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Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones

Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones

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Verified Purchaser
As an owner of several high end headphones (Mr. Speakers Aeon, Mitchel & Johnson, K7XX, etc) I was looking for a headphone with solid deep and mid-bas. Although my Aeon's sound great, they're a bit too bright for things like movies and Netflix. So I bought the Purpleheart after the review from Z-review. The ones he reviewed didn't have removable cables from the headphone cup. This latest drop from Massdrop does, however. The cable is 8' long (I think) and has a heavy steel base to the 3.5mm headphone connection. Now I would have preferred balanced XLR but 3.5mm works fine. I am listening to them using my Schiit Jotunheim headphone am/dac with the Schiit Wyrd USB converter (which makes a huge difference). Now to upgrade the headphones to the very best experience, I replaced the earcups with the Brainwavz sheepskin angled earcups which makes a huge difference to comfort and sound. Now, to the sound. I was INCREDIBLY stunned at the quality of the mid and low bass. I mean STUNNED. I was also STUNNED at the quality of the midrange sound. They are not warm, not dark, not bright just incredible. I can safely say they outperform my more expensive Aeon Flow Open headphones. Amazing. Amazing.
Verified Purchaser
I have had these for a little more than two years and they broke. A screw holding the earcup to the headband snapped inside the metal piece holding those two part together. I bought these because I had the D5000 and I absolutely loved those. Fun fact: the D5000 gave way at the exact same spot! The negative review is for both the headphones and Massdrop reply to me asking whether they could help secure some spare parts (it's an easy fix if you have those). Their answers were sub-par and limited to pointing me to the warranty policy. Just not good enough. Surely they can organise some parts being shipped (I'd pay for those) since they continue doing work with Fostex? I've now returned to the D5000 - I have a very unprofessional fix on these! - and got to say they are leaps and bound above the Purpleheart.
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I want to write this review dedicated to those who are on the fence on buying these headphones, and already have the HD6XX or some high fidelity neutral pair of headphones. I'll hold off on reviewing the sound but focus more on the value proposition. I originally did not feel like I was missing anything, I had some darker headphones and some which were supposedly heavy on bass - so I was holding off on buying anything new, until I saw this. My immediate reaction was to brush it off and think "It can't be as good as the reviews" - but this is really a pair of headphones that continues to impress me. Since I received my pair two weeks ago, I haven't picked up my HD6XX because these are so much fun. When I consistently listened to the HX6XX - everything is there, it doesn't lack in anything. It's complete and accurate but for songs that I KNOW have heavier bass (EDM, Hip Hop / Rap) I don't find myself listening to it as much. After I purchased the HD6XX, my music profile shifted heavier into rock, metal, classic rock and some classical. In my mind, I didn't feel like I was in the mood for EDM / Hip Hop / Rap because subconsciously I had a feeling that something was missing. And I didn't want to feel this way about a headphone / amp / DAC combo that ran me 800$+. After finally pulling the trigger on this, I'm happily listening to EDM, Hip Hop, and Rap once more. In the end, EDM doesn't have fantastic recording quality anyways - so it really needed reproduction of bass / highs the way it sounds in a concert - which it does. The bass has higher fidelity than in a concert environment. If you feel like you've moved away from EDM / Rap / Hip Hop because you've been listening to neutral headphones, get these - it will fill the gap allowing you to listen to your entire sound profile. After longer listening, I noticed a few details:
  1. The Purple Hearts have a very RESPONSIVE bass. It doesn't slap it everywhere and on everything.
  2. This will make you want to turn t up past your normal listening volume because live music causes your bones to vibrate from loud bass - headphones will not cause the same sensation so be aware of the volume.
  3. Stock pads are good enough for me.
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Jeff-D
Oh the HE4xx. Open back and as well a different type of driver technology.
Verified Purchaser
The sound is nice but quite on the sharp edge with the highs. Comfort milage varies also depending on your ear-size. The pads have a rather small opening. Also: handle them with care, the hinges carrying the cups are known (on reddit) to snap off, even without the use of force. Mine are already a bit loose on one side.
Verified Purchaser
By far the best headphones I have ever had the pleasure of using. The combination of both a high level of comfort as well as phenomenal sound quality truly leads you to believe that you are not wearing headphones at all. With an amp and a properly configured software equalizer this set was able to deliver exactly what I was looking for across any genre of music. I was going to try to sound technical here and speak to the lows, mids and highs, but there's genuinely nothing to say, they all sound exactly the way they should sound - perfect.
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AudioAdict:
I do like the headphones, I find them exceptional for listening to Progressive music of all styles like Metal, Fusion, Jazz, Jazz Rock 🎸, & Funk. They most definitely have that, as some people say, a V or smile shape (fun) sound signature, which works very well with the style of music I listen to.
Verified Purchaser
I love these headphones. I had tried a friend's pair previously, without the removable cables, and was blown away by them compared to the other 3 I sampled at the time. Sound quality is great. Only change I would make is including a shorter cable in addition to the current. I sit close to my amp, so I a huge amount of cable just hanging around.
Verified Purchaser
Removable cable is great! Only gripe is that my cut of the wood is not as purple as my original TH-X00 PH.
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What closed back cans would you recommend with a wide soundstage?
juicetoon
Something to remember is that open back headphones tend to have a wider soundstage than closed back headphones.
This is my personal favorite choice for gaming exclusively. The ATH-ADG1X headphones are really comfortable, good enough mic, and pretty good soundstage. A lot of people will complain about it being a "gaming" headset but it has served me well. There is a closed and open back version of this headset. ($300)
If you want it for mostly gaming and some music the k7xx is hard to beat for price and value. This is open back.($200)
If you want it for mostly music and some gaming the Sennheiser hd 6xx is hard to beat. This is also open back.($200)
If you can go to a Best buy or some store that has some headphones on display. Its important to remember that sound is subjective so it only matters what you think sounds good.
Verified Purchaser
Love these as a compliment to my HD800s when I want a much more forward sound and deeper bass. V sound shape but it's a unique sound that is a great compliment to a neutral Senn sound signature.
Verified Purchaser
Love the new removable cords! Very comfortable and very beautiful headphones. I ordered the first batch that ever came out, number 209 I believe. I had to get another pair for backup. My first pair had the bubble marks. I thought about sending them back until I listened to them for a while. I couldn't believe how great these sound.
I'm normally more of a neutral headphone guy. I love my T1's and HD800's, so these were a nice add. I don't have many bassy headphones and these are some of the best I've heard. Powerful bass that is tight and clean. When it comes to electronic, rap etc. these excel! They aren't bad for other types either, but they excel at slower music with a lot of bass. I feel these really rounded out my stable. What a deal at that price!
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Yes indeed, not sure why I didn't notice that! Thanks! :)
WALRUSWHISKERS
How is the détail retreival compared to your hd800?
Verified Purchaser
Overall I like them a lot since they sound great but you definitely need an dac/amp to go with them. The stock pads also fit my head very comfortably but I have heard some say differently so your experience may vary. The only complaints I have is that they didn't include extra cables of different lengths. The reason people wanted a detachable cable is to reduce the amount of extra cable laying around. 10ft of cord is just a hassle to deal with when I'm usually 3-5 ft away from where I'm plugged in. Finding replacement cables is also pretty expensive and somewhat difficult to find. My headphones also came with some cosmetic damage on the wood cups so I took off 1 star for that.
Verified Purchaser
I've owned a pair of Fostex made Denon D2Ks for about 7-8 years now and used to use them almost daily, i'd always wanted a pair of D5K's to replace them but by that point they'd been out of production for many years and the price had gone through the roof. Then i found mass-drop and the THX-00's and it was pretty much an instant buy for me and as far as the sound signature i was not disappointed, 2 years with them has not changed my opinion at all.
As with all things there are a few downsides with these for me, one of them being the excessively long cable, for newer buyers this should no longer be an issue. Another issue was some minor build quality problems, I joined the initial run of the purple-hearts (serial #00555) so i put it down to teething issues at the factory and the fact Fostex would obviously have to cut some corners in the QA department to fulfil such a massive order at the new price point but from reading the other reviews here it's disappointing to see there are still some build quality issues going on with blemishes on the paintwork and scuffs on the cups.
The only thing that actually stops me giving these 5 stars is that unlike the D2K and D5K the highs have a tendency to be fatiguing on longer listens and at higher volumes, which is a shame because cranking the volume with these phones is literally bass heaven and as much as i'd love to stay in heaven for 8 hours a day i can manage at most 1-2 before it becomes uncomfortable. Whether this is a problem for others depends on too many factors to say that it will be a sticking point for everyone however i can say that i don't consider myself to be overly sensitive to treble. If you are considering these and are treble sensitive the mahogany's may be a better choice as they're supposedly slightly tamer in this area.
From the Overview page - ".... and the highs are slightly more emphasised. Peaks and valleys are positioned differently than on the mahogany, but their magnitude is similar. As for the super highs, while the mahogany falls off at ~14 kHz, the purpleheart maintains presence through that range."
On a side note if anyone wants to swap a pair of original run PH's for a Mahogany set, please get in touch :D
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Somedudeman
Still looking for mahogany?
The TH-X00 Purpleheart have a special quality to them, they are smooth yet also tight sounding at the same time. They have deep controlled bass, with good rumble and kicks without sounding too boomy. They have excellent high extension without sounding sibilant. The mids have a good body without sounding too harsh. Everything is here, from build to sound quality. It's hard not to recommend this headphone.
Verified Purchaser
Overall I am satisfied with these headphones, my set arrived with some cosmetic blemishes but nothing that affect the sound. A bit fatiguing listening for extended periods, I like to turn up the volume a bit too high with them..
Verified Purchaser
Un casque juste magnifique avec un son exceptionnel j’ai tellement aimé que que j’en ai acheté un deuxième pour moi après avoir essayé celui que j’avais pris pour ma femme !
Verified Purchaser
Very good closed headphones
Verified Purchaser
these are by far the most fun headphones I have, but also the most fatiguing. It’s like that crazy friend that you love but only in short bursts, after a while it’s too much and you need your space. But then after a while you want them back
HaVoCTzu
Update: got a more powerful amp(hdv 820) and these are even more insane.
Verified Purchaser
Amazing bass. The pads felt comfortable.
Verified Purchaser
Paired it with a "Fulla 2" from Schitt. I'm very happy with the combo.
Verified Purchaser
Paired it with the Aune X1S, the purplehearts are a solid combo....will buy another one in a heartbeat....
Verified Purchaser
SOlid and punch bass. Treble is pretty good albeit a bit sibilant at times. It's good for movies and for an alternative to the HD6xx when you'd for lively sound. Probably best paired with an amp that takes the edge off of the treble a bit.
Comfort wise the pads have room for improvement. Personally found them to be too stiff and hard.
Verified Purchaser
These are my first set of headphones. I also purchased a Cavalli Tube Hybrid amp to pair it with and think it is awesome. The sound-stage is very warm and the bass is amazing. I also purchased the SH HD600's to jump on the hype train and put them back in the box, they cant even compare... My next purchase will be another Fostex or Focal headphone because the difference just is that great and theres no way Ill be able to settle for less.