FS: Balanced woodie modified Fostex T50RP Quilted Maple (Quiltypants?)
Will Ship To: CONUS
I received these beautiful glossy quilted maple cups a couple weeks ago with T50RP drivers. The cups are modeled after Smeggy Thunderpants and his measurements and basic design scheme. I've spent some time playing around with the design of the damping and various pad configurations, and they sound quite spectacular, but they're quite large and are uncomfortable for my big head. Furthermore, I haven't been able to coax out bass quantity (it's there and quite tight/controlled, but the headphones are decidedly lean) from the drivers. Some options to help this are a different damping scheme, maybe leather instead of Akasa (I currently have Akasa foam on the back of the cup, black felt behind and in front of the driver, and transpore tape at the corners of the driver) or another bass port (the current one shares its hole with the cable port, so it may not be "porting" very much). I just don't have the time, tools, or listening habits to keep this.
These drivers have been cabled with a Grado cable salvaged from a Grado RS1, sheathed in heatshrink and techflex, and terminated in a Neutrik 4-pin XLR with corresponding adapter (and charming original Grado 1/4" plug!). It is approximately 6 feet long with another 6 inches for the adapter. The Neutrik plugs are nice and heavy and really add to the quality feel of the whole thing. The cups are attached to a Koss QZ99 headband, with a Beyerdynamic snap pleather headband pad.
I will be including rolls of transpore and micropore tape for your usage in playing around with the damping system. They will come with the stock Fostex T50RP pleather pads, although I can include the currently-installed J-money Beyer leather pads for an extra $50 (what I paid, minus shipping).
I paid $250 for the entire assembly. I'd like to get at least $240 back, plus shipping and PayPal fees (unless paid as gift). If you want the Jmoney pads please add $50. Please send me a PM if you are interested or have questions, thanks!
Addendum - I made some changes and refitted the Fostex pads, they sound considerably better than the Beyer pads (the Beyers just made everything too distant and way too bright). Right now they are still relatively bright compared to my references of the DT250 and the HD650, but they're not too bad. Currently they remind me of the frequency balance of Grado headphones, with a bigger soundstage and not nearly as aggressive. They're also fairly level across the spectrum, no strange peaks or valleys besides the lowered bass level. However, please keep in mind this is very much still a DIY headphone, and if you are not comfortable with opening up the cups and playing around with the damping mechanism I would not recommend buying these headphones. The Fostex T50RP driver is very capable but you may not be satisfied with how it currently sounds. There's many possible damping schemes out there and mine is a very basic one that I like, for the most part.
Edited by Ikarios - 6/8/11 at 3:31pm