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post #871 of 1376
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Just for some clarity as i see the descriptions for the "16" used interchangeably, the TDS-16 you are referring to with that particular attribute is the more compact looking 40 ohm "тдс 16 "Эхо" H-16-40 Cмела "
The Echo TDS-16 that is made in Smela, these larger ones that BMF has posted pics of are the Kiev versions.  The two models do sound quite different actually.


Where are their Komrades?
post #872 of 1376

^ oh that's not my picture I borrowed that pic from Wikiphonia. Mine are much cleaner....


 They are safely "locked up" at the moment. Maybe I'll drag them out later in a lineup to have their photos taken and fresh air, then back to "lockup"


Edited by nick n - 6/19/13 at 12:04am
post #873 of 1376
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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyflyer View Post

 

That's a great idea, kalbee. You want to give it a go? I'll send the headband to you.

Thanks for the offer :D

Not sure I'm able to roll out any projects of that magnitudes though; I don't have much spare materials or the proper equipment to make my own cups yet... does sound fun though x_X

Also, I won't be home until 2 months later.

 

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^ oh that's not my picture I borrowed that pic from Wikiphonia. Mine are much cleaner....


 They are safely "locked up" at the moment. Maybe I'll drag them out later in a lineup to have their photos taken and fresh air, then back to "lockup"

Aw c'mon, they won't hurt anyone :P

post #874 of 1376
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Originally Posted by kalbee View Post

Aw c'mon, they won't hurt anyone :P


ok then

Left to right:

Amfiton TDS-7 (NOS) ,   Amfiton TDS-15 (NOS) , Amfiton TDS-15 , Echo TDS-16 Smela Version , Echo TDS-16 Kiev version (NOS) ,

and lastly their East German Associate Komrade, the RFT HOK80 V1 ( had to put that there it goes with the theme )

and their later relative the baby ( dynamic ) TDS-17  to use the cable for a recable on the smaller Echo there since it is ( should be ) Mil-spec copper of the period like the stock stuff and  almost identical to the Grey set's cable there.


Edited by nick n - 6/20/13 at 5:34pm
post #875 of 1376
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Originally Posted by kalbee View Post

Aw c'mon, they won't hurt anyone :P


ok then

Left to right:

Amfiton TDS-7 (NOS) ,   Amfiton TDS-15 (NOS) , Amfiton TDS-15 , Echo TDS-16 Smela Version , Echo TDS-16 Kiev version (NOS) ,

and lastly their East German Associate Komrade, the RFT HOK80 V1 ( had to put that there it goes with the theme )

and their later relative the baby ( dynamic ) TDS-17  to use the cable for a recable on the smaller Echo there since it is ( should be ) Mil-spec copper of the period like the stock stuff and  almost identical to the Grey set's cable there.

Nice collection, I be jealous.

 

I'm really curious about the Smela TDS-16. I've been looking for one for a while now but I've never actually seen one show up. Any chance of letting a fellow head-fier listen to a piece of orthodynamic history? tongue.gif

post #876 of 1376
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Originally Posted by nick n View Post


ok then

Left to right:

Amfiton TDS-7 (NOS) ,   Amfiton TDS-15 (NOS) , Amfiton TDS-15 , Echo TDS-16 Smela Version , Echo TDS-16 Kiev version (NOS) ,

and lastly their East German Associate Komrade, the RFT HOK80 V1 ( had to put that there it goes with the theme )

Hehe, thanks for posting :b

As far as the Russian ones go, I only have the grey TDS-15 (and a weird black one) and the TDS-17.

The prices had gone soaring a while ago... :x

post #877 of 1376

Vintage Pioneer Headphones

 

SE-2, L-401, SE-255, Monitor 10, SE-500, SE-700

post #878 of 1376
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Vintage Pioneer Headphones

 

SE-2, L-401, SE-255, Monitor 10, SE-500, SE-700

Holy hell, the Monitor 10 is bigger than I thought. Jeez. 

 

Ever get around to trying that closed-back mod on the SE-500? I'm curious what your opinion is. 

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^^^  I haven't yet tried the SE-500 mod but I saved your post and it's on my "to do" list of projects. Thanks for reminding me.

 

Is there anything I need to be careful about when opening them?

post #880 of 1376
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^^^  I haven't yet tried the SE-500 mod but I saved your post and it's on my "to do" list of projects. Thanks for reminding me.

 

Is there anything I need to be careful about when opening them?

Not really, it's pretty straightforward. Just take out the two screws on top of the cup and the back comes right off. 

post #881 of 1376

 

 

This is my original AKG K240  (LP sextett:  Note silver AKG on headband and six white radiators surrounding the driver)

Per WIKIPHONIA this is a "32mm driver surrounded by six passive radiators. This exclusive design allowed the K240 to avoid the classical resonance of its headphone structure while extending low end capability."  

 

They were the first K240's. Made between 1975 and 1979.  I bought mine while in High School, with every nickel and dime I had.  They sat in a box for about the last twenty years.  If properly amped they still sound pretty good.  Sound stage 3/5 and better on the high end than low end.  

 

I do not have any new AKG's to compare the K240's to. 

The sound quality lies somewhere between Senns PX100 and Senns HD595. 

post #882 of 1376
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This is my original AKG K240  

If properly amped they still sound pretty good. 

 

The sound quality lies somewhere between Senns PX100 and Senns HD595. 

Really? I would say when properly amped they sound amazing. 

What they lack in definition they make up with musical excitement. Something not a lot of headphones can do unless 'technical ability' excites you. 

 

I think it's easily more than twice as good as the PX100..... IMO of course.

They look perfect. Thanks for sharing.

post #883 of 1376
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Really? I would say when properly amped they sound amazing. 

 

+1

 

I had them a while ago when I had a fever going on for the K240 models and I found them best driven on a good 70's Sansui integrated amplifier. They lack a bit of extension compared to the newer models but they are very engaging and musical sounding and fairly detailed as well. I liked them with classical music.

post #884 of 1376
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+1

 

I had them a while ago when I had a fever going on for the K240 models and I found them best driven on a good 70's Sansui integrated amplifier. They lack a bit of extension compared to the newer models but they are very engaging and musical sounding and fairly detailed as well. I liked them with classical music.

Thanks for the feedbacksmile.gif

I agree they have a sound that is like no other HP's.  What a crazy unique drive.

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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

Really? I would say when properly amped they sound amazing. 

What they lack in definition they make up with musical excitement. Something not a lot of headphones can do unless 'technical ability' excites you. 

 

I think it's easily more than twice as good as the PX100..... IMO of course.

They look perfect. Thanks for sharing.

I have a Meier Stack on the way that should be here in the next 2-4 business days (shipped from Europe).  I honestly thought the HP was broke till I bought an Alo Audio MKll portable amp for my T1. The MKll can handle up to 600 ohms.  I retried the K240's and they sound about as good as they used to. Up until two years ago I was audio ignorant and didn't realize how much juice the K240's required.  The old receivers I use to own obviously had plenty of Amp out of the HP jack. Newer receivers are less concerned with HP jacks let alone if they even have one. 

 

I should get up to speed in a few days with significantly more amp and will post some feedback.

post #885 of 1376

Regarding the Sextett. Even if you don't use them, the ear pads will become flat over the years.

So buying new ear pads will help to get a good sound out of these remarkable headphones.

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