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View Full Discussion I decided to do some digging on purpleheart wood, and apparently the color of these will only last for a few years (unless you live in a pitch black cave). Hopefully as the color changes, the wood's ability to reflect the sound will not.
I'm a complete n00b when it comes to this stuff. I'd never even HEARD of purpleheart until this drop, and then it was off to the google races to see what i could find out. If anyone else has experience with this wood (particularly in this application) please do share.
The acoustic qualities of the wood won't be affected by age, only the color. Definitely store them in a dark enclosure to keep that beautiful hue last as long as possible.
LOL, History really does repeat itself xD
Some people were talking about this a while ago and I was watching there conversations.
"Color change occurs due to UV exposure. If kept [indoors], these shouldn't turn brown for 15+ years I imagine[.]"
From an article titled "Natural Color Changes in Wood":
"This is a purpleheart sample turning I did and then stuck away in a closed cardboard box for about 9 years and when I found it again after all that time, it had darkened as shown. Since it was in the box for almost the entire 9 years, this darkening clearly has to be from oxidation even though it had a couple of coats of polyurethane. "
Source article courtesy of Erix:
And here is a page from the same site that shows and talks about purpleheart exclusively:
Another guy with a photo shopped image: (By: fidgetingfinch)
Darn, I just learned that purpleheart oxidizes over time and loses its beautiful purple hue. Inevitably it will turn a dark brown color, even if it's never exposed to light. After some years, they'll probably look a lot more like this:
A real life example:
Really bummed about this. The color is so beautiful when new. :(
Theres also this: (Seen it from multipul users)
Credit by the posts thank them for the information, this is just a "repost" with it all together.
So really, you dont have to worry about the color unless you plan on keeping them for 9 years. And even if you do the drivers will most likely break down.
Thanks, that's very informative. To be honest though, the end result of dark brown is still a very neutral color and I wouldn't say it makes it incredibly unappealing or anything. It's just a different look and it just makes it becomes less flashy of a color. Who knows, some people may actually prefer it that way. Besides, if you look at how technology changed in the past 10 years, I think it's a safe bet to say this headphone, and most likely all headphones on the market, will be obsolete in that amount of time.
Where do you take that the drivers should break down in less than 10 years? we're not talking an iphone here..There is no reason for them to stop functioning if you don't blast them to a deafening degree or are you aware of a particular issue with this model? I do own a 15 years old pair of Fostex t50 rp and still enjoy them everyday.
If there is one single area of technology that didn't change much in the past 10 years, it have to be dynamic drivers to transmit sound...The change are minimal and you'll find great headphones and speakers that are 20 years old.
Some guy says 9 years it turns browns and oxidizes. Some say much longer, some say the purple will last forever. I don't know who to believe anymore. But here's a video of a guy bringing the purple out of his purpleheart wood pen by oxidizing it further by pretty much torching it. Maybe Fostex will oxidize them? I don't know but it looks pretty damn nice. The photochopped THX-00 colors don't look very accurate. I guess YMMV depending on where you live and what will make it change colors.
That video is for freshly cut purpleheart. Oxidizing the wood makes it darker, changing it from pink to purple and finally to brown. Fostex probably is doing some amount of oxidization to get it to the hue shown in the photos. It will definitely turn brown at some point, so whoever said it doesn't colorshift needs to do a bit more research. Personally, I think the brown still looks pretty classy.
Well you might have taken VERY good care of those Fostex t50 rp, But others? also i'm not just talking about the drivers, the hinge could break, the cable ect ect. (even though you could just replace the cable...)
You are right, and obviously they are heavily modded, the pads are not the originals. But I'd say it's still what's great about this hobby, a 500$ computer will be obsolete in a year, 500$ worth of headphones can last a lifetime if well taken care, and those feels well constructed.
Actually the wooden cup have a layer of protection on it. It should resist a bit of oxidation. But the color of wood will definitely change over time and it is a fact. You will know if you own wooden furniture.
It could go real bad, when 1 cup changes color differently than the other. That could happen, and probably will to some headphones.
Honestly, if this is the colour it turns to. I will not be mad, at all. I actually love the colour of those Fostex headphones you posted.
While at first the idea bothered me a bit, honestly, in 10 years I doubt I'll care. Everything gets worn in with time, and this is just one more dimension of that. The purple color might not last forever, but then again, neither will I.
Well, it's already imperfect wood. I'm sure slight difference in coloration won't bother anyone. If that sort of things is a huge deal breaker you're probably best off getting full plastic or metal headphones.