More from the Tokyo festival:
mtthefirst's photo http://cdn.head-fi.org/4/46/464892c1_Headphone-fest-111.jpeg
AnakChan's 2 photos http://cdn.head-fi.org/f/fb/fba84a8b_DSC_4190.jpeg & http://cdn.head-fi.org/c/cc/cc537969_DSC_4192.jpeg
arnaud's impressions "The fostex open back prototype phone based on tr50p planar driver was a very pleasant change. It was driven by the latest small footprint dac/amp from Fostex and sounded so well balanced. That may be me, but my reference for planar sound is old quads or magnepans. The fostex sounded like that to me (mind you I haven't listened to planar speakers for a while). It wasn't harsh or shrill for any of the recordings, sounded very balanced, tight clean extended bass. The th900 felt a bit loose in the bass and tizzy in the upper mids in direct comparison. The other nice improvement over the th900 was the soundstage width as it definitely sounds more open. Last but not least: comfort and price. The prototype weights like a feather and the final product will preserve this apparently. The pads are soft and make a good seal without feeling the pressure, very nice. I never thought I'd own some planar gear but this one may make me reconsider. The price is also right it feels (around or less than th900)."
(See the full thread for some Asian cuties . . . headphones, of course. http://www.head-fi.org/t/687836/tokyo-2013-autumn-fujiya-avic-show-impressions)