The Talos is a closed, planar magnetic headphone derived from the Fostex T50RP MK3. Its tuning is the culmination of our personal quest to find a balance between the energetic enjoyability of more colored tunings, and the generalist utility of more neutral designs, with bass and treble mildly accentuated to bring the music to life without overshadowing the midrange.
Ergonomics have received no less attention than tonality, and the Talos sees the stock T50RP upgraded with a suspension strap to ensure consistent, comfortable weight distribution, and a pair of hybrid pads combining the merits of leather and velour designs.
Every Talos is hand-modified to our exacting quality control standards in the USA.
|Dimensions||7.5 x 7.75 x 4 in|
Maximum input power: 3000mW
Weight: 385g (without cable).
Warranty: 1 year parts and labor.
Q: Does the Talos require an amplifier?
A: Though the Talos has a low (and uniform) impedance, it is also a fairly inefficient headphone. We recommend that users pair the Talos with a capable headphone amplifier, ideally capable of 3Vrms or more into 50 ohms.
Q: The headband adjustment seems too loose/too tight. How can I adjust it?
A: Two large screws hold the slider, headband, and suspension strap assemblies together, one on each side of the headphone. Turning these screws clockwise will tighten the sliders, while counterclockwise will loosen them.
Q: Will the Talos leak sound and make my music audible to those around me?
A: The Talos is a mostly internally sealed design, but it does leak a small amount when played at very high volumes – enough that someone next to you could hear that you’re listening to music. For more moderate volumes, or when you aren’t right next to others, your music should be audible to you alone.
Q: Can I swap the pads on my Talos for a different set?
A: Yes, but we make no guarantees about how it will sound. The Talos is tuned for the pads it ships with, and changing the pads can have a significant impact on the sound. If you need to replace your pads, Brainwavz HM5 Hybrids (the stock pads) are available from our store as well as other retailers.
Q: Can I send in my own T50RP MK3 for a discount on the Talos?
A: Yes, provided that your unit is in stock configuration and good condition, we will mod your T50RP MK3 into a Talos with a $75 price reduction. Supplying a pair of new HM5 Hybrid pads will reduce the price of the mod by $10. All shipping is at the user’s expense, and we will not accept component substitutions (T20RP MK3s or T50RP MK2s in place of T50RP MK3s, HM5 Velour or HM5 Pleather pads in place of HM5 Hybrids, etc).
Q: What is your return policy?
A: Undamaged units can be returned for a refund within 45 days with a 20% restocking fee, buyer pays return shipping.
“I do sincerely believe that Cascadia Audio charges too little for this headphone considering its sound quality and how well they have tuned it to compensate for some of the less pleasing characteristics of the T50RP.” – Amar, Verum Sonus
“The Cascadia Audio Talos is really good value for money at $250. The tuning is unique to my ears for a T50RP and frankly among just about any modern planar out there today.” – MarcusD, Headfonics
“[A]an extremely capable V-shaped headphone” – Aaron, Resonance Reviews