It's always in Fostex's interests to make the very best headphone they can for the production cost, even if it's superior to a model that costs more to produce. Crippling a headphone to make it fit somehow is poor practise in so many ways. I don't believe Fostex would carry out such behaviour.
So you think that if they could then they would have made the TH600 better than the TH900 and charged half the price? LOL.... I think you need to reconsider that paragraph and remember that Fostex are actually a bussiness trying to make profit.
They could easily make a headphone that outperforms the TH900 and costs half the price to produce but they would then be sabotaging themselves and also making very low profit margins.
The headphones do not even cost that much to produce, they just put them into price brackets which the consumer then has no choice but to pay if they want premium sound quality.....
For example for do you think the Denon D7000 cost 4x the amount of the D2000 to produce? Obviously not..... But they have been put into different performance / price brackets.... This is how they make money.
Slightly better cable - Maybe - £10
Peices of wood for the cups - Maybe - £25
Slightly better magnets - Maybe - £20
They already have the production and tooling because D5000 are almost the same....
OK so I guessed those amounts but you get the idea - My point is that pricing is not proportional to production costs... It is proportional to the pricing brackets which the manufacturers decide to put them in, obviously better headphones cost more to produce, but nowhere near the amounts the end user pays.
Edited by nicholars - 2/19/13 at 9:41am