u will see the difference
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u will see the difference
Trust your ears. If you like a pair of headphones don't let other people on this forum convince you otherwise.
Personally since you are new to this site I'd try and only do reversible mod. This way if you don't like the results you can easily revert it back.
Do you think these headphones have regular dynamic drivers?
A few pages back someone was asking for help with a dead driver.
The biggest driver-killer is the solder pad fracturing from the driver trace, which is thin and fragile. The solder pad is only held down with a super-thin adhesive, and if tugged on or over-heated it'll rip, sometimes without showing the damage, and then you either get an intermittent connection, or an "open" circuit. If the resistance on the driver is over 70 ohms it is dead.
So, I think the problem you're having is because HiFiMAN has changed the construction of the pads. The original pleather and velour pads that come with the HE-400 have an additional vinyl-type flexible material sewn on the inside edge of the ear pad covering. It stretches over the plastic mounting ring to keep everything in place. That's how I'm able to remove the plastic mounting ring and thin foam disc insert without the rest of the pad materials coming apart. See below:
Looks like I won't be trying the FocusPad on the T50RP after all...hmph.
Not entirely true. The thing about the materials is that with passing time the demands are different. Technology also evolves and sometimes come back round for revisiting otherwise abandoned ideas, planar magnetic being one of them since dynamic drivers are lighter, probably much easier to make, not as prone to scratching off voice traces, etc. At the same time, new materials are developed which allow different designs to be made. For better or for worse, but the choice of new materials will often have a good reason behind it. While perhaps in the past things were not so disposable but I wouldn't discount build quality to the current era just because.
If durability was the leading definition of audiophile grade then the stuff construction workers use must be the highest of qualities out there.
As far as drivers materials go, they opt for thinner diaphragms because it works better on bringing out sound designed a way to match today's demands and standards. The drawback is that they are more delicate, but they also aren't as power hungry.
As far as build quality, I'd have to say that in the past the attention to visible detail may have been greater, made with what seems like higher quality or durable/thicker materials. They're also often obnoxiously heavy and bulky. The designs were often simpler so easier to make. And based on variances we find in different units of same model vintage gear, it's probably safe to say the production quality is inconsistent where it is not obvious or visible to the eye. There may even be backlash from the society's point of view if for example a manufacturer were to bring out a predominantly metal construction again... accusing the company for trying to make their clients into walking lightning rods... lol who knows.