Originally Posted by Danneq
Well, the modded PK2 and the regular don't sound that much alike. They share the overall character, but I find the modded more enjoyable than the regular version (except for the mids which I find to be better on the regular version).
Overall, the modded PK2 are not as musical as the regular ones and have a somewhat cold and clinical sound. But at the same time I find them to be more transparent, mainly because of the increased soundstage and improved instrument placement.
I've just put donut foams on them. At first I used regular foams that were a bit thick, and the donut foams might reduce the midrange resonance. About the resonance, I'm just taking a swing at where it might be since I have not seen a FQ curve of the modded PK2 (and don't really know how to produce one myself). The peak might be in the lower mids. Anyway, I find it most noticable when guitar chords or voices ring out.
I didn't mean to say that they sound exactly like the PK2. Sorry if I came across that way. I just couldn't help be see some of the similarities in his impressions and mine. kostalex's impressions of the PK2 also seem to be similar.
As I listen to them some more, even though they seem more transparent, they still exhibit that midbass and other midrange coloration that I really don't care for. The earphones have good detail, but it's hiding behind that coloration. I guess I'm allergic to the sound signature since I find my Pioneer SE-C521 and Sennheiser MX375 (as well as the Dasetn AP8) to be much more to my liking despite having a little bit less detail overall. They both excellent soundstage depth but with a sense of air and transparency that's just lacking in the modded PK2s. Maybe I just have brazen ears, or perhaps I'm just a closet Foster fanboy.
Originally Posted by Danneq
Hmmm... It's actually a bit sad. The state of the earbud market, that is. There are new IEM's introduced every week and with only a handful of earbud makers, here we are getting excited over a DIY guy's earbuds. I really wish that more companies would get into the earbud market. Well, at least Blox might release a new model late this year/early next winter...
The state of the earbud market is sad, but if it was booming, excellent DIYers like Dasetn wouldn't exist.
Originally Posted by philip697
I went on eBay and bought some "dasetn ap8's" because they were so cheap and I've seen people in this thread talking about them. Have I done good? Can someone tell me what (if anything) I need to do to them?
It just seems such a cheap price for earphones for them to be really good out of the box...
Yes, you have done good!
When you receive them, just plug them in, listen, and enjoy! Then later you can come back and post your impressions!