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I just finished giving my pair an overhaul, turned a set of wood cups, used cut acrylic as a replacement for the baffle, and finished off by changing over to mini-xlr ports for the removable cable. I found out after finishing them that there's a problem with the left driver. The driver on the right seems to be louder on frequencies below 1000Hz and certain others, I'm wondering if anyone else has encountered this issue. I've taken them apart and listened to them out of the cups and checked the wiring and everything seems to be fine but perhaps the drivers themselves. 

 

I'm also hoping to start selling modified sets around my campus, I have access to a 3d printer, laser cutter, and a well stocked wood shop so I'm about to start doing a bit of prototyping. I really appreciate any information anyone could give me about getting sets of t50rp's for a good price or even drivers sold apart from the sets. I'd be willing to haggle a set of turned woodcups for anything that would make it easier for me to get started on creating a good custom set.

 

My previous project (Click to show)

Right after first assembly, I used Walnut for the cups. The cable has a parachute cord covering to prevent tangles and add some durability.

 

I rewired the mini-xlr plugs on the cord and turned a wood cover for them. I also ordered a set of hybrid brainwavz pads. 


Edited by Armillary - 8/31/15 at 10:47am
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I just finished giving my pair an overhaul, turned a set of wood cups, used cut acrylic as a replacement for the baffle, and finished off by changing over to mini-xlr ports for the removable cable. I found out after finishing them that there's a problem with the left driver. The driver on the right seems to be louder on frequencies below 1000Hz and certain others, I'm wondering if anyone else has encountered this issue. I've taken them apart and listened to them out of the cups and checked the wiring and everything seems to be fine but perhaps the drivers themselves. 

 

I'm also hoping to start selling modified sets around my campus, I have access to a 3d printer, laser cutter, and a well stocked wood shop so I'm about to start doing a bit of prototyping. I really appreciate any information anyone could give me about getting sets of t50rp's for a good price or even drivers sold apart from the sets. I'd be willing to haggle a set of turned woodcups for anything that would make it easier for me to get started on creating a good custom set.

 

My previous project (Click to show)

Right after first assembly, I used Walnut for the cups. The cable has a parachute cord covering to prevent tangles and add some durability.

 

I rewired the mini-xlr plugs on the cord and turned a wood cover for them. I also ordered a set of hybrid brainwavz pads. 

Hi Armillary, I tried to get some of them cheaper with no result, I contacted Fostex Japan and although respond was really friendly I wasn't able to purchase anything from them. They don't sell to third party. I couldn't find any wholesale sources either... I was hoping sellers will try to rid of MK2 to start selling MK3 but prices stays almost same. There was one website that was selling them pretty cheap but they didn't support paypal payment and I couldn't find much info about them so I didn't risk losing money (they also didn't respond to my email) but if you would like to try contact them: http://www.proaudiosuppliers.com/fostex-t20-rp.html   damn they are so cheap there, its so tempting... If you will be able to contact them please let me know. For your woodies, I would suggest to do something with wire close to where you made xlr wooden covers as this place is where you will sooner or later damage your cable. I would try to angle painted stripes, it might look more dynamic (or even remove paint as wood have its own organic beauty). Nice work man! 

Btw. I was trying to get Fostex drivers at first place (I'm also make my own phones) and there is no way to get them;(  there is one head-fi user that apparently was able to get them but now I'm not sure anymore about that.


Edited by ZGLISZCZ - 8/31/15 at 11:32am
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That certainly does look temping, I'd almost be willing to give it a shot just to see if it worked out. I'll shoot them an email and see if I can get confirmation on the price. Maybe amazon will lower it a bit as well when the mk3 is selling, right now though they just seem to be going further up in price. 

 

I'll do something about that section on the cord, I haven't noticed any issue yet but I think a bit of heat shrink or the like might relieve tension there. 

 

Thanks for the info, it sucks that the drivers aren't available for separate order themselves, makes me wonder what mr.speakers had to go through to get his own drivers produced. Thinking about that though I suppose I might just have to either buy sets themselves or try other companies. 

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I know its tempting and I was thinking the same but I didn't wanted to put my debit card info on the site I don't really know. It looks like real shop but I became suspicious. At the end I ordered few pairs from Japan which was bit cheaper (with duty and DHL) than from one website from Germany. Beside that they in similar price everywhere. Drivers were available as spare parts long time ago, then they became more expensive and now I don't really see them anywhere. I believe Mr Speakers and ZMF need/ed to buy them just like us. That's why they reused headband. I was planning to made my own headband but as I cannot source drivers I will partially reuse it also. I'm sure ZMF would have much better look with custom headband, those beauty wood cups deserve something better imho. Headband from TH 600/900 would be perfect;)

 

About your cord. If you will be able to drill bigger hole in wooden xlr covers (on the cable side) you might be able to put there and glue some elastic but sturdier shrink wrap.

 

As long as I know there is no way to buy planar driver from any company right now;(

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Picked up some lambskin pads from ZMF and they came in today.  I wouldn't have thought that pads could change the sound so much.  I think getting a seal on the ear side really helps, if I lift away even a little bit and break the seal the bottom end drops out.  

 

About 1000 times more comfortable than the stock pads too.  


Edited by silvrr - 9/1/15 at 6:21am
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