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post #256 of 270

Not sure if anyone addressed this already.  I just got the 225i's, and found this thread reading up on mods.  Sounded good to me, went off and got some electrical tape but then read that it leaves a crappy residue if you decided to take them off.  If you want to avoid that, like I did, try this.  I cut one length of tape that would fit all the way around with about a half inch to spare, and then a second piece that would just reach around with no extra.  Carefully place the two sticky sides facing each other, and then wrap the strip around the pad using the extra half inch to fasten.  For the most part the tacky stuff is only touching tape and not the foam.  

 

For my part I can say I hear a bit more punch with the bass.  Not a ton, but you get that slight impact a bit more.  I like it.  Great idea.

post #257 of 270

Has anyone tried gaffer tape?  It's basically a pliable duct tape with synthetic adhesive, so it holds strong, but doesn't leave any sticky residue.

post #258 of 270

heres something for you guys to think about...

 

drop down to your stationary store, pick up some clear or coloured plastic files (the very think kind of slotting in notes).

 

measure the diameter of your pad and cut a strip of plastic out of the file.

 

tape the strip of plastic around your pad, and voila~!

 

it works. i did it. no picks cos after 2 years i removed it, to see the difference in colour of my pads. i might do it again on some new pads though.. was a significant improvement on the bass.

post #259 of 270

Finally tried this mod on my Grado SR-225i headphones w/Mapletree EAR+ HD amp using plain black electrical tape one time around the circumference.

 

Pros: More bass impact. Especially noticeable with electronica, bass guitar, low piano notes, baritone voices, etc.

 

Cons: Loss of air/detail/clarity/spatial separation.

 

Overall interesting and worth giving a try, but I did not find the tradeoff to be worth it for this particular headphone. Grados are all about the top end sparkle.

post #260 of 270

I know this is an ancient thread with too much posts to back read. :) if this is a repeat post, please pardon me.

I read in one of the posts that the tape mod was not a worthy sacrifice and reverted to the inverted bowls mod despite it being uncomfortable.

 

 

I'm have an SR80i(came with comfies). i Did the reversed quarter mod on it, but was not very satisfied. I bought a pair of bowls and inverted them, very good sound but it was very itchy and unfortable. just an hour ago, i decided to ruin my comfies by fitting them around the inverted bowls. 

 

This is how they it looks now:

 

Side View

 

IMG_2039-2.jpg

 

How it sounds?   A little more punchy bass than the inverted bowls plus the comfort of the comfies :)  

post #261 of 270

^^^^^ apologies to bump an OLLLLLDDDDD thread. 

 

but the mod posted above is pure win, it should get more credit. 

post #262 of 270

wow. has it been that long? hehe.

Its amazing how tinkering you can be when you only have a Grado.

 

Here's how the SR80i looks a year after:

 

 

 

Mods:

1. blu-tak[ed] driver

2. replace back grill

3. removed front cloth

4. felt lined back chamber[from furniture footing pads]

5. Comfies glued to the pleather pads for the purpose of attaching the pads to the driver assembly

6. Monoprice headphone pleather pads.

 

Result: Tight bass, tamed highs,less forward [aggressive mids] and soundstage like you can't believe its a Grado Prestige


Edited by ragekx - 5/8/13 at 6:34pm
post #263 of 270

I'm trying a slightly different approach to the tape mob, I purchased some rubber dip coating for tool handles, I used a small brush to apply it to the edges, it has been soaking in , so I will apply a few extra coats once it has dried and see how it sounds. This is a permanent mod to the pads, but I think this is close to what Tyll was talking about. After the 1st coat they looked pretty much normal, so it's a stealth mod if it works, and since it might take multiple coats, some tuning could be done my applying just the right amount until a pretty solid seal is formed.
 

post #264 of 270

great idea!

post #265 of 270

Been listening to the modded stock pads and one unexpected benefit has been revealed, my main complaint was the comfort, the phones would directly touch a small part of my ear, just outside of the ear canal, and after a few hours it would feel raw. The modded pads are a bit stiffer from the rubber in the edge, now they don't completely compress on my ear, just sitting slightly off my ears, so no rude pressure to cause a hot spot. The bass is improved, enough that recordings have a more balanced feel with more authority in the lower registers. I have also removed the SR325i buttons on the outside screens, it seems to give a bit smoother high end with a bit less of the Grado bite, a more relaxed top end, but only just perceivable to my ears. The rubber has contracted the outer diameter of the pads, giving the outside edge a bit of a concave shape. Ill include pics to illustrate.

 

 


Edited by PredatorZ - 5/10/13 at 6:56pm
post #266 of 270

I applied one more coat, you can see some unevenness, with some foam showing through the rubber, its drying as I type this. The product cures very quickly, so wait times between testing is less than an hour. Would be sort of funny, if I used them to soon and had permanent Grado ear muffs, talk about a good seal !
 

post #267 of 270

This works really well!


Edited by xylin6 - 8/15/13 at 10:35pm
post #268 of 270
I cut up flash card paper and taped it around the bowls and it improved the bass extension. But is more convenient than the tape mod because the flash cards slip on and off. I think they are slightly more airy than just tape since the flash cards are a more porous material.

EDIT: Upon further inspection, the (small) increase in bass extension was not worth how stupid they looked. It was worth a shot. tongue.gif
Edited by ASillyUsername - 12/13/13 at 3:39pm
post #269 of 270

Just tried this mod. I do notice an increase in warmth and bass impact. Although I wouldn't really call it a basshead mod. Heck, I'm conflicted to the decision of removing them or keeping the tape on. They sound noticeably different. And I only have one pair of bowls. Decisions decisions :) 



EDIT: I actually prefer them without the mod. The bass (with the tape fully covering the circumference) can get a bit too loose for a grado. Might just try experimenting with half covered soon.


Edited by eyeheych - 3/5/14 at 4:28am
post #270 of 270
Quote:
Originally Posted by eyeheych View Post
 

Just tried this mod. I do notice an increase in warmth and bass impact. Although I wouldn't really call it a basshead mod. Heck, I'm conflicted to the decision of removing them or keeping the tape on. They sound noticeably different. And I only have one pair of bowls. Decisions decisions :) 



EDIT: I actually prefer them without the mod. The bass (with the tape fully covering the circumference) can get a bit too loose for a grado. Might just try experimenting with half covered soon.

I noticed this as well. The bass went from punchy to boomy and the overall sound did get warmer. I also noticed that some of the higher end and detail was rounded off some. I like hear the slap of the pedal on a bass drum not just the bass drum and these tend to mask that some from what I've experienced. Although I could try punching some holes through the tape to get a good mix of both.

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