Miracles in Audio, by luck, by good choices,by design or by tweaking...


I owned a low cost headphone for many years, the Fostex TH7B, first version( a new one close version exist Fostex TH7BK), semi-open headphone...I was never completely satisfied by any headphones I ever owned: Hifiman 400, Stax basic lamda, Stax 5 gold,Akg 340,Akg 701, beyerdynamic 990, and T150... Because in each of them with all their qualities I never listen to at the same times, a confortable headphone with natural timbre and voicing, with a good imaging and a realistic soundstage(not too close to my ears)...


For the last days I tweaked this Fostex, to damp his internal resonance I used sorbothane, I put some shungite stones at the exterior part of the cups and I use some Herkimer diamond in the interior pads( 3 at 120 degree) … Now this low cost headphones crush all my others if I sum all his qualities... For example his mids and voicing cannot beat the AKG 340 but among all my other headphones it is the best that is near that mids and it is more confortable, and with longer cable than the 340...His imaging is better and more realistic than the 340 etc etc...It is the same if I compare with the others...


His most important qualities is natural timbre and clear imaging,very precise pinned point accuracy and natural, so clear it crush for that ALL the others to dust...In the French audio circle the reviews were more than very positive few years ago...Diapason d’or and choc Classica...I am not the only one impressed buy the ratio quality/price... But remember that thesae reviewers dont tweak their headphone...The difference between before and after the tweaks are staggering...


Yes Miracles happens in Audio: cost is under 100 American dollars... Few years ago they cost me 50 bucks new... I never dreamed that I will go back to headphones...


I will enjoy your miracles stories of any kind ….My best to all...
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You are a gentleman and you are always welcome near us good cycle Glupson...Your posts dissipate some worries thanks...

P.S. We all love to hate Geoffkait or perhaps better said, we all hate loving Geoffkait…:)


The Tom Cruise of Audio Tweaks :)
Geoff I think that the key to bliss is to buy a not too costly audio system and tweaks it...The results is almost TOTL at a reasonable cost...When you listen to wonderful music without lacking too much the end is near except for the fun of fine tuning the tweaks...I am there...My system cost more than yours but not way much, I bought all vintage or used...
Well, you’re confident, I’ll give you that. If only you could hear what I’ve heard with my ears. If I had a dime for every person who’s sworn up and down he had found audio Nirvana or TOTL I’d be a wealthy 💰 💰 man. You guys must think I do this stuff for my health. I first got involved with crystal structures 52 years ago when I designed a rocket engine for interplanetary travel 🚀 that employed high-energy Xenon ions to bombard a highly magnetized metal crystal bar, thus producing thrust by sputtering off atoms from the crystal surface.
I never doubt your theoretical and practical skills in these matters...I owe to your site articles reading my own journey to musical bliss with my own experiments without investing 10,000 bucks...My best to you like always...


Next task: I will crush crystals to makes some progress...For example I dreamed about a mix of malachite powder+shungite powder+tourmaline powder...Oufff….

By the way my "tirade" and rant and enthusiastic extreme metaphors are the expression of my subjective bliss yes, but the first reason is to inform the newcomers to the possibility to have at low cost a pure musical audiophile experience modulo some experiments...I want people to know that it is not necessary to spend tons of money for audiophile bliss, and spare them frustration because they cannot afford it like I was 7 years ago...I never dream about big house, or of a Bugatti, or of any other luxury objects; my only dream was about an audiophile system...(I only need books and music)

When I dreamed about audiophile system 7 years ago without money I was sad and I think at the times that only money and big money can buy that... I no longer think that...I never pretend trough my description that my audio system tweaked was better than a TOTL costly system only that is not too far behind with a fraction of the cost...When you finally hear music after years of frustration you know when this is the beginning of the end journey...The rest is tweaking for fun...Music is there and this is my joy to listen to music without bothering with the sound anymore at last...


The Audiophile Fundamental TEST :

When you forget yourself in a cd without remembering to change it because you are no more bored by the sound you are there... When ALL your files nevermind which one sound better and that Music dont permit us to forget it...At this precise instant you have it, a " relatively" TOTL audio system...That’s all...