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post #106 of 350
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Originally Posted by scompton View Post
You may want to post in the DIY forum to reach more potential recablers.
I migth do that in time, but I just checked the shipping rates from Denmark to Europe and they are insane, so ATM I better throw my money after some amplification and then I can always upgrade the cable later, rigth now I have a friend that can solder a new plug, so I guess that will have to do.
post #107 of 350
Another option is to try doing it your self, especially if you want a 1/4" plug. They're pretty easy to do.
post #108 of 350
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Originally Posted by cryptocat View Post
Hm, I thought the rattle noise was away.

Gently blew over the driver to get the dust out, couldn't find a hair on it though.

Right now as i am listening to classical music, i noticed the piano making a high, scratching kind of sound at certain frequencies, even when there is no bass involved.
=> Driver dead?
If it's making weird noises without any hairs in the way, and not just on bass frequencies, then I know of another possibility for what's wrong. Take the earpad off and try gently pressing against the driver on the outer ridged edge. The diaphragm should move in and out with virtually no resistance, but if it feels like it's dragging on something then there's a possibility the nickel plating is flaking off the magnet internally.
post #109 of 350
hi, i've been using my K400 for a few months. I would to know what amp (portable preferred, but full size amp doesnt matter) that can drive the K400 properly..can anyone give suggest?
post #110 of 350
anyone?
post #111 of 350
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Originally Posted by kosslover View Post
hi, i've been using my K400 for a few months. I would to know what amp (portable preferred, but full size amp doesnt matter) that can drive the K400 properly..can anyone give suggest?
I didn't find the k400 difficult drive. It doesn't need as much power as its bigger open akg brothers. I preferred a solid state amp, though, because with tubes the already significant soundstage got outrageously huge. I used the k400 with a Graham Slee Solo and a Graham Slee Voyager. Both did very well with the k400, but they aren't the cheapest options out there. I imagine both GS amps brought considerably more power than the k400 needed.
post #112 of 350
Sorry for writing to this old thread, but I guess it's better than creating a new one.
I recently bought K400 on German Ebay after reading this thread They cost me $65 shipped and were in like-new condition. I must say I ABSOLUTELY love the sound. Seriously. I don't have much experience with full-size open headphones and now I can't go back to my closed cans, because when I do I really miss the soundstage and airiness of the AKGs.
I have just one problem and that's comfort or rather lack of it. I have larger than average ears plus they stand out a bit and when I have the headphones on, the tips of my ears are very slightly touching the driver covers - these are metal mesh so it can get very uncomfortable really fast. Some guys here recommended to switch the original pads for those from K601 (or maybe K701) - is there any chance that these are a bit thicker? I just need ~3mm to keep my ears from touching the covers. Or is there anything else I can do?
Thanks a lot for your help/suggestions.
post #113 of 350
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Originally Posted by koshman View Post
Sorry for writing to this old thread, but I guess it's better than creating a new one.
I recently bought K400 on German Ebay after reading this thread They cost me $65 shipped and were in like-new condition. I must say I ABSOLUTELY love the sound. Seriously. I don't have much experience with full-size open headphones and now I can't go back to my closed cans, because when I do I really miss the soundstage and airiness of the AKGs.
I have just one problem and that's comfort or rather lack of it. I have larger than average ears plus they stand out a bit and when I have the headphones on, the tips of my ears are very slightly touching the driver covers - these are metal mesh so it can get very uncomfortable really fast. Some guys here recommended to switch the original pads for those from K601 (or maybe K701) - is there any chance that these are a bit thicker? I just need ~3mm to keep my ears from touching the covers. Or is there anything else I can do?
Thanks a lot for your help/suggestions.
When I had the K-400, my ears were also touching the driver, but it didn't bother me.
The K601 earpads are not that much thicker, unless your pads are worn out and therefore a bit flat.
post #114 of 350
Thanks for your input, Tiemen.
I don't think the pads I currently have are flattened, because they seem rather stiff (I think the previous owner had them stuffed in a drawer for the past few years).
So it seems it is normal for one's ears to touch the drivers. It's possible that I'm just too sensitive to this. It's funny - I don't mind headband clamping force (HD280Pro) or supraaurals sitting on my ears (Alessandros), but my earlobe barely touching the driver is making me crazy
Well, I will have to endure, the sound is worth it
post #115 of 350
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Originally Posted by koshman View Post
Thanks for your input, Tiemen.
I don't think the pads I currently have are flattened, because they seem rather stiff (I think the previous owner had them stuffed in a drawer for the past few years).
So it seems it is normal for one's ears to touch the drivers. It's possible that I'm just too sensitive to this. It's funny - I don't mind headband clamping force (HD280Pro) or supraaurals sitting on my ears (Alessandros), but my earlobe barely touching the driver is making me crazy
Well, I will have to endure, the sound is worth it
Now that's what I can't stand: headband clamping and supra aural earpads
post #116 of 350
Tiemen, I have been looking for a pair of K601 pads. Do you know of somewhere that still sells them?
post #117 of 350
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Originally Posted by mr.khali View Post
Tiemen, I have been looking for a pair of K601 pads. Do you know of somewhere that still sells them?
I can only think of a AKG dealer in your area, since even HeadRoom don't sell them anymore.
Or a used one here on Head-fi.
For some odd reason, they are hard to obtain.
post #118 of 350
Think I've got a pair of LP k400's as they've got the leather headband. They came with little plastic filter like things placed above the driver, seeing as not many people seem to have them I wanted to see if there was any difference with them off.

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7517/img0339o.jpg

The little material fell out and hit the floor it broke a bit and now literally just disintegrates in my fingers its so soft almost like ash.

Should I look to get some k601 pads and foams? The pads are relatively comfy but I think the velour's will be even more so as well as the other benefits.
post #119 of 350
Here's the service manual for the K400 - K501. It doesn't show any part that looks like your picture, especially over the driver. The grill over the driver in my K401 and K500 looks exactly like part number 7. It's the only part directly between your ear and the driver.
post #120 of 350
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Originally Posted by j.har1bo View Post
Think I've got a pair of LP k400's as they've got the leather headband. They came with little plastic filter like things placed above the driver, seeing as not many people seem to have them I wanted to see if there was any difference with them off.

http://img59.imageshack.us/img59/7517/img0339o.jpg

The little material fell out and hit the floor it broke a bit and now literally just disintegrates in my fingers its so soft almost like ash.

Should I look to get some k601 pads and foams? The pads are relatively comfy but I think the velour's will be even more so as well as the other benefits.
Those little plastic things don't alter the sound that much.
But K601 earpads with K601 foam pads will give a more fullbodied sound.
I think this combination is hard to beat. It took me while to found the same appealing sound (with the MB Quart QP90).


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Originally Posted by scompton View Post
Here's the service manual for the K400 - K501. It doesn't show any part that looks like your picture, especially over the driver. The grill over the driver in my K401 and K500 looks exactly like part number 7. It's the only part directly between your ear and the driver.
I also found those parts on a late production K400.
A early productions didn't have them, so therefore they may not be in the service manual.
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