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Amazing to see this thread still plodding along. My denons have served me so well over the last 5 years (4 of which have been with the Markl mod). They are now starting to show their age, the pads disintegrating and the paint work starting to corrode (I guess from skin oils after so much handling). They've grown on me so much I can't bear to part with them. I'm considering making myself some new ear pads and was wondering if any kind folk on here could offer some advice. I'd be buying some napa leather and proper hand stitching equipment to do it. Panel sizes, stitching techniques and fitting the plastic disc are all on my list of potential difficulties. A respray of the frame might also be on the cards if I have the time and courage. Thanks guys.
Edited by Jay_booney - 4/14/13 at 4:16am
post #782 of 790

I would recommend the JMoney leather replacement pads and if you are flush a set of MarkL wood cups.  They will take the Denon's to a new level.


See a nice review thread here for the JMoney pads: http://www.head-fi.org/t/443275/mini-review-jmoney-replacement-leather-ear-pads-for-denon-d2000-d5000-d7000

 

Mark

post #783 of 790
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Originally Posted by rx7mark View Post

I would recommend the JMoney leather replacement pads and if you are flush a set of MarkL wood cups.  They will take the Denon's to a new level.


See a nice review thread here for the JMoney pads: http://www.head-fi.org/t/443275/mini-review-jmoney-replacement-leather-ear-pads-for-denon-d2000-d5000-d7000

 

Mark


J$ went out of business, MarkL sells excellent Angle Pads which are a better quality than old JMoney anyway.

post #784 of 790

I want to get a pair of the ''quote basshead unquote'' Denon headphones I believe they are the Denon D2000 headphones that I was looking at. 

 

I really like taking things apart and seeing what they are made of, could I do this mod with those headphones I just mentioned? "To me that would almost be a selling point if I could''

 

I have Beyerdynamic DT990 600ohm Premium headphones and they are so wonderful I can not speak more highly about them, they deliver what I had expected exactly. 

 

But I do really enjoy heavy loud booming massive bass and of course I will not buy Beats:p So I think it is the closed Denon's for me for some extra nice bass. 

post #785 of 790
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I want to get a pair of the ''quote basshead unquote'' Denon headphones

Move quickly, my friend. My understanding is that they are no longer in production.

post #786 of 790
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Might just be the last person on earth doing this mod to my Denon D2000. Headphones should be latest revision, bought them last summer just before they went EOL. Anyway did the first part of damping the rear of the driver. Very happy so far. 
 
After the mod I think the sound is more detailed. Easier to distinguish specific sounds and voices. I think this also contributed to soundstage getting wider. Another thing is that highs seem less edgy. I have a few tracks were I always had to turn down the volume before the mod. Not anymore smily_headphones1.gif
 
Will continue in a few days or weeks with damping the outer part of the rear driver. And then possibly some Dynamat in the cup edges. Not sure about the last one. I like the bass and do not want less, but maybe a little tighter perhaps.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ok. Finally did the next step "damping the outer part of the rear driver".

First reaction is.... Woooaaaah! Everything... just...sounds....better!

 

Damping the cups with Dynamat is next quite possibly.

 

 


Edited by HiFiRobot - 7/30/14 at 3:01pm
post #787 of 790
Do it.........the bass won't reduce, it just tightens up.

Good job doing the mods yourself! Love these amazing headphones.
post #788 of 790

Im surprised that the dynamat reduced the edgyness of the highs. From all the things I've read, dynamat usually contributes to the harshness of the highs.

 

Would love to hear your opinion of it once you do the earcups. Are you going to be using some felt or sound absorbing foam over the dynamat to try to reduce the harshness that may result from this mod?


Edited by mkygod - 7/30/14 at 11:54pm
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In my experience with the D2000 mod, Dynamat only added harshness when it was used on the front of the driver.
post #790 of 790
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Do it.........the bass won't reduce, it just tightens up.

Good job doing the mods yourself! Love these amazing headphones.

 

Thanks. It was a bit fiddly. I decided to work slowly and not stress it. One slip with the screwdriver when securing the Dynamat could damage the paperlike material. Also it's important to put most of the pressure on the edges of Dynamat so it doesn't squeeze out all over. This was in the instructions but since it was my first time handling Dynamat I was not used to how the material would behave.

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Originally Posted by mkygod View Post
 

Im surprised that the dynamat reduced the edgyness of the highs. From all the things I've read, dynamat usually contributes to the harshness of the highs.

 

Would love to hear your opinion of it once you do the earcups. Are you going to be using some felt or sound absorbing foam over the dynamat to try to reduce the harshness that may result from this mod?

 

To bad I do not have a unmodded pair of D2000 for some A/B testing, can't always trust my sound memory =).

Will probably do the cup damping in the future. Trying to follow the Lawton instructions here http://www.lawtonaudio.com/page55.html where felt or absorbing foam is not mentioned (I think). If I want a softer sound signature with more rounded of treble I'll use some of my other headphones instead like X1 or LCD-2. The Denon is still a bit bright and more hard sounding than those headphones. But what you get in return is great details and impressive soundstage. 

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