The TH7 headphones have been available for several years now. Here, we find out how they hold up to the demands of today’s discerning music fans and audiophiles.
Design & Accessories
Don’t expect anything in the way of accessories with the Fostex TH7. These circumaural earphones are easy on the eye at least, with a classic black housing that comes equipped with a mini jack plug, although an adapter is not included. Therefore its primary application is use with smartphones, tablets and laptops. The aesthetics are worth another mention, with slick matt black the order of the day, paired with coordinating black accents. Less attractive are the corners cut with the selection of material of the pivot brackets of the device. The inner side is exposed and provides an unattractive view that steals away from the stylish finish. However, this is also the only point of contention as far as looks are concerned.
Processing & Handling
The construction of the TH7 is dominated by a variety of plastics. However, this is not necessarily a negative aspect, as the processing is very good. From the stitched artificial leather of the ear cushion coverings to the screw fastenings of the adjustable steel headband, the workmanship of the TH7 hits the mark from every angle. Cable and kink protectors are robust enough for everyday use, while the rubberised matt black finish of the headphones is resistant to fingerprints and scratches. For the price, we’re looking at a very enticing device that’s resilient enough for demanding everyday use.
The earpiece covering is made from artificial leather and proves comfortable to wear, although beneath this, the ears tend to sweat when the TH7 is worn for long periods of time. The adjustment to user head shape is fast and accurate, with a mechanical memory function making them very convenient. In addition, its medium weight and average levels of contact pressure make the TH7 a pleasant companion for everyday listening. The cable length of 1.45 metres is another practical plus. Tucking the cable discreetly under clothing can prove awkward though.
The 40mm dynamic drivers of the TH7 deliver a good sound pressure level and offer a relatively wide frequency range, extending up to 35 kHz. Fostex claims that the TH7’s bass is particularly dynamic and the treble finely drawn. This is precisely what is experienced when tested. In addition, the beautifully balanced sound of these headphones strikes me right from the outset. For me, this is a real surprise for the price these beauties retail at. Anyone who likes current pop music, EDM and R&B will have a great time with these headphones. In the transition from the upper mid-range to the high-frequency range, the signal could be a little more discreet – hissing not excluded. The TH7 reproduces the super-high frequency range so well that the components of old jazz classics can become excessive. Even basses are sufficiently differentiated despite the closed design, delivering deep bass elements in an impressive fashion. The TH7 also shields against external noise well, which in my opinion, cements these as a real standout for a more than reasonable RRP.
The bottom line is that the Fostex TH7 is pretty convincing. For a modest price, the everyday audiophile is provided with a surprisingly powerful and differentiated sound, which will inspire music lovers of pop, EDM and R&B genres. Due to its enclosed design, the headphones are suitable for use in the hustle and bustle of the city or close quarters of public transport, providing a relatively good shield against external noise. The look and feel of the TH7 are just as pleasing as its handling. Only the poor scope of delivery and some minor sound weaknesses tarnish the overall package.
- Ear couplingOver-ear
- Transducer principledynamic
- Frequency response (headphones)10 - 35.000 Hz
- Impedance66 ohms
- Sound pressure level (SPL)101,06 dB
- Pressure averaged from big and small head408,5 g
- Weight with cable270 g
- Weight without cable243 g
- Cable length145 cm
What's in the box
- No accessories included
- Available in four different colours