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post #1621 of 1657
Originally Posted by atomicthumbs View Post

Rebranded Elega DR-232CHs, freshly identified.

These should have two identical drivers on each side, but with different damping schemes, one for treble emphasis, one for bass.... although in reality it's probably more like treble/mids and the other mids/mid-bass. 

Not a bad idea in theory.... IIRC my German OEM version of this under the brand 'Palladium' was half decent sounding.... but not enough resolution or FR extension on both ends... which is kind of ironic given the whole point of the two-way design.

post #1622 of 1657
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Originally Posted by harrinj View Post
 

It looks like you replaced the cord on your Pioneer SE-700. Did yours have shorts all over in it as well? I have to keep twisting mine in certain spots to get the sound back in one or the other ear or one goes half volume etc and not move at all, it is very irritating but they are so wonderful sounding once working normal. 

 

sorry for the late reply. yeah, it was. it was very irritating, I thought I got some bad driver on se700 but it turned out the problem was in cable. I think a lot of se700s got this problem...and yes, the phone have really wonderful sound, hard to drive though

 

and since the original pad already in really bad condition, and I was thinking to change it to over the ear pad so it could be more comfortable.so I did, and it doesn't disappoint  

post #1623 of 1657

I've been looking for information about these headphones for a while now, and someone pushed me in the direction of this thread. Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

They were used by the members of ABBA in the music video for 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!", I have some screen-caps for reference.

 

http://imgur.com/gallery/DHLUZ/

 

Myself and others have noticed features similar to old Pioneers, but that seems to be a dead end.

post #1624 of 1657
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Originally Posted by OldCansSeeker View Post
 

I've been looking for information about these headphones for a while now, and someone pushed me in the direction of this thread. Any help is greatly appreciated.

 

They were used by the members of ABBA in the music video for 'Gimme! Gimme! Gimme!", I have some screen-caps for reference.

 

http://imgur.com/gallery/DHLUZ/

 

Myself and others have noticed features similar to old Pioneers, but that seems to be a dead end.

These are Hitachi / Lo-D HD-90's.

 

http://20cheaddatebase.web.fc2.com/LOD/HD-90.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/hitachi_hifi_headphone_hd_90.html

• http://antiqueheadphones.blog11.fc2.com/blog-entry-15.html

 

Come on... give us a challenge, that was easy :D

post #1625 of 1657

Wow, that's amazing. Thanks a lot. "The search is over" haha.

post #1626 of 1657
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

These are Hitachi / Lo-D HD-90's.

 

http://20cheaddatebase.web.fc2.com/LOD/HD-90.html

http://www.radiomuseum.org/r/hitachi_hifi_headphone_hd_90.html

• http://antiqueheadphones.blog11.fc2.com/blog-entry-15.html

 

Come on... give us a challenge, that was easy :D

 

Wow, that's amazing. Thanks a lot. "The search is over" haha.

post #1627 of 1657

Have any of you come across these (1973-ish Telefunken th 500)?

 

post #1628 of 1657
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Originally Posted by CJG888 View Post
 

Have any of you come across these (1973-ish Telefunken th 500)?

No, but I think I once tried the TH 200.

Kind of an interesting headphone. Had a massive bass response.

post #1629 of 1657
Well, these certainly aren't bass heavy. But then they haven't been used since the mid-80s, and are currently hooked up via an ancient Sennheiser DIN-1/4" jack adapter...

I tried them with various sources (mostly HD downloads) out of an Audio-gd SA-31 and a lowly Little Dot Mk. III (Voskhods on the input, stock output tubes). They sounded much happier on the cheap OTL amp, but then they have 400 Ohm drivers!

So far, they have a good, clear and detailed midrange, but quite a recessed bass, together with a narrow soundstage. They remind me a little of the DT-48s (but without the last ounce of clarity). They are also quite inefficient.

The pads don't seem to be the problem (the sound signature doesn't change noticeably when they are squeezed against the ears). This is just as well, as there appears to be no way of replacing them without destroying the cups...

Next, I will replace the ancient Hirschmann DIN plug with a modern Neutrik 1/4" jack and see what happens. If I can find a way of non-destructively opening the cups, I will bypass the volume controls!
post #1630 of 1657

Sorry for the late reply, I just got the same headphones at a Thrift Store.. (for $5) and the pads are completely gone.. you mention you got a set of new pads from a store, do you remember the web page and the model of the headphone replacement pads you got for this? thank you very much for your help

post #1631 of 1657

Alright since Fostex won't ******* listen to its consumer base and release a successor to the 1970's T50 already:

 

 

 

I did it myself. 

 

Cups and drivers are from my NAD RP18 mylar, a Fostex T50 rebadge. Headband and earpads are from a TH500RP. 

 

Fostex, I literally just slapped the TH500RP pads onto the RP18 and it sounds incredible. I didn't even have to touch the driver damping or take the stock pads off. 

 

Here are some measurements if you don't believe me.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5kHz null is actually a small peak, but the ringing around 4-6kHz is "ortho wall" ringing and is an artifact caused by the high diaphragm tension of this particular T50 variant. Distortion measurements and CSD below 100Hz should probably also be ignored due to high-ish noise floor in my measurement environment. Slightly higher on the left channel than the right but otherwise extremely good distortion measurements. FR is a very close approximation of neutral with fantastic treble and bass extension and tons of air. Very good transient response and an extremely spacious, open sound without being harsh or distorted. Seriously, these sound incredible.

 

Someone post this in the orthodynamic roundup thread, currawong won't unban me from it.


Edited by takato14 - 3/1/16 at 11:05am
post #1632 of 1657

What else have you got going on inside for materials, if any?

post #1633 of 1657
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post

What else have you got going on inside for materials, if any?
I didn't change anything inside. Two layers of the yellow fiberglass discs behind each driver, just as it is stock. That's it. (though the cable came from a YH-2).

It's really insane how nice these sound with just a pad swap. Now they're comfortable too.
post #1634 of 1657

Did you cannibalize a TH500RP or did you find a source of spare parts?

I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a set of those pads.

post #1635 of 1657
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post
 

Did you cannibalize a TH500RP or did you find a source of spare parts?

I wouldn't mind getting my hands on a set of those pads.

Cannabalized a modded pair. Got them for a very good deal, which was the only reason this project was possible. I didn't want to have to resort to this, but fostex refused to sell me the headband or even the earpads on their own.


Edited by takato14 - 3/3/16 at 8:40am
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