Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart 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 purpleheart ear cups, a magnesium alloy frame, and Fostex’s signature biodynamic drivers ... 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
Pasghetti
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Jan 9, 2019
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Questions: How do we get this cable, but in a 3.5mm jack version? What is the name of the planar Magnetic headphones that Fostex makes? I thought these were the Massdrop version of the TH-600 with removable cables, which are Planar Magnetics, but these look to be just plain old dynamic drivers?
Jan 9, 2019
GiantHeadphoneSquid
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Jan 9, 2019
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These are MD versions of the TH610, which features the same 1 T dynamic biodynamic driver. The same driver technology is used but with a more powerful 1.5 T motor in the flagship TH900/909. Fostex planar mags are the 'Regular Phase, RP' series, the T20, 40, 50 and 60 RP. A few years back they did put an RP into the TH premium form factor, which is the out of production(?) TH500 RP - it was not too well received, I've never heard one unfortunately. MD did a few drops of these, I'd probably jump on it if they did again at a reasonable price just for collector sake. If you want Fostex planar mag, get the T60 RP - it has a mahogany enclosure and lovely full sound, stock.
Jan 9, 2019
BUMMYjab
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May 17, 2019
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Which one is better I placed an order for the beyer DT 1770 GO. Should I cancel that and go with these I like Bass.
May 17, 2019
chank
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May 4, 2019
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Is there an option to get it in a 3.5mm cable?
May 4, 2019
Usehername
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Apr 13, 2019
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Would a pair of these that do not have the detachable cable be as good as these with the detachable feature? I mean if I can buy a used pair for $300 would that be better than spending $470 for the detachable model? The used pair sounded incredible.
Apr 13, 2019
Usehername
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May 16, 2019
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Thanks for the reply. I'm good right now so I won't be getting the ones for $300 . Here's a link in case anyone is interested. I can vouch for the seller, he's a great guy:
May 16, 2019
Usehername
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May 16, 2019
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That pair can be found on OfferUp. Moderators: I wish you were as quick to remove posts as when I was receiving hateful messages on here.
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May 16, 2019
HappyPanda
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Mar 25, 2019
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hayo everyone! i was wondering if anyone knows where i can buy a extra pair of the pad clips/rings. (the ones you use to attach the pad to the cup) thanks!
Mar 25, 2019
Tuxi
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Mar 23, 2019
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Got mine today. Not purple at all, just an ugly, reddish brown, more like mahogany. The sound is okay but I already have better sounding headphones. I ordered these, because I really liked the color and design that was shown in the product description. Really disappointing. 
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Mar 23, 2019
Tuxi
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Mar 30, 2019
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Wood can have different colors, but humans make headphones out of that wood and are responsible for the quality control. The cost of the wood is a very small part of the cost of this headphone. They could have ensured that headphone shells are only made out of wood with a decent color, that looks similar to what they are advertising...
Mar 30, 2019
DenonFanboy
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Mar 30, 2019
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Purpleheart wood eventually turns brown and quickly depending how often it sits in UV light (like sunlight)
Mar 30, 2019
NathanielKiger
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Mar 21, 2019
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I'm so excited!! Really love warm sounding stuff. Can any owners explain their experience please? I've had the M1060 and 6XX for a while along with the 58x Jubilee. Heard treble wasn't nearly as harsh as the Mahogany and bass could be pretty strong. How is vocal presence and instrument separation?
Mar 21, 2019
isomorphZeta
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Mar 15, 2019
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For those who haven't seen it, here's the graph comparing the three X00 wood options:
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I own the PHs and absolutely love them, for whatever it's worth.
Mar 15, 2019
Calaverasgrande
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Mar 1, 2019
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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. 
 ebony makes for a darker aesthetic and a smoother, more refined sound signature. Care to share some frequency plots to back up this nonsense assertion?
Mar 1, 2019
MusicFuelsYourSoul
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Feb 13, 2019
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Will these become available again any time soon?! Just about there for the money and paying, customs... Dissqpointed ai was not quicker 😢
Feb 13, 2019
RiflemanFirst
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Mar 7, 2019
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Available now.
Mar 7, 2019
MusicFuelsYourSoul
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Mar 7, 2019
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Appreciate the heads up mate. Cheers :)
Mar 7, 2019
Agony
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Feb 12, 2019
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Looking to sell my pair of TH-X00 Purplehearts for $350 if anyone is interested. Located in CA but willing to ship. Mine are the earlier version with non-detachable cables, no blemishes visible. Can provide pics upon request. Shoot me an Email at Dann664@gmail.com if anyone is interested.
Feb 12, 2019
LotsOGlue
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Feb 12, 2019
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Why do you want to sell them?
Feb 12, 2019
psiclone
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Jan 28, 2019
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The replacement cable for this is $115? LOL. K.
Jan 28, 2019
nbogaev
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Jan 24, 2019
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Howdy, everyone! I am quite the freshly acquainted recruit to the audiophile community, having only experienced using an ATH M50X w/o any amp or dac before my first purchase on Massdrop. I recently acquired a pair of Massdrop's Sennheiser HD-6XX & CTH + SDAC DAC/Amp combo. The two work great together! I have been running them consistently throughout the past month they've been with me and am proud with the yield. I just ordered a set of these Fostex TR-X00 Purplehearts to supplement the genre's the HD-6XX's don't perform their best in and am going to be pairing them with the CTH as well. I also just ordered a set of Periapt ProXLR cables for my HD-6XX's, since I am still running the stock 6ft (3.5mm) cable and 1/4 in adapter that were both included in the box. I am looking forward to hearing the difference from this new cable and am anxiously awaiting the arrival of the Purplehearts. Also of note, I replaced the original cups on the HD-6XX's with Dekoni Elite Hybrids and have ordered another pair for the Fostex, due to how happy I was with the first ones. I feel they do make a difference, but I would recommend getting them from Massdrop rather than Amazon as the price is much better. Finally finishing this long introduction, my question is if there will be any issues I will find running the Purplehearts with my current setup and if I will have a negative outcome from using XLR with the Sennheiser's, since I've heard a few things about the sound seeming better for some people and worse for others. I am still debating on whether or not I should order a set of Periapt XLR (or even the 1/4 in) cables for the Fostex (going to try out the stock cables for a bit and see what I feel).
Jan 24, 2019
StealThisID
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Jan 24, 2019
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Where can one buy the replacement cable?
Jan 24, 2019
nbogaev
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Jan 25, 2019
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You can buy a set of custom made cables from Periapt. They make cables that will not only replace the stock ones, but provide a huge upgrade to them as well. I highly recommend them. Here's a link to their Fostex cables https://periaptcables.com/products/14-type-14-dual-fostex-th-r?variant=13627744845929
Jan 25, 2019
Papaya
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Jan 16, 2019
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How is durability? Thanks
Jan 16, 2019
VinceTheStampede624
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Jan 15, 2019
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I hope Fostex can come out with a mod kit for those of us that bought the original TH-X00s so that we can have removable cables in the same style.
Jan 15, 2019
RiflemanFirst
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Jan 25, 2019
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I'd be all for this! I get that there are plenty of guides to DIY the cable mod, but a mod kit to match the current TR-X00 is something I would definitely buy.
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Jan 25, 2019
Takang
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Jan 14, 2019
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Hello there, I do really enjoy THX00. Although It is not same league with TH900, it should be the best at that price range.(imo on my limited but picky headphone experience) However recently I happen to me that the hange snapped....see photo attached. Anyone here can help me to point out how to fix it? I dont really know how to take it apart...
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thank you so much!!
Jan 14, 2019
Takang
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Feb 10, 2019
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no, i havent
Feb 10, 2019
jeffri
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May 14, 2019
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My 1st batch Purpleheart also got broken hinge just yesterday. :( Out of warranty and Massdrop can't source replacement parts either.
May 14, 2019
willybm
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Dec 20, 2018
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where can i find replacement parts?
Dec 20, 2018
DeathbyMusic
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Dec 16, 2018
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I have a pair of the older non-removable cabled version. Very slight and small scratch on one of the cups. But otherwise perfect with less than 10 hours on them. Any takers for 350 USD? Comes with a case worth 35 USD. Located in Korea so takers will probably have to pay for international shipping. Selling cause I don't use them and not cause I care about the cables. I had the older D5000 which I sold a while back and had them for years without issues.
Dec 16, 2018
WalterBlack
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Dec 17, 2018
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I'd be interested depending on the state of the pair and the added cost for shipping. If you want to discuss about this a bit more in depth send me an email (yannquintaje@gmail.com) Thanks!
Dec 17, 2018
DeathbyMusic
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Dec 18, 2018
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Sent you two emails with pictures. let me know.
Dec 18, 2018
VAS007
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Dec 12, 2018
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How do these sound compared to TH900? Anyone? Thanks
Dec 12, 2018
VAS007
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Dec 14, 2018
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Thank you so much for such great explanation.
Dec 14, 2018
Takang
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Jan 22, 2019
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they are different league...
Jan 22, 2019
turbomustang84
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Dec 10, 2018
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I would like to know what Fostex model were these based on ?
Dec 10, 2018
GiantHeadphoneSquid
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Dec 13, 2018
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Dec 13, 2018
Hardpressed
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Dec 8, 2018
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I just purchased a Pioneer XDP 300r player, which has a 2:5mm “balanced” output. I have an array of cans, including the first generation purplewoods. Does anyone know if there is an aftermarket supplier who sells a replacement cord that would fit the 2nd generation and let me use them in the balanced output of the Pioneer? And, if so, any thoughts about selling the limited use 1st gen, including price? Thanks in advance for any thoughts on this.
Dec 8, 2018
jaydunndiddit
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Dec 11, 2018
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Periapt sells a proper balanced XLR cable with stock connectors. From there, any 4-pin XLR to 2.5mm TRRS adapter will cover the rest. This is what I do and it has worked well for a while now.
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Dec 11, 2018
MusicFuelsYourSoul
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Nov 27, 2018
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Old vs. New - Help Please :) Hey Peeps! I bought the original release Purplehearts and I do love them and they are fantastic for several genres with Electronic music being a surprise but damn they are good with their control of that tasty bass range.....BUT.... The new release have several changes, especially detachable cables. Main question is the difference between the two through all genres. I love music and the old cans help me love it more......If that makes sense :/ All comments, thoughts, guidance is really appreciated. :)
Nov 27, 2018
deeztits
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Jan 17, 2019
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its the same dude just detachable cables
Jan 17, 2019
fehringer
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Nov 23, 2018
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Is there anyway to get expedited shipping on these? Also, any have a estimated shipping time for someone on the east coast?
Nov 23, 2018
swagmaster_dave
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Nov 20, 2018
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Does anyone know if the purple heart has a UV protective coating? If it doesn't the wood could easily turn dark brown over time
Nov 20, 2018
Sayex
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Dec 10, 2018
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Dec 10, 2018
Jeff-D
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Nov 17, 2018
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ohh massdrop, I love your products but your shipping is so bad. its been in PA for 12 hours I live in NY... sigh I could have gotten it my self in that time XD
Nov 17, 2018
Jeff-D
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Nov 17, 2018
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I haven't been on massdrop for a while. I graduated college, finally got a good job and this is my reward. I'm super excited and ill let you guys know what I think about them when they arrive. I ordered these for 3 main reasons. 1) I miss bass All these autophile headphones sound amazing in different ways but I miss some seriously good fun bass. 2) I want something thats not completly open. Things can get a little noisy sometimes so im hoping this helps some. Yes I know they are semi open. 3) because I can.
Nov 17, 2018
kistd50
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Nov 13, 2018
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I've had these headphones for about 4 months and have been my daily drivers. At first, I was curious what all the hype was about the bass of these cans...Sure, they had decent bass, but honestly, nothing that wowed me. Boy was I wrong. After about 6-8 weeks, these suckers started producing sounds I've never heard. I can confirm the other reports that these headphones produce a bass that is unique. You feel it, without it being muddy or distorted. I can't speak for the highs being too bright, as I typically don't get fatigued with the 10kHz-20kHz ranges, but I can say that these headphones are just fun! I put on a track and get lost in it. My go to the past few weeks has been any song by Big Gigantic. The saxophone and bass play so well together on these headphones. I understand these aren't the most accessible headphones, but if you're considering these headphones, I give them a two thumbs up!
Nov 13, 2018
blitz9826
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Dec 8, 2018
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yo! about the fatiguing highs, a lot of people that own the PH apparently also dislike the HE400i. is that a valid generalization? i own the he400i and wanna switch to these for my out and about activities while also having more oomph in my music. any experience you can share?
Dec 8, 2018
Voeboe
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Nov 3, 2018
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I received my TR-X00 Purplehearts about a week ago and have been listening since then..... I.....I... just......can't......get....enough....of.....this......sweet......sweet.....amazingly.......rich....sound. If you are on the verge of getting one, do not hesitate or wait any further, you are missing a lot of fun.....fun....sweeeter than honey, and as relaxing as a single malt from the Isle of Islay sound. I am pleasantly shocked and surprised of how intoxicating these headphones sound. And there is the problem that I just don't want to take them off. To put in perspective, they are way more fun than my Grado PS 500, AKG K812 Pro, DT 770. At the end of the day we audiophiles like hearing drug addicts are searching for fun, and FUN is what you get with these headphones. In comparison my Senheiser HD6XX sound like I am locked in a closet and listening to music through the door and walls. Word of advice, just upgrade the pads to ZMF Oval Earpads Lambskin (had them for my previous uninspiring Fostex TR40 Mk3). I don't know how long a burn-in takes for these, but I am already drunk on theirs sound. Can't imagine what happens if the sound gets better than this after a let's say a 100 hours of burn-in.
Nov 3, 2018
Scotty7
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Nov 1, 2018
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Has anyone else found these extremely uncomfortable? I was seriously not expecting this sort of discomfort. The top of the headphones, the band that sits at the top of your head, is really uncomfortable. The full weight of the headphones just digs straight into one spot on the top your head. After 10 minutes or so it becomes somewhat painful and requires adjusting frequently. After an hour or so I start feel ill with the continuous pressure on my head. What can I do about it? I'm a bit taken back by this - a half-a-grand pair of cans is less comfortable than something from Walmart. What can I do about it?
Nov 1, 2018
nighttrain300
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Nov 2, 2018
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Get the ZMF Pilot Pad.
Nov 2, 2018
Voeboe
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Nov 3, 2018
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Word of advice, just upgrade the pads to ZMF Oval Earpads Lambskin. The pressure from the weight will spread over slightly to the side of your head and will create better sealing and experience with increased sound stage. Satisfaction Guarantied!
Nov 3, 2018
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