Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones, EU
Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones, EU
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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 purpleheart ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, and Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers Read More
A Community Favorite, Now With Removable Cables

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 purpleheart ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, and Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers. Purpleheart is among the densest woods in the world, and along with adding a darker, more sophisticated aesthetic, it delivers a slightly different sound signature. Now, in another response to the community’s requests, we’ve updated the original with a removable cable. Introducing the TR-X00 (the “R” stands for “removable”): everything you loved about the TH-X00, now with a detachable cable for greater flexibility. 

Note: This offer is available to EU members only and is part of an EU shipping test. Price is inclusive of VAT, shipping, and handling and is listed in USD. Your product will be shipped directly to you from Europe with no post-office pickup (some exclusions apply). Delivery is expected within approximately 5 business days.


This shipping test applies to select products and quantities are limited. For more information, see this post. If you are outside the EU or want to read reviews, please visit this page instead.


Each pair of headphones is one of a kind, and due to the nature of wood, slight variations in wood grain may occur. If you’re an international customer looking to partner with a shipping forwarder, please read this FAQ.

A Side-by-Side Look

The density of purpleheart wood makes it excellent for reducing acoustic resonance. As a result, the sub-bass through bass is increased ~2 dB, while following the same curve as the original, which peaks at 50 Hz. The lower midrange is decreased by ~5 dB, and while the mahogany version had a slight peak at ~600 Hz, the purpleheart has a smoother climb from 500 to 1000 Hz. The midrange proper is essentially identical to that of the mahogany, the upper midrange is ~2 dB less throughout, and the highs are slightly more emphasized. Peaks and valleys are positioned differently than on the mahogany, but their magnitude is similar. As for the super highs, while the mahogany falls off at ~14 kHz, the purpleheart maintains presence through that range. Finally, CSD graphs of the mahogany showed some resonance at 3,000 and 6,000 Hz; these are all but eliminated in the purpleheart.

Intimate Sound

Equipped with the biodynamic cone Fostex first developed in the late ‘80s, which delivers a sound unique to any other driver structure, the TR-X00 benefits from years of iteration on the initial design. The higher magnetic flux density in these headphones (more than 1 tesla) creates instant attack and decay for a crisper, more detailed sound signature. With the emphasis on the low end toned down slightly from the TH-600, the rich bass meets the Fostex standard without becoming bloated. The result is an incredibly intimate sound, like being front row at a small venue.

Comfort-First Design

The TR-X00’s wood ear cups are a nod to the Denon D series and complemented by Fostex’s proprietary magnesium alloy body, built to be lightweight, strong, and durable. Made of eggshell protein, the ear pads’ soft leatherette is designed to form a super tight seal, while still being breathable for hours of comfortable listening. And because the curve of the headband has been optimized to fit the human head, minimal padding is needed. The thick, braided cable has a conveniently long distance between the headphones and Y split. The Massdrop logo is silk-screened on the inside of the headband, just above the left cup, with a serial number located just above the right cup. 

Community Reviews for the TH-X00 Purpleheart

“If it sounds better than the R-10, it has to be good. It blew my mind, got all three of them. Different flavors, different look, and sound like no other.” – Massdrop member albertofgomez

Specs
  • Fostex x Massdrop
  • Closed-back design
  • 50mm dynamic transducer
  • Magnesium alloy construction
  • Purpleheart wood ear cups, brilliant gloss finish
  • Leatherette ear pads, matte black
  • Magnetic flux density: >1 tesla
  • Impedance: 25 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB/mW
  • Maximum input: 1,800 mW
  • Frequency response: 5–45,000 Hz
  • Removable 10 ft (3 m) thick, braided Y cable
  • 1/4 in (6.3 mm) gold-coated stereo phone plug
  • Weight without cable: 13.6 oz (385 g)
  • Weight with cable: 18.2 oz (517 g)
Included
  • Carrying pouch
  • 2-year warranty
Shipping

International orders will be shipped by Drop.

Estimated ship date is Dec 11, 2019 PT.

Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after purchase. Cancellations are accepted until that time, after which the request will be submitted to vendors to deliver the best delivery time to members, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.

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