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Fostex T50RP Closed Ear Stereo Headphones Reviews

Positive Reviews


Go ahead, turn them up a little more.


Pros: neutrality, chameleon, smooth midrange, detail and speed, crazy good deal.

Cons: Needs solid amping, can sound a bit flat, takes some getting used to

  The orthodynamic club at Head-fi probably feels a little outspoken at times. They have a less common headphone technology that they believe very strongly is fundamentally superior to the traditional dynamic drivers that we see so often. The dauntingly enormous orthodynamic roundup thread is a testament to the dedication and passion of this Head-fi subculture. To make matters worse, there are very few companies still producing orthos. There are some hugely expensive offerings, but only one brand making affordable offerings. That company is Fostex, though many consider the new flagship T50RP to be inferior to some of the vintage orthos from the '70s.   I am not an expert on orthos...
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Negative Reviews


Just my impression...


Pros: Good midrange, low price, quite easy to drive, surprisingly detailed

Cons: Very uncomfortable, mods are a must, treble

OK cans for price when modded, but certainly doesn't deserve the attention it recieves here. Unmodded sound lacks bass (rolof starts at 200Hz !!), is very mid-centric, highs and upper midrange is attenuated. It sounds cavelike, honky, and hollow - takes a lifetime to get used to it. :) The headband is extremely uncomfortable to me, earpads are thin, but comfort is good. When modded the bass is much better (the old earpads are thin), quite linear but still nothing special. The upper midrange and treble have more power, but it still sounds somehow cavelike, honky and hollow. Overally much better than original T50RP. For the price it's barely acceptable. When modded it's OK for the...
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More Reviews


Fostex T50RP, My Intro to the World of Orthos


Pros: Clarity, looks, natural sound

Cons: Potential comfort issues, flat sound might turn some off, no 1/4'' to 1/8'' adaptor, needs amping

      Pros: Clarity, looks, natural sound Cons: Potential comfort issues, flat sound might turn some off, no 1/4'' to 1/8'' adaptor, needs amping   Source:   MacBook Pro->FiiO E7->Fostex T50RP   Much thanks to Fostex for the review pair.   Packaging     No frills here. The T50RP come packaged in a cardboard box in-which the style seems a bit dated. There's nothing to catch the eye really. The color scheme I'm not a fan of, the red background displaying the black T50RP just doesn't appeal to me. T50RP is in big white letters on the front and below that is a quick blurb about...
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Best bargain in headphones, end of discussion.


Pros: To mod them is to love them.

Cons: Even at $90 they suck out of the box. Can't fix ugly.

Buy it, mod it, slip on a pair of alpha dogs, smile. Not worth owning if you don't mod.  I got maybe a half hour on them unmodded just to satisfy my curiosity.  I own better cans that cost more and less, so pretty worthless to me until modded. Ratings are based on modded cans including comfort strap and alpha pads (comfort and sound). You will forget they are ugly as soon as you put them on your head.

Totally Amazed!


Pros: Sound quality, Comfort, Mod

I had only tried these headphones, but the moment I heard them, I knew they were something special. They outmatch a ton of headphones double the price after modding.

Cinderella of headphones


Pros: Highly Modifiable, low price, smooth sounding

Cons: Lacks sparkle in treble, ugly

These headphones are great in the sense that they are the ultimate modding headphones.  You can adjust the sound to almost anything you want with a few relatively simple mods.   Before modification, the resonance is horrible, the headphones are all mids, and nothing else, but the sounds is smooth.   After modification, the sound remains smooth, but there is an obvious increase in treble and bass to balance out the sounds.  The treble does not have the necessary sparkle that I would want from it, but it is a matter of skills, I am sure someone out there has the ability to mod these things to provide smoother and better sounds.   The headphones are...
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5 Star with Modding


Pros: Modder's dream w/ incredible potential, easy to mod, cheap

Cons: Must mod them, cord connection issues, kinda ugly?

If you don't plan to mod these, then you shouldn't buy them. My ratings are based upon the state of my pair after modding, which I believe is fair because most of my mods can be cheaply and easily replicated.   However, everyone should buy one and mod it. These are by far the best value headphones I've tried. For about $100, you can get these headphones, upgraded ear pads (Shure SRH840 are good), and the materials to do basic mods. If you are willing to put in a couple hours, pretty much anyone with patience can perform the necessary mods to make these shine and compete with headphones that are much more expensive. These are now competing (and receiving about equal playtime)...
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Fostex T50RP: My Impressions


Pros: Good SQ even when unamped, sturdy, nice aesthetics

Cons: Hard, unforgiving headband, Sub-par detachable cable

  Prior listening experience: Audio Technica ATH-M50, AKG K240 Studio   My time with these headphones was limited, as I bought them for a friend who lives far away.    Sound: The overall sound signature isn't overly bassy or dark, but there is more bass than treble. Good imaging, sound feels like it emanates from nowhere as opposed to from two distinct spots over your ears. Soundstage is slightly better than most closed cans. Bass is really good and tight, though it rolls off a bit. Mids seem very slightly boomy. Very smooth treble. Isolates very well and little sound leakage.   Build: Heavy and sturdy. Feels like a tank. Mostly ABS...
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Buy them and be nice


Pros: Absolutely great Mids, Great Detail, Fun to Mod

Cons: Dull at first, takes a week to learn to love

I'll be posting a thread reveiw for these later, but here's the short:   Pros: Amazing Mids - beats out $500 headphones Great Highs - Close to Grado, about Sr80i Good design to play with   Cons: Bad design - can be fixed with mods. Cups and headband would be a dream. Bad cup design - play with it for a while and the sound improves 1/4inch without adapter. Not much of a problem, but at this price I expect a 3.5mm jack with an adapter   Get these headphones if you love Acoustics, Classical, Some rock, Metal, older music and you like to mod.   I've already stuffed the cups with blutack and made new, larger earpads. Both have solidified the...
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