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As well as use an existing headphone frame. 

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I would like to think that it would be easy to produce a re-make of the original T50s. All specifikations must be in some cardbore box at Fostex, perhaps even the molds.

T50 Anniversary Edition would be nice smily_headphones1.gif
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They are not T50RP drivers, but a new driver, albeit the same size as the T50RP driver IIRC. I was at Fostex with Jude and saw various prototype drivers.  A lot of work was done on optimising the set-up of the headphones to work well. The ones I have here sound very nice, given their limitations. I think that a lack of removable cables and insensitive drivers need to be overcome in the future though.

I didn't say they were T50RP drivers, I said they were modified T50RP drivers, and they are (same size, shape, and mounting bracket; different diaphragm, trace, and magnets iirc)

 

it's not so much a modification as it is a re-tweaking, but my point still stands that less work was put into these than would be put into a completely new product

 

but again, and I cannot stress this enough: I'm not trying to say that this reflects poorly on the headphone itself. I'm sure it sounds great, given Fostex's previous works in the planar-magnetic market (as leeperry mentioned, the T50 and T30 from the 1980s).

 

speaking of which, +1 on his comment; if fostex can fix the power handling characteristics of the T50 transducer, we're in for a real treat...

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I didn't say they were T50RP drivers, I said they were modified T50RP drivers, and they are (same size, shape, and mounting bracket; different diaphragm, trace, and magnets iirc)

 

it's not so much a modification as it is a re-tweaking, but my point still stands that less work was put into these than would be put into a completely new product

 

but again, and I cannot stress this enough: I'm not trying to say that this reflects poorly on the headphone itself. I'm sure it sounds great, given Fostex's previous works in the planar-magnetic market (as leeperry mentioned, the T50 and T30 from the 1980s).

 

speaking of which, +1 on his comment; if fostex can fix the power handling characteristics of the T50 transducer, we're in for a real treat...

 

I think modification is the wrong word then, given how much is different.

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I think modification is the wrong word then, given how much is different.

The designer himself expressed quite clearly he wished he could work on a new driver from scratch. I guess here the constraint was to spend as little as possible as see if it made business sense to catch up with the t50 bandwagon before sunking a whole lot more money...
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I think modification is the wrong word then, given how much is different.

The designer himself expressed quite clearly he wished he could work on a new driver from scratch. I guess here the constraint was to spend as little as possible as see if it made business sense to catch up with the t50 bandwagon before sunking a whole lot more money...


This what I thought was the case. Thanks for clarifying that. I can't help feeling that it is rather like a rail company going to a station to see if people are waiting at 3pm to decide whether or not to start a service at 3pm. Well, maybe not quite, but Oppo and Sony are building a market at this price point.

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Surprised the hype train isn't very big...
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Surprised the hype train isn't very big...

hype train currently at the Z7 station ;) hahah

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hype train currently at the Z7 station ;) hahah


Most definitely... that thread is growing really fast.

But for me the interest in the TH500RP faded quite a bit after listening to it several times... interesting take on the subject of open headphones, just not for me... others may have had similar experiences...

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Most definitely... that thread is growing really fast.

But for me the interest in the TH500RP faded quite a bit after listening to it several times... interesting take on the subject of open headphones, just not for me... others may have had similar experiences...

 

hahah... i have personally booked tickets for the Oppo PM-3 hype train :D heh!!!! $400 for a closed, folding, light-weight, portable orthodynamic headphones!!! Choo chooooo

 

The closed portable ortho niche has no representatives right now. Only the XC and modded T50RP are closed, but neither of them are truly portable. There are already a ton of great open high-end orthodynamic options, so the TH500RP does not seem that interesting to me. They should have made it closed & portable instead at a lower price point.

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I agree, there is many choices in opened back orthos not quite so many in closed. I am happy with my choice better for my needs than the XC.

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Surprised the hype train isn't very big...


Too busy listening....

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Originally Posted by plakat View Post
 

Most definitely... that thread is growing really fast.

But for me the interest in the TH500RP faded quite a bit after listening to it several times... interesting take on the subject of open headphones, just not for me... others may have had similar experiences...

 

hahah... i have personally booked tickets for the Oppo PM-3 hype train :D heh!!!! $400 for a closed, folding, light-weight, portable orthodynamic headphones!!! Choo chooooo

 

The closed portable ortho niche has no representatives right now. Only the XC and modded T50RP are closed, but neither of them are truly portable. There are already a ton of great open high-end orthodynamic options, so the TH500RP does not seem that interesting to me. They should have made it closed & portable instead at a lower price point.

 

 

Ha! Definitely feel you there. A reasonably prices closed ortho that's portable is a sight to be hold. (Isn't funny how $400 for a headphones is now considered reasonable) I'll be following that one for some time. 

 

As far as the TH500's go I'm still interested in hearing them not quite sure on owning as of right now. I just expected more from them but honestly I'll never truly know until I hear them. I didn't think I would like the LCD-X's because of their ultra flat signature but man... Those things are to date the best sounding cans I've ever heard! When paired with the right gear of course. So I probably shouldn't sale these short until I get a good chance to demo them with the right stuff. 

 

 

Thanks,

 

 

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