JM Audio XTC2™ Open Back 50mm Dynamic Headphone
JM Audio XTC2™ OPEN Custom Tuned 50mm Dynamic Headphone
Head-fi XTC2 Open Review (click here)
Larger cup than the original 100mm
The XTC2-open is 110mm with a wedge horn like edge around the wood rim- the larger size provides a larger soundscape with all the goodnesses of the XTC and then some more - includes 3 SETS OF EAR PADS- (Fluffy, leather, velour)
Other new changes are a front angled forward 3.5 headphone jack
We are taking orders as this new releases operates flawlessly and has a new appropriately named JM REFERENCE tuning which excels at pulling all the details and mids out of a recording with deep accurate non bloated bass and other tuning choices available of course.
Please do not think the original XTC open is being discontinued at all
This is not the case - the XTC is our number one best headphone to date with more proud and very very satisfied owners world wide than any other headphone we sell
The XTC2 Open is just larger
The original XTC is still sitting high in the headphone world as one of the finest sounding headphones one can buy regardless of price
But we never stand still and we always will innovate
Your Own Wood Style (email us for current colors)
Custom Driver (32,64, 300 ohm Beryllium or Biowool 32ohm)
Your Tuning - We discuss your tuning at time of order
What Is Included:
- JM Audio XTC Closed Hard Wood Custom Tuned Headphone
- 2 Premium Leather Memory Foam Ear (2nd favorite for XTC2)
- 2 Angled Memory Fluffy Ear Pad (my favorite sound signature w/XTC2)
- 2 Velour Memory Foam Ear Pads (dead neutral sound)
- 2M OFC Litz Wire
- Practical Hard Case
- Choice of Beryllium 32, 64 or 300 ohm or Biowoll 32 ohm driver
- Includes 7N OCC Upgraded Internal Wiring
- Optional Matching External 1.5m TRS or TRRS 7N OCC Wiring Copperhead Wire
We hand match every single driver set we install- but you choose what is best for you: 32, 64 and 300 ohm in a 52nm magnet Beryllium or a 32 Ohm Biowool Nano driver. Both types of drivers are wound with ofc copper specified for JM Audio - we also customize your headphones by discussing your preferences for tuning just for you. If you are unsure which driver is best for your current set up just email us: firstname.lastname@example.org
We don’t mass produce anything. We custom tailor our products to suit what an individual wants and that takes skill and time. Even our most basic build or mod will get the utmost time and dedication from us until we are satisfied with the sound quality. We have to meet all of the typical quality we feel is necessary. We don’t simply install a some so called matched stock drivers, slap a sticker on it and call it a day… We actually have our drivers made to our specs and then we get those so called machine matched drivers and check them over and over until we find an ideal match by hand. I hand select each and every set to ensure they really are a mated match ...I use this process for every single headphone I make... and it could take up to three days or more for me to ensure this as I progress through multiple tests. Even the wire I solder and the way I solder could affect the matching. Why do I do this? Because each and every one of my customers deserves my best- but mostly I do it because I feel compelled by the obsessive search for doing all I can to ensure the finest headphones I can make - and every single one I make gets love and attention like this as if it’s my one and only set I am ever going to make… I never rush tunings - I take time on each individual headphone until it is ready to be loved and used.
What's It Sound Like? The XTC2™ is tuned to reveal all the details deep inside your recordings. You can expect deep tight bass with no bloat yet at the same time the XTC™ is even and smooth through the mid range and treble. The XTC2™ has precise timbre and has a knack of digging out sublime details with air as light as a feather; while remaining composed and never harsh or sibilant. Each song you play you will dive deeper into the recording and immerse yourself like no other headphone I know of currently.
What's the weight and comfort?
The XTC2 Open is very light and comfortable headphone (14-16 ounces)
- as a comparison the Hifiman Arya weigh in at 404g / 14.3oz.) and extremely comfortable headband.
How is perfromance & what's the technology? while remaining light and comfortable- it's a heavy weight in performance- utilizing JM Audio patent pending JM Audio Fractal Porous Graphene Carbon™ and JM Audio Fractal Fiberglass Mesh™ both used together to open and extend the soundstage and create more depth emulating more space and air while helping create a pin point accurate stage. This technology unique to JM Audio helps us achieve an amazingly open sound unlike any we ever heard before.
- our customers get to choose the driver and the tuning of that driver- from an easy to drive and extremely fast customized JM Audio BioWool or JM Audio Custom Made Beryllium avaialble in 32ohms with a rated 114 db efficiency, or you may choose a our Beryllium 64ohm at 113.5 db efficiency or our Beryllium 300 ohm driver if you have an OTL or similar amplifier.
Ear Pad Choices ALL INCLUDED:
A real favorite of mine is the ‘Fluffy Memory Foam Angled’ for a more bassy dynamic experience with ultimate comfort- like two soft pillows on your ears. Top of the line deep cushion memory foam perforated angled premium sheepskin leather - Both of these are my personal favorite both for comfort, sound and ultimate luxury. A third set is called the perforated velour pad a dead neutral sounding ear pad. Email me email@example.com for recommendations if you are looking for personal guidance- We will help you select the correct driver, ear pads and wood styles that meet you needs or desires for sound and esthetics.
Choices for 2M Included Standard Wire
: The XTC™ open also includes beautiful 2mm braided w/36 strand 26AWG high purity OFC (Oxygen-Free Copper) cable, Litz structure which means some strands will be mixed diameters yielding best performance. Each ear cup gets a dual 3.5mm male plug for direct wiring to each ear cup driver- choose your amp end as either trs 3.5mm, trs 6.3mm, 4.4 trrs or XLR.
The Ultimate Matching:
For only $45 additional you can get a second wire plus the ultimate in internal and external matched wiring - - we hand solder your XTC™ with internal 7N occ and WBT silver solder. This option also includes our own Copperhead (the same wire we use to solder the drivers) in a 1.5m length braided wire in your choice of trs 3.5mm or trrs 4.4mm on the amp end. The 7N OCC option gives you the ultimate matched wiring inside and out. What is 7n OCC? Basically the best copper wire you can buy in terms of both sound quality and physical properties. We can use this on your XTC for internal wiring- Material: OCC 7N (99,99999%) copper- OCC (Ohno Continuous Cast) a casting process developed to help defeat annealing issues and virtually eliminate all grain boundaries in copper. It is the best of the best available and we believe we are the only headphone company offering this option.
I chose the letters XTC to be many things; first off it is phonetic "X T C" - its also a double entendre (XTC like the drug ecstasy which gives users a euphoric rush and is a central nervous stimulant which causes high levels of dopamine to be released (a brain chemical associated with pleasure.).. or the word the actual word ecstasy, meaning rapture and immense pleasure. XTC can transport intense exaltation of mind and feelings- they suggest a state of trance or near immobility produced by an overpowering emotion - for music these headphones are like all of these things like a drug but none of the harmful side effects. What do I want from my XTC? Richer timbre, wider soundstage, a clean quiet power, somewhat neutral and truthful to the source, with very little coloration to the music. I want a very proper and wide soundstage, dimensionality, and specal presentation. Toe tapping, head bopping, dancing to the music good- you know... a good time like when I was a teenager. I want it to take me back to the best times in my life and make new memories of just how good a song I have heard over and over now makes me nearly weep with emotion. Is that all? Nope, I want the XTC to make me dream of it when I sleep, long to listen to when ever I have the free time. And the XTC should not waste any of that precious time with lackluster performance. The headphone should create emotion and admiration towards whatever genre of music I listen to with it. I want a party in my head. I want my third eye to nearly open as I transport mind, body and soul to a new plain of existence. I want goose bumps, I want my neck hairs to rise up and my head to tingle. I want to know with near certainty, this is probably as good as it gets - this could be my end game headphone and probably will be satisfying me for the very near and late future. I want to know this was an investment I take immense pleasure in owning. I want a headphone I can look at and admire it's construction and know the maker wasn't some assembly line worker. I have no time to wait around on junk or almost as good products. I want it all and I want it now...
READ LATEST REVIEW HERE: https://www.head-fi.org/showcase/jmaudio-xtc-open-closed-back-audiophile-headphones.26248/reviews
JM Audio Editions specializes in headphone modifications, accessories, and in stock headphones ready to ship that come with a full warranty. Every headphone we mod or make gets tested before we put our signature logo on it- Frequency response, sound sweep, spectral flatness test, dynamic range, bass shaker, driver matching, wiring in phase, absolute phase check for all internal driver wiring.external wires, Harmonic Distortion Test, and Binaural Test - then we audition each set of headphones with 10 test songs. We ship direct from our headquarters here in New York USA worldwide. Look around and email us with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org
Returns for Re-tunings
All of JM AUDIO headphones are guaranteed to be operational and tuned to the customers preference. If any headphone is not tuned as such - the headphone can be returned for a retuning - paid by JM Audio if in the USA back to the original purchasing customer. Original owners in foreign countries can pay for shipping one way to us and we will do one re-tuning freight paid back to customer. We do offer life time re-tunings freight both ways paid by the customer and the re-tuning is fee of charge. Since all products we make are wood and wood has variations and minor imperfections can be expected. We try to avoid such issues through our inspection process and take any imperfections as character of a handmade product but realize some limitations to our inspection process and will take each case of imperfections on a case by case basis. If any headphone headband breaks within in the first year of first ownership or has to be replaced, we do so free of charge once item is shipped to us and we will pay for shipping back to the customer no matter where they are located. We do suggest using Prirateship or Shippo for the cheapest rates for UPS and USPS. Any returns for re-tunings to second parties can be arranged at the second owners expense of shipping both ways, but the re-tuning is performed at no charge. Refunds are not available on custom tuned headphones. We will strive to achieve the tuning the customer prefers and will recommend ear pads that may not have been included to satisfy further refinement to the original owners at near our cost if the customer needs extra pads or to achieve better sound or performance for comfort. We strive to make our customers happy, and each custom driver is hand selected and matched and guaranteed from defects or failure for one year where by repairs will be made free of charge with shipping sent free back to the customer. We are proud to offer re-tunings and think this is an ideal way for customers to really customize their headphones with us, and we like to know the amps dacs and wire and music types you enjoy. We also would like to know which headphones you like and dislike so we can try to match that particular tuning for your preference. If tastes change some time later, you are entitled to re-tunings free of charge for life as the original owner - shipping to and from is the responsibly of the customer however.