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4/21/09 at 1:06am
if we take apart a spare m50 pad we can copy the pattern and make new pads. any seamstress, tailor or fashion designer can do this. once we have the dimensions we can make a pad out of anything we want. it might not be as accurately machine sewn as the originals, but it would open up a path for modding i.e. new materials for dampening, thicker padding, angled foam, non-circular pads (like square grado-types!) etc.
i have also taken apart the housing to take a look at the driver but didn't have a camera at the time so i didn't take pix. there are a couple small screws on the ear-facing side of the headphone that can be easily accessed after removing the pad. inside you will find the driver and wire placement. if i remember correctly it was a 3 wire solder and the cable was bent around a nook to ease strain on the cable. looked easy enough to re-cable imho.
i am currently selling my ath-m50s so i wont be able to continue with the exploration and possible hack, altho if there is enough interest and i haven't sold my cans yet, i might just keep them and join in on the fun. keep this thread alive for a great pair of under appreciated headphones!
I'm thinking maybe we should just MAKE the dt770 pads fit. I emailed sennheiser a while back asking for the dimensions of the hd570 and hd590 pads hoping they will fit. Its been six days and no reply. If I do get emailed back and they wont fit, I think I'll just get some beyer pads and mod from there. If anyone has either of the senneheisers PLEASE let me know.
It shouldn't be too hard to mod. Someone that has them should try it. Just try something like the phatpad mod only on the outside. I think I will, it just might be a while before I buy some.
My thoughts are something like cotton or something to that effect wrapped around the cans with no pads on, then put the pads on over the material. It's worth a try.