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Best mod for HFI-780

post #1 of 15
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I just ordered some HFI-780's.
I heard the highs are a touch too harsh and that the sound stage is 'meh'.

What are the best recabling and modding options around that will settle the highs down and give me a little more soundstage?

I heard S2 modding and recabling were good. If so, are they the best mods for these particular phones? Would I still have that great impacting bass the 780's are known for but just a little more controlled?


Thanks!
post #2 of 15
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post #3 of 15
Just my 0.02 cents, but why are considering recabling (which arguably has the least effect, atleast against changing the amp or other things) when you haven't even listened to it?

Surely you'd rather put some hours on it to see if you like it stock, rather than recable it right away?
post #4 of 15
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Originally Posted by Planar_head View Post
Just my 0.02 cents, but why are considering recabling (which arguably has the least effect, atleast against changing the amp or other things) when you haven't even listened to it?

Surely you'd rather put some hours on it to see if you like it stock, rather than recable it right away?
I want to be prepared with knowledge first. But you're right.
Some opinions shouldn't hurt. Trust me, if they sound near perfect to me I'm not going even think about modding or recabling them.

Also I have a decent portable amp (corda 2move).
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The HFI-780 need a good 350-400 hours of burn-in. The burn-in settles and tightens the bass as well as mellows the highs a tad.

Next I had mine re-cabled by Alex of APureSound, he also removed the diode board.

I have listened to 3 re-cable jobs (S2, Vampire 22 gauge, and APureSound) and I preferred the one done by Alex.
post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
The HFI-780 need a good 350-400 hours of burn-in. The burn-in settles and tightens the bass as well as mellows the highs a tad.

Next I had mine re-cabled by Alex of APureSound, he also removed the diode board.

I have listened to 3 re-cable jobs (S2, Vampire 22 gauge, and APureSound) and I preferred the one done by Alex.
What does the diobe (circuit) board suppose to do anyways?
Why did you prefer the one done by Alex over the other ones?
Was it because the highs were smoother, mids more detailed, bass more controlled, or something else?

Thanks!
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by h1a8 View Post
What does the diobe (circuit) board suppose to do anyways?
Why did you prefer the one done by Alex over the other ones?
Was it because the highs were smoother, mids more detailed, bass more controlled, or something else?

Thanks!
HFI-780 Re-Cable Comparison: ALO, APureSound, & S2 - Head-Fi: Covering Headphones, Earphones and Portable Audio
post #9 of 15
I'm resurecting this old thread, as I think I'll be trading for a set of stock HFI 780's soon, as the opinion varies on stock ones, but people seem to love (or ignore...) the modded ones. I plan to listen, finish burn in, then start out with damping and recabling as a DIY effort. My questions:

To those who have listened to both stock, recabled, and recabled and damped (as in the ALO mods), please comment on the value of the damping mods vs. just a recable. mrarroyo and HeadphoneAddict, I know you two have exponded at great length. I'm sort of looking for something along the lines of "just recable, damping mods are negligable," or "by all means do the damping mods, the diode board and recable are nice, but not as important." What ever the actual truth is, what do you find most important?
post #10 of 15
Yea I too broke to even get them recabled even tho I perfer them stock cables. I wonder if its possble to get the connection on them change to the plug in type that the pro-750 uses with its cable.
post #11 of 15
aamefford, mine are not damped even though I have plenty of blue tack and dynamat laying around. However I do like the re-cable done by Alex of APureSound, more than any of the other re-cable jobs I have heard. I will say that the S2 re-cable at about $125 is the best bang for the buck.

Another nice mod is using the velour earpads that Beyerdynamic makes for the DT250/DT280. These will set you back under $25.00 including S&H and B&H sells them. Good luck.
post #12 of 15
Mrarroyo do they just slide on do you have to do any modding to the pads?
post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
aamefford, mine are not damped even though I have plenty of blue tack and dynamat laying around. However I do like the re-cable done by Alex of APureSound, more than any of the other re-cable jobs I have heard. I will say that the S2 re-cable at about $125 is the best bang for the buck.

Another nice mod is using the velour earpads that Beyerdynamic makes for the DT250/DT280. These will set you back under $25.00 including S&H and B&H sells them. Good luck.

Good find...how the sound change with the Beyer pads??
post #14 of 15
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Originally Posted by mrarroyo View Post
aamefford, mine are not damped even though I have plenty of blue tack and dynamat laying around. However I do like the re-cable done by Alex of APureSound, more than any of the other re-cable jobs I have heard. I will say that the S2 re-cable at about $125 is the best bang for the buck.

Another nice mod is using the velour earpads that Beyerdynamic makes for the DT250/DT280. These will set you back under $25.00 including S&H and B&H sells them. Good luck.

Good find...how the sound change with the Beyer pads??

Resurrecting this thread because I'm looking to mod my HFI-780s, too. I got the velour pads and couldn't tell much of a difference in bass, SQ, etc. They are much more comfortable now, though, and though that might not be worth $25, it is an improvement. 

 

Can dampening be done DIY fairly easily? 

post #15 of 15
Search on my user name, a couple years or so ago as I detailed what I did. It helped. Note I'm not a big fan of this headphone so much any more. There are other threads also.
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