about build quality. I just can't agree. The hinges or the black connectors to the earcups on the Fostex are not made out of plastic, I thought they were at first too, they seem like plastic but I was told what they were somewhere and I forget the name of the material. It's some kind of carbon-based material that makes them more rigid and stronger than plastic. I've had the TH-X00 for years, since the first Purpleheart appeared on Massdrop, probably around 2015... and they're still like new. The cable attachment shows no sign of breaking down. Although I care for them well because they don't travel with me, so I expect that they'll live a long life. Thanks for reading! Wayde
HeadphoneChamps
2
Sep 1, 2021
They were available for about 2 hours. Im assuming they found some extra in the warehouse? They raised the price to $550 for the mahoganys as well. I'm lucky to get it though I wanted them for years. Go read the reviews of the mahoganys people say the they have more slam and excitement than the ebonys. The ebonys have slightly more sub bass and more cold/neutral sounding and thats something Im not looking for lol.
WaydeR
55
Sep 1, 2021
Yeah, I checked and found they're gone. Sucks for me I guess. But then I was expecting them to still be around the $300 dollar mark too, so it's a double slam. I guess it makes sense they'd increase the cost since they improved the design and so many years have gone by since I bought the first run of Purplehearts. I put in a vote to redo the drop someday, I'm not holding my breath. I'm just going to consider myself lucky that I managed to get a pair at a really good price years ago.
ltranc
4
May 20, 2021
Please bring these back. I NEEED them.
Hark
7
Apr 23, 2021
BRING. THIS. BACK. PLEASE!!!
tohnk
4
Apr 4, 2021
Please Drop, tell us whether or not these are ever coming back. If they are I'll hold out, but if not I'll start looking for a second hand pair. I feel like if I'm waiting for them to drop but they're never coming back I'm just missing oppertunities to buy them second hand.
RWB05
1
Mar 25, 2021
Yeah! Restock!!
Carljohn123
5
Mar 3, 2021
Plz drop.. restock! One of my biggest regrets in life was not buying them when they were available
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bding
241
Feb 26, 2021
Still regret selling my pair, to this day...
alxtorr
43
Feb 21, 2021
I was hoping the most requested reveling headphones where the return of thx00 variants.... My Next purchase from drop only will be if they bring back the ebonys at good price of course...
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Pleisch
0
Jan 21, 2021
When????!!!
BlindGuardian64
3
Jan 16, 2021
Just adding to the sea of requests. If I could get absolute confirmation these will not return, I would buy the Beyerdynamic 177X GO instead. Just a little pressure because those are ready to ship NOW. 😂 But I'm willing to wait for these, the fact this page has not been modified to show it's discontinued shows DROP hopes to bring them back at *some* point, they're going to try to. Perhaps there's a supply issue, or sales were disappointing. I know I saw another drop recently where requests greatly dwarfed actual purchases during a product run, by one fourth. This could cause hesitation in dropping products that may prove more niche than others.
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