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post #241 of 295

You Should Try The Amp in Your M24...

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Originally Posted by cobra_verde View Post
3) On my big rig, my Sennheiser 580s sound mighty good. I have a cd transport + Monarchy DAC 24 that comes through astoundingly on my modest Perreux SXH1 headphone amp. The amazing thing is that with my Hornet and Denons, I am just as happy.

4) My next step is to use my Denons in my big rig, and then after that upgrade the amp to: Ray Samuels HR-2 or XP-7 or possibly the Rudistor RPX-33.
You should try the Line Stage amp of your M24 with your Senns and Denons - you may not need to upgrade your amp after all. Its pretty amazing.
post #242 of 295
Hi Markl, did you use the wedge pak xtreme kit or the speaker kit?
cheers
post #243 of 295
Has anyone been able to compare the modded denons to the ad2000 or w5000 yet? Curious to know how they fare against each
other. thanx
post #244 of 295
Well, I'm 90% of the way through the mod. I would be 100%, but I realized that I didn't adjust the white ring on one of my earpads before taping, so I had to start that over. D'oh!

For those who are considering the mod, here's a couple of tips... (feel free to critique, Markl!)

1. Use an exacto knife to cut the strips of Dynamat with the exception of the circular shaped piece, which should be done with scissors as they "curve" much better.
2. Don't rush on the cotton stuffing. Be selective about the pieces of cotton that you put in. Make sure that you pull apart the cotton ball so that you get a continuous run of cotton; avoid "loops", bunching or gaps in the cotton as these will make it harder to keep everything stuffed in correctly. Use pieces that are about 3" long; shorter than this and the stuffed mass will start to fall apart, longer than this and you will get a "push one side in and the other pops out" effect. Knead over and over. This was by far the longest process for me, much longer than the relatively easy damping.
3. Use a tape measure to make sure that the "depth" of the cotton that you have stuffed is uniform around the circumference. I made mine about 1.6 cm deep.
4. I found that 1" strips of electrical tape worked better than 3/4", but this may be due to me stuffing more than Markl. Whatever you do, don't make them too long or your stuffing won't stay put.
5. As Markl stated in his instructions, MAKE SURE TO ADJUST THE WHITE RING BEFORE TAPING!!!

I should have these finished within a day or two depending on how busy I am. I'll report back with impressions.
post #245 of 295
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Hi earwicker7,
At this point I've abandoned the tape altogether. If you get a plastic cup with a 3 inch diameter at the top, cut off a thin circlular piece off the top and center it in the inside of the ear pad, that will hold in the cotton better without having to use tape. There are pics in here somewhere

Also, did you do the "taper mod" with the pads (more stuffing in rear, less in front to cause the drivers to angle slightly like the R10s)? An even stuffing still sounds vastly superior to stock, but I find the tapered pads to be best overall.


Let us know how it goes!


(P.S. Still encouraging people NOT to attempt this mod until I have it settled. At this point, it's likely to be another month before I can complete this project. I will post another thread when finished with all the phones and all the aftermarket cables. Stay tuned!)
post #246 of 295
I'm not using the taper mod. Who knows, maybe I'll eventually take them back apart and try it, but right now I'm trying to keep it simple.
post #247 of 295
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The Denon mates with the Yamamoto very well and the music it produces is very enjoyable. I'm trialling some triodes in my source that emphasise midrange at the moment and I do like it a lot - nice soundstage, lush mids though not as powerful a bass as my Extreme Platinum.
on the yamamoto thread, people have issues regarding volume imbalance and humming. do you have these issues, with the denon powered by the yamamoto?
post #248 of 295
I find my D5000/Yamamoto a perfect combo !
post #249 of 295
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At this point, it's likely to be another month before I can complete this project.
A month? Gah! I'm going to have to start experimenting myself!
post #250 of 295
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I find my D5000/Yamamoto a perfect combo !
guess have to order one and try it out for myself. thanks
post #251 of 295
Earlier in this thread someone asked if the driver for the D5000 was the same as the D2000, has anyone determined if they are or not?

Also, I'm thinking about cabling my D2000 with the cable from a D5000, does anyone have an extra D5000 cable I can buy off them?
post #252 of 295
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Earlier in this thread someone asked if the driver for the D5000 was the same as the D2000, has anyone determined if they are or not?

Also, I'm thinking about cabling my D2000 with the cable from a D5000, does anyone have an extra D5000 cable I can buy off them?
driver is the same
post #253 of 295
Driver is the same but the way they are implemented in the housing is quite different. Also, the internal materials are different.

I might finally be starting to agree with Markl that the D5000 could benefit from a little bit of dampening, but by no means do I think it is as bad as he makes it out to be. The extra foam in the pads make the cans less comfortable and detract from the intimate sound, imo.

Markl,
Perhaps your source is contributing to the overwhelming bass. I stopped using the DAC in my Opera because it doesn't sound as controlled and spatious as the analog outs from my Juli@. The tonality is virtually identical, except for the slight bass/midbass hump on the Opera. Also, I've found that my new ICs and Power Cord (as well as conditioner) greatly enhance bass clarity and eliminate any bloat.
post #254 of 295
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Driver is the same but the way they are implemented in the housing is quite different. Also, the internal materials are different.
So if I were to try to mod my D2k to add wood, would I run into a lot of trouble? (custom wood if needed)
post #255 of 295
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So if I were to try to mod my D2k to add wood, would I run into a lot of trouble? (custom wood if needed)
Done that, the woodied D2000 will be fully assembled tomorrow.
Recabled them with D5000 cable sourced from markl (thanks), shortened to 1.5m and re-terminated with proper Neutrik plug.

Pics will be available, I'm thinking to open a separate thread very soon.

In short, you need a hard wood, soft wood (houn pine etc.) would be impossible to work with, there is a very narrow and rather tall lip to turn. Definitely not a job for beginner wood turner.
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