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Fostex T20 Modified Orthodynamic/Planar Magnetic Closed Headphones -- Read for HE-400 Comparison

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I'm selling a pair of Fostex T20 Planar Magnetic headphones that I have modified. They are in perfect working order. I changed the cable to a midnight-blue/black techflex-sleeved and braided combination, terminating in a sturdy black, gold-tipped 3.5mm plug. They have been damped to my liking and to bring out the details more than stock. The pads have been changed from the terrible original pleather ones to extremely comfortable nylon (similar overall feeling to velour) pads. They help the headphone to breathe and give an excellent presentation. I don't recommend using other pads, as the dampening was tuned in conjunction with the pads included. The headphone is semi-open, but mostly closed, and doesn't leak in or let out as much sound as any fully-open headphone. The headphones themselves are black with gorgeous chrome-silver accents.

 

 

I just purchased a pair of HiFiMan HE-400 headphones, and considering they're the only planar magnetic headphones I've ever heard that were better than these T20 for sale, I thought some fair comparisons could be made. Don't discredit the idea of comparison yet -- they're alike in more ways than you might think.

 

Frankly, there's more detail in the upper midrange on these T20, than in the HE-400. Vocals sound more life-like and guitar sounds a lot crunchier and realistic. The T20 are also a LOT lighter than the HE-400. Aside from the extra detail in the upper midrange, obviously the HE-400 is superior in all categories; but it's not a total knock-down fight. The T20 lacks lower bass which the HE-400 can deliver in spades, and the HE-400 has better sound staging. Aside from those clear victories of the HE-400, the T20 is about 80-90% as capable. Treble is upfront and realistic, instrument separation is extremely clear, and they are very fast and responsive headphones. They also don't need to be amped as much as the HE-400 do -- good if you only have portable amps or no amps at all. 

 

Take the plunge! I know you'll really enjoy them. If you like a bass-light and otherwise flat signature (think Etymotic), with TONS of detail, these could be the best "cheap" headphone purchase you can make.

 

The headphones are $119, and this includes standard shipping in the USA. PayPal gift, or add 4%. Please support the mod scene and get a great-looking and great-sounding pair of headphones at the same time! I will also ship this headphone internationally, but it will cost a lot.  If you have any questions, please ask. Thanks!


Edited by soundstige - 3/13/13 at 7:58pm
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Super-affordable, tuned orthos!

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Would these give me an inkling about orthos in general. I'm lusting after the HE-500 myself or even more the Audeze because I think I like a dark, warm sound. But I wonder if these would give me a taste at least. Also, are these the same cans Mad Dogs start out with?
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1) Absolutely, these are very good ortho drivers and have very quick transients just like any good ortho driver does, as well as extremely realistic treble (cymbal crashes, etc.)

 

2) No, Mr Speakers starts out with a pair of T50RP which is a current-production model starting in the mid-90s and continuing to today. These T20 are vintage and use a completely different driver that some say is superior over the recent square one.

 

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Would these give me an inkling about orthos in general. I'm lusting after the HE-500 myself or even more the Audeze because I think I like a dark, warm sound. But I wonder if these would give me a taste at least. Also, are these the same cans Mad Dogs start out with?
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PM sent (I hope... first action on this forum) And I just want to say this website is awesome

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how comfy are these? pm sent my friend

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SOLD!

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