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Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones

Massdrop x Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart Headphones

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In the original product proposal to Fostex, yes...removable cables were requested.
Though It was in the original requirements, it didn't make it into the original version of the TH-X00 as Fostex is very methodical and careful.
They spent years working on their removable cable system to make it their version of perfect. They could have done it in a few weeks, but it wouldn't have been a true Fostex solution.
Removable cables for the TH-X00 line is one of those features that the community never stopped pushing for and we never stopped requesting.
This feature is so important to the community and to the headphones, that we renamed them: TR-X00 (The “R” is for removable.)
If you haven’t been following the journey of the first Mahogany version of the headphone into the Purpleheart and Ebony wood variants, we offer three different wood types for different aesthetics and slight sound signature variation.
However, since launch- the most requested (demanded!) change has been the ability to remove or swap cables.
Why? I’m so glad you asked!
If you develop any issues with the cables over time, you can replace them. If you need a specialized cable to connect to gear or wish to have a personalized cable, you have options.
(In the discussion comments which follow, please let us know if you modified your TH-X00 to accept removable cables and how you are using them now…Matt Takaichi is paying attention and sourcing cables for the community.  We’ve transferred the comments from the original headphone drop pages so that none of your contributions have been lost.)
Thank you for your support of this headphone, it has been a true success due to community feedback and participation.
FYI, this latest change is the only one that we have planned for the series, we don’t have any other surprises on the horizon at the moment.  (I know somebody is going to ask me!)
For now, the time has come and the TR-X00 is available for ordering on June 1st!
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Just a quick confirmation - the drop will end after 13 days or when 100 pairs are sold; whichever comes first? Or you need to sell at least 100 for the drop to go ahead?
Now that the TH-909 are out, are there any plans to make an open back version of the TR-X00?
I've had these headphones for about 4 months and have been my daily drivers. At first, I was curious what all the hype was about the bass of these cans...Sure, they had decent bass, but honestly, nothing that wowed me. Boy was I wrong. After about 6-8 weeks, these suckers started producing sounds I've never heard. I can confirm the other reports that these headphones produce a bass that is unique. You feel it, without it being muddy or distorted. I can't speak for the highs being too bright, as I typically don't get fatigued with the 10kHz-20kHz ranges, but I can say that these headphones are just fun! I put on a track and get lost in it. My go to the past few weeks has been any song by Big Gigantic. The saxophone and bass play so well together on these headphones. I understand these aren't the most accessible headphones, but if you're considering these headphones, I give them a two thumbs up!
I received my TR-X00 Purplehearts about a week ago and have been listening since then..... I.....I... just......can' If you are on the verge of getting one, do not hesitate or wait any further, you are missing a lot of than honey, and as relaxing as a single malt from the Isle of Islay sound. I am pleasantly shocked and surprised of how intoxicating these headphones sound. And there is the problem that I just don't want to take them off. To put in perspective, they are way more fun than my Grado PS 500, AKG K812 Pro, DT 770. At the end of the day we audiophiles like hearing drug addicts are searching for fun, and FUN is what you get with these headphones. In comparison my Senheiser HD6XX sound like I am locked in a closet and listening to music through the door and walls. Word of advice, just upgrade the pads to ZMF Oval Earpads Lambskin (had them for my previous uninspiring Fostex TR40 Mk3). I don't know how long a burn-in takes for these, but I am already drunk on theirs sound. Can't imagine what happens if the sound gets better than this after a let's say a 100 hours of burn-in.
Has anyone else found these extremely uncomfortable? I was seriously not expecting this sort of discomfort. The top of the headphones, the band that sits at the top of your head, is really uncomfortable. The full weight of the headphones just digs straight into one spot on the top your head. After 10 minutes or so it becomes somewhat painful and requires adjusting frequently. After an hour or so I start feel ill with the continuous pressure on my head. What can I do about it? I'm a bit taken back by this - a half-a-grand pair of cans is less comfortable than something from Walmart. What can I do about it?
Get the ZMF Pilot Pad.
Word of advice, just upgrade the pads to ZMF Oval Earpads Lambskin. The pressure from the weight will spread over slightly to the side of your head and will create better sealing and experience with increased sound stage. Satisfaction Guarantied!
I want to purchase these out of the three Massdrop Fostex, but that logo in the most elegant spot (cups) kills it for me. I wish they placed it on the headband. So sexy; love the color.
When you put them on, you tend not to look at the sides of the headphones if the logo bothers you. After all the pleasent experience is all that matter. And you get a lot of it, trust me.
Is someone willing to sell me and send me the Purple Heart Tr-00x box sticker That has burgundy lettering and white lines?
Has anyone ordered a pair of these TR-X00s and had the same bubble wrap issue of it sticking to the finish on the cups that the TH-X00s had?
That was the only thing stopping me from buying a pair of those, and I'm even more willing to buy a pair of these because of the detachable cables. But if it's still a thing with this model then I'll have to really think about it.
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Do you still have the box that I can buy the box sticker off of you?
And now you guys are just teasing ;) Thanks for the reply. Good to know people are having good experiences buying these headphones.
I've got an FiiO Alpen 2 E17K, would this be a good match for these headphones?
these headphone are known for their amazing bass and the fact that they sound great playing out of anything. Think u will be good to go!
I listen to them through my iBasso DX90 and they ROCK!!! lovely rich and sweet sound. Pretty sure you will love them with your Fiio.
My Periapt Cable just came in. I had emailed them and special ordered it. Cost me around $110 but it is so worth it. As you can see in the pictures, I got the 5ft in Red. The headphones you see in the picture are the TR-X00 Ebony. I used Plasti-Dip and painted them Red. Now I'll have to get a new Plasti-Dip red so they can match the cable. lol. Contact them at and tell them what headphones you have and they will work with you. They haven't posted this new connection yet on their website cause they are still ordering more connections. I was the first one that brought it to their attention about the connections on ebay, so I got first dibs. lol.


Just watched Zeos review of these headphones and he said the cable was not detachable. Did he just have an earlier version?
The TH-X00 does not have a detachable cable, the TR-X00 does.
Great sounding phones. One minor complaint. The cable tranmits scrapping noises to the earpieces when it moves against my clothes
Just got mine and the microphonics on the stock cable are no joke. Sounds great, though!
How do these compare to the 900 mk II?
I have heard 900 mkII ... borrowed it from my boss for two weeks and loved them. A while back had the Denon 2000. So I do like this particular signature of sound by Fostex. THe 900 mk IIs are expensive ... but after reading through some comments and the InnerFidelity review ... I am worried and confused. I am hoping someone who owns both can help me out .... please!
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Different woods have different cost as well as effort on creation due to density and how they shape the cups interior. They're all a bit different in varying thicknesses. And then tuning due to different wood and thickness. That is essentially what you're paying for. The Th900 has a hand done "Urushi" lacquer applied to their cups via trained artisans and that applies to their very high cost as well.
Thanks for the info.
The hinge on mine broke where do I redeem the warranty
Is someone willing to sell me and send me the Purple Heart Tr-00x box sticker That has burgundy lettering and white lines?
It seems to be that more people prefer the ebony model. Wby are the Ebony’s preferable to the other models? Is it preferenc? Are they inherently better? I am interested in getting one one of these, I am just trying to suss out the differences between the the three different versions( ebon, mohagony, and Purple Hear),
Purpleheart’s is supposed to sound the best from what I’ve heard from people and heard myself (against the Ebony‘s) the Ebony‘s look better to some people but are way to dark for my taste. Can’t comment on the Mahogany‘s
Hey guys, so if you want to take a shot at creating your own cables, you will need the connectors. Here is a guy on ebay that is selling them. Good luck and let me know how it goes and take pictures. These are actually the ones that will be using. He is getting them from them. Here is the link.
The correct link is:
would bass-heads enjoy this can? i listen to a lot or rap,pop,edm. thanks advance for the advice.
Probably #1 basshead cans in the planet. Hit join with confidence ;)
Custom cables for Fostex TR-X00 (Finally) Hello everyone. This is for the people who have purchased the Fostex TR-X00 headphones. As you know, they come with that very heavy and long (10ft) cable. To this date, there has never really been anyone making aftermarket cables for them. I just facilitated a process between and a company in China. does custom cables and this China company will be providing them with the connectors that are compatible with our headphones. And the best part, they fit. lol. Most people were using the Sennheiser cables but they are not a great fit and look. Once gets the connectors, they will display them on their website. They said it can take up to 3 or 4 weeks. So keep an eye out for them soon.
Any update on the possible replacement cables?
I emailed Periapt a few weeks ago, they said soon, so maybe december or early 2019
Hello TR-X00 proud owners. I have some pretty good and cool news... I have contacted and advised them of an ebay seller that is now offering connectors that are compatible with our headphones. will be contacting him soon, to try and buy in bulk. If he is able to get them in bulk, they said they will start providing a cable option for us. The moment he has them available, I will be posting back in here with the link. So basically right now he is selling the Sennheiser cables for $56. So our cable shouldn't be any more than that. Again, I will get back to you all soon.
This has probably already been answered but where can you order just the purpleheart cups from???
The only place I know that sells purpleheart cups are,
They are a little larger than the original cups that come with headphones, and are pretty expensive at $339. This site calls them the, "Bolvian Purpleheart ". But for like $100 more, you can order a new TR-X00 purplehearts from here. lol. Even though the Lawton ones look really cool. Also, that website sells all kinds of other types of wood and some of them even look freaking amazing. But his prices are just way too high for me.
I'm in the same situation as you. I have the old TH-X00 purplehearts that I need new cups. So what I've been doing is going to ebay and waiting for someone to put one up for sale, or a damaged one for sale so I can use those cups. lol.
Hello guys, I made a lengthy dac/amp pairing question (FiiO E10K, Schiit Fulla 1, NuForce UDAC3, SMSL M3 and iFi Nano iDSD Black Label) on the TR-X00 Mahogany thread. But I figure it's applicable here too so I'll link the thread here in case anyone has the answer to it.
That is a really long thread haha. OK, do what I've done and get a Creative E5. Reason being is it's compatible with Windows, MAC and Android as a DAC and it comes with it's own EQ. At this level of audio, this is ultra useful, because you can bring the best out of every headphone you have. If you only have one headphone, you can have one or two profiles or maybe just one if you're not fussy and no matter where you go, it'll always keep that profile. It's also got two headphone outs, plenty of power (OK, more than most of the entry level "amps"), almost every connection type you can think of and portability. Unfortunately, if you use it as a desktop amp, the battery will eventually die, but I counter this by having a portable battery everywhere I go anyway. It has been the cornerstone of my audio journey and the only reason I'm moving to the iDSD Micro Black Label one day is because some of these headphones out there are seriously hard to drive. Also, whilst the two outputs for shared listening is nice, having 2 high impedance headphones will quickly send the amp into distortion - again, not an issue for entry level gear.
For sale thx00 purpleheart with sheepskin pands($60) I sanded the wooded cups. Doesn’t effect sound i think it Looks better without the gloss but probably not the best decision if I was trying to sell it.
so putting it up for sale at $275 obo
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I'm interested if still available
Is someone willing to sell me and send me the Purple Heart Tr-00x box sticker That has burgundy lettering and white lines?
Love my Fostex Purple Hearts!! Love my Fostex Mahogany cans also. Lately the Mahogany cans get the most play, Just picked up the Attenuation Rings and honestly feel it tightens up the sound curve. The sound travels through my OriGen+ DAC & Preamp. Makes a huge difference! Mass drop hit 2 Home-runs with these 2 collaborations. Been thinking I need the Fostex Ebony Cans? Does anyone have all three collaborations? I would appreciate your input on whether I should get them or settle for the twins and not bring the whole family together?
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Yeah what's the real difference between the mahogany and the purple hearts? and if you could have only one, which one, and why? I'm thinking of picking up a pair, but would only get one. I have a pair of the e-mu purple hearts for portable use, they're a bit dark, but are nice to my ears. I'm guessing these "may" be similar?
Is someone willing to sell me and send me the Purple Heart Tr-00x box sticker That has burgundy lettering and white lines?
Another thing on cables, I shortened my 10 ft to 6 and it's so much more manageable.
U am after the best version than can encompass dance, house, trance, Drum and Bass from Tony Coleman and artists at Hospital records, Dubstep not even mentioning the beautiful female speakers throughout, RAP, Hip Hop....Deadmau5.. ...
The Purple THX handled all the above. Not all perfect but DAMN what a great set of cans. . Mine are broken. I thought about a serious rebuild WITH detachable cables but @CEE_TEE is ahead of the curve.
If I were to play a certain track with old and new side by side, is the Purpleheart now with less Bass? If so, should I be looking at Ebony. Love the look of Purpleheart but I am listening to music, not the Purpleheart itself.
So any all please help!
Thank you for your
New Purpleheart should sound the same as old Purpleheart- no changes to TR-X00 sound. Just the cable connector system. Hope you keep listening to the music!
Mine snapped at the thin piece of metal where the band and the cup met (generation 1 PH's). Luckily, I was within the warranty so hopefully they're made with stronger screws. Anyone else have this problem? I kept mine on a stand and never dropped them, only for office use.
hayo i was wondering if this is now going to be regularly available on the massdrop made section? because if so give me 2 weeks and ill happily buy a pair of these or the mahoganies!
Are these headphones the ones made in Japan or in China? I can find a pair of used Fostex TH900 for like 600USD in Japan and they are made by Hand. How these two compares? Are they the same one? Thanks.
Can someone replay? Are these headphones made in Japan? Can somebody tell us?
Do we know how long these will be available?
Oh hell no. These drop 1 day after I bought the Ebony’s?!?!
Ebonies are the best ones, u did yourself good.
Had my heart set on PHs until the Massdrop community turned me to the dark side ;) I couldn’t be more excited. Thx.
Why wernt these release vs the other 2 variants (mahogany & Ebony)
For the group that was able to get this last drop of the Fostex TR-X00 Purpleheart ... Is there any sound difference between the older models TH-X00?? Are the Purblehearts too bassy? Too much treble??
Got mine yesterday, can't comment on if they're any different as I never had the older versions and can't make too many judgments after 1 day but they're definitely just as V-shaped as people have mentioned for past generations so wouldn't think they have changed much up. To me the treble isn't that bad, doesn't seem to be too much. Bass is definitely the defining feature of this headphone and it might be a bit much for some people. If you not up for a lot of bass, PH's aren't for you.
I haven't heard the gen 1 PH (received my gen 2 PH a few days ago). These do not have harsh treble when compared to my TH-600 and the middbas is more pronounced, compared to my TH600. Ialso need to test my TH600 pads on the PH as I want more low-end.