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Unscrew the TRS housing and check for corrosion. If you have a white wire you'll see some blue coloration if that is the case, then you can simply cut that back an inch or two to clean copper and resolder the plug, helps if you can apply a tiny bit of Deoxit on the exposed wire also after. I had that happen with some old Koss, as well as more recent orthos.

 Worth checking before you throw out the cable, it is frustrating though.

 

Some of that old copper wire is tragic almost like woven hair, but then again some is excellent

 

All this Z5/6/7 talk has me interested look ahead of thier time in a sense.

Already tried that. The short was initially at the left side, so I opened up the cans and redid the solder joints on both sides.

 

Then the plug started acting up, so I redid that as well.

 

Worked fine for a while, but then the cable got yanked and the right side just died completely. Not a short, just complete disconnection. Redid the plug again, checked the driver connection, not fixable. I think the cable split internally; the wires seemed pretty fragile while I was working with them.

 

I'm looking into an HD600 cable to replace it, as its the closest thing to the original I could find. Anyone have one sitting around (possibly after a custom recable)?

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I'dve gone with one of the 4AAAs that are up, they're comparable to many current production headphones. The 4AA is decent, but the 4AAA takes everything wrong with the 4AA and throws it out the window. Its very smooth, expansive, and detailed.


BUT.. what happened to the vintage sex appeal? =]

The 4AAA is vintage too. This old beast:

 

 

1000

post #768 of 1344
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Mainly jealous because the cable shorts finally caught up to me. That's the last time I trust a vintage headphone cable. 

 

 

Well at least it's just the cable. You could just make your own from some Canare star-quad or similar, I believe it's all the same.

post #769 of 1344
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Already tried that. The short was initially at the left side, so I opened up the cans and redid the solder joints on both sides.

Then the plug started acting up, so I redid that as well.

Worked fine for a while, but then the cable got yanked and the right side just died completely. Not a short, just complete disconnection. Redid the plug again, checked the driver connection, not fixable. I think the cable split internally; the wires seemed pretty fragile while I was working with them.

I'm looking into an HD600 cable to replace it, as its the closest thing to the original I could find. Anyone have one sitting around (possibly after a custom recable)?

Remember these modern cables (HD600 etc) with enamelled strands are difficult to solder.
post #770 of 1344
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Mainly jealous because the cable shorts finally caught up to me. That's the last time I trust a vintage headphone cable. 

 

 

Well at least it's just the cable. You could just make your own from some Canare star-quad or similar, I believe it's all the same.

They're currently wearing a crappy cable I made from an old Apple USB cable. 2 feet long, tin wires... sounds horrible. Need to get a spool of OFC soon. I'd prefer the HD600 cable though; a utilitarian-style headphone should have a utilitarian cable...

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I purchased these in 1998 and listen to em all the time. They looked used cuz they are. They are the most comfortable headphones ever. Mids are nice and smooth.

 

Sony MDR-CD 870

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I purchased these in 1998 and listen to em all the time. They looked used cuz they are. They are the most comfortable headphones ever. Mids are nice and smooth.

 

Sony MDR-CD 870

The MDR-CD line is great. The CD3000 is a baby R10. It's kind of amazing what Sony was capable once upon a time.

post #773 of 1344
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The MDR-CD line is great. The CD3000 is a baby R10. It's kind of amazing what Sony was capable once upon a time.

I kinda think there is a Sony house sound. I'm no expert in it though. The sound in mid trebly and reserved. The highs are super un-defined with the  MDR-CD-870s but for dance music they're perfect. Just a certain sound I have grown to like.

post #774 of 1344
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I purchased these in 1998 and listen to em all the time. They looked used cuz they are. They are the most comfortable headphones ever. Mids are nice and smooth.

 

Sony MDR-CD 870

 

Very nice, I like the idea that you bought them new (I presume) in 1998 and you're still rocking em. I wonder if they've burned-in yet? tongue.gif

 

I had the CD770, I tried mating them with the Z6 to combine the 770s soundstage but sadly nothing happened...

 

 

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Very nice, I like the idea that you bought them new (I presume) in 1998 and you're still rocking em. I wonder if they've burned-in yet? tongue.gif

 

I had the CD770, I tried mating them with the Z6 to combine the 770s soundstage but sadly nothing happened...

 

 

 

 

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Amazing that some one here even has a pair close to mine. Are the 770 close to the 870 in the time they were released? Or before?

 

 

The weird part in mine look like hell! Those look like new!

 

 

 

  Mine have been used a ton. I washed the pads finally after 12 years........lol. It was so easy I wish I would have done it sooner. I purchased em new in 98. I think they were either $100.00 or $199.00 ?? I actually almost purchased a pair of Grados that year.

 

 

I'm just curious though. Do you still have the MDR-770s or did you sell em. What did you think of the comfort or the sound?


Edited by Redcarmoose - 3/29/13 at 12:07pm
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I would presume they were release around the same time, late 90s sounds about right.
 
I don't own them anymore, I suppose the D7000 made them redundent. They were extremely comfy and the sound was top notch, the soundstage stood out above anything. In that regard they are better than the D7000, the impact let them down, perhaps this is where the CD1700 and/or the CD3000 improves upon. Regardless, excellent phones for the price, then and especially now.
post #777 of 1344
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I would presume they were release around the same time, late 90s sounds about right.
 
I don't own them anymore, I suppose the D7000 made them redundent. They were extremely comfy and the sound was top notch, the soundstage stood out above anything. In that regard they are better than the D7000, the impact let them down, perhaps this is where the CD1700 and/or the CD3000 improves upon. Regardless, excellent phones for the price, then and especially now.

Interesting. I would think that the resale would not net too much $. I mean, I just don't see how selling em would do anyone any good. Although I guess folks could in the end just have way too many headphones laying around. They could cower in the face of other vintage Sony phones. I could see how their stance would not hold a place around a number of other performers made by Sony.

 

They do have a lesser impact. They are very tame in so many ways. I guess I have had em for so long that I could never get rid of em. I never even looked to see if I could overcome their short-comings and improve on their plus aspects like maybe you have done by going around and finding the Sony sound from the era. I just seem to have enjoyed what they do the little way they do it. There personality actually reminds me of my dog. Shy but loyal.wink.gif

 

 

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Found your thread from 2010.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/493911/sony-mdr-cd770


Edited by Redcarmoose - 3/29/13 at 1:40pm
post #778 of 1344

Guys, so I just went digging through my old stuff here, and I happened to come across a pair of Realistic Pro 10's. It's still functional, and sounds pretty good for their age!

 

Anyways, do any of you's know what I can do with them? I'm sure I can get way more out of them, or will that ruin their 'vintage' touch?

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Guys, so I just went digging through my old stuff here, and I happened to come across a pair of Realistic Pro 10's. It's still functional, and sounds pretty good for their age!

 

Anyways, do any of you's know what I can do with them? I'm sure I can get way more out of them, or will that ruin their 'vintage' touch?

Woah, that headphone is pretty. Post a picture please?

 

I don't know about the Pro 10. I know Ratshack borrowed drivers from KOSS for their Realistic Nova 40 model... 

 

If you can get the headphone apart easily, you could play around with the damping a bit. A recable might be in order as old headphones are infamous for bad cables, and while cables can't improve sound, they can certainly make it worse.

 

However, if they're working fine I'd just leave them alone personally.

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Already tried that. The short was initially at the left side, so I opened up the cans and redid the solder joints on both sides.

Then the plug started acting up, so I redid that as well.

Worked fine for a while, but then the cable got yanked and the right side just died completely. Not a short, just complete disconnection. Redid the plug again, checked the driver connection, not fixable. I think the cable split internally; the wires seemed pretty fragile while I was working with them.

I'm looking into an HD600 cable to replace it, as its the closest thing to the original I could find. Anyone have one sitting around (possibly after a custom recable)?

Remember these modern cables (HD600 etc) with enamelled strands are difficult to solder.

I was not aware of that. Annoying. 

 

I can make my own cable for them but I really think they'd look best with a cable similar to the original...

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