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New Fostex RP open-backed planar magnetic headphone, TH500RP! Scheduled to be released July 2014!

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Scheduled release: July 2014

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Originally Posted by Gu Sensei View Post
 

Totally missed this thread. Here is the official announcement of the TH500RP.

 

http://www.fostex.jp/news/437

MSRP to be close to Fostex's TH600 (Around ¥80,000)

 



Skip to 7:26 for the news.
UPDATES: Oct 11 2013:

Regarding whether they are planar or not:

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Originally Posted by nick n View Post
 

RP  should  be Regular Phase which is their way of saying isodynamic.

Additional info:

 

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Originally Posted by thune View Post

When visiting the Fostex booth, I only asked about the prototype RP headphone. It is open back,  has a slightly modified T50RP driver, uses similar housing and headband to the TH600/900 with different pads (smaller opening for the ear) and a perforated metal open back. The prototype was displayed as a physical sample: While I was offered a listen they said it would not be anywhere near production voicing. Release planned for Q2/2014.

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Originally Posted by ethan7000 View Post

New semi-open prototype here at CanJam
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UPDATE Oct 27 2013: 

Confirmed on multiple sources that the "RP50" will share the same drivers as the T50RP?
 

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Originally Posted by squallkiercosa View Post
 

From Innerfidelity website:

 

Fostex RP50 Prototype...and TE05!

'' In my mind, this may be one of the most interesting stories of the show. You see, the RP50 prototype uses the same planar-magnetic driver found in the Fostex T50RP headphone that headphone DIYers love to modify. It is a really competent driver when placed in a well-designed enclosure, and I think Fostex has something very special in this driver alone. The show was too loud and commenting on prototypes under the circumstances would be silly, but I know these drivers can sound very good. I hope Fostex finds ways to use use them in a lot of products...even products made by others. Mr.Speakers uses them in his Alpha Dogs, which really are a spectacular headphone. The point is: The story of what Fostex does with its killer planar-magnetic driver might be very, very interesting...in lots of ways...''

 

By Tyll Hertsens • Posted: Oct 27, 2013

 

http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/canjam-rmaf-2013-wrap

 

 

UPDATE Dec 21st 2013:

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Originally Posted by AnakChan View Post

The RP prototype has had an update since the Fujiya event in October.

Fostex has changed the dampening and demoing it in the e-earphone festival today & tomorrow.

I like the treble presentation more in this latest revision. The highs are more smoothed out.
 

UPDATE Apr 1st 2014:

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Originally Posted by Gu Sensei View Post
 

Totally missed this thread. Here is the official announcement of the TH500RP.

 

http://www.fostex.jp/news/437


Edited by asdafaasda - 4/9/14 at 10:05pm
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Thanks, aswdafaasda. That's really exciting news!
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:popcorn:

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Thanks, aswdafaasda. That's really exciting news!

Sarcasm? Not much discussion going on. :P

All we can do now is wait.
Edited by asdafaasda - 10/5/13 at 5:08pm
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Going to be interesting for sure.  Nope I don't think Mo was being sarcastic :)

 

I consider this a good thing, don't want to end up like the AKG 812 thread. Everyone there seems to be psychic, since they already seem to know what it sounds like and it's not even released yet.

 

 

Thanks for the video linkup.

 

~N

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With the T50RP, lots of people wondered why Fostex created such a great driver and put it into such a lousy enclosure, thus  spawning a cottage industry of commercial mod'ers. So I figured that when Fostex said they're launching a new ortho, there'd be tons of chatter. I'm surprised at the silence too.

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It's definitely pretty exciting! I can't see them changing up the driver too much, rather putting effort into the housing where it's much needed.

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Originally Posted by micmacmo View Post

With the T50RP, lots of people wondered why Fostex created such a great driver and put it into such a lousy enclosure, thus  spawning a cottage industry of commercial mod'ers. So I figured that when Fostex said they're launching a new ortho, there'd be tons of chatter. I'm surprised at the silence too.

It's silent for good reason. We're talking about the release of an unknown prototype. Any talk would be speculation which leads to hype and fanboy-ism. Let's be a little patient for a few days and go nuts if they release something worth discussing.
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I'm interested to see where they're going with the new model. I love my Mad Dogs, but they're going to be evolving into Alphas once I get the opportunity. If Fostex releases a new RP model based around the same driver that's in the T50RP and upgrades the housing and headband, I'll buy that right away to compare the two. I don't really see this happening, but if they make an open model then I'll definitely be all over that. Thankfully RMAF isn't far off so we'll know soon what they're bringing to the table.

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It's silent for good reason. We're talking about the release of an unknown prototype. Any talk would be speculation which leads to hype and fanboy-ism. Let's be a little patient for a few days and go nuts if they release something worth discussing.

only need to look in the AKG 812 thread to see that, then there was the Abyss one...:wink_face:  The silence is beautiful ( so far )

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Updated with some photos (credits to ethan7000), the pads look to be of very high quality, and the cups look like the HiFiMAN and Audeze open planars! This is looking very good :)
 


Edited by asdafaasda - 10/11/13 at 8:49pm
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Hmmmm, I guess they could be planar, the rep didn't indicate, made it sound like they were in the TH family but a lower semi-open model. But planar would make sense with RP
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Omg that looks like an open planar old Denon Dx000 headphone.  Very exciting!

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That looks pretty awesome, I will admit. I can't wait to hear more information about it. Do they have an official announcement scheduled this weekend?

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Open model... Interesting. Supposedly its nowhere near the end of its sonic construction though, so we wont get an idea for its sound

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