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What is this mod you're speaking of please? 

Im intrigued :)

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Originally Posted by Paul Graham View Post

What is this mod you're speaking of please? 

Im intrigued :)

 

The "Tape Mod" = covering the bass adjustment hole w/tape (supposedly) does beneficial things to the SQ, i.e. reduces the mid-bass bloat and smooths out  perks-up the mids and highs.

 

Edit: Better now Lee?  lol


Edited by burtomr - 3/10/13 at 9:01am
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I think insulating tape might leave a residue depending on the quality of the tape.

 

Any tape residue is easily removed with rubbing alcohol or 'Goo Gone' or even olive oil. Just stay away from solvents that may eat plastic (IE-8). The trim panel on IE-80's is stainless steel and will not be damaged by any tape or solvents short of paint remover.

post #7864 of 8020
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I just cover the bass ports with a tiny square of transparent tape. I think insulating tape might leave a residue depending on the quality of the tape. I tried covering the whole faceplate, but I found the tape edges to be uncomfortable if they touched my ears.

 

I've done this and used the black insulating tape. It's a cheap one so I'll have to see how it goes. I cut the tap into a triangle of sorts such that two sides of it are flush against the sides of the IE8 and just far enough to cover the bass ports. Hope I'm not going to disturb the bass ports anytime soon!

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The "Tape Mod" = covering the bass adjustment hole w/tape (supposedly) does beneficial things to the SQ, i.e. reduces the mid-bass bloat and smooths out the mids and highs.


I don't find it to smooth out the mids and highs lol. It actually increases the mids/vocals significantly and makes the treble more upfront and aggressive. It does quite the opposite of smoothing them out :).

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I don't find it to smooth out the mids and highs lol. It actually increases the mids/vocals significantly and makes the treble more upfront and aggressive. It does quite the opposite of smoothing them out :).

 

I'll have a listen tomorrow on the way to work. Will see how it goes! Hope the mod was worth it!

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My preliminary thoughts on the mod. Mid bass is severely diminished but I also feel it's bass quality has been lost where some of the bass on tracks now sound hollow. If you dont EQ the IE8s prior then the treble is much better. But if like me, you already EQ it up, then I'm not reducing my treble EQ.

Takes some getting used to. Sure there is slightly more detail. But. The bass still irks me a little. That and I'm not sure if closing up the vent messes with the drivers in the long run
post #7868 of 8020
That said all my jazz stuff with Brian Culbertson sounds awesome!
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:P. Thing is once you get fully accustomed to the sound and go back to stock they just sound awful lol.
 

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Two things: first, I spent a bit of time today trying various tips for my IE8 (Monster hybrids, Sony hybrids, small silicone bi-flange that I think came with the IE8, and Comply T-500), and I keep coming back to the Comply. They just seem to have the best mix of bass response, isolation, clarity, and comfort of all the ones I've tried. I saw the recommendation for the Hifiman RE series bi-flanges, and I might give those a go too. Naturally, I'm  open to any other thoughts anybody has! (I have a set of custom tips I had made for them, but they were uncomfortable and difficult to get in and out, so I haven't used them in a while).

 

Second, I just saw the reference to the 'tape mod' and tried it out, and WOW-- it really does make the bass SIGNIFICANTLY less overblown and wooly!! I've only been listening for a few minutes, so we'll see how it works in the long term, but so far, I'm very impressed!! Major kudos to whoever figured this out!!! :)

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Two things: first, I spent a bit of time today trying various tips for my IE8 (Monster hybrids, Sony hybrids, small silicone bi-flange that I think came with the IE8, and Comply T-500), and I keep coming back to the Comply. They just seem to have the best mix of bass response, isolation, clarity, and comfort of all the ones I've tried. I saw the recommendation for the Hifiman RE series bi-flanges, and I might give those a go too. Naturally, I'm  open to any other thoughts anybody has! (I have a set of custom tips I had made for them, but they were uncomfortable and difficult to get in and out, so I haven't used them in a while).

 

Second, I just saw the reference to the 'tape mod' and tried it out, and WOW-- it really does make the bass SIGNIFICANTLY less overblown and wooly!! I've only been listening for a few minutes, so we'll see how it works in the long term, but so far, I'm very impressed!! Major kudos to whoever figured this out!!! :)

U Can Say Thanks to Russian Guys.... Hahaha.. 

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In that case...

 

THANKS TO YOU, RUSSIAN GUYS!!!!! ksc75smile.gif

 

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Who here is crazy enough to punch holes in the IE's back plate to covert it to a semi-open iem? ME! I put 3 holes per IEM.

 

Initial impressions : EPIC. The sound stage is a lot massive and improved the treble and holographic-ness of the sound. Sounds like an open can but still blocks outside noise unlike open cans.

 

Other observations :

- I though the hole would make its bass bloated like maxing out the bass port. Apparently, it doesn't. Even with holes, the bass port still controls the bass. Which is a good thing!

- Bass didn't reduce, but sounds much more deep. (probably attenuated some of the excess mid bass?)

 

 

Worth a try if you are fine having reduced outside-world isolation. As for me, I never really liked closed headphones and this mod has made me use the IE8s again instead of open cans at home!

 

pictures to follow. it doesn't look pretty though.


Edited by mykeldg - 3/15/13 at 7:06am
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pictures to follow. it doesn't look pretty though.

 

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Originally Posted by mykeldg View Post

Who here is crazy enough to punch holes in the IE's back plate to covert it to a semi-open iem? ME! I put 3 holes per IEM.

 

Initial impressions : EPIC. The sound stage is a lot massive and improved the treble and holographic-ness of the sound. Sounds like an open can but still blocks outside noise unlike open cans.

 

Other observations :

- I though the hole would make its bass bloated like maxing out the bass port. Apparently, it doesn't. Even with holes, the bass port still controls the bass. Which is a good thing!

- Bass didn't reduce, but sounds much more deep. (probably attenuated some of the excess mid bass?)

 

 

Worth a try if you are fine having reduced outside-world isolation. As for me, I never really liked closed headphones and this mod has made me use the IE8s again instead of open cans at home!

 

pictures to follow. it doesn't look pretty though.

 

You sound like a fun guy to drink with. biggrin.gif

 

Keep us posted man ;)

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