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post #31 of 96
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Originally Posted by ill-will View Post
Awesome job on the headphones. What paint did you use? Have you noticed any chipping?
there is a little bit, actually looks like its just rubbing off, but i was so excited when i painted them i didnt feel like doing more than 2 coats, and i also didnt put any clear on them because i didnt want them glossy, i found some satin clear that i'll probably try next time i feel like pulling them apart.... maybe if i get around to recabling them
post #32 of 96
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Originally Posted by xformulax View Post
there is a little bit, actually looks like its just rubbing off, but i was so excited when i painted them i didnt feel like doing more than 2 coats, and i also didnt put any clear on them because i didnt want them glossy, i found some satin clear that i'll probably try next time i feel like pulling them apart.... maybe if i get around to recabling them
No worries,they still look BEAST!!! So beastie I just ordered another pair to do the exact same. Hopefully I get the same results.
post #33 of 96
I am glad I found this post, and these look really good. I do have a question though. One of which was asked, do you guys think this mod affects the sound at all, since these are open phones, and the velcro is covering some of it. Secondly, I would like some opinions on this part:

I love this mod idea, but I also want to use my AD700 (which I just ordered, so hope I fall in love with them like everyone else seems to) not only with gaming with chat, but to use for music and such. For a slightly cleaner look and not covering the grill at all, and even less permanent setup, I was thinking of attaching an adapter, like this: HDMI Cable, Home Theater Accessories, HDMI Products, Cables, Adapters, Video/Audio Switch, Networking, USB, Firewire, Printer Toner, and more! to the bottom area of the left side, then be able to plug an extension cable from it to the mixamp, and then attach something like this: X-52 mic: X52 Replacement Parts

Not sure what I would use to secure the adapter yet.
post #34 of 96
Btw, how is the quality of the mic in the first post ?
Does it do the job fine ?
post #35 of 96
Doing this mod will and can mess with the air flow of the headphones.. Youre blocking a good amount of the holes.

All these mods for mics are pretty pointless as well and so is the Astro mix Amp... Instead of modding, just place mic over your headphones.... If youre using a X360 and have a mic for a PC there are plenty of adapters, including the SteelSeries one. As for volume control, the FiiO pocket amps get the job done very well for $20 or less or even some stereo system or speakers that have a headphones jack if you dont need portability. Most newer games even have built in game volume control, so the amp/speakers/w.e can be used for voice volume.

You can literally save hundreds of dollars by just buying a mic adapter if needed and the FiiO E5 amp. The Astro Mixamp in terms of improving quality is just ****ty. Its one thing if the AM was like $50, then maybe, but its not.

As for getting the sound from the 360 to your headphones;

Logitech 5.1 Adapter

Or if youre lucky enough, your TV/monitor will have a headphone jack and you can get HD using HDMI (again if youre lucky enough to have an HDMI port).

FiiO E5 Amp

SteelSeries X360 Adapter

You just saved a **** load of money, improved quality and saved space by eliminating extra cables. If I forgot something, its because I havnt gone to sleep.

GJ on the mod I guess, but it just looks like you took some sticky foam and stuck it on the side, then taped the mic cord to the 700s cord.

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Originally Posted by Junliang View Post
wow, finally found this thread..

since the ad700 is an open back hp, is the mic blocking anything at the grills ?
since nothing is suppose to be blocking it no ?

And, how does the a700(closed) compare to the ad700 for gaming ?
Is the positional audio still as accurate ?

Saying this because I would like to have that isolation
The A700s wont have exactly the same soundstage (the surround sound if you will) as the AD700s because they are closed and not open headphones, but the decrease is o minute, that I doubt anyone/you could really notice.

I havnt used the AD700s yet, but Ive used the A700s and they are incredible for gaming, music and comfort.

Also, my setup is this for gaming.

~Console: Xbox 360 Elite
~Headphones: Sennheisser HD 280 Pros + FiiO E5 amp via monitor headphone jack
~Mic: Standard 360 mic
~Monitor: 19in LCD Monitor via HDMI


I also have the logitech audio adapter, but I dont need it anymore because of my monitor.

Not the best gaming headphones ever, but I got them for $5 and they get the job done well enough in the soundstage dept.
post #36 of 96
Hi Guys,

If I were to use the astro mixamp(newest version allowing PS3 mic capabilties with 1 cable) with the AD700s and say a zalman clip on mic, would I require anything else to allow this set-up to work with either xbox 360 and PS3?

Thanks,

KGB

EDIT: Would I be correct in saying the only other piece of equipment I would need is a Y adapter from astro?
post #37 of 96
yes, you need 3.5mm Y adapter to 4 pole (astro sells them) and you can plug ANY 3.5mm headphone and ANY 3.5mm mic into the mixamp for use with anything the mixamp will interface with.

people have mixed feelings about the zalman, i'd get a 3.5mm coupler (female to female) and a GTMAX 90* mic from amazon Amazon.com: GTMax 3.5mm Flexible Mini Microphone for Laptop NoteBook MSN Skype: Electronics or do the labtec mic with velcro like fragtality did
post #38 of 96
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
You can literally save hundreds of dollars by just buying a mic adapter if needed and the FiiO E5 amp. The Astro Mixamp in terms of improving quality is just ****ty. Its one thing if the AM was like $50, then maybe, but its not.
this is probably the largest piece of misinformation i've ever seen, at least on head-fi.

the mixamp is without a doubt the best piece of gaming equipment i've ever bought, hands down..... the a40 headset i wasted money on is a piece of crap, but the mixamp itsself does many things the fiio simply cant do, most importantly, dolby headphone.

also, your comparison/notes on A700 vs AD700 soundstage is laughable.. the A700's are capable gaming cans if you NEED a closed can, but the soundstage between the two is definitely night and day.... SQ is a little less of a difference, but the A700 compares more to the AD500, not the AD700.... and to top it all off, the A700 costs a good $30+ more... i dont see why anyone would go A700 vs AD700, unless the need for a closed headphone was absolutely necessary, and even if that was the case, i'd go with the ATH-M50... it's a much better can in every single way over the A700.
post #39 of 96
Oh wow, nicely done!
post #40 of 96
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post

You can literally save hundreds of dollars by just buying a mic adapter if needed and the FiiO E5 amp. The Astro Mixamp in terms of improving quality is just ****ty. Its one thing if the AM was like $50, then maybe, but its not.
It does improve quality because it supports optical digital audio, which ****s on the basic red and white cable output. The AMP itself doesn't improve quality (although the ability to control the ratio of volumes between game audio and chat and import your mp3 player into it is neat). The thing is, you can't hook up optical audio to your headphone without an amp of some sort (at least from what I know) and because of this, buying an Astro Mixamp to use with optical audio will improve the quality of audio tremendously.

Also, the Astro Mixamp has a 5.1 dolby surround sound encoder, which does a damn good job at simulating surround sound on headphones.
post #41 of 96
yea... i mean really, he basically said "don't buy a 5.1 system, the tv speakers are just fine!"
post #42 of 96
Woulda been nice if the cable from the mic was a little nicer looking....but the acual mic on the headphones is wonderful looking.
post #43 of 96
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Junliang View Post
wow, finally found this thread..

since the ad700 is an open back hp, is the mic blocking anything at the grills ?
since nothing is suppose to be blocking it no ?

And, how does the a700(closed) compare to the ad700 for gaming ?
Is the positional audio still as accurate ?

Saying this because I would like to have that isolation
Theoretically, yes it is blocking some of the audio sound waves from moving out of the headphone freely. However, it is such a small area that I honestly couldn't notice a difference. If you are skeptical, listen to some music with your AD700's, and then put your thumb or maybe even 2 fingers on the middle of one of the grills. That should simulate exactly how your AD700s will sound after the mod. I really doubt you will notice any difference when you try this. It is too insignificant for human ears to notice a difference considering how small the area is. Just try the thumb test.
post #44 of 96
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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
Instead of modding, just place mic over your headphones.... GJ on the mod I guess, but it just looks like you took some sticky foam and stuck it on the side, then taped the mic cord to the 700s cord.
This is exactly what he did?

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Originally Posted by pLuhhmm View Post
I havnt used the AD700s yet, but Ive used the A700s and they are incredible for gaming, music and comfort.
LOL

If you haven't heard the AD700, why bother commenting on it? Your post contributed nothing of value and probably confused alot of people. I think this mod is a brilliant idea, and I'm thinking of doing the same to some AD900's that I intend to purchase in the future. Don't crap on threads with useless unsubstantiated comparisons.
post #45 of 96
Saw this thread months back, but have never gotten around to doing this mod I think I will some day. Looks like others liked it too Audio-Technica AD700 Rewire/Mic Mod - COMPLETE! - Overclock.net - Overclocking.net
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