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Fostex x Massdrop TH-X00 Review

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by jude, Nov 24, 2015.
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  1. betula

    I did not say you are strange. Just do some uncommon things. There is nothing wrong with that, just made me curious. [​IMG]
     
  2. PopZeus
    No problem! I feel like the big fix to taming a lot of high-impedence treble-y headphones is a warm af tube amp. But I haven't gotten to the point where I can justify the purchase of one... yet. I can only image it would help tame the edge off the TH-X00s, the HE-400i (which I used to own) and even the brighter Beyers.
     
  3. ProfFalkin
    Same here.  
     
    I have very little experience with tube amps.  I fiddled around with the Schiit Vali2 and 4 or 5 tubes about a year ago before returning it.  I discovered I dislike tube rolling.   Spending $200 for "the holy grail of tubes" for a $170 amp just didn't make sense to me.
     
    I heard a DarkVoice 336 once.  Wasn't the best for EDM / some rock, imo. It was only a quick impression, so... meh, who knows.
     
    It also seems the tube amps appropriate for lower impedance phones, which don't neuter sub-bass, are wicked expensive.  (Or so I've read.)  That, and considering the more tubes you have on the amp = all the more $$$ I'd be throwing down a hole to tube roll for what I perceive as minor sound changes anyway.  It seems a little counter to logic. My logic anyway.   =)   I realize this could all be vastly different on true (non-hybrid) tube amps, but the above are my initial impression of tubes and whatnot.  
     
    I guess tube amps are just 1 more cliff I'll have to throw myself off eventually.  Audiophilia... damned expensive disease.
     
  4. notfitforpublic
     
    Tube amps CAN smooth out peaky cans, but this is tube and amp dependent. The Valhalla 2, for example, sounds very much like a lot of SS amps i've tried with stock tubes. Some tube rolling was necessary before I got that rich, warm tube sound I was looking for. It sounds amazing with my T1's, HD600's and any other high impedance cans I've tried/owned, but tube amps will fall short with current hungry, low impedance, PM cans like the 400i. Moving to tubes means you're pretty much committing to high impedance, voltage hungry cans like the Beyers and Senn's (some exceptions obviously exist).
     
    As for the X00's, the Valhalla did fairy well due to the variable output impedance form the gain switch, but after comparing it to a low output impedance SS amp the difference was noticeable. Although they really did sound good from my tube amp, compared to a decent SS the bass was a tad bloated and bled into the mids. I'm assuming the higher output impedance and tubes I use was the culprit. Smoothed out highs? yes, but with some consequences. Been listening to the X00 for a few days exclusively from a Polaris and haven't noticed any treble peeks to my treble sensitive ears.
     
  5. sikki-six
    Bass bleeding into the mids? The Purplehearts do that without EQ - that mid-bass is very prominent. A few db cut @ 125hz helps a lot. For my taste, a slight boost @ 4K and upwards helps too... Hearing some find the treble too hot as-is, maybe not for everyone.
     
    In conclusion, these have less of a V-shaped sig than my D2000 and more mid-bass. They need some EQ, imo.
     
  6. notfitforpublic
    Dont have the purple hearts, suppose I should have mentioned that. Previous statements made based on the first drop X00's. Not sure of what kind of difference that makes as I've never compared the two. Tubes seemed to add to the bloom and bleed of the first edition X00's. 
     
  7. Billheiser
    I think your issue might be with the Magni (original).  I had one, but sold it because it could be "crispy" as you say, and a bit cold or harsh in the treble.  I never hear harshness in my TH-X00 Mahogany; am very pleased with it.  Am fortunate to drive it currently with a Moon Neo 230HAD, which suits it perfectly.
     
  8. fjrabon
    depends on how loud you listen.  Most airplane cabins have ambient noise around 85dB, meaning you'd need to play around 90dB to drown out ambient noise given the 10dB ambient cut the THX00 gives.  And have it highly compressed 90dB at that.  For me, even with my sealed SRH840, I had to play it slightly uncomfortably loud to cut the ambient noise from the airplane and the SRH840 cuts about 30dB more ambient noise than the THX00 does.  Some people on here listen at 100dB, and at that volume you could listen to a Grado and you wouldn't hear ambient noise, haha.
     
  9. WayTooCrazy
    Neither will the people sitting next to you. Haha
     
  10. WayTooCrazy
    I used this on my PH...
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    It removed the bubble wrap marks on one cup, and made them much lighter on the other. I'm going to give that cup another coat in a few and try again.
     
  11. betula
    Just a humble suggestion: before you decide you want to buy another headphone, another DAC or amp, deprive yourself for two days from your current setup. 
    You will enjoy what you have as much as you had bought a new piece of gear.
    Just a money saving solution. Obviously doesn't apply for all forum members. :wink:
     
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  12. i-am-iron-man
    I got my Purplehearts a couple of weeks ago, and: too many headphones ... they sound great, but so do my other ones.
    They've got about one hour's use and they're still in their original packaging ... PM me if anyone's interested in buying them, I'm based in the UK. 
     
  13. FaezFarhan
    Receiving mine this Friday. Ahhhh waited so long!
     
  14. mmlogic
    TH-X00 PH + Mapletree Ear plus HD + Chihiro Onitsuka = audiophiles dream come true
     

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  15. DavidA
    @mmlogic, nice music but I'm listening on my old Stax SRD-34 since I'm out on my lanai enjoying some pizza and wine.
     
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