Fostex T60RP

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Featuring Fostex proprietary Regular Phase (RP) technology diaphragms for supreme accuracy in monitoring, the new T60RP introduces beautiful, stylish mahogany housings and comfortable low-repulsion ear pads, as well as an optional balanced headphone connection to deliver even more brilliant and crisp audio reproduction.

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Realistic sound in a premium body
Pros: - Sound, build quality
- Comfort
- Replaceable strap, ear pads, and cable
Cons: - No serious problem
- Build quality/Comfort: Build quality is amazing, smooth, and feels like premium headphone, better than any Hifiman I've held in my hand(Sundara, Deva). But wood cups really need extra care. The creaky sound on the hinge is annoyed but with 1-2 shots dry silicone spray then It's not a problem anymore. Comfort is also great, lightweight, clamp force is right amount. Compared to my M1070, T60RP is another level of comfort.

- Amplification/Isolation: It's a semi-open, like DT880, the isolation almost zero, but not too much sound leaks out like typical open headphone. T60RP is not too hard to drive headphone, but definitely needs a decent amp, let's say it is semi hard to drive hp. My Am01 amp drives T60RP easily (RCA in, and low gain), around 10 o'clock for typical CD quality records.

- Sound: Overall T60RP has clean, clear neutral and smooth sounding. Not the greatest detail hp in the price, T60RP more focus on body, realistic sound, detail is above average. The bass quantity is close or the same as DT880 but better in quality, faster deeper, more body. The midrange is standout, really clean, clear, liquid, singers feel present and real, balance between detail and emotion. Treble is not really extended, in control and energetic, on good records I want to raise the volume, but some harsh records need to volume down a bit.

- Comparison: My M1070 is reasonable compared to T60RP, hp from Monolith is warmer, thicker, little stronger in the bass. Midrange feels bigger (expected for open cans) but less body, treble is tame down, little better detail overall, better build quality for T60RP(Much better). But the longer session I listen to T60RP the more It reminded me of Beyerdynamic DT880. T60RP is like an upgrade from Beyerdynamic cans, with better bass quality but almost the same amount of quantity, more body, smooth out and not as sharp - dry treble. Fostex did a nice job on both build and sound quality. T60RP may not for everyone's taste but for anyone liking this sound style, It's an amazing value hp. Now I'm curious about Fostex's higher-end hps.

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Very thoughtful review!


Reviewer at Sound Perfection Reviews
Formerly affiliated with HiFi Headphones
Pros: Natural sound, comfortable
Cons: Not the most extended on each end, need a lot of power
Firstly I would like to thank Matt at SCV for loaning me this pair of T60rp’s to review, they have been used and burnt in.

*disclaimer: This sample was provided on loan for the purpose of writing a review, no incentive was given to write a favourable review. All opinions expressed are my own subjective findings.

Tech Specs:
· Type: Semi-open
· Impedance: 50 ohm
· Sensitivity: 92dB/mW
· Max Input: 3,000mW
· Freq. response: 15 - 35K Hz
· Weight: Approx. 380g (excluding cable)

Packaging, Build Quality and Accessories:
The T60rp come in a big black Fostex box with a sleeve noting the model with a picture of them on it too. The sleeve with the model on it does not have any extra info, I think some info about the model would be good but I also think the person buying these kind of knows what they are getting. The sleeve comes off and you lift the top of the box up, you’ll find the headphones in a foam in-tray with the accessories neatly packed in a cardboard insert. All in all the packaging is simple but attractive, and keep the headphones nice and safe.

Build quality is really good, there is a little creaking coming from hinges on the cups but I am sure this will disappear with good use. The headband is metal and pleather, with a real leather suspension strap that makes it more comfortable than the T50rp. The cups are expertly finished, the 3.5mm socket is fully balanced and the earpads are deeper and angled compared to the T50rp. The stock cable is sheathed in fabric and terminates in a 3.5mm jack. Overall I really like the look and feel of the T60rp, and the wood looks superb in real life.

Accessory wise you get a 3.5 to 6.3mm adaptor, a soft carry bag and the cable, everything you need is included and for the price I could not really ask for more. You can buy a balanced cable separately.

Comfort and Isolation:
The T60rp are an improvement in the comfort department over the T50rp etc… firstly the pads are deeper and much plusher, secondly there is a headband strap that distributes the pressure more evenly. This means you can now wear them for periods of over an hour without discomfort. They are still not the most comfortable headphones in the world, but I did not have any issues during longer listening sessions.

Isolation is average, as these are semi-open back, so they dull some outside noise but you wouldn’t be using these in public. They do leak at louder volumes, so if you are using them in an office be careful of your volume.

Split into the usual categories with a conclusion at the end.

Lows: The T60rp are about accuracy down low, they can extend fairly deep but do roll-off a little early. This does not detract from the overall sound that is still a little on the fuller side. The nice thing about the lows is the impact and the control, they are not bloated and have just the right amount of body, they also have excellent timbre down low. Overall the lows are tight and fast, but also come out when called for. They won't satisfy bassheads, but if you enjoy realistic lows these have them. They sound a lot more natural down low than the T50rp (stock).

Mids: This is where the T60rp really stand out, the midrange is totally separate from the lows yet without sounding detached. There is absolutely no warming from the lows which allows both male and female vocals stand out with excellent clarity. The midrange perfectly occupies the centre stage of these headphones, being pinpoint accurate and also revealing of flaws in the recording. The midrange is so enticing on the T60rp, it just wants you to get lost in the music with its accurate and natural portrayal of the music. I think the main highlight is how natural they sound. The transition to the highs is also smooth and sibilance free, unless the recording has it.

Highs: The highs here again are placed perfectly, no part of the frequency response is trying to grab your attention, it is a level playing field. The highs extend with ease and have a natural quality to them, along with an incredible sense of space and air. Again the accuracy here is spot on, you can tell exactly where things are placed in the recording. These are far from being bright, they are really even across the board, when there are details to be heard in the treble, these reveal them. Otherwise they are always there, not grabbing your attention but making sure that you are hearing everything.

The soundstage on the T60rp is more accurate than it is super wide. There is plenty of air and separation, along with it being wider than the cups would make you think, leaving you with an accurate and fairly spacious stage. The separation is superb however, and everything is clean and well separated.

Conclusion: I have become very fond of the T60rp due to its natural and honest portrayal of music. Things sound real out of them, they may not excel when it comes to pure technicalities but when you listen to them you forget about that and just become immersed in the music. On that merit I suggest you try and demo these if you can.

Sound Perfection Rating: 8/10 (they may fall on some technicalities, but they are natural and a great listen)

Very thoughtful review!



Headphoneus Supremus
A very underated set of fostex, I've made a few tweaks to the baffle area and padded up with some ZMF gear and running them on balanced out of a M17 ( enhanced mode) and they perform very well. Picked them up for a mere £150 new !
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