post #46 of 173
6/18/09 at 12:08pm
With my pair, Joe did the rewiring and also added some "magic" (according to Joe) compound to the enclosures. I don't know how much the wiring or compound improved the sound and if the improvement is mainly due to one or the other or a combination of both. Regardless, this has elevated the HP1000 to a new level and the difference was significant and easy to discern.
I talked with Joe last night and asked him why he didn't come up with this improvement sooner. He stated he didn't think there was a need until he invented his new microphone which records in unprecedented detail and these upgraded phones make it possible to hear the potential of the microphone.
Personally, I disagree regarding the timing of the mod since it made such a great difference on any recording I played through the phones. In short, better late than never but 10 years ago would have been better than one month ago. As far as I know, there are a few others with this upgrade but most are professional audio engineers. Perhaps some of them will chime in on this topic.
It's nice to have an 85 year old Giant of Audio still caring and contributing to our hobby in such a wonderful way.
I will try to "extract" some information about the "magic dampening compound" but Joe is usually very reluctant about discussing this stuff, and understandably so. My understanding is it something new that he uses and not the original stuff. Regardless, I'll also try to see what his timetable is regarding turnaround for doing the mod.