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I've been slowly writing one. The problem is I end up writing two reviews: One a few pages with a long story explaining what I think of them and the reasons why, along with a lot of background about my understanding of audio. The other review is 3 lines and is really all you need if you don't need the drivel of the other one. wink.gif

 


How about the short review as a pre-lude to the much anticipated full review?
 

 

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Google isn't what it used to be.  Thanks, I looked and looked before posting,  thats the place.

 


 

No problem. I think I know what you mean, and I agree. It's been spammed with false advertisement that makes it much more difficult to find the information you want.   

post #2103 of 2335

Ive seen several posts about the magnums being heavier than the 325.  Does anyone know the exact change in weight?  Or what about hazarding a guess?  

post #2104 of 2335

I want sharing the cheapest modification for Rhydon Magnum IV Driver as follow :

 

A.

Driver : Magnum IV by Rhydon $ 135 USD

 

Air Chamber and Woody Housing : DIY by my Friend Calico $ 100 USD

 

Headband : buy china Headphone for $ 15 USD

 

Cable : Belden Military Spec $ 6 USD per M run

 

Connector : Cardas 6,3 mm  $ 20 USD

 

Sound Quality compare another DIY Magnum IV Driver like below combination :

 

B . 

Driver : Magnum IV by Rhydon

 

Air Chamber : Aluminium By Rhydon

 

Housing : Aluminium ex Grado MS 2 I old badge included Headband

 

Cable : Mogami

 

C.

Driver : Magnum IV by Rhydon

 

Air Chamber : Indonesian Wood Mahoni by Calico

 

Housing : Aluminium Gold finish ex Grado RS 325 I

 

D.

Driver : Magnum IV by Rhydon

 

Air Chamber and Housing : all in one Indonesian Wood Sonokeling By Calico

 

Cable : Mogami

 

 

SQ from the best Magnum IV DIY from left to right are :

 

A > C > D > B

 

A

High : open and extended

 

Mid : sweet , lush and clear

 

Bass : deep , tight and clean detail bass

 

Separation : very good , that we can detect the placement from the instrument in the orchestraq

 

Soundstage : the wider from all DIY above

 

This is my personal impression for cheap but good DIY modification Magnum IV

 

We are in total 15 People make DIY Magnum IV 

 

Plesae see pictures below :

 

15 Woody Housing By Calico for magnum IV DIY 

 

Magnum Woody Housing By Calico 2f57246b.jpgMagnum IV Woody Housing by Calico 05ee5424.jpg

 

A Version Magum IV DIY with Belden Cable 

 

A version Magnum IV with Woody Housing By Calico img0023th.jpg

 

A Version Magnum IV DIY img0024zi.jpg

 

 

D Version Magnum IV with Mogami cable 

D Version with Mogami cable 62951d1e.jpg

 

 

C Version Magnum IV drive by O2 modification

D Version Magnum IV with O2 Amplifier 284a1b55.jpg


Edited by rudi0504 - 4/16/12 at 8:23am
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Nice pictures! What headphones did those headbands come off of?

 

 

Also, has anyone paired the Magnums with a Millet Mosfet Max? I assume that would be a winning combination, but any thoughts?


Edited by scootsit - 4/16/12 at 2:13pm
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I just sent in an older pair of 325i over to Symphones for modding (chose the magnum light option). I've been a big fan of the John Grado sound for a while but I also really liked my HD800 when I had them. Figured I should give this more neutral Magnum driver a shot after reading so many positive comments.

 

And if i like the sound enough, I may opt for the gimbals upgrade next year to add a bit more class to the setup :)

 

I should have the magnums back in my possession in a couple weeks. I'm really looking forward to it.

post #2107 of 2335
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I just sent in an older pair of 325i over to Symphones for modding (chose the magnum light option). I've been a big fan of the John Grado sound for a while but I also really liked my HD800 when I had them. Figured I should give this more neutral Magnum driver a shot after reading so many positive comments.

 

And if i like the sound enough, I may opt for the gimbals upgrade next year to add a bit more class to the setup :)

 

I should have the magnums back in my possession in a couple weeks. I'm really looking forward to it.


Prepare to fall in love, they certainly lived up to their hype in my house L3000.gif i loved them even w/o the burn in, which has only enhanced their sound.


Edited by borowedarogance - 5/17/12 at 1:14am
post #2108 of 2335

Awesome! I'm in the same boat, mine come back next week!

post #2109 of 2335
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Originally Posted by looser101 View Post


Save your money. No point taking a step back. Spend it on a good source.
The Magnum does everything well. But in particular.. to me.. is how realistically hi-hat and cymbals sound. I find that is what most headphones fail to reproduce well. The new "high-end" Grados are un-listenable to me because they fail so miserably at reproducing those sounds.

I agree with you 100%, hi-hat and cymbals are outstanding with my Magnum V4 !

post #2110 of 2335

X3

I wish I could make my electronic drum set reproduce HH and Cymbals as well.

I have been trying to tune the T50rp's to be on par in the highs but no luck so far

post #2111 of 2335
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Originally Posted by borowedarogance View Post


Prepare to fall in love, they certainly lived up to their hype in my house L3000.gif i loved them even w/o the burn in, which has only enhanced their sound.

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post #2112 of 2335

My full mags have arrived. Reports to follow.

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I did my first 10+ hrs with bowls.

I just switched to flats. There is pretty much no soundstage and I really don't care. There is exactly how much is mixed/mastered into the song. I'm really fine with that, some positioning.

 

The music is immersive, and I think I'm pretty much done looking, I've found my soulmate...for now.

 

I really don't know that I've got any more of a review in me, this is just "it".

post #2114 of 2335
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Originally Posted by scootsit View Post

I did my first 10+ hrs with bowls.

I just switched to flats. There is pretty much no soundstage and I really don't care. There is exactly how much is mixed/mastered into the song. I'm really fine with that, some positioning.

 

The music is immersive, and I think I'm pretty much done looking, I've found my soulmate...for now.

 

I really don't know that I've got any more of a review in me, this is just "it".

with the flat´s the soundstage is not big but i think that the sound is more real with many more details

post #2115 of 2335

Let's be honest, we didn't all get Grados for the soundstage.

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