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post #21991 of 23556

regarding the Russian transducer - Drakkard posted these and others back in January the idea behind the suspended driver is for bass - you will see the primary magnet is for the coiled region and then there is an area that has open holes for what I can only assume is the low frequency response. His description was "Two words about the sound - driver is closed-back by itself, and gives pretty flat response without any additional damping. But the sound is closed and subject to plenty of resonances, caused by closed housing from cheap plastic."

 

..dB

post #21992 of 23556
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Originally Posted by Kabeer View Post
 

A challenger appears?


Patent WO2013020794 

 

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=WO&NR=2013020794A1&KC=A1&FT=D

http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2013020794

 

A patent published in Feb 2013 by non other than.... Sennheiser. I cant make out what the patent is actually saying, it seems to be mostly about some manufacturing method blahblah. But the second part of it is very planar-magnetic.

Oh GOD. That's definitely a planar driver.

 

Well. I don't know whether to be excited or pissed about this. On one hand, now we have another modern company making use of the once-abandoned planarmagnetic technology. On the other hand... well, it's Sennheiser. So along with that, we get their idiotic overpricing, somewhat disappointing build, and their house sound (which I personally find disgusting). 

 

We'll see.

post #21993 of 23556
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Originally Posted by Kabeer View Post
 

A challenger appears?


Patent WO2013020794 

 

http://worldwide.espacenet.com/publicationDetails/biblio?CC=WO&NR=2013020794A1&KC=A1&FT=D

http://patentscope.wipo.int/search/en/WO2013020794

 

A patent published in Feb 2013 by non other than.... Sennheiser. I cant make out what the patent is actually saying, it seems to be mostly about some manufacturing method blahblah. But the second part of it is very planar-magnetic.

Really cool find! When Sennheiser enters a field in the headphone game though, they become the incumbent.

 

The only other image in the patent:

 

post #21994 of 23556

Very nice find Kabeer, is Senn planning on entering the planar market? Have they ever done a planar phone before?

post #21995 of 23556
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Very nice find Kabeer, is Senn planning on entering the planar market? Have they ever done a planar phone before?

Planar, meaning that the driver membrane is completely flat, yes, as they've made several electrostatics over the years. Some examples are the famous HE-90/60 and the less extravagant Unipolars from the mid 80's.

 

Planar-magnetic (ie orthodynamic), no. This is quite the discovery. So much for it being a surprise.

post #21996 of 23556
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Originally Posted by takato14 View Post
 

Planar, meaning that the driver membrane is completely flat, yes, as they've made several electrostatics over the years. Some examples are the famous HE-90/60 and the less extravagant Unipolars from the mid 80's.

 

Planar-magnetic (ie orthodynamic), no. This is quite the discovery. So much for it being a surprise.

Yes, I meant planar magnetic/ortho/iso-dynamic. Senn has definitely seen the market share Audeze and Hifiman have been receiving in this respective niche of headphones. What excites me is that Senn, with their experience and budget, may unravel some great technologies through this research.

Audeze and Hifiman have brought nothing new to planar magnetic phones, except the fact they are more elaborate designs of the Fostex driver.

post #21997 of 23556

Patents aren't just about the mechanical principles, but the design look, shape or method. Perhaps they're putting a patent on using seemingly thick heavy magnet 'ribs' in that arrangement. 

Gosh just thinking about it makes my neck hurt.

 

I'll gave it a quick read and tried to translate it on the interwebz, and the patents (as far as I can tell) are relating to something called "2K Powder-Injection Moulding" entire parts including the chassis etc, AND the magnets themselves (I think) - so improve the quality of all the parts.

From a quick search on 2K moulding, it seems to create better molecular joins and is visually cleaner (none of those horrible joining seams) because the moulding process is done in two stages and completed before the 1st stage has cooled, so both stages of moulding cool at the same time.

post #21998 of 23556

Great find Kabeer!

The patent seems more about a manufacturing process (? single injection mould driver unit with both magnetic and non magnetic parts) rather than anything specific about orthos. But it does seem that Sennheiser are keeping the orthos in consideration as well as the dynamic ones.

post #21999 of 23556

--It's Here!--


 

Received the RP18 earlier today. The retarded postal service took them to the wrong house... thank God the guy that received them actually contacted me and brought them to their correct destination. That was far too close.

 

First listen... jeez. There were times that I thought you ortho freaks were crazy; now I see what all the fuss is about. Extremely impressive right out of the box, from the first listen I knew these were gonna be good. Very, very fast headphones with the absolute most precise imaging I've heard to-date. Very balanced sounding, if a tiny bit overwhelming in the lower registers. At first the bass seemed a bit boomy but adjusting the headphones seemed to fix this. Highs extend far and sparkle beautifully, without any splash or distortion. Wonderful control throughout the entire spectrum and richly detailed and textured; I'm hearing little nuances and textures in my music I've never heard before for the first time in what feels like ages. 

 

However, as expected, the earpads are pure evil. Not only are they uncomfortable as all hell, they also make the whole sonic experience very "wall-of-sound" ish. I put my AKG pads between the cups and my ears, and that seemed to fix every single thing I was concerned about, including changing them from a wall of sound into an absolute soundstage chameleon. I'll be trying some HiFiMAN pleathers and velours as well as some AKG velours, perhaps even Audez'e pads once I have that kind of money ($100 for a pair of earpads, jeez).

 

Overall, best headphones I've owned so far, and better than most of the ones I've heard. Very happy. 


Edited by takato14 - 9/4/13 at 7:51pm
post #22000 of 23556
Aha..enjoy your NAD then, now you get what we have meant before..right ? wink.gif
post #22001 of 23556
Picked these museum pieces up from the post office today. In original box with user manual and look like they have never been used. They even have the brand new smell. smily_headphones1.gif




Edited by MatsGyver - 9/5/13 at 10:33am
post #22002 of 23556
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Picked these museum pieces up from the post office today. In original box with user manual and look like they have never been used. They even have the brand new smell. smily_headphones1.gif
 

Too bad the burn-in time for these about 25 years. 

 

Seriously though, awesome find!

post #22003 of 23556
I want to go all out no-return modding it to make it sound as fantastic as my first pair, but to me It is the equivalent of making a hot-rod out of a perfect original T-Ford in mint condition. Ruining a piece of history. I have nothing against making hotrods out of old cars in bad shape and saving them from certain death, but its a shame ruining such a fine example.

I dont believe there are many Aiwas left out there that comes close to the condition this one is in.
post #22004 of 23556
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Originally Posted by MatsGyver View Post

I want to go all out no-return modding it to make it sound as fantastic as my first pair, but to me It is the equivalent of making a hot-rod out of a perfect original T-Ford in mint condition. Ruining a piece of history. I have nothing against making hotrods out of old cars in bad shape and saving them from certain death, but its a shame ruining such a fine example.

I dont believe there are many Aiwas left out there that comes close to the condition this one is in.

I have to agree with you.

If any mods are to be made on it - by all means, go knock yourself out doing so; but for the love of Moses, make sure they're reversible and document the process completely; if not for the community but for the headphone itself so that one day if it exchanges hands, it can be restored to it's former 'glory'.

post #22005 of 23556
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Originally Posted by MatsGyver View Post

Picked these museum pieces up from the post office today. In original box with user manual and look like they have never been used. They even have the brand new smell. smily_headphones1.gif



Geez, two of the rarest orthodynamics acquired within days of each other. Crazy.

 

Beautiful find, that headphone is downright sexy.

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