Originally Posted by Claritas
You're in the majority, but for a different reason. The simple fact is that almost no one has even tried stock Fostex. I brought mine to a meet, and experienced listeners wanted to hear them because they'd never actually heard stock. I would not recommend stock unless the person is broke but still badly wants a planar. But pre-modded is completely different matter, and I can enthusiastically recommend them depending on what the person is looking for. For example, ZMF v1 is a sensible alternative to HE500 and HD650 when one requires isolation.
Interesting i will have to check them out then especially the Alpha Dog. Just for clarity purposes, I wasn't questioning your recommendation but trying to spark discussion.