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Head-Direct RE1 treble mod

post #1 of 39
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I have a very favorable review of RE1 before, and I commented on the requirement of amp for this little gem to shine. Well, I just accidentally discovered another way of enjoying music on RE1.

The mod is simple: remove the mesh filter (which is glued on the nozzle) carefully. If you didn't damage the mesh you can use it again later (if you did damage the mesh, Head-Direct sells replacements with the big bi-flange bundle. Alternatively, you can just leave it as it is). Now, use a small tweezer and take the foam inside the nozzle out, and place the mesh back.


Before (right) and After (left, with out the mesh)


The foam inside the nozzle, expended.

SQ wise, you will find that the dark and warm sound is gone, replaced by a forward (especially on the vocal region) and pretty detail sound. The bass impact will be roughly the same, as is most of the lower end frequency. The overall volume is also increased, but only by a small margin. The change is best described as switching from a laid back Senn to a forward Grado of the same caliber. Another plus side is the requirement of amping is less important after the mod. Enjoy.
post #2 of 39
My one came without any foam. I can look right into the driver.

initially at the previous page, i was excited at seeing a mod having to do with re-1s haha.
post #3 of 39
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Originally Posted by ljcii View Post
My one came without any foam. I can look right into the driver.

initially at the previous page, i was excited at seeing a mod having to do with re-1s haha.
Oh? As far as I remember the other RE1 I read of also have the foam inside, could well be a revision that is unknown to me? I guess only Fang knows the answer.
post #4 of 39
i dont know when i look in, i don't have that white thing like yours.
after the black mesh, inside is empty until deep inside i can see something white i dont think tht's the foamright?
post #5 of 39
i'm not too sure about mine either... i think i got a revised version, i just got mine replaced and now have a longer cable with no extension... btw, do you need superglue to glue the mesh back on, or can you just press it back on? i really want to try this mod but i'm scared that i might damage something, 150$ are a lot for me...
post #6 of 39
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There are sticky tape on the inner side of the mesh. Provided that you did not damage the mesh when you took it off, you can just stick it back when you done (and as I said before, the mesh is also sold by Head-Direct as bundle should you choice to get some new one).
post #7 of 39
I also have the new one. I have a longer cable and extension though. But i think we should be using the same one. I really don't think there's any sponge below though.
post #8 of 39
I removed the foam from mine and I really like the detail but I do miss a little bit of the smoothness. Since I'm a grado person, I think I'm gonna leave them out

Thanks for this great mod!
post #9 of 39
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Glad that the mod helps. I am starting to wonder whether I am the only one with the older version(w/ the foam and all) :P
post #10 of 39
After listening to it for a while, I really couldn't go back to the stock phones with the foams inside.

I saw a thread where someone was asking for a Grado like IEM and someone recommended the RE1s. Originally, I didn't understand why from listening to my pair...but now I do.

It's no wonder Head-direct is now selling the RE1s without the foams. I wonder why they were there in the first place!
post #11 of 39
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Originally Posted by ClieOS View Post
I have a very favorable review of RE1 before, and I commented on the requirement of amp for this little gem to shine. Well, I just accidentally discovered another way of enjoying music on RE1.

The mod is simple: remove the mesh filter (which is glued on the nozzle) carefully. If you didn't damage the mesh you can use it again later (if you did damage the mesh, Head-Direct sells replacements with the big bi-flange bundle. Alternatively, you can just leave it as it is). Now, use a small tweezer and take the foam inside the nozzle out, and place the mesh back.


Before (right) and After (left, with out the mesh)


The foam inside the nozzle, expended.

SQ wise, you will find that the dark and warm sound is gone, replaced by a forward (especially on the vocal region) and pretty detail sound. The bass impact will be roughly the same, as is most of the lower end frequency. The overall volume is also increased, but only by a small margin. The change is best described as switching from a laid back Senn to a forward Grado of the same caliber. Another plus side is the requirement of amping is less important after the mod. Enjoy.
could this also be the reason why i found the vocals too forward initially too?
post #12 of 39
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Originally Posted by XXII View Post
It's no wonder Head-direct is now selling the RE1s without the foams. I wonder why they were there in the first place!
I do prefer pairing the foam'ed RE1 w/ amp. The no-foam RE1 with amp is a bit too forward by my taste.
post #13 of 39
Mm. Where do you think i find foam? I'm interested in how it sounds with the foam actually.
post #14 of 39
Thread Starter 
Just try different types of foam. Those really soft one that come with PC packaging seem to be a good start.
post #15 of 39
What about those that came with the packaging? the ones used to fit those extra ear tips.
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