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post #1036 of 6802
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Well, I give credit where credit is due, and Fostex deserves it. So much money flows to those who don't create anything of value, and Fostex has made something great, so I wish them lots of riches and success; more power to them.


true ... but unless you're of the belief that urushi + wood imparts a significant contribution to the overall sound signature, then fostex could easily have made this into a phone which would have entered the marketplace ~ $1k

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true ... but unless you're of the belief that urushi + wood imparts a significant contribution to the overall sound signature, then fostex could easily have made this into a phone which would have entered the marketplace ~ $1k

Well this is all assumption.. nothing is "known" we don't actually know how much of a price difference there would be with plastic or metal parts. Examples are Stax 009 ($5000) and the HD800 ($1500) among many others that don't use wood and are over the $1000 mark. I think this assumption that the Urushi costs 1k on its own isn't a fair one. So lets not say TH900s - Urushi/wood = $1000 because in fact no one knows what that price would be except for Fostex.

 

That said - I am a believer that wood does play a noticeable role in the sound signature.

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true ... but unless you're of the belief that urushi + wood imparts a significant contribution to the overall sound signature, then fostex could easily have made this into a phone which would have entered the marketplace ~ $1k

Well with flagships it is about more than musicality anyway, it's a statement.

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I do think that wood plays some role, though I'm not sure how much of one. I would guess the exact species of wood used has a very subtle effect due to the varying density and porousness. I'm guessing I wouldn't be able to tell one from another, however. I think the fact that wood in general is used over metal or plastic has a bigger impact overall versus the impact from one species to the next.

 

I can totally understand people wanting a cheaper version of the TH900 without the lacquer and platinum leaf accents though. Personally I like the package as a whole.

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I don't understand how fostex can make luxury headphones impossible to buy in lot of places...

 

that's just crazy.

 

I just want to test it and it is impossible.

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I can totally understand people wanting a cheaper version of the TH900 without the lacquer and platinum leaf accents though. Personally I like the package as a whole.

 

It looks awesome in person.  I could see paying extra for it if I actually had the cash...

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I don't understand how fostex can make luxury headphones impossible to buy in lot of places...

 

that's just crazy.

 

I just want to test it and it is impossible.

 

 

Well, to be fair, Fostex isn't marketing them outside of Japan. At least not yet anyway. They were just released domestically in Japan a month or two ago. Any sales outside of Japan have been imports. There aren't many places in the US if any were you can demo them either yet, outside of head-fi meets.

 

I've heard Fostex plans on releasing them in Europe, but it hasn't happened yet, so you're likely not going to get to demo them until then.

 

When the Sony R10 was first released, I'd guess it took a while to demo them outside of Japan too.

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My wife walked by and looked over my shoulder while I was reading about the Muramasas.

Her: Those look cool, how much are they?
Me: $8 grand
Her: Those look ridiculous.
Me: I was just reading about them, I have no interest in getting them.
Her: Oh, I guess they look cool then.

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Problem with me is reading is a gateway drug to owning.redface.gif

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Problem with me is reading is a gateway drug to owning.redface.gif

This is the very reason I'm reluctant to read from the beginning of this thread, despite missing out on all the interesting details.

post #1046 of 6802

That's why i occasionally take breaks from the forum.blink.gif

post #1047 of 6802
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When the Sony R10 was first released, I'd guess it took a while to demo them outside of Japan too.

 


Yeah but...it was 1989...humm humm... no internet at all...

 

So now it is very very different, I am a bit surprised to see that is impossible to find a place to buy the TH900 on the internet in EU ! Even on ebay, there is only one seller's selling the TH900. He is from Japan and sell it overpriced !

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Yeah but...it was 1989...humm humm... no internet at all...

 

So now it is very very different, I am a bit surprised to see that is impossible to find a place to buy the TH900 on the internet in EU ! Even on ebay, there is only one seller's selling the TH900. He is from Japan and sell it overpriced !

 

It's the same for any headphones released in Japan only: L3000, W3000ANV, DX1000 (these were released in Europe later on I believe), Muramasa VIII, and Fostex's other dynamic models. No (or very few) demos outside of Japan. That's because these headphones were only originally intended for the Japanese market, and any sales outside of Japan are imports. It's the same if you're in the US or Europe. The only stores that carry them in the US had to import them from Japanese suppliers, so quantities are still scarce.

 

Fostex may release them in Europe domestically in the future. That's going to be the only way to find them in audio stores. Otherwise you'll have to do what the rest of us did: order them from an online importer or wait for a headphone meet to listen to them.

 

It sucks, sure, but dems the breaks. Those of us who are into Japanese exotica are used to it. Hardly unusual.

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post #1050 of 6802
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^ Yup, but as far as I know they get them straight from the Japanese supplier, and they're still imported. No US distribution, so good luck auditioning them outside of a meet.

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