Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Special Collaboration in Ebony Wood

Last year, in response to the Audiophile Community’s call for a D5000 successor at a comparable price, we teamed up with Fostex to create the TH-X00 series of wood headphones, available exclusively on Massdrop. The final installment in the series, this iteration features the same great-sounding, closed-back design—this time with ebony wood ear cups in place of the original mahogany. Prized for its hardness and density as much as its beauty, ebony makes for a darker aesthetic and a smoother, more refined sound signature.

Note: Each pair of headphones is one of a kind, and due to the nature of wood, slight variations in wood grain may occur. If you're an international customer looking to partner with a shipping forwarder, please read this FAQ.

This item is in stock and will ship in 2–3 business days with standard shipping. Expedited shipping in the contiguous US is available at checkout. Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after joining. Cancellations are accepted until that time. The drop will launch and end each day to collect purchases.

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Refined Sound

Our measurements show that these new headphones have the flattest frequency response of any TH-X00 edition, as well as the deepest bass extension. While the Mahogany and Purpleheart lose some steam in the 3 – 4 kHz region, the Ebony maintains a smoother descent, and the mids are more present with a smoother transition into the upper mids. As for the high frequencies, while the original Mahogany has a peak at 9 kHz, the Ebony (to an even greater degree than the Purpleheart) reduces that area, leaving the 10 kHz+ region to sparkle without any harshness. On the below graphs, the black line represents the TH-X00 Ebony, while the brown and purple lines represent the previous editions: the Mahogany and Purpleheart, respectively.

Frequency Response

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Total Harmonic Distortion

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Fostex Excellence

Equipped with the biodynamic cone Fostex first developed in the late ‘80s, which delivers a sound unique to any other driver structure, the TH-X00 benefits from years of iteration on the initial design. The higher magnetic flux density in these headphones (more than 1 tesla) creates instant attack and decay for a crisper, more detailed sound signature. With the emphasis on the low end toned down slightly from the TH600, the rich bass meets the Fostex standard without becoming bloated. The result is an incredibly intimate sound, like being front row at a small venue.

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Comfort-First Design

The TH-X00’s wood ear cups are a nod to the Denon D series and complemented by Fostex’s proprietary magnesium alloy body, built to be lightweight, strong, and durable. Made of eggshell protein, the ear pads’ soft leatherette is designed to form a super tight seal, while still being breathable for hours of comfortable listening. And because the curve of the headband has been optimized to fit the human head, minimal padding is needed for you to forget you’re wearing headphones at all.

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Additional Details

A thick, braided cable rounds out the presentation, with a conveniently long distance between the headphones and Y split. The Massdrop logo is silk-screened on the inside of the headband, just above the left cup, with a serial number located just above the right cup.

Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones
Massdrop x Fostex TH-X00 Ebony Headphones

Community Reviews for the TH-X00 Ebony

To learn more, read the impressions on Head-Fi and Super Best Audio Friends, and check out the Z Reviews video

Community Reviews for TH-X00 Mahogany

To learn more, check out The Verge, Head-Fi, Super Best Audio Friends, and Jude’s video review on Head-Fi TV, below.

Specs

  • Massdrop x Fostex
  • Ebony wood ear cups, brilliant gloss finish
  • Closed-back design
  • 50 mm dynamic transducer
  • Magnesium alloy construction
  • Leatherette ear pads, matte black
  • Magnetic flux density: >1 tesla
  • Impedance: 25 ohms
  • Sensitivity: 94 dB/mW
  • Maximum input: 1,800 mW
  • Frequency response: 5 – 45,000 Hz
  • 10 ft (3 m) thick, braided Y cable
  • 1/4 in (6.3 mm) gold-coated stereo phone plug
  • Weight, without cable: 16 oz (450 g)
  • Weight, with cable: 20.5 oz (582 g)

Included

  • Carrying pouch
  • ¼ to ⅛ in (6.4 to 3.2 mm) adapter
  • 2-year warranty

Shipping

All orders will be shipped by Massdrop.

Estimated ship date is Apr 12, 2018 PT.

Your payment method will be charged 2 hours after purchase. Cancellations are accepted until that time, after which the request will be submitted to vendors to deliver the best delivery time to members, making all sales final. Be sure to check the discussion page for updates.

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