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Thanks!

I re-used the original strain relief (rubber and metal bits) and the cable is something I found in a drawer and is of unknown origin. It is roughly the same length as a stock HD-650 cable and has a 3.5mm stereo plug at one end (with a screw thread for an adapter) and it used to terminate in two 3.5mm mono plugs at the other ends, which I cut off. It also has a nice plastic block just under chin level to prevent the wires from separating further... It's made of pretty substantial copper and looks like it was made for the job!

 

Sounds like an old Senn HD2xx cable. 

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Gonna ask again, anyone here have a Sansui SS-100 they'd be willing to part with?

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Nothin' new 'bout this headphone, but I tought I'd show you a vivisection of the Leak3000 anyway. Bought from Mr Steptoe in UK, might have passed the hands of Kabeer (?) or someone else who opened it and removed the cardboard between felt and driver. Modification will commence this weekend.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

post #21439 of 23669

Third from the top is kinda how you'd expect a headphone labeled Leak to look.

post #21440 of 23669

Ortho transplant challenge!

 

I'd like to see someone have a go at these......atsmile.gif

 

 

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just finished re-recabling the SFI ES7, now it is more correct-sounding than the one i did before, it seems that i need to remove the silver coating from SPC cables first before i start soldering them to the drivers and jack.

 

no damping, it basically sounds like an ath-2, which is what i expect. and for some reason, most materials that i tried leads to one thing, bass become very thin and too much upper treble? not sure, its the part where the hi-hat goes in some rock or pop songs. i even tried to use those accoustic foam without cotton material and it only shows the same result. i thought that the accoustic foam are obstructing the vents i made on the driver-side baffle and cups, so i tried cutting the foam to let air move to those holes, and it sounds the same, sadly.

 

i ended up using a layer of the arctic cotton that is not teased and bass is still boomy but not as worse on my description above which is very bass-light, and added another layer and it sounds about correct now, no more boominess, vocals are clear. the problem now is that the hi-hat from some rock or pop songs i still too loud, although it is tolerable, the sound is crisp and clear, similar to the HE5-LE that i have owned but without the "too loud" part. i want to make it tone down abit more, i also want to make the bass give abit more body and impact, bass boost from my E12 is not working at all in that headphone, haha! maybe i will change one layer of arctic cotton to another material to achieve it.

 

ill post pics after i finish damping it. might as well make the mirror-like cups have a brushed finish, but still thinking of a better way to make them "brushed" equally. dont want to make another mistake doing brushed finishes by scratching the back with a sandpaper like a hungry, ravaging bear at the back of my ipod touch.

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Originally Posted by dogwan View Post

Ortho transplant challenge!

 

I'd like to see someone have a go at these......atsmile.gif

 

 


Sorry, can't help out there because my spare drivers are ready to roll with sauve class in these shells. I like to keep my music HOT.

 

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Edited by nick n - 4/11/13 at 1:34am
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Great, MDR30! I recently bought a set of these too (mine are Wharfedale, but the same.)

"Cardboard between Felt and driver"? Do I dare investigate?

Does removing it improve things? 

I usually trust the designers. certainly the guys who designed the originals (ID1s) got it right I think.

Even IF the white case is a bit 70s!!

After years of using the original Isos (Wharfedale) I thought I'd try the round versions!

Will look with interest at your amendments!

 

I like the sounds from the ID2s. Haven't done a side-by-side comparison yet with the ID1s. 

Not directly comparable as 1s are OVER ear, 2s are ON ear.

But the 2s are much more efficient than he 1s. Can even use moderately via iPod.

Certainly via Matrix amp.

The 1s I have to take from speaker outlets on Hafler DH100, using Matrix as Pre-amp.

post #21444 of 23669
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Originally Posted by Ocellia View Post

Great, MDR30! I recently bought a set of these too (mine are Wharfedale, but the same.)

"Cardboard between Felt and driver"? Do I dare investigate?

Does removing it improve things? 

 

Well, I may have bee a bit hasty with that cardboard assumption. As a matter of fact there were only traces of paper with adhesive on the drivers, so that may have been it as far as I'm concerned.

 

 

The sound of the Leak3000 was a bit closed-in when I got them, so I'm aiming for some clarity, punch and air. We'll see if any of that is attainable.

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This thread's been dormant for too long. Waiting for these to arrive:

 


Edited by MDR30 - 4/15/13 at 1:37pm
post #21446 of 23669
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post

This thread's been dormant for too long. Waiting for these to arrive:

 


Good heavens, where on earth did you find those beauties?

post #21447 of 23669
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Good heavens, where on earth did you find those beauties?

Oh, just a man selling a pair of old headphones on a web hifi market. He said "they have large membranes and sound good".

The model number ASE50 excited my little grey cells, after having spent too much time on wikiphonia.
post #21448 of 23669
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post


Oh, just a man selling a pair of old headphones on a web hifi market. He said "they have large membranes and sound good".

The model number ASE50 excited my little grey cells, after having spent too much time on wikiphonia.


Congrats!

post #21449 of 23669
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Originally Posted by MDR30 View Post


Oh, just a man selling a pair of old headphones on a web hifi market. He said "they have large membranes and sound good".

The model number ASE50 excited my little grey cells, after having spent too much time on wikiphonia.

 

Good Catch!

 

Not exactly great ad copy there, so we will await your initial review eagerly.

post #21450 of 23669

MDR30, when you receive them, you know where to post pictures of it *hint hint* wink.gif

 

 

In the midst of exam studying, I came to revisit a transplant mod since these makeup pads just arrived in the mail. Thanks!!

I swear this headphone is MADE for makeup pads of all sorts. Those types of round pads are the perfect size to fit in the cups!

(for those that do not know, the innards are a pair of Yamaha HP-2 drivers)

 

The old setup was craft felt (that does just about nothing to sound--it's just there for the color), arctic bamboo, and the foam from inside the original HP-2.

The triple stack when compressed is actually thinner than the makeup pad. Which means when I close the headphones up, the makeup pad is slightly in compression. This should change the way they affect and alter sound.

 

And voila!

If we assume minimal should alteration due to the open cell foam and the craft foam, we can say it's comparing arctic bamboo to the makeup pad.

In a nutshell, the way these headphones sounded before was simply rolled off sub-bass, plenty of slightly flabby midbass, decent amount of mids that are affected by the midbass blur, and heavy treble roll off. Also to note there's probably one small dip in the midrange vocal register.

 

Changing to the makeup pads, there is now sub bass! mid bass is less, but tighter, mids did feel like they got recessed a slight bit but no more notable dip. And treble is back!! Clarity as well.

Noteworthy to also say that due to these changes, instrument separation and sound stage have been improved from the fun but messy jam they were in.

 

So although makeup pads aren't a totally foreign object in modding, they seem to do very well in open back situations too. I may need to experiment with thinner layers (cutting them down, somehow) to play with the intensity of changes, but even as it is right now they're a good step up.

 

And, lastly... seriously, these would make excellent material for earpads fillers.

 

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