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post #10531 of 10601
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Originally Posted by jimmers View Post
 

My post from 5 Dec (840 pads are a must unless you've got better)

 

My T50RP arrived 2 days ago, (order inspired by Magicman's 40 hr mod session) they didn't seem as bad out of the box as I feared - got some idea of how they could sound by cupping my hands around the cups and applying pressure.

I took them home that evening and, after staring at them for a while, decided to take them apart.  

I loaded the baffle etc. with modelling clay, sealed most of the vent grill, stuck some foam in the cups, put in some fluffed cotton balls - and I'd had enough (tweak energy dissipated in an hour) - screwed them back together and fitted 840 pads. 

I might only be half way to max sound-wise (or maybe I got lucky) but damn they sound good, spent the rest of the evening until late listening to music with them.

I took them back into work the next day, a teenage Beats fan had a listen and "Oh,wow" was his wide-eyed response. 

 

I'd like to thank all T50 mod contributors for leading me to this (maybe I'll try harder one day).

 

And, I loved them from X3 as USB DAC.

 

 

Edit: I bought mine from eGlobal

http://www.eglobaldigitalcameras.com.au/fostex-t50rp-rp-series-over-ear-headphones.html?gclid=CPiVgbueo7wCFVcGvAodFl8A-w

 

pads from

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Ear-cushions-Genuine-SHURE-HPAEC840-Ear-pads-fit-SHURE-SRH840-SRH440-Headphones-/190702709217?pt=US_Replacement_Parts_Tools&hash=item2c66c469e1

 

if you're in USA maybe you can get better prices, these were by far the cheapest to get sent to Australia.

 

Thanks. What guide did you follow for the mods that you did?

 

I think there would be a lot of value in making a wiki entry for the novice - something like "essential mods in an hour". There's a lot of great info there, but its information overload and might scare off lot of people who just want good sound with minimum effort, cost and risk (me).


Edited by Stuff Jones - 1/29/14 at 8:41am
post #10532 of 10601

BlueMonkeyFlyer can correct me but I believe the current "gold" standard for dyi mods are the DBV3 mods found on this page:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/618659/fostex-t50rp-incremental-mods-and-measurements

 

They are fairly straightforward and there are detailed step-by-step tutorials there (scroll down past all the graphs in the first post until you get to the section that reads:

 

Simplified and Consolidated Tutorial for DBV #3 

 

The basics are Shure SH-840 pads, acoustic dampening foam (paxmate, etc) in the cups, and some cotton. He will tell you it's not a magic bullet but it is close!

 

:) 

 

edit: added link to mods-and-meas page


Edited by AnotherN00b - 1/29/14 at 11:19am
post #10533 of 10601

For those hesitant to open up the cups, just get the 840 pads and stick a piece of thin felt underneath before slipping the pads on.

post #10534 of 10601

 

Yes, look for

"DBV #3 Update: Modding Made (A Little) Easier (March 15, 2013"

or other later entries (unless you have a few days to spare to digest it all :smile_phones:)

 

Big thanks to BMF.

post #10535 of 10601
Thanks for the replies. I'll be sure to check back in if I so get these and share my experience on modding for dummies.
post #10536 of 10601
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Originally Posted by Armaegis View Post

For those hesitant to open up the cups, just get the 840 pads and stick a piece of thin felt underneath before slipping the pads on.

Underneath the pads behind the cloth layer and over the driver? Hmm.
post #10537 of 10601

Yeah. It's not perfect and might attenuate too much from the upper mids/treble, but hey it's a simple thing to try and no screwdrivers needed.

post #10538 of 10601
Hmm, should've thought of that back when I used magic sponge and beyer gel pads... It makes sense now lol.
post #10539 of 10601

Hi,

 

Can anyone advise which T50RP mod is considered the most advanced and also which one has the most comprehensive guide from start to finish?

 

Thanks

post #10540 of 10601
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Originally Posted by Steph86 View Post
 

Hi,

 

Can anyone advise which T50RP mod is considered the most advanced and also which one has the most comprehensive guide from start to finish?

 

Thanks

http://www.head-fi.org/t/618659/fostex-t50rp-incremental-mods-and-measurements

 

DBV #3 ?

 

or post #6086 of THIS thread

 

or Buy Alpha Dogs :happy_face1: 


Edited by jimmers - 1/31/14 at 4:16pm
post #10541 of 10601

I would recommend anyone on a tight budget look at the Indeed TA2021 speaker amp and the U2 Sabre Async DAC.....great pairing with Fostex T50RP IMHO.

You get the high detail of the ESS9023 in that tiny async USB DAC going into the 3 watts on taps warm tubey and punchy Indeed mini-amp.

I was worried about the noise floor on the amp spec sheet, but you can only hear hiss at 75% volume with no music playing and then it is faint...and as yet I have not gone over 25% volume and that is pushing it...

 

A really great budget chain coupled with your modded T50's into speaker taps for those on a tight budget.

 

Indeed amp is $81 including the 5 amps shielded PSU and shipping...it is actually called TA2021S inside the ebay listing (but TA2021 in item heading) now as they have upped the internals again.

U2 Sabre is $65 inc. shipping.

(I also use the HifimeDIY USB isolator as well in the chain.)

 

Both from Hong Kong.


Edited by Lohb - 2/7/14 at 10:21pm
post #10542 of 10601

whats the consensus on lcd 2.2 lambskin pads on these?

post #10543 of 10601
hello
Advise me please inexpensive (~100-150$) amplifier or dac+amp for Fostext50rp. What about Aune T1, Bravo Audio Ocean, SMSL sap III.
 
May be PCI-devices like Prodigy HD2 Advance DE or Tempotec Serenade III would be good choice?
Thanks and sorry for my English.
post #10544 of 10601
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Originally Posted by hemipowered007 View Post
 

whats the consensus on lcd 2.2 lambskin pads on these?


I haven't personally used any on mine, but I'd think they're too big. You're likely to have more success with the Alpha Pads or other custom pads that are fit specifically for the T50RP body.

post #10545 of 10601
Man, I feel dumb. I didn't even think of how huge the lcds look in comparison. Just saw some pads on the fs section and asked w/o thinking.
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