I don't know, their vintage planars are really something special but I have yet to be satisfied by any modern Fostex product. This new headphone might be an exception, but the square transducer has me worried, and at $800 I'm certainly not taking a leap of faith given my experience with the TH600.
We'll see though. What would be interesting is if Fostex OEMs this "new" driver out to other manufacturers like they have in the past.
Oh, I missed the "good-looking" part of your post, my mistake. Though, while on the topic, I don't think the silver on black colorscheme is doing the TH500RP any favors. They really should've gone with all-black or all-silver, or all silver and black mesh, or all black and silver mesh, or something. It just kind of clashes the way it is now, imo.
Hmm, with it being a heavier construct being metal and all, I hope they strengthened the bolt that connects to the cups and band.
Either way, sure that we will get ripped off on price over here for this, but will be interested to test out this can for sure - at least on the whim of importing.
And a lot of work. Trust me, it's damn hard to get those drivers to sound good in an open enclosure. I spent around 75-100 hours tuning a pair to sound good in an open enclosure for a friend and ended up just giving up and told him to make closed cups. $800 is still a lot, but I can kind of see why they're asking so much.