Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Mahogany Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Mahogany 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 mahogany ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers, and a highly reviewed sound signature ... Read More

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CEE_TEE
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May 30, 2018
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In the original product proposal to Fostex, yes...removable cables were requested. Though It was in the original requirements, it didn't make it into the original version of the TH-X00 as Fostex is very methodical and careful. They spent years working on their removable cable system to make it their version of perfect. They could have done it in a few weeks, but it wouldn't have been a true Fostex solution.
Removable cables for the TH-X00 line is one of those features that the community never stopped pushing for and we never stopped requesting. This feature is so important to the community and to the headphones, that we renamed them: TR-X00 (The “R” is for removable.) If you haven’t been following the journey of the first Mahogany version of the headphone into the Purpleheart and Ebony wood variants, we offer three different wood types for different aesthetics and slight sound signature variation. However, since launch- the most requested (demanded!) change has been the ability to remove or swap cables. Why?  I’m so glad you asked! If you develop any issues with the cables over time, you can replace them. If you need a specialized cable to connect to gear or wish to have a personalized cable, you have options. (In the discussion comments which follow, please let us know if you modified your TH-X00 to accept removable cables and how you are using them now…Matt Takaichi is paying attention and sourcing cables for the community.  We’ve transferred the comments from the original headphone drop pages so that none of your contributions have been lost.) Thank you for your support of this headphone, it has been a true success due to community feedback and participation.
FYI, this latest change is the only one that we have planned for the series, we don’t have any other surprises on the horizon at the moment.  (I know somebody is going to ask me!) For now, the time has come and the TR-X00 is available for ordering on June 1st!
May 30, 2018
rslatara
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Mar 13, 2019
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Do you think there will ever be a MK3 version of the Massdrop T50RP?
Mar 13, 2019
CEE_TEE
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May 24, 2019
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Oh, that's a good question...
May 24, 2019
Zeek88
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May 6, 2019
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if like the amount of treble in my hd 6xx but i dont like and almost cant stand the amount of treble/sibilance from my dt 990, do you think i would enjoy this fostex if i am looking for something as an upgrade/sidegrade to my hd6xx with more based on the amount of treble it has?
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May 6, 2019
TotG
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Apr 3, 2019
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So, 2 years later.. The screw attaching the cups to the headband broke and the cup fell off. More surprised than disappointing tbh. I'd assume the build on the new tr-x00 is the same.. What a shame... back to my HD598s for now I guess.
Apr 3, 2019
Xmetaldavex
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May 9, 2019
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I came back to this discussion to ask how much of an issue the headband actually is, and this answers that. I'm sorry yours broke.
May 9, 2019
Kulpa
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Mar 26, 2019
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What for amp is recommandet for this Headphone?I miss a little bit the Bass on my Fostex Hp A3
Mar 26, 2019
erickong
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Mar 26, 2019
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https://www.massdrop.com/buy/massdrop-cth-sdac-dac-amp My roommate has the Mahoganys and this amp. The CTH adds more bass to an already bass heavy headphone. They pair well and really give you a rumble when the bass and sub-bass hit.
Mar 26, 2019
isomorphZeta
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Mar 15, 2019
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For those who haven't seen it, here's a graph comparing the three different woods available:
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Mar 15, 2019
Aaron_b12
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Mar 2, 2019
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Does anyone know where I can get a shorter cable beside periapt.I can't do this 10ft cable anymore and can't find any there cables.
Mar 2, 2019
SifuSeafood
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May 10, 2019
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Would you consider braiding it? Here's the best photo I have of mine.
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May 10, 2019
Aaron_b12
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May 10, 2019
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I already solved my problem with the cable but I see you have a schiit amp how to you like it if you don't mind me asking
May 10, 2019
Mattwest
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Feb 26, 2019
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lucas.ltd
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Feb 21, 2019
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I've got a very lightly used set for sale.
Feb 21, 2019
lucas.ltd
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Feb 26, 2019
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Feb 26, 2019
Xavihno
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Feb 27, 2019
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Hi! Do you use WhatsApp by any chance to talk some more?
Feb 27, 2019
NemoReborn
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Feb 20, 2019
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Hi , does the cable have a specific side ! ? I know the red is going to the R cup. But i am talking about the connection itself. The 2 little pins. They have a side ? I mean, if i unplug the connector and flip it 180 degrees, it still connecting fine. Does that matter?
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Feb 20, 2019
Ri_Tolstoy
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Feb 19, 2019
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I already have the Fostex T60rps should i get these also?? Worth the extra outlay. Am running the t60's balanced.
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Feb 19, 2019
NemoReborn
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Feb 18, 2019
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The cable is way too long ! Is it possible to cut it in half and weld a new plug 1/4 to it ??? I do not want to spend another 100$ for a custom cable...
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Feb 18, 2019
Fairingrey
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Feb 19, 2019
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It should be if you know what you're doing, but I just keep part of my cable looped up and bound with two generic rubber twist ties. EDIT: Shortening the cable yourself through soldering would probably void your warranty (at least, on the cable), so if you're concerned about that I'd ask support.
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Feb 19, 2019
Estuardo77
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Feb 18, 2019
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I would like to know if this headphone can be use it in iPhone or any cellphone i really like to buy it if is available to use on my iPhone thank you..
Feb 18, 2019
Mumbo
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Apr 11, 2019
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If you get a 3.5mm jack adapter or cable then yeah it should work
Apr 11, 2019
arthurtanwl
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Feb 15, 2019
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Please PM me if anyone is looking to offload their stock headphone cups haha. Need it for a DIY project :)
Feb 15, 2019
NemoReborn
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Feb 15, 2019
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cant wait to receive mine !!!! its on the way to canada ! Hope ill get some pretty cool grain shade !
Feb 15, 2019
Kulpa
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Feb 14, 2019
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I have buy one Pair of this Headphone and use it with the Fostex HP3A. What do you say?Beautiful the Sound.All so clear and makes very fun with him.No matter what music direction i hear,it works so Good.I am satisfied and rebuy it when is broken one Day.Just the Earpads could be a little more compfortable and not hear the Sound from the Cabel when i touch him when he Music not running .But is a complain at a high level from my side.For Gaming on Playstation 4 i find is not so good.It was build for Music.And for looking Movies is good i like.
Feb 14, 2019
Awrence
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Feb 13, 2019
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Will I incur any extra charges if I order these and get them shipped to Czech Republic? Last time I ordered something I had to go to the main post office and pay extra as well as jump through way too many bureaucratic hoops ...
Feb 13, 2019
NemoReborn
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Feb 13, 2019
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any 1 know a good replacement cable for the tr-x00 , i just want to find something shorter than the Stock cable ...
Feb 13, 2019
Fairingrey
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Feb 15, 2019
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Feb 15, 2019
yjuo01
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Feb 7, 2019
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Thinking of buying this to replace the 6xx...also considering hifiman offerings ie sundara, 560 etc. I like the 6xx but I want to try out other pairs. To those who own/have owned both, what do you think?
Feb 7, 2019
psuKinger
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Feb 19, 2019
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I have both of Senn HD-6XX and the Fostex TR-X00 Mahogany's (and a handful of other mid-fi priced sets: Sennheiser HD1 on-ears, HiFiMan HE-4XX, B&W P3 Series II, HiFiMan Edition S, Audeze LCD-2c, etc). Of the sets I own, the two in question are two of my three favorites. I like both a lot, and use both a lot. But they're very different sets for very different use-cases. When I'm at home, in my sunroom, tethered to my best amp, with a beverage as a sidecar, I think the HD-6XX's outperform the TR-X00's on sound quality. They image better (open-back design). They have a wider sound-stage (open-back design). And the tonality and fidelity with mid-range and female vocals is the best of all the gear I own (speakers and headphones alike). You'll commonly see on the internet that "the 650's (and 6XX's) scale nicely with equipment" and that has been my experience as well. When plugged directly into a phone or laptop and A-B compared, the TR-X00's significantly outperform the 6XX's (and it's not close). Off of a cheap/portable DAC/AMP I own (Fiio Q1), the 6XX's close the gap a little, but still come up well short of the TR-X00's. Using my Schiit Jotunheim via the stock single-ended cable that comes with the HD-6XX's, and the 6XX's start to outperform the TR-X00's for pretty much everything other than modern hard rock and hip-hop. With a 3rd party (periapt) balanced XLR cable and using the Balanced output on my Schiit Jot, I think I pretty much prefer the HD-6XX's in pretty much every way (sonically) over the TR-X00's. But the TR-X00's look great. The Sennheiser HD-6XX's are not appealing, aesthetically, to me. The HD-6XX's are not uncomfortable, but the TR-X00's are the most comfortable headset I own. The TR-X00's are a closed back design that are optimized to run off of "standard power sources" (my work computer, for example). All of this means I can plug my TR-X00's into my work PC and stream CD-Quality music off Qobuz, without my co-workers being bothered. And I can wear them for hours after hours at a time, comfortably, and feel confident that I like the way they look when I'm around my colleagues. I can't do any of those things with my Sennheiser HD-6XX's. So I like both. A lot. I use both. A lot. I use the Fostex's more, because I probably listen to music in the office for 20-30 hours a week, and don't own any other closed-back headphones that come close to these, performance-wise. I use the HD-6XX's less because I probably only listen to music 3-6 hours a week at home, and when I'm at home I have a lot more options to choose from (two 2.1 speaker rigs and pair of Audeze LCD-2C's are the Sennheiser HD-6XX's main competition). As a result, the TR-X00's get a lot more use for me, even though I think the HD-6XX's sound amazing. Hope this helps.
Feb 19, 2019
yjuo01
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Feb 19, 2019
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Thanks a lot for the response. I like how the 6xx looks (humble,minimalistic), but tbh I don’t care much about aesthetics. In the end I’ve chosen to get a pair of Sundara and I can’t wait to try them. I decided to keep the 6xx as well (though I’ve got an eager buyer) because I like them a lot too, to the point that I’m unwilling to see them go. Perhaps my next pair would be a closed back...due to the noisy a/c. But that will have to wait, and tbh I’m satisfied as of now :D
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Feb 19, 2019
Degrees
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Jan 21, 2019
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Well, one of the common problems that may occur has happened to me. Unfortunately the screw has come loose from the right hinge after >1 year of use. I have contacted Massdrop and they are unable/unwilling to repair them so my only other option is to repair them myself with a incurred cost of $55. And as I am inexperienced and poor at repairs, I hope it isn't too big or hard of a job. Just one thing to consider when deciding to purchase these headphones.
Jan 21, 2019
SchiitHead024
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Feb 5, 2019
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Agreed, after struggling to find down sides for these headphones it seems my only cons to list in a review is 1)They aren't as durable as I'd like 2)They are sold by an arguably disreputable company who has limited-to-no customer support Still an amazing product imo but...getting them serviced, RMA'd, etc is going to be a pain. Lucky I guess that over the life of these HPs you'll probably spend less than 1% of your time actually in contact with MassDrop so at least the other 99% of the time everything is pretty great at the price point? lol
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Feb 5, 2019
DieKaesereibe
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Jan 12, 2019
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Is there any not ridiculous expensive way to get a replacement cable for this pair? I thought about getting one but what bothers me is, that there doesn't seem to be a normal priced cable as well as a shorter cable for on the go...
Jan 12, 2019
SchiitHead024
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Feb 5, 2019
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I went for making my own, it's like if you want something sub $100 DIY is the way to go right now. I ordered my supplies from doublehelixcables (probably not the best place, just what I happened to find first that had what I wanted) and their cables are...well silly on a $400-$500 set of HPs and arguably silly on HPs that are several times the price to be honest. People just don't seem to make wires unless they can make ALL the money off of it, just making 20$ on a 100$ cable isn't enough it seems so...DIY for me :P They do have decent 200$+ cables but since you said you were trying to avoid the ridiculous priced cables I doubt I have to let you know that most people would probably agree that spending half the price of your HPs on cables would be a bit foolish and a VERY inefficient way of improving your sound lol I should add it cost me 100$ with shipping, not great but not awful and that includes an amazon order for solder. Just ordered a second pair and already contemplating making another cord, I doubt I'll like stock anymore this time around.
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Feb 5, 2019
SOULSIK
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Jan 9, 2019
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The Next Best Bass Headphone under $500 Full Review: https://youtu.be/YAK0UwZ385Q

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Jan 9, 2019
SmestarZ
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Jan 9, 2019
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Why are the prices of this drop increasing, As I remember it was 400$ and not almost 420$
Jan 9, 2019
SchiitHead024
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Feb 5, 2019
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Price of high end metals like aluminum has gone up (Trump) and...well, it's MassDrop so the price was going to go up if people still buy it at that price and production cost went up sooo...
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Feb 5, 2019
Jaytal
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Feb 7, 2019
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lol, I love it when people unironically blame non-pertinent things on Trump.
Feb 7, 2019
Gurbakhshish
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Jan 9, 2019
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Modded myself TH-X00 with 2.5 mm connectors. Absolutely love these
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Jan 9, 2019
SchiitHead024
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Feb 5, 2019
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I'd suggest buying a bit of headphone wire and some cheapo connectors to practice making your solder points as clean as possible but otherwise it's incredibly simple and straight forward. If you can already solder electronics then this is barely an inconvenience but with big orb-like solder points you might have issues if you don't practice a bit first.
Feb 5, 2019
RMStudios
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Apr 12, 2019
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I'd buy them - maybe even 2-3 - if they had standard 2.5mm plugs instead of some weird proprietary plug that provides no benefit to the sound output.
Apr 12, 2019
Nyksy
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Jan 1, 2019
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I wish there was an optional shorter cable.
Jan 1, 2019
BucDarkness
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Dec 30, 2018
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I have recently bought the Super x-fi amp, I was wondering it calls for the e-mu teak as best for certified sound effect would the th00 mahogany be the equivalent since the teak drop is not available. Great sounds on ps4 pro and I know the DNA of both are in the same family.
Dec 30, 2018
heidy
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Dec 30, 2018
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The TH-X00 uses the exact same driver but tuned differently, so sure. Those kinds of certifications mean little if anything at all, though. Just buy whatever based on the kind of sound signature you actually want.
Dec 30, 2018
BucDarkness
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Dec 31, 2018
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Thanks, it confirms what i was thinking also.
Dec 31, 2018
TylerTHere
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Dec 3, 2018
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Will these work well with a magni 3 + modi?
Dec 3, 2018
Hyde
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Dec 12, 2018
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To be honest I've tried many dacs and amps on them and I'm convinced they don't really need an amp. They sound best straight off my phone. With other dacs and amps they just sound "different" but not really "better". Though if you already have magni 3 and modi then it doesn't hurt to try them but I'd still recommend just run them off the phone first lol.
Dec 12, 2018
Azeendeen
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Dec 1, 2018
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This must sound very stupid but what is the difference in sound of the massdrop fostex TR-X00 vs the fostex th-900
Dec 1, 2018
GiantHeadphoneSquid
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Dec 2, 2018
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Not stupid at all. The TH900 has a more powerful driver (1.5 T vs. 1 T magnetic flux density), it is the flagship whereas the TR are the same design as the Foster OEM variants (E-Mu etc). Basically the TR is a modified TH-610. Soundwise, the different TR wood variants have slightly different character (Ebony neutral, Purpleheart v shaped, Mahogony splits the difference). I only have direct experience with the TR Ebony for comparison with my TH900. The TH900 has a more pronounced V response, it has noticeably more bass, but it is also brighter and has a dip ~500 Hz. The Biodynamic drivers are good enough that they all respond well to EQing, but the extra horsepower in the 900 makes it a particularly good candidate, but also one that can requires some tonal correction for neutral sound.
Dec 2, 2018
heatles
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Dec 1, 2018
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I received my package. Was looking forward to it all week. Listening now.... Underwhelmed? Posting this in the Discussions as this is not a review. Seeking tips/advice. This is my first purchase of quality headphones, ever. You can call it splurging. But I think I have an above average ear when it comes to observing sound, picking out details, etc. Used to produce music as a hobby for 8 yrs or so (whether I was good at it or not is a diff discussion). With that out of the way, I expected more as a lot have raved about the bass. Yet here I am halfway jamming out, trying to love these headphones but my ears are saying otherwise and I'm becoming less convinced that I made the right purchase. Is it the headphones, is it this particular finished good (I actually work in manufacturing so fully aware of the imperfect world of it), are my ears not as good as I thought they were, do I have to break these in further (listening for 1 hour)... I don't own any DACs. I'm powering this through my LG V20 which has a DAC but I presume it's weak. If I were to buy a decent DAC and power the headphones through that, would it make a significant improvement? Fuck... Thanks in advance.
Dec 1, 2018
DenonFanboy
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Dec 4, 2018
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try an amp, I suggest a magni 3
Dec 4, 2018
Hyde
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Dec 12, 2018
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From my personal experience this headphone sound the best straight off phone. I've tried it on SDAC/O2 also iFi Nano Black Label and I still like it better from the phone (Google Pixel 1). I'm convinced these headphones don't really need amp (own Mahogany, Ebony, E-Mu Teak and Denon D2000). That being said, they do benefit from burn in. My Ebony's bass sound muddy and bloated when I first got them, as I burn in the sound gets cleaner and cleaner. Some recommend 100 hours but I think for me after the first 2-3 days it kind of doesn't change too much after. Tonality wise I like Mahogany the best (very warm and lush) but it also has the least sound stage out of all the Fostex variants. I would try a low power source and also if you've only played it for 1 hour I'd give it more time to burn in. Give it more time and report back to us after 3 days. :)
Dec 12, 2018
TM_K
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Nov 29, 2018
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Just ordered ZMF lambskin earpads and a lawton tuneup kit. These cant come soon enough.
Nov 29, 2018
peakhunter
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Nov 26, 2018
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would've liked to see these on sale
Nov 26, 2018
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