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post #811 of 1318

I finally sat down and rewired my 4AAA. I was concerned about the ancient, corroded wires in the headphone and thought it would sound better if I replaced it all with new OFC. So, I cut up my spare AKG cable and redid all the internal wiring.

 

With the half-disassembled 4AAA sitting on the ground in front of me, I was thinking about what cable I should use with it. I certainly hadn't torn it all apart just to use the same old cable I was using with it before, but at the same time I didn't really have a cable lying around that I could sacrifice for it. As I surveyed the mess of wires and tools on the floor in front of me (I'm a messy worker), I noticed a panel that I had ripped out of an old desktop. There were two perfectly good 3.5mm jacks in it, not getting any use...

 

So, I tore it open, and the rest is history. Behold, my newly rewired 4AAA -- with dual-sided detachable cables.

 

 

 

 

 

Both sides are wired for stereo, just plug a 3.5mm patch cable in either side and you're ready to go.

 

 

 

 

I also replaced the Series 1 drivers with a pair of Series 2 that were in my KOSS Reference One. The Series 2 driver is more compact than the series 1 and would allow for better airflow in the cups.

 

How's it sound? Put simply, this is a completely different headphone now. Low and high extension that was once lacking is now quite prominent, and the sound is much cleaner and more detailed. The soundstage is far more cohesive and even a bit bigger, and the lows are even more thundering than before, so much so that I'm tweaking the damping to see if I can tame them a bit.

 

I plan on getting a V-MODA cable or something similar to go with the new colorscheme mentioned above. If anyone knows where I could find such a cable, let them speak now, because I haven't found anything in my searches. A genuine Beats Pro cable would work nicely as well. Monster can't make headphones but they can certainly make cables, even if they're overpriced.

 

Cheers!


Edited by takato14 - 4/26/13 at 7:19am
post #812 of 1318

Suffice to say they are built like a tank.

post #813 of 1318
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Ouch - those holes could've been done a bit neater. frown.gif

post #814 of 1318
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Ouch - those holes could've been done a bit neater. frown.gif

 

Suffice it to say that no, they couldn't. There were already holes there and I had to use a file to grind them down and make it fit. I also had to file down the silver part to make it fit due to the size of the plug housing.

 

I intend on filling the gaps with epoxy, sanding it down, and painting it. But not yet, as once that is done the modification is unreversable. I need to make sure that everything is perfect first.


Edited by takato14 - 4/28/13 at 10:11am
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Suffice it to say that no, they couldn't

 

I politely disagree.

I'm sure even if you bought a dirt cheap round file , that could be a lot neater or more to the point - a snugger fit. 

 

A rotary hand tool would have made short work of it too.

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post #817 of 1318
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DR-Z6

Nice, have the Z7's as well?

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Did not know you had this headphone. Beautiful shot.

 

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Suffice it to say that no, they couldn't

 

I politely disagree.

I'm sure even if you bought a dirt cheap round file , that could be a lot neater or more to the point - a snugger fit. 

 

A rotary hand tool would have made short work of it too.

You're sure, but you don't have the headphone, so you can't know. The hole was half square to begin with. The right side is about as good as it was going to look without using epoxy or drilling a new hole completely, the second of which wouldn't have worked for the left anyways since the hole was already there.


Edited by takato14 - 4/28/13 at 7:28pm
post #819 of 1318
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Nice, have the Z7's as well?


No, missed a couple on flea bay.
post #820 of 1318
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No, missed a couple on flea bay.

 

 :(

 

I'm actually regretting selling my Z5, Z6 and Z7 collection now that I've gone back to collecting headphones again.

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No, missed a couple on flea bay.

 

 :(

 

I'm actually regretting selling my Z5, Z6 and Z7 collection now that I've gone back to collecting headphones again.

I'm trying everything I can to get my hands on the Z7. It seems like the ultimate portable headphone, save for the fabric pads.

post #822 of 1318
I actually like the Z6 better. might be the pads though. Still both are bass shy but high and mids are pretty good.
post #823 of 1318
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I actually like the Z6 better. might be the pads though. Still both are bass shy but high and mids are pretty good.

The tonal balance isn't what I'm looking at, though the low end is probably the worst part of the headphone.

 

The technical perfection of these headphones is incredible. Their decay is faster than any headphone I've ever heard, and their attack is comparable to a high-end Grado (my friend's RS2i specifically). Their treble exhibits this the most, cymbals are there and gone almost instantaneously with absolutely no splash or distortion. 

 

And this is coming from the cheapest of the DR-Zx line. I can only imagine what the TOTL version of these headphones can do. 

post #824 of 1318

I can say that the Z6 and Z7 are pretty well built.  I was amaze how heavy they are when I got them.  I thought they would be lightweight as the SA5000 but nope, they are more like Yamaha HP-1 in weight but definitely better looking and built.  Somehow I like them better using my SS amp than my tube amp. 

 

Forgot to mention the leather headband on the Z6 is very good quality. 


Edited by Neogeo333 - 4/29/13 at 8:08pm
post #825 of 1318
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I can say that the Z6 and Z7 are pretty well built.  I was amaze how heavy they are when I got them.  I thought they would be lightweight as the SA5000 but nope, they are more like Yamaha HP-1 in weight but definitely better looking and built.  Somehow I like them better using my SS amp than my tube amp. 

 

Forgot to mention the leather headband on the Z6 is very good quality. 

I can say the same about the Z5. Even though the whole thing is plastic it feels very heavy and sturdy. The plastic is rubberized and the earpads are basically magical. The headband is wonderful, the adjusters are incredibly sturdy and the earcup detachments are smooth and strong. The only thing that's a little sketchy are the yokes, but its no cause for concern. 

 

The cable is another story. One accidental yank on it and the right side completely died on me. Had to replace it with part of an old A/V cable from a Wii.

 

The Z6 is probably the prettiest, but all of them look great, especially when folded flat. They're very easy to wear around the neck, which is another thing I like about them.


Edited by takato14 - 4/30/13 at 8:14pm
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