JM Audio XTC2™ OPEN Custom Tuned 50mm Dynamic Headphone
Larger cup than the original 100mm
The XTC2-open is 110mm with a wedge horn like edge around the wood rim- the larger size provides a larger soundscape with all the goodnesses of the XTC and then some more -
Other new changes are a front angled forward 3.5 headphone jack.
We are taking orders as this new releases operates flawlessly and has a new appropriately named JM REFERENCE tuning which excels at pulling all the details and mids out of a recording with deep accurate non bloated bass.
Please do not think the original XTC open is being discontinued at all
This is not the case - the XTC is our number one best headphone to date with more proud and very very satisfied owners world wide than any other headphone we sell.
The XTC2 Open is just larger.
The original XTC is still sitting high in the headphone world as one of the finest sounding headphones one can buy regardless of price.
But we never stand still and we always will innovate.
Choose Your Custom Driver + Choose Your Tuning
We hand match every single driver set we install- but you choose what is best for you: 32, 64 and 300 ohm in a 52nm magnet Beryllium or a 32 Ohm Biowool Nano driver. Both types of drivers are wound with ofc copper specified for JM Audio - we also customize your headphones by discussing your preferences for tuning just for you. If you are unsure which driver is best for your current set up just email us: email@example.com
We don’t mass produce anything. We custom tailor our products to suit what an individual wants and that takes skill and time. Even our most basic build or mod will get the utmost time and dedication from us until we are satisfied with the sound quality. We have to meet all of the typical quality we feel is necessary. We don’t simply install a some so called matched stock drivers, slap a sticker on it and call it a day… We actually have our drivers made to our specs and then we get those so called machine matched drivers and check them over and over until we find an ideal match by hand. I hand select each and every set to ensure they really are a mated match ...I use this process for every single headphone I make... and it could take up to three days or more for me to ensure this as I progress through multiple tests. Even the wire I solder and the way I solder could affect the matching. Why do I do this? Because each and every one of my customers deserves my best- but mostly I do it because I feel compelled by the obsessive search for doing all I can to ensure the finest headphones I can make - and every single one I make gets love and attention like this as if it’s my one and only set I am ever going to make… I never rush tunings - I take time on each individual headphone until it is ready to be loved and used.
I have spent the better part of this last few years searching for the best measuring dynamic driver… one that can be customized and tailored for warmth and extraordinary detail - and can be further dialed in any way a user may like before they order. I found what I consider the finest drivers ever- a customized to our spec- all forged/cast not stamped basket utilizing N52 magnets and a customized wound occ copper coil system with a very fast and agile nano sized 50mm diver - one of the best I ever measured.
What's It Sound Like? The XTC™ is tuned to reveal all the details deep inside your recordings. You can expect deep tight bass with no bloat yet at the same time the XTC™ is even and smooth through the mid range and treble. The XTC™ has precise timbre and has a knack of digging out sublime details with air as light as a feather; while remaining composed and never harsh or sibilant. Each song you play you will dive deeper into the recording and immerse yourself like no other headphone I know of currently.
What's the weight and comfort? The XTC Open is very light and comfortable headphone (14-16 ounces - as a comparison the Hifiman Arya weigh in at 404g / 14.3oz.) and extremely comfortable headband
How is performance & what's the technology? While remaining light and comfortable - it's a heavy weight in performance- utilizing JM Audio patent pending JM Audio Fractal Porous Graphene Carbon™ and JM Audio Fractal Fiberglass Mesh™ both used together to open and extend the soundstage and create more depth emulating more space and air while helping create a pin point accurate stage. This technology unique to JM Audio helps us achieve an amazingly open sound unlike any we ever heard before.
- our customers get to choose the driver and the tuning of that driver- from an easy to drive and extremely fast customized JM Audio BioWool or JM Audio Custom Made Beryllium available in 32ohms with a rated 114 db efficiency, or you may choose a our Beryllium 64ohm at 113.5 db efficiency or our Beryllium 300 ohm driver if you have an OTL or similar amplifier.
Ear Pad Choices:
You also get a choice of ear pads. We have a few choices : A real favorite of mine is the ‘Fluffy Memory Foam Angled’ for a more bassy dynamic experience with ultimate comfort- like two soft pillows on your ears. The ultimate ear pad choice now is two very premium affordable options - top of the line deep cushion memory foam perforated angled premium sheepskin leather (more open sound than solid but slightly less bass) or solid top grain cushion supple soft leather memory foam angled (more bass than the perforated sheep leather). Both of these are my personal favorite both for comfort, sound and ultimate luxury. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org for recommendations if you are looking for personal guidance- We will help you select the correct driver, ear pads and wood styles that meet you needs or desires for sound and esthetics.
Choices for 2M Included Standard Wire
: The XTC™ open also includes beautiful 2mm braided w/36 strand 26AWG high purity OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) cable, Litz structure which means some strands will be mixed diameters yielding best performance. Each ear cup gets a dual 3.5mm male plug for direct wiring to each ear cup driver- choose your amp end as either trs 3.5mm, trs 6.3mm, 4.4 trrs or XLR.
The Ultimate Matching:
For only $45 additional you can get a second wire plus the ultimate in internal and external matched wiring - - we hand solder your XTC™ with internal 7N occ and WBT silver solder. This option also includes our own Copperhead (the same wire we use to solder the drivers) in a 1.5m length braided wire in your choice of trs 3.5mm or trrs 4.4mm on the amp end. The 7N OCC option gives you the ultimate matched wiring inside and out. What is 7n OCC? Basically the best copper wire you can buy in terms of both sound quality and physical properties. We can use this on your XTC for internal wiring- Material: OCC 7N (99,99999%) copper- OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) a casting process developed to help defeat annealing issues and virtually eliminate all grain boundaries in copper. It is the best of the best available and we believe we are the only headphone company offering this option.
We are including: A practical Waterproof Flight Case to protect these during transport and storage.
(Please note: Black, Brazilian Zebra or Black Brazilian Wood color is additional.)