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Toon THP-01: transformer headphones at Potafesu 2015

  • potafesu2015If you had to put money on which country would be first to market with a Transformer-esque headphone you’d probably be safe betting on Japan. And sure enough, at e-earphone’s Portable Audio Festival last weekend in Tokyo, Nakano’s Toon Workshop debuted their THP-01, a collapsible headphone whose folding mechanism has all the hallmarks of Optimus Prime.

    The THP-01’s designer Mechikuro-San shows us what’s up:

    Some vital statistics: this headphone took three years to go from drawing board to manufacturing house and contains over 150 parts. The earcup conceals a dynamic driver that’s rated at 30 Ohms and 96db. In use, the THP-01 need more juice than the Sony NW-ZX2 can provide but the soundstage offered ample inner spaciousness. Bass bloat is kept on a tight leash. In not sounding terrible, these Toon foldables defy (the lower) expectations often associated with lifestyle branding.

    Pricing? 45,000JPY (~US$400). Colours? Stealth Black, Stealth White and an (unnamed in English) red, white and black combination.

    Further information: Toon Workshop







    John H. Darko

    Written by John H. Darko

    John is the editor of Darko.Audio, from whose ad revenues he derives an income. He is an occasional contributor to 6moons but has previously written pieces for TONEAudio, AudioStream and Stereophile. John used to live in Sydney. Now he lives in Berlin.

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    One Comment

    1. As outlandish as these things are, I expect them to disappear into the designer’s hairdo. Funky website too, by Japanese standards – most Japanese “boutique” head/hi-fi companies have websites that look like they came from the geocities era. No idea what the whole “Mr. Hanh [Linkin Park] thing” on the website is about, but I hope the cans don’t sound as bad as the band.

      Thanks for sharing, John.

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