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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. Purplezorz
    If you listen to bass music, then you won't be disappointed.
    If you want a more refined sound whilst having a portable can with noise cancelling and wired + wireless mode, the 1000X-M3s (regardless of the relatively high, but thankfully in Sony fashion, falling price) are a no brainer.

    If you just want a super lightweight fun, cheap and portable can, the MDR-1As are still recommended, just remember the very top end (>10Khz) is dull and you can't EQ it in convincingly.

    I haven't listened to the HD25s in quite a while, but I was surprised how good they sounded for on ear whilst being marketed for monitoring/mastering. Quite a tight clamp though.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019
  2. Tetonpowskier
    The Amperiors are sweet because they increase the bass and treble over the HD 25 IMO. I'm more of a v shaped fan than a true basshead. I like a boatload of bass, but I like even more treble sparkle. The V moda m100 just barely beat out the Amperior IMO. I'd probably buy another metal-cupped version of the HD-25 over the V moda though, if Sennheiser made it again.

    Purplehearts sound 2x as good to my ears as any of them though. More subbass and more treble, yet less fatiguing. I wish there was a better built, more portable version. I'd pay $500-$600 for that. I am afraid of paying $470 for the current one and use it outside the house. They do sound surprisingly good off just a smartphone though.
    Last edited: Aug 1, 2019
  3. chimney189
    I've been listening to the TH-X00 Mahoganies for awhile now and I'm always impressed at how fast it's sound signature pulls me in. I absolutely love the bass response and would do nothing to change it! My only gripe is that sometimes the treble seems a bit artificial, but if this is my only complaint then I'll gladly take this as winning headphone.

    I've sometimes read that the driver is based on the Denon D7000. Is this true? Has anyone compared the two? Impressions?

    Also, has anyone listened to the Mahoganies with the Chord Mojo?
    Last edited: Aug 2, 2019
  4. Purplezorz
    Honestly I know someone who wears his TH900s on a daily commute.
    The cups are vulnerable to scratches, but other than that, even if you drop it, the pads would probably just fall off and when you put them back on it'd be fine.
    But they're semi open and finding a shorter cable is expensive so, not really a viable option.

    Perhaps a Modhouse Argon is right for you, but you'd need a strong portable amp and patience (9 week lead time). Tbh, for an easily malleable V-Shaped signature, just get the Sony WH-1000X-M3s. Pretty sure that ticks all your boxes. With a little bit of tweaking, it's easily one of my favourite V-Shaped cans that are portable. Again, you're not going to get Purpleheart quality in anything that cost less than it in my experience. Something might do mid range better, but no sub bass or any other aspect, but not all of them.
  5. arielext
    Yesterday I got my 2nd purple heart X00. A while ago i sold them and got seller remorse.
    I found a good pair for a fair price and for the first time started to tinker beyond a pad swap and re-soldered the cables from single ended to balanced 4pin XLR by re-using an old cable I had laying around.
    The original cable is quite high quality and everything was marked and very easy to replace / resolder. Fostex has a friend in me, but we have been for quite some time already.
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  6. arielext
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