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The Most Elite Woods Ever On Phones

It’s not your imagination, you have never seen woods of this caliber on any headphone before. We only stock rare heirloom ToneWoods with the best figure, color and grain.

What’s Your Flavor? 25+ Woods

We have over 25 woods for you to choose from and growing; we have something for everyone.

Not Just for Looks: Speaker Cabinets for Your Headphone

We take headphone housings very seriously at Lawton Audio. In fact, our latest generation Chambers are the most advanced yet; think of them as a cross between a high-tech, high-precision speaker cabinet and the body of a fine musical instrument. Our big cups throw a big sound, too!

Very Musical Instruments

Musicians: now you can listen on your phones to the same wood you like to play. Our Chambers are a highly musical addition for your Fostex; made from the world’s best ToneWoods you already know and love. And even if you don’t, our handy ToneWheel makes wood selection a snap for anyone!

3 Grades of Gorgeous

Our Chambers for Fostex are available in Instrument, Exhibition, and Museum Grades. Same great design and features, the only difference is in the wood you select for your pair.

Sold Separately Or As Part Of Your Level 2 Package

Our Chambers make a great contribution on their own, and can be professionally or self-installed. But why not get the most from your shiny new Chambers and add a pair of Angle Pads and our Tune-Up for a full Level 2. Now you’re really cookin’!



for FOSTEX / Denon / Massdrop / E-MU What’s Your Flavor? Custom Wood Chambers for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU

Choosing Your Wood: Introducing the Lawton Audio ToneWheel

To help you make the best possible selection for your Custom Chambers, we’ve created our cool new ToneWheel. Each wood species brings its own special tonal character to your Fostex.  With so many woods, we are guaranteed to have something that meets both your aesthetic and sonic desires. So how will you ever decide?

Easy! Just use our ToneWheel to quickly determine what kind of listener you are, and then choose from among those woods best suited for you. Click HERE to visit our ToneWheel.

Black Hornet Headphone Cables: Value & Performance!

The sensibly priced high-performance headphone cable that delivers full, clear and rich sound with the superb tone you can only get from the purest Japanese copper.

Supreme Comfort & Build Quality

Durable and tough yet light and flexible, for hours of comfortable listening pleasure. Our cables’ construction, build quality and workmanship are second to none.

We Re-Cable ALL Major Headphone Brands!

Not just for your Fostex, our Black Hornet is the ideal match for all your favorite phones. There is no headphone this cable won’t improve. We re-wire Grados, Audeze, Sennheiser, Hifiman, Audio-Technica and many more. Expert installation included in the price.


Mod Your Own Headphone & Save!

In addition to our professional installation service, we offer you the ability to perform Level 1 and Level 2 Mods on your own phone! In a few minutes, you can apply your own Tuning, Angle Pads, and Custom Wood Chambers. A fun project for any moderately handy person with a few common tools; plus you can save some money!

Click HERE for more info on our D.I.Y. Mod Kits:


Fostex Headphones Gallery 1 Custom Wood Chambers Gallery 1

Instrument, Exhibition, & Museum Grade Chambers For Fostex & Denon

With our latest generation Custom Chambers, we offer 3 Grades of gorgeous wood. All of our Chambers share the same design and features, the only difference is in the lovely wood you select for your pair. We provide the widest selection of supreme quality natural ToneWoods ever seen on headphones, just take a look.







Our Instrument Grade Chambers feature quality woods from billets that were specially selected for use in the making of fine musical instruments, drawn from the absolute cream of the commercially available supply.







Our Exhibition Grade Chambers are made from specially obtained private reserve stock, featuring premium figure, grain and color. The industry labels such wood “exhibition grade” for its rarity, beauty, and desirability.







Our top Museum Grade Chambers feature true heirloom woods from amazing one-of-a-kind boards. These Chambers truly epitomize and demonstrate the best qualities of that wood, with textbook grain patterns and coloration.






Custom Wood Chambers for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Custom Wood Chambers for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU

11/7/14: Check Out The Amazing New Headfonics Reviews Of Our Maxed-Out Fostex!

How did our latest, fully upgraded Fostex stand up to 11 of the top flagship headphones in the world?

“One of the most quick and lightning strike-like bass responses in a headphone... I think the Fostex TH900 as modded by Lawton, custom woodies and all, ended up being one of the most truly “Hifi” experiences all around. This is headphone art in its most raw and stunning form.“

The link on the left is a very in-depth review of our best headphone. The link on the right takes you to their shoot-out style comparison review of 12 of the premier phones on the planet, including our own maxed-out TH-900.



“The Lawton Fostex TH900 Review”                                                                           “12 Flagship Headphones Compared – The TOTL Guide”

Welcome Back Fostex & Denon Headphone Fans. We’re All-New for 2014!

Welcome to our new website, featuring our brand new line of Upgrades for Fostex Headphones (and so much more!). We’re so excited about the new Fostex TH-900 & TH-600; they are the true heirs of the now legendary old Denon line of headphones (AH-D2000/D5000/D7000) that we all loved so much. We upgraded scores of those wonderful old Denons, sold Kits and gave mod instructions to hordes of D.I.Y.-ers all over the world, inventing and innovating several new categories of headphone upgrades in the process.  

Now in 2014 we’ve raised the bar again, with our next-generation line-up of improvements for Fostex. The superb new TH-600 & TH-900 models are even better platforms for our Upgrades than ever before. But don’t despair, fans of the classic Denon series, we haven’t forgotten about you. Our latest Upgrades fit your beloved phones, too.

Attention: FOSTEX Fans, We Specialize in Upgrades for Bio-Cellulose Beauties

Never visited Lawton Audio? We know these phones like no one else. We’ve been upgrading them since 2007, with a series of innovative and acclaimed mods that enable them to be all they can be, with unmatched beauty and individuality. We make a pair of headphones FOR YOU. Enjoyment for life from a headphone you will keep.

Like you, we love these phones. We know they provide unmatched musicality plus accuracy that you just can’t find anywhere else. We have easy to install Kits for the D.I.Y.-er, and a professional installation service. We happily serve customers from all over the world.

Denon Fans: Meet Your New Favorite Headphone

If you were a past customer who loved the Denon sound and what our Authentic Upgrades brought to them, the new Fostex are for you! Plus our Upgrades are all-new and developed specifically for these majestic phones.

As we headphone fans have known for a long time, Fostex was the actual manufacturer for the classic Denon line of bio-cellulose cans which are now sadly discontinued. The world was eager for a real successor to those masterful old Denons; now Fostex have more than met that challenge with their terrific TH-600 & TH-900 units. You can see the new Fostex phones bear a striking resemblance to the old Denons, and that carries over to their familiar sound as well. The Fostex units have everything you loved and more, they are the next-generation version of your favorite phones.

Our New Upgrades Fit Your Classic Denon, Too!

Don’t despair classic Denon fans; all of our next-generation mods for Fostex also fit your trusty AH-D5000 or AH-D7000, most will fit your AH-D2000, and will have them all sounding better than ever. So shop our site, the pricing and installation you see is the same for your phones.

Attention: Musicians!

Now you can listen to the same wood you like to play. Our Custom Wood Chambers are a highly musical addition for these phones; made from your choice of over 20 of the world’s best natural ToneWoods. You know which wood produces the sound you like; now you can select your favorite flavor for your Fostex. The Fostex phones are extremely popular with musicians like you, especially those that record themselves. They find no other headphone reproduces the tone and sound of their playing as faithfully as the Fostex. The accuracy of your Fostex with the tone of your favorite guitar. Sound good?

We’ll Make You The Prettiest Headphone You’ve Ever Loved

Fostex headphone experts and specialists. We make audiophile grade headphones for the music lover. Our menu of services is below, click on them for more info.

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Black Scorpion: Our Top Cable!

You can search far and wide; there is no better headphone cable out there. Featuring Jena Labs Ultra-Wire inside, our Black Scorpion delivers the shivers up and down your spine.

Supreme Comfort & Build Quality

Durable and tough yet light and flexible, for hours of comfortable listening pleasure. Our cables’ construction, build quality and workmanship are second to none.

We Re-Cable ALL Major Headphone Brands!

Not just for your Fostex, our Black Scorpion is the ideal match for all your favorite phones. There is no headphone this cable won’t improve. We re-wire Grados, Audeze, Sennheiser, Hifiman, Audio-Technica and many more. Expert installation included in the price.


Black Scorpion Adaptors & Converters: No-Compromise. Zero Signal Loss.  

You’ve built a great system; don’t let it down with poor cabling. When it really matters, install a Black Scorpion and then just forget it! This cable disappears. Featuring the exclusive Jena Labs Ultra-Wire inside, our Black Scorpion delivers the shivers up and down your spine. The perfect partner for any top headphone system.

Durability & Build Quality for A Lifetime!

Durable and tough, we make serious adaptors and extensions that are built to last and can scale up to any system. The last adaptor or extension you’ll ever buy!  

Made Your Way Just For You

We can make any kind of adaptor or converter you need that will connect your phones to any piece of audio equipment out there. Click HERE to read more.


04/24/15: Check Out The Amazing New Headfonics Reviews Of Our Fostex TH-600!

On Our Fit & Finish and Quality:

“Mark Lawton went ahead and destroyed my reference point on what quality craftsmanship should be…again.“

“He doesn’t produce an unattractive design, pretty much everything is sublime…absolute master crafts and it hurts me deep inside to know that I can only have one set.  Truthfully, I want one for every day of the week.”

“This is Art, let’s not beat around the bush, but not only does it offer a simply breathtaking sense of appeal to the eyes, but it also offers slight customization and entertaining experience to the ears.”

“It is a sight to behold when the sun hits it just right.  That experience makes me feel so happy…and that is what Summit level audio is all about…”

“You’ll be very happy when you take your TH600 to audio meets like I have, only to be told your TH600 is more beautiful than any other headphone in the room.”

On Our Bass:

“When it boils down to it, they offer the most fun, punchy, weighted and deep reaching low end of pretty much any other popular Hifi model out there.  This is a headphone for people who feel their bass experience to always be lacking, who wish to experience an omnipresent bass nearly at all times.”

“The difference between the stock magnesium alloy and Lawton wooden cups is audible.  There is definitely a more focused feel to the entire low end of the spectrum, testing with Techmaster PEB’s Bassgasm…  resulted in more than a marginal improvement with control factor in the new wooden cups.  Lawton’s replacements feel tonally in focus and you can actually feel the difference in the low end looseness when swapping between them and the Fostex stock cups, the latter does feel shakier by a noticeable degree.“

“There is also noticeable solidity differences between using the stock magnesium alloy cups and Mr. Lawton’s woodies: I can easily hear the shakiness dissipate and focus replace it each time I swap the cups, testing with my favorite tracks really confirmed that these Shedua cups really do alter the tone for the better.”

On Our Soundstage:

“You have to respect the TH600, even though it is a semi open headphone in a technical sense, for producing such a crazy large soundstage. In turn, the vocalists and instruments carry a large feel to their physicality: Everything just sounds so huge…”

“The Lawton pads are angled and offer a better sense of depth of field and spaciousness…”

“The TH600 is really one of the most spacious, if not the most spacious closed back/semi closed headphone that I am aware of.  Everything is light, aired out and well separated.”

“The TH600 sounds much larger than Audeze’s XC and has a more well defined shape than its older cousin the Denon D7000, so you really can’t go wrong.  For the most part, it plays well with most genres, is comfortable and extremely fun to listen to.”

On Our Mods:

“I didn’t have to do much A/Bing, the difference was very obvious.”                                                                                                           

7/01/15: Tune-Up Kit for Fostex & Denon Instructions Are Up

Installing your Tune-Up Kit for your Fostex TH-600/TH-900 or Denon AH-D2000/D5000/D7000 is easy and fun, and can be completed in a matter of minutes.  Click HERE to check out the updated full instruction set for your model, with tons of pics and helpful tips.

A B C D F E A B C D F E A B C D F E Tune-Up Kit For Fostex Instructions Black Scorpion The Ultimate Headphone Cable

9/01/15: Updated Fostex & Denon Chambers and Angle Pad Installation Instructions Are Up

Installing your Custom Wood Chambers and Angle Pads for your Fostex TH-600/TH-900 or Denon AH-D2000/D5000/D7000 is easy and fun, and can be completed in a matter of minutes.  Click HERE to see Custom Wood Chambers instructions, and HERE to check out  the updated Angle Pad instructions, with tons of pics and helpful tips.

9/01/15: Customer Reviews & Feedback Section Update

Finally got around to including just a portion of the many wonderful comments and feedback we’ve received over the years from satisfied customers from all over the world. Check out the updated Reviews section to see just a sample of the voluminous positive feedback we’ve amassed, with more to come soon. I’m still sorting through 8 years of customer e-mail, I know I’ve missed many of your kind words; if you’d like to see your thoughts shared on our Review Page, please Contact Us and we’ll get your words up on the site.

Black Hornet Headphone Cable Black Scorpion Headphone Cable Black Scorpion Black Hornet Grado Audeze Hifiman & More! Black Scorpion Headphone Cable

12/10/15: The TH-X00 Is Here! New $399 Wonder Phone From Fostex / Massdrop.

Fostex has teamed up with Massdrop to introduce a brand new addition to their awesome line-up of headphones. Dubbed the TH-X00, this $399 wonder-phone is generating tremendous excitement due to the insane level of performance it packs into a very attractively priced package. This headphone represents the most affordable platform yet for our acclaimed series of Upgrades, joining the stable of phones we mod which also includes the Fostex TH-600  ($699) and TH-900 ($1299).

The TH-X00 shares the same “Biodyna” (biocellulose) driver technology as its two elder siblings, and retains the looks, construction, and most importantly, the stellar sound quality we have come to expect from the Fostex line. The best part? Some say its performance rivals that of its 2 siblings, making the TH-X00 a very compelling headphone for a wide variety of listeners.

Lawton Upgrades For Your TH-X00?  Yes!

With all the positive buzz the TH-X00 has been receiving, we’ve been getting tons of inquiries about our Upgrades for this new phone. Well– good news! All of our mods for Fostex are ready to go for your TH-X00, including our famous Tune-Up, lambskin leather Angle Pads, Custom Wood Chambers, and Cables. The construction of the TH-X00 is 100% identical to the other units, which means our Upgrades drop right in, plug and play! And yes, our Upgrades are just as effective and beneficial for the new TH-X00 as they are for the TH-600 and TH-900. We’ve been Upgrading these Fostex-made headphones since 2007, no one knows them better than Lawton Audio!   

What Is The Fostex / Massdrop TH-X00?

The folks from Massdrop worked closely with Fostex to produce this new unit exclusively for them. It is essentially a limited edition headphone (they expect about 2000 units will be made in all), that gently tweaks the same winning formula used to make the awesome TH-600 and TH-900 units, but available at a lower price point. The TH-X00 utilizes all the same build quality, parts construction and driver technology as the other Fostex units. Sonically, it bears a very strong family resemblance to the two more expensive models with a few small differences we will describe below. Basically, if you like the TH-600 or the TH-900, you will like the new TH-X00 as well.  If you are new to these phones, feel free to Contact Us, and we’ll help you select the right base model to upgrade to best match your musical and sonic tastes, and ensure you end up with the headphone of your dreams.

What’s New or Different About The TH-X00?

Although it has the same Biodyna (biocellulose) driver as the TH-600 unit, it has been voiced slightly differently from the other two Fostex units in the line. This is a subtle but appreciable change, and is best summarized by Massdrop themselves:

“With the emphasis on the low end toned down slightly from the TH600, the rich bass meets the Fostex standard without becoming bloated. The top end’s been taken down several decibels, too, neutralizing any sharp, sibilant highs and putting the emphasis on the mids. The result is an incredibly intimate sound, like being front row at a small venue…”

As you can see from the pics, the TH-X00 comes standard with stock/factory mahogany wood cups. Yes our Custom Wood Chambers will fit the TH-X00 and improve its performance.  Our big cups deliver deep full sound, big soundstage, plus the wonderful flavor and tone of your chosen wood.












The stock Pads of the TH-X00 are different from those of the TH-600/TH-900. Many people have complained about the small size of the ear holes on the TH-X00’s pads, and are replacing them with our custom leather Angle Pads.  Our most popular product, our super-comfortable Angle Pads will easily accommodate any ear, as well as improve the depth, size and scope of the soundstage.













And don’t forget our most famous mod, the one that started it all for us 8 years ago, our exclusive Tune-Up for Fostex headphones. Our most effective and affordable Upgrade, our latest generation Tune-Up features all-new and exclusive custom made materials selected to bring out the very best in your TH-X00.

All of our Upgrades (except our Cables) can be self-installed by anyone with minimal experience and basic tools you probably already own.  Check out the DIY Kit instructions under the How To tab on the main menu bar to see how easy it is to upgrade your own headphone.  Of course, you can always send them in to us for professional installation.

Where Can I Purchase The Fostex / Massdrop TH-X00?

Does Lawton Audio sell the TH-X00? No. Just as with the other Fostex units, we kindly refer you to your retailer of choice to have them shipped directly to us for Upgrades.

In the case of the TH-X00, this unit is exclusively available through Massdrop only (click HERE to go to Massdrop website). They have an unusual system there; once you sign up, you will submit your request, and when they receive enough requests they make the next batch of phones.  Rumor is the next batch may be ready sometime in February 2016, but contact Massdrop to get details, that’s all the info we have.

More Info, Helpful Video, and Reviews For The TH-X00

Jude at Head-Fi has put together a fantastic video on the Fostex / Massdrop TH-X00 which you can view HERE.


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10/01/16: Creative Labs E-MU, The Latest Platform For Our Upgrades!

Another Fostex-made premium headphone is out and making serious waves in the headphone community. Released by Creative Labs and dubbed the “E-MU”, this phone will excite fans of the classic Fostex-made Denons (AH-D2000/D5000/D7000), because its sound harkens back to those old favorites. If the Fostex units (TH-X00/TH-600/TH-900) sound like cousins of the old Denons, then the E-MU could be their long-lost brother. If you’ve ever secretly pined for an updated version of the Denons, give the E-MU a serious look and listen.

Like the TH-X00, this new model is available exclusively through Massdrop. Pricing varies a little on the E-MU, check the links below for latest info and pricing from Creative and Massdrop.

As you can see, the E-MU shares the same tried-and-true chassis and build as your other Fostex favorites, and that means all of our Upgrades just drop right in. Start with our Level 1 (Tune-Up and Angle Pads), then come back for a pair of our Custom Wood Chambers and a custom Cable.

Here’s some feedback on our Upgrades for these phones:

Learn More About Creative Labs E-MU

Creative Labs web page For E-MU –click here!

Creative Labs .pdf spec sheet for E-MU– click here!

Massdrop E-MU page– click here!

4/18/17: New Pricing On Custom Wood Chambers!

We are announcing new standard pricing on our Custom Wood Chambers. Response during our recent sale was outstanding, and we thank you! As a result, we’ve decided to introduce new lower pricing on our coveted Chambers without changing the quality or finish one bit. Now you no longer have to wait for the sale to get a great deal on a gorgeous set of woodies for your favorite phones.




        Old Price: $429.                                  Old Price: $549.                                 Old Price: $679.





CLICK HERE to browse our huge selection of

Chambers In Stock, all at our new lower prices!






Exhibition Grade

2/8/17: Check Out Our Latest Woodies In The Updated Chambers & Headphones Galleries!

No one offers a better selection of premium ToneWoods for your headphones than Lawton Audio, and we just keep on adding new species to our overflowing menu of exotic delights! Our Chambers Gallery sections have just been expanded with all-new pics of our latest creations.  Want to see them on a pair of headphones?  Great, check out our updated Headphones Galleries for the latest flavors for your Fostex or classic Denon.

Remember, our handy ToneWheel is here to make selection easy and fun. We’re always happy to help with personal one-on-one advice when you Contact Us. Click on the pics below to check out our updated Custom Wood Chambers Galleries.

Fostex Headphones Gallery 1 Custom Wood Chambers Gallery 1 --NEW-- Chambers In Stock Now! --NEW-- Custom Wood Chambers for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Custom Wood Chambers for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU

Angle Pads: Pads Matter

True headphone fans agree: pads matter. We develop headphone pads for folks who value sound and comfort alike. Our most popular product, Angle Pads have earned their reputation for outstanding fit and finish, as well as increasing listening enjoyment from your favorite phones.

No one has put more thought and innovation into the creation of a headphone pad. Our exclusive tapered design creates the ideal listening angle, presenting a big stage for a realistic “live” sound. Durable and soft lambskin leather with a plush and inviting feel, our Angle Pads are second to none.

For Fostex / Denon / E-MU / HifiMan

Angle Pads fit your Fostex TH-600/TH-900, Denon AH-D2000/D5000/D7000, Creative Labs E-MU and HifiMan headphones.

Tune-Up Your Fostex for a Full Level 1

To get the utmost from your Angle Pads, we recommend adding a Lawton Tune-Up. Together, they form our Level 1 Upgrade Package for Fostex, and provide the most improvement for least expense. Click on the links below to read more.


Angle Pads for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Fostex / Denon / E-MU Upgrade Packages

Our Most Popular & Effective Upgrade

New for 2014, we are proud to introduce our next-generation Tune-Up for Fostex / Denon / E-MU. headphones. Incorporating the latest in materials science, our Tune-Up helps you achieve the perfect level of balance, control and musicality for your TH-X00 /TH-600 / TH-900 / E-MU. Our foundation Mod, recommended for all Fostex. Start here!

Add Some Angle Pads for a Full Level 1!

To get the utmost from your Tune-Up, we recommend adding a pair of our custom lambskin leather Angle Pads. Together, they form our Level 1 Upgrade Package, and provide the most enhancement for least cost on our entire menu.

Mod Your Own Phones or Send To Us

Our Tune-Up is available as a professionally installed service or as a Mod Kit for the D.I.Y.-er. Click on the links below to read more.

Lawton Tune-Up For Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Lawton Tune-Up For Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Fostex / Denon / E-MU Upgrade Packages Hard-Wired Cable Pricing For All Headphones 3 Upgrade Levels for Your Phones Level 1 Mod Packages Level 3 Level 2

Our Upgrade Packages: 3 Bundles of Joy for Your Fostex / Denon / E-MU!

While each of our individual upgrades is very effective on its own, we have grouped our services into three handy packages that represent the best strategies for upgrading your headphone.

Level 1

Our basic mod recommended for all phones is called a Level 1. It consists of our exclusive Tune-Up procedure, plus a pair of our custom lambskin leather Angle Pads. Together, they provide the largest degree of improvement for least expense from our entire menu.

Level 2

Level 2 includes all of Level 1 plus adds a pair of our Custom Wood Chambers. Our latest generation Chambers are like high-precision speaker cabinets for your phones.

Level 3

Level 3 includes all of level 2 and adds your choice of deluxe custom headphone cable, made to your length with your desired plug at the end to connect  to any device in the world. Our Black Hornet delivers unmatched high-performance at an attractive price, while our Black Scorpion provides the best possible connection for the most demanding systems.

Options / Pricing / Info


Options / Pricing / Info


$579 (starting at) Tune-Up Angle PADS Custom Wood Chambers installed! Angle PADS Tune-Up $835 (starting at) installed! Black Scorpion Black Hornet or $199 installed! Tune-Up Fostex / Denon / E-MU Upgrade Packages Fostex / Denon / E-MU Upgrade Packages D.I.Y. Mod Kits for Fostex / Denon / TH-X00 / E-MU Black Scorpion Adaptors & Converters