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My TH-900s biggrin.gif They are quite a looker.
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Nice acquisition! They are really impressive.
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nice pic!!

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Nice acquisition! They are really impressive.

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nice pic!!
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I just bought th900 with dilverdragon v3, hope I made the right decision (cables I mean)
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I just bought th900 with dilverdragon v3, hope I made the right decision (cables I mean)
Congratulations. Did you go balance at the same time or just straight cable replacement?
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I just bought th900 with dilverdragon v3, hope I made the right decision (cables I mean)

Have you heard them with the stock cable?  Keep us posted on your observations!

 

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Congratulations. Did you go balance at the same time or just straight cable replacement?


I don't think I could bring myself to modify my TH900's, but I would love to hear a balanced version.

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Found this review on YouTube of the TH900

 

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Think that guy is a Head-Fi member

 

Over many years of ownership would the wood grain come through the lacquer finish?

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Think that guy is a Head-Fi member

 

Over many years of ownership would the wood grain come through the lacquer finish?

I don't believe the wood grain would ever come through because they rub some type of metal flake onto the outside of the cups before they lacquer them.

 

Look at the picture "Sprinkling Silver Foils" at the following link.

 

http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/products/TH-900.shtml#1


Edited by germay0653 - 7/22/13 at 8:30am
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I don't believe the wood grain would ever come through because they rub some type of metal flake onto the outside of the cups before they lacquer them.

 

Look at the picture "Sprinkling Silver Foils" at the following link.

 

http://www.fostexinternational.com/docs/products/TH-900.shtml#1

 

Some Pioneer Elite components back in the '90s had the same Urushi finish. I've always admired it. 

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I got a pair of Fostex TH900 recently, and, because I couldn't find one already, I wanted to offer a subjective opinion on the Fostex TH900 versus Grado PS1000.

 

I should probably start by saying why I bought the TH900s. Whilst I love my Grado PS1000 (yes, I said it, so I'll have to live in shame on Head-Fi for ever tongue.gif) they have some significant downsides: icepicks through the brain, lack of mid bass, comfort, and the weird look. I was able to live with all downsides but one: icepicks. The icepick factor basically makes like 25% of my music collection impossible to enjoy. So I bought the Fostex TH900s to address this lack of versatility, and for the bass performance.

 

So, how have I found them side-by-side? It's still early days so I may post updates, but I'm happy to commit on these points for now:

 

Icepicks: These seem to be gone from my life with the Fostex! I can now enjoy my full music collection rather than avoiding tracks because of how the Grados render them.

Bass: Without question, the Fostex has better lower/mid end bass, and it delivers its bass with a good deal more punch. To my ears, the Grados have better bass quality though.

Comfort/wearability: How to put this ... erm, the Grados simply aren't in the same league. When I wear my Grados for extended listening sessions I have to occasionally push them back in place; I also have to be careful when bending down in case they fall off. The Fostex have no such comfort/wearability issues. I don't even seem to get hot ears wearing them, which I would from other closed earphones in the past. I don't know how the weight compares, but the Fostex feel a lot lighter.

Detail: I'd put the Grados slightly ahead of the Fostex.

Soundstage: I'd put the Fostex about level with the Grado. Impressive for a closed headphone!

Presentation: I feel the Grado presentation is more involving. It sounds a lot edgier in the mids, and I've grown to really like that ... it comes very close to replicating the live concert experience. By comparison the Fostex sounds a little flat. However, I can EQ a bit more of an edge into the Fostex whereas I cannot remove the icepicks out of the Grado. Basically I find that if I EQ the Grado even slightly, it just sounds flat.

Overall: The Grado is a headphone that I'd still pick up to listen to 25% of my music as it presents it with such detail, and in so involving a fashion that the Fostex really is in second place. However, for the other 75% it'd be the Fostex. The Fostex feels like a very safe bet compared to the Grado, but with the safeness it lacks a little character. However, I'm good with that as I can EQ some of what I want back in, whereas I can't EQ out that which is bad with the Grado. If I had to have one headphone it would be the Fostex. However, I think for now anyway that the Grado offers me enough that I'll keep the two.

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Originally Posted by gerry123456 View Post

I got a pair of Fostex TH900 recently, and, because I couldn't find one already, I wanted to offer a subjective opinion on the Fostex TH900 versus Grado PS1000.

 

I should probably start by saying why I bought the TH900s. Whilst I love my Grado PS1000 (yes, I said it, so I'll have to live in shame on Head-Fi for ever tongue.gif) they have some significant downsides: icepicks through the brain, lack of mid bass, comfort, and the weird look. I was able to live with all downsides but one: icepicks. The icepick factor basically makes like 25% of my music collection impossible to enjoy. So I bought the Fostex TH900s to address this lack of versatility, and for the bass performance.

 

So, how have I found them side-by-side? It's still early days so I may post updates, but I'm happy to commit on these points for now:

 

Icepicks: These seem to be gone from my life with the Fostex! I can now enjoy my full music collection rather than avoiding tracks because of how the Grados render them.

Bass: Without question, the Fostex has better lower/mid end bass, and it delivers its bass with a good deal more punch. To my ears, the Grados have better bass quality though.

Comfort/wearability: How to put this ... erm, the Grados simply aren't in the same league. When I wear my Grados for extended listening sessions I have to occasionally push them back in place; I also have to be careful when bending down in case they fall off. The Fostex have no such comfort/wearability issues. I don't even seem to get hot ears wearing them, which I would from other closed earphones in the past. I don't know how the weight compares, but the Fostex feel a lot lighter.

Detail: I'd put the Grados slightly ahead of the Fostex.

Soundstage: I'd put the Fostex about level with the Grado. Impressive for a closed headphone!

Presentation: I feel the Grado presentation is more involving. It sounds a lot edgier in the mids, and I've grown to really like that ... it comes very close to replicating the live concert experience. By comparison the Fostex sounds a little flat. However, I can EQ a bit more of an edge into the Fostex whereas I cannot remove the icepicks out of the Grado. Basically I find that if I EQ the Grado even slightly, it just sounds flat.

Overall: The Grado is a headphone that I'd still pick up to listen to 25% of my music as it presents it with such detail, and in so involving a fashion that the Fostex really is in second place. However, for the other 75% it'd be the Fostex. The Fostex feels like a very safe bet compared to the Grado, but with the safeness it lacks a little character. However, I'm good with that as I can EQ some of what I want back in, whereas I can't EQ out that which is bad with the Grado. If I had to have one headphone it would be the Fostex. However, I think for now anyway that the Grado offers me enough that I'll keep the two.

 

Really enjoyed your impressions. You don't see too many Grado comparisons (not sure, why? maybe they aren't as popular), but its nice to see some different comparisons popping up. I've never been a fan of the Grado's house sound, but they have their following. Can you further explain what "icepicks" are? I'm guessing you mean piercing treble (sibilance?)?

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Really enjoyed your impressions. You don't see too many Grado comparisons (not sure, why? maybe they aren't as popular), but its nice to see some different comparisons popping up. I've never been a fan of the Grado's house sound, but they have their following. Can you further explain what "icepicks" are? I'm guessing you mean piercing treble (sibilance?)?

 

Thanks!

 

Exactly right re icepicks = the piercing treble.

 

I think Gwarmi's review summarizes the PS1000 nicely: "when I think of the PS1000 in terms of faintly veiled military comparison, the image of a 'Big Bertha' cannon from WW1 emerges. Big, majestic, powerful, slightly unwieldy (ok, quite unwieldy). The PS1000 like Bertha when placed in the correct position with the right source, amp and recording delivers a sonic blow to devastate your senses, however, it does not take much of an imagination to think of the flipside"

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 You don't see too many Grado comparisons (not sure, why? maybe they aren't as popular),

 

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Noooooooo!!! Gerry you violated the unspoken rule on Head-Fi. We have to ignore all things Grado until Joe apologizes to the entire community and starts making the HP1000 again.

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