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Dekoni Premium Ear Pads for Fostex

Dekoni Premium Ear Pads for Fostex

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I just got mine delivered, and what showed up is not as advertised. Here's a photo for comparison...
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I contacted support. Maybe they shipped me the wrong model. I'll hold off on submitting a review until this gets sorted out. If they end up sending me something that looks like the images on the site, I'm sure I'll be happy. Anybody else have this same issue? I'll circle back on this post when I get a response/resolution.
soundfish
Massdrop support responded. Man they really are great to work with. Every time I contact them they are really helpful. Bad news: I got the right model. I got a return label and I'm planning to send them back. Too bad... I loved the look of the set in the pics.
soundfish
Contacted Dekoni directly. Apparently they also have excellent customer service. Here was the response I got: "The only difference on the pads in the pic and the pads you received is the ones in the pic from Massdrop were the old style of laser cutting the holes vs the dye cutting. We found the laser cutting left a residue on the leather and foam that was rubbing off so we switched to a dye cut. You can also see the brown from the burning of the laser in the image you sent."



https://socas3d.com/products/socas-padmid-for-stax-l300-l500-l700 Would these pads fit on those stax adapters? Thanks
To dekoni rep(s): by any chance will you be selling the hybrid earpad for the dekoni blue https://dekoniaudio.com/product/dekoni-audio-angled-hybrid-ear-pad-designed-for-the-dekoni-blue-100mm-wide/ here on massdrop?
Anyone know if the TH/TR pads will fit Denon D2000?
halpmybutthurtz
They will. These headphones are built identically.
halpmybutthurtz
Yes they will fit but the sound will change, Denon D2000 default pad is very thin while the Dekoni TH-X00 pads are thicker. Denon ear pad also has slightly bigger earhole. In my opinion your best bet is stick with stock pad. This coming from a guy who's been modding my D2000 for years.
I’m a novice and there’s so many options here so I’m hoping someone can help me out. I have a pair of TR-XOO Mohogany. I’m not having a big problem with the stock pads but any improvement is welcome especially since I wear glasses. Any chance of boosting/improving the loud end (or general sound) with these pads or are these changes for comfort primarily?
cwelton17
This will change the stock sound a bit,(as long as you put attenuator rings in the new pads), otherwise the sound will change a lot. On the comfort side, they are more comfortable than the stock pads.
cwelton17
I think they will improve on the comfort side but ANY other ear pad (any brand) I've tried on TH-X00 just made them sound worse (including with or without attenuation ring). So if you don't have comfort issue then I'd probably not fiddle with it.
Anyone know which ones i should get my for TR-00 if i only want to improve comfort but keep the same sound signature? I previously purchased some larger sheepskin elsewhere, and the larger pads destroyed the bass of my headphones
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Yeah, like this. It's not a soft plastic.
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Sayex
Hmmm if I end up trying it out, I'll give you an update! Thanks for the tip.
Will these be back in stock in the near future? Definitely interested.
One more time for the people in the back!
Will this fit to MrSpeakers Ether?
I have to ask. What is platinum protein leather?
Calaverasgrande
Basically synthetic leather (aka not real leather), but the stock material that came with TH-X00 and T50RP are exactly the same type of material.
Personally I find it perfectly fine and it's softer than real leather and for that reason I actually prefer this lol.
Hyde
that’s good! I’m a vegan for 30 years now, so I avoid leather shoes, belts, wallets etc. So if the protein leather are “suitable for vegetarians” I might check em out.
whats with the short sale period on requested drops?
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I feel like they just have too many drops to fully think thru every aspect. Maybe they are just under manned. There are countless great ideas in the discussions that I think just go unseen. If it were me, I'd end every drop on the 1st and the 15th if I really wanted to sell more, especially if it's a re-drop.
StromiWan
I think they usually group expensive products to longer drop and less frequent and cheaper products to shorter drops and more frequent. Since people need to save up for more expensive buys but cheaper things it's easier to impulse buy if it keeps showing up from time to time.
Though I do agree there are many great products in discussion that need to appear here. Sometimes it's probably undermanned and sometimes probably just because the manufacturer probably can't agree on a price or they couldn't meet the price WE want so they'd rather just not do it.
For example I was really hoping the SDAC/O2 ($150) would come back but my guess is that maybe after the initial run they couldn't do it at $150 anymore or they think the profit margin is too low to worth the effort on additional run. One can only dream though.
Is there a pad for the emu Teak's that either doesn't change the sound signature much or at least adds a bit of bass? Wish there were some graphs that compare the pads or something
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Thanks for the reply, you'd recommend it over the x00 pads? So it would increase lower bass and mid-bass?
Gsh2000
The TH900 Fenestrated pads are rather nice on the E-MU Teak.
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I wish they had fenestrated sheepskin for t50rp
ResurgenceX87
The thx00 fenestrared will work with them
My pads arrived (Elite X00 Sheepskin), but looks like there's a manufacturing defect - some stitching was missed (see pic). With whom should I work with to get this addressed - Massdrop or @dekoni ?
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MidnightJones
message us- sales@dekoniaudio.com we will replace!
Seeing as the TH-X00 (or rather the TR-X00 now) has dropped again, can this one come back :D?
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Got 'em.
OK, I didn't get them last time because of a financial emergency, but I will get them when they next drop =D The wait begins! Tried them on the TH-900MK2 at CanJam and OMG the difference is so surprising for just pads. Can't wait to get my Purplehearts done :D
Anyone tried with Dekoni pads for the Argon?? I just want to know how it compare with ZMF protein pads.
ultlaman
i have them, they killed the can more then i expected. I have ZMF Cowhide + Argon TX0's.
I have a pair of hifiman he-400is and I got myself the AKG K7XX sheepskin pads about 6 months ago. They connector wasn't the same, but there were a few comments about a double sided tape solution and it worked great. The problem I have now is that the adhesive holding the leather to the plastic has completely failed at this point. Both pads are basically pealing all around the side exposing the foam and while they're still comfortable, they are an eyesore and I don't expect them to hold up much longer before it becomes very loose.
@dekoni You've commented in the AKG K7XX discussion that these TH-900 pads will fit hifiman he-400 series. I'm wondering if they are manufactured any differently, or is this a problem I will encounter again in another ~6 months. I love the pads, but I use this headset very heavily for everything - if I'm in front of my computer I have them on. I'd hop on this drop in a heartbeat if I knew they would last.
Just ordered ZMF Eikons (with dekoni rings from Amazon) two days ago, for my th-x00 EB. Please tell me I made a good choice.
sweatma3
As far as I know that one is the closest to stock sound. Test it with and without the ring before you decide on one. But otherwise I think you're on the right track. :)
Simply disappointed from Dekoni for only responding once to every single support ticket for not getting the items even though I did explain it right like it happened and how it ended up not getting my two orders from Massdrop. I was told to send my Order ID's to solve the problem and they simply didn't reply like it was the case for any other ticket I made. They replied once and then I never heard back from those guys. I had bad luck with not getting my order twice here on Massdrop which never happened before so I don't really think you guys made an error without a doubt. But I'm trying to contact Dekoni since January or even since December, not sure after I've read that they will help someone out who had trouble for not getting them and they indeed did. Seems like I'm different and I'm simply disappointed from you guys.
VenoXj1
Sir, If you are the customer I'm thinking of, you explicitly wrote you had taken the refund both times from Massdrop. When you haven't paid for the order in the end, we cannot ship you the product again. The X00 pads are exclusive to Massdrop. Had you sent us the info and NOT taken a refund, as with the other customers who have had a missing package or a swap of product, we would simply send you another pair. Your circumstance was specifically different because you took a refund from MD prior to contacting us. If you buy them again here through MD, please e-mail me sam@dekoniaudio.com with the receipt, and I will photo your label and box to you to show you that they shipped.
dekoni
Yeah I did get a refund since my item never arrived. I was told it was lost in transit and I read on the page that someone had trouble receiving them as well and you guys helped him out even though he got refunded as well by Massdrop. He even said that on here as well. I sadly will not buy them again since they happened to get lost in transit everytime I ordered them. It's a real pain since I really wanted new pads but somehow they do not arrive for whatever reason. I don't need a photo of how you guys label my package since I truly believe you shipped them, without any doubt and I don't blame you at all for it not arriving. I appreciate your answer but the support you guys delivered truly wasn't as nice as I would've expect it to be. I actually did not take a refund prior contacting you guys. I was told by Massdrop to wait a whole month after it didn't arrive in like 2-3 weeks because it may take a little more time for it to arrive and that's when I contacted you guys. I tried contacting you guys since January and the last refund I took was in the end of February IIRC. When I first contacted you guys I never received an answer. I seriously felt lost and you guys did not really care as I was told weird things in the tickets that like my adress could be incorrect and that sort of stuff. I'm pretty upset that. Not a pleasant experience after all.
I tried contacting you guys since what? January? Or maybe December? I believe I was given 5 replies which seriously never were replied ever again even though I tried to stay in touch. Don't get me wrong. I still like you guys and I would like to have the pads as well but the experience I had was truly awful and I don't even know who to blame.
I actually never mentioned a refund in any mail whatsoever.
Does anyone have any experience using Dekoni pads on the X00 Purpleheart? I've seen a handful of impressions about their effect on the Ebony and maybe one regarding the Mahogany, but the PH is more bass-heavy than either of them and I'm kinda concerned that none of these pads might be a good sonic fit ultimately, even though they look super comf.
kevinhb
If they are a good fit or not depends on your preference and goals. The ultimate outcome will be different but the effect of the pads is the same regardless of what version they are used on. Think of it as room treatment, because that is basically what it is.
Use this as a guide: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/dekoni-audio-premium-earpadz-for-fostex.22489/reviews
Just wanted to give my 2 cents on the x00 and 900 hybrids on the TH-X00 Ebony.
Disclaimer: I'm no sound snob, but music has always been a big part of my life, also played "the bass" for 15 years. I'm of course biased to some degree but I'll do my best to describe my experience as neutrally as possible.

My original plan was to order the 900 pads for comfort, but after reading this and other discussions on the combo I decided to get the x00 pads and rings as well. In short, I'm glad I did.
Several who tried the 900 pads described the sound as V-shaped and harsher/sharper, this is my impression as well. My ears are sensitive to sharpness so this was a total no go for me. Mid bass and mids are severally dampened and the highs are heighten and harsh. I also tried the rings on the 900 pads and must say it was not half bad. Still V-shaped but 70% of the harshness in the highs was gone. Mid bass was also a bit better. If you can tolerate reduced mid bass/mids and a bit harsher highs then it might be worth it for the HUGE comfort increase.
After the 900 pad disaster I tried the x00 pads and was immediately taken back to a more familiar sound signature, but still missing something I installed rings and here we are. I have tried every combo back to back for the last 5 hours and can confidently say that (for me) the x00 hybrid pads with rings is the best combo.
Sound compared to stock: The first thing that stands out is a more dampened signature. The second is more detailed mids. Sub bass extension is a bit better to my ears. Vocals is a little clearer and more defined.
Comfort compared to stock: There is no comparison, totally different league. My ears lasted about 30m before getting sweaty, and the lack of space in the original pads was unbearable after 60-70m. Now I don't get sweaty and the space is a tiny bit bigger so no issue so far, 120m continues as I write this review.

CONCLUSION: All in all the sound is more controlled, detail and separation is up. Comfort is in a different league. I could not be more happy with the Dekoni x00 Elite Hybrid. MUST HAVE UPGRADE!

Just wanted to share my experience with a good product, but I hope it is of help to someone.
I just joined the ZMF-drop... These are cheaper and look 100x better. Just gonna cancel my order then.
jesse04030
I joined the ZMF pad drop but cancelled my order after a few days just in time for this drop which I’m about to pull the trigger on. I’m thinking TH-X00 Elite Hybrid with attenuation rings for my TH-X00 Mahogany.
How much was the T-50RP sheepskin pads?
Just received and installed the TH-X00 Sheepskin pads onto my AH-D2000s.
This is probably more generally related to memory foam pads than the Dekoni pads themselves, but I can't seem to get a proper seal with these yet.
The foam is quite thick and resists being compressed against my head above my ear, so there is always a small gap between the bottom part of the pad and where it should be meeting my head under my ear / back of my jaw area.
It's just by a very small margin, it only takes a tiny touch against the bottom part of the cup with my finger to get a proper seal, but it makes a huge difference in the sound, particularly the low end.
Does anybody else have this issue or any recommendations?
@dekoni I ordered the TH-900 Elite Hybrid off of this drop, and you sent me the Fostex X00 Elite Hybrids. This is not what I ordered, and I waited a while for this. How do we rectify this issue?
EDIT: Contacted Dekoni directly via their website. Tal is taking good care of me.
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Well Dekoni, as far as I can tell, is fairly close to a one man operation. Tal Kocen, the guy behind Dekoni, personally handled my issue. So definitely a check mark for getting "in the trenches" and interacting with customers.
You can find exhaustive size charts for all their pads on Dekoni's website.
junki
Hmm.....I’ll have to look for the size chart on the website again. I thought the pad specs would be listed on the page for each specific pad.
Didnt know Dekoni was a one man operation. Makes me feel even better about supporting the company.
Thanks Dekoni for offering these pads. I got the sheepskin TH900 for my EB and these pads made me enjoy more my headphones in terms of comfort and sound quality. I don't know the technical terms used to describe the sound quality but I can say that I can hear more details on these pads compared to stock pads.
for my thx00. i want the Rings right? i joined the sheepskin with the rings is that the one i want?
izzuera123
Ops I'm kind of late but you are correct, the ring is designed for TH-X00 pads.
However beyond that it's still preference, I prefer without ring in general. But doesn't hurt to pick them up then you can decide yourself later if you want them in or not. :P
Joined this drop after trying out the brainwavz hm5 pads on my th x00. Those pads made the sound incredibly v-shaped and was unbearable for me to listen to. They were very, very comfortable though. Hoping that the dekoni pads are closer to stock sound.
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Good to hear that the clamp force is increased with the Dekoni pads. I also have the Brainwavz Sheepskin on my TH-X00 Mahogany. I stuffed 4 pieces of toilet paper into each pad and that cuts down on some of the harshness but I’m thinking since the Brainwavz have such a large opening it’s not cutting down on some reflections which contributes to the harsher sound. I do need a bit of extra depth to the pads since my head is narrow and with stock pads the headphones would just slip of my head if I tilt my head forward. One th biggest improvements that can be made to the Fostex cans is a stronger headband similar to what BeyerDynamicor DT 880. Thats just the right amount of clamp for my head.
Are the Dekoni pads thicker than the stock pads? I need @ 30 mm thick pads MINIMUM which is the thickness of the Brainwavz Sheepskins. There’s just not enough clamping force on the Fostex to stay secure on my head with a thinner stock sized pad.
Anybody can give me suggestions on which to get for my original TH900? Probably try to aim at keeping the original sound signature if not refining it a little and most importantly increased comfort.
Do I need to get an attenuation ring for my TH900 if I'm using he TH900 pads?
Ejong7
The attenuation ring is designed for TH-X00, I don't think TH-900 needs them.
I think TH-900 stock pads are leather so my guess is that sheepskin will be closest? For TH-X00 people recommend elite hybrid but I don't know if the same rule apply to TH-900 also. I would say probably a toss up between sheepskin or elite hybrid.
Will the attenuation ring work with the pads for the t50rp?
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I think I'm gonna go for one of the sheep skin one. I'm a little hesitant on the hybrid because I actually prefer leather over velour in most cases. I swear a lot and my velour pads usually don't last as long as I would love.
Thank you for the feedback!
Ejong7
> I swear a lot and my velour pads usually don't last as long
Didn't know velour was sensitive to swearing. I guess anyone that listens to a lot of hip-hop should also go for leather pads then...