At the 2018 NAMM Show, Fostex will display and demonstrate two new sets of audiophile-quality headphones, the T60RP ($299 street, shipping February 2018) and the TH-900mk2 5th Anniversary Limited Edition Sapphire Blue ($TBA, shipping Q2 2018). Contact a Fostex dealer for more information on pre-ordering, or try the headphones for yourself at American Music and Sound’s Booth 11110, Hall A at NAMM 2018.
The Fostex T60RP is the culmination of a long heritage of Fostex RP-technology headphones dating back to the mid 1970’s. The new T60RP has been modified and tuned especially for audiophile listening and features beautiful wooden cups and a balanced connection.
Fostex’s proprietary RP diaphragms feature a planar magnetic/orthodynamic design with wide frequency reproduction, superior transient characteristics, and high input tolerance for an exceptional listening experience. The beautiful wooden housings, made of gorgeous matte-finished African mahogany, add depth and character to the sound of the RP diaphragm. And for the pleasure of the wearer, the T60RP features a genuine leather head pad and newly developed circumaural (around-the-ear) ear pads offering a great fit and superior comfort for fatigue-free long-term listening.
The T60RP’s newly-implemented, straight-type detachable connector conveniently fits standard unbalanced connections. And, for today’s world where balanced digital audio players and headphone amplifiers are more prevalent than ever, users can upgrade the T60RP with a variety of optional cables featuring different balanced connectors.
Limited Edition 5 Anniversary TH-900mk2 Sapphire Blue
In late 2012, Fostex launched what would become its flagship premium audiophile headphone: the TH-900. A closed-back headphone with a unique biocellulose (bio-dynamic) driver design and a whopping 1.5 tesla magnetic circuit, the TH-900 pushed the boundaries of what was possible with a high-end headphone, becoming a go-to choice among the ranks of discerning enthusiasts.
For 2018, Fostex celebrates the 5th anniversary of its TH-900 series with a limited-edition TH-900mk2. Finished with the same Urushi lacquer as the original TH-900 but in a deep “Sapphire Blue”, this is a headphone that’s bound to turn heads. This 5th anniversary edition has been specially-tuned with a limited-edition exclusive Fostex-approved tuning for an enhanced listening experience. As an “mk2” version, it also features the newly-implemented detachable connector that conveniently fits standard unbalanced connections and may be upgraded for balanced connections with a variety of different cables. This version will also include a lmited-edition 5th anniversary headphone stand.
The craftsmanship that goes into finishing the TH-900mk2’s wooden cups is legendary in its own right, and largely responsible for its stunning looks. The TH-900mk2’s Japanese cherry birch cups are emblazoned with silver foil and finished in Japanese “Urushi” lacquer, derived from the sap of a poison oak tree, in a centuries-old process practiced by only a handful of artisans in Japan. This gives these beautiful headphones their distinctive, miles-deep finish.