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Fostex TH500RP Planar Magnetic Headphones

Fostex TH500RP Planar Magnetic Headphones

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Well, I was too cheap to buy them on here, and I still wouldn't pay Massdrop's price for these, but I did pick up a nearly new pair for $225 and I am glad I did -- definitely sound better, more refined, more open, and far, far more comfortable -- than my T20RP MK3. Oh, and they're much better looking. Just my 2 cents. :) They are rather "soft"-sounding, there's definitely very little sizzle up top (like the T50RP MK3 which I also have), the sound stage is smaller than the HE-500 for certain. They are great easy-listening cans, very clean-sounding, no distortion.
This is soooo sad... they are obviously overpriced for the market given that there are ZERO purchases in this drop and only 13 hours left. I actually almost snapped up a used pair of these on Head-Fi classifieds a few months ago for a little over $200... I still would be interested in these at $250, but not at twice that, and it looks like I'm not alone! :D
People should understand that these are essentially a T50RP mod. Nothing wrong with that, in principle. However, they are bested by basically any other T50RP mod, most of which are also much cheaper. Instead of buying this one, look into Cascadia, Mod House, ZMF, MrSpeakers, Mayflower, Dekoni to start with.
xnobys
I would recommend the Modhouse Argon. By far the best value.
rottencheese
Add Massdrop Fostex T-X0 to the list. Great value
is it "rp" like herpes? nobody touching this one?
rip still nobody has joined the drop
cjeong
Consider these things had a bit of a rough start and were regularly available around the 280-300 pricepoint I don't see this doing well (selling now in the 350 range if you look hard enough). The market price has increased on them over the last year or so but I still couldn't see this as a deal.
So, yeah. These cans almost fall into the want category. Nice looks and great drivers. I mean, heck, I almost clicked the join button....
Then I saw that they didn't have a detachable cable. Instant NOPE on a $499.99 set of cans. So sad.
Awesome deal. Got two
I like this headphone, but not at $500. AT $500 there's a ton of headphones that are better.
Why did Massdrop even bother when literally only SIX people voted for these on the poll?
and to add insult to injury, I could buy these headphones for $350 NEW on eBay with a 30 day money back guarantee
Shipping is limited to the US only, and yet somehow I don't think we're going to be bombarded with the usual whining complaints. I get that they're not a contender for greatest headphone of all time, but are these really as bad as some of the comments suggest?
Jaggi
They aren't as bad as people suggest, in fact, they're actually kinda listenable after 150 HOURS OF BURN-IN. However, nobody wants to burn in headphones, and there are several other deals, such as the Hifiman Sundara (which is built like crap but sounds pretty decent), the ZMF Blackwood for $100 more, and the ZMF classic with balanced jacks+carrying case for $100 LESS (both of the ZMFs are T50rp mods,which the Th500rp is based on). I have owned every one of these headphones except the ZMF classic, but I would assume that it would be a worse ZMF Blackwood, which is a phenomenal headphone. Heres a word of warning: don't BUY THIS HEADPHONE
I passed up a deal on these at $180 new. They weren't worth that price either. At $500, you got to be out of your damn mind to buy these.
this is the worst deal ever. They sound good after 150 hours of burn-in, but who wants to burn in their headphones for that long. My stax sounded great after around 20 hours. You can get these for around $300 on ebay and USaudiomart
You can get this in ebay and Reverb for $350.
I was mortified when I bought these new for half this price, and stopped paying attention to Steve Guttenberg reviews because of it.
No treble detail, no bass extension, dry mids - I cannot fathom someone buying this instead of the Sennheiser HD series off Massdrop twice over.
It's a T50RP driver on a TH-600 headband in perforated metal ear cups.
thefitz
I agree that these are bad for most people. I bought them for $600. I tried doing some mods and also ear pad swaps. I returned them.
Yet more questions from people willing (?) to plunk down five hundred clams based on the answers and comments of others? Sorry no listen, no buy! Mail order brides are a sure thing, but mail order Audio is too if-y for me!
This price is so wrong : (
Gugman
You typed that right.
No highs No bass No sound stage No detachable cable
I hope this is not a headphones graveyard
michabarlev
Yeah, 500$ for these is a fucking joke. Their own X00 outclass these in every regard, for the same price lol. 150$ would be more approrite, seeing how poorly the TH500RP is selling - and I'm guessing Fostex just wants to get rid of the stock so they put it on Massdrop hoping that folks who don't know any better would get hyped and buy them.
wondering how the sound? comparing with mad dog mod
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I'm guessing he's moved on.
Oh alright. Here is my exhaustive comparison:
The maddogs have bass and details. These kinda don't.
The end.
It will be interesting to see where MD brings that version in then. The Beyerdynamic DT1770 is garnering a lot of buzz in terms of that $600 price to performance mark right now. If MD can give the TH600 their 1/3 the retail price treatment and get it in at $400-ish, they'll have a winner on their hands.
VonBrew
That's literally what the TH-X00 is. It's a TH-610 with different cups for $400-$450-$500 depending on the wood.
Sorry Atariguy, missed your recommendation of the T90's. At this price, you don't afford to get it wrong... still waiting on the Sony MDR X7 with the PHA3 from the last drop... and the O2.
duke_headbreaker
Beyer's get a lot of love here, but elsewhere, the Fostex have received some pretty glowing reviews from some guys who have been listening to these things for a long time. Jealous of the Sony package, btw. So close to pulling the trigger on that one myself as I want a top flight closed in addition to a planar type. Then that's it for me. (Yeah, right...lol!)
Okay, best sound... this or the T90's?
Uhhnnnggaangghhh...these or the HE400i or the Oppo PM2's....farg. Really want a pair of planars. Or do I drop down to the HE400S, which seems to be just slaying it at the $299 price point...crapsicle.
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I do sincerely doubt that any MD/Fostex collaboration would be based on the TH500RP though. It's too new of a design/release for Fostex to abandon it to the masses at this point. And it does check a lot of the boxes that I want from a ortho/planar type set of of cans.
VonBrew
No, as you said, it's confirmed to be a derivative of the TH-600, they had preproduction units at a few audio shows already with a walnut finish, I'm just waiting for the final product to be launched.
So when do we get the Fostex TH-X00? :)
Anybody have any idea how they compare to the Beyerdynamic T90.?
Audiorobb
I have both and prefer the T90's. Overall sound quality is better and the T90's are more comfortable.
Rather have the HE-400i's for this price
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which one (among the three) is the best in your opinion?
rawitat
I like both the 400i and 560 for different reasons. Bang for the buck the 400i is the obvious winner.
I bought this the last drop a month ago. I bought TH900 the recent drop and I received it yesterday. TH500 needs a long burnt-in period but TH900 can almost hit the ground and run. My TH500 has very full and rich sound but top end of the treble is recessed. That is comparing to a fresh brand new TH900. The RP (Regular Phase) diaphragm sounds different from the dynamic drivers similar to Planar Speakers vs Conventional Speakers. I use Xonar Essence STX/90 sound card and Musical Fidelity X-Can V2 to drive my headphones.
EDIT: Not sure how this compares to Fostex TH-600, but just FYI, Amazon is currently selling Fostex TH-600 for $564.53:
http://www.amazon.com/Fostex-Premium-Dynamic-Headphones-Drivers/dp/B00BEUCNNC
drops
Except it's not, it's selling for 564.63, the savings are 435.46. However, the TH600 is actually a better model, for like $15 more than the cheapest here
echineko
Thank you for pointing that out! My mistake...
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You made it happen! We’re excited to let you all know that the drop was successful and the order has now been placed with the vendor for the Fostex TH500RP. As soon as they are done preparing the shipment and once we receive it at our warehouse in New Jersey we will break it down into individual orders and have them on their way to each of you! We currently expect your orders to leave our warehouse by 3/17.
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