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Thanks. I just got some from Amazon today.
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Originally Posted by jdg711 View Post

 

This one is pretty decent. Made in Thailand. $3.99 plus shipping.

http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=370257942581&ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT#ht_2012wt_1141
 


Thanks...  

 

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Sennheiser 1/8" Mini Plug to 1/4" Phone Female Adapter Cabler Price: $ 6.50

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/601983-REG/Sennheiser_092595_3_5mm_Plug_to_6_3mm.html

 

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Originally Posted by lorriman View Post

Anyone know of a cheaper but decent 1/4 to 1/8 ( 6.35mm to 3.5mm) connector? Especially for the UK, but ordering from china on ebay is fine too.

The Sennheisser and grado connectors are rather too expensive.

Most reports seem to indicate that cheapos fall apart too easily, but surely there must be some out there that do a competent job.

I've already got a grado but I'm looking to source more for presents etc.


 

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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Sennheiser 1/8" Mini Plug to 1/4" Phone Female Adapter Cabler Price: $ 6.50

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/601983-REG/Sennheiser_092595_3_5mm_Plug_to_6_3mm.html

 



 



plus about 4 dollars shipping. that's not too bad though. 

post #1745 of 10623
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Originally Posted by ardilla View Post

Sennheiser 1/8" Mini Plug to 1/4" Phone Female Adapter Cabler Price: $ 6.50

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/601983-REG/Sennheiser_092595_3_5mm_Plug_to_6_3mm.html


That's the same one that ships with the HD650.  It works perfectly with everything I've tried it with.

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I just got a friend to buy me one for my birthday (the senn adapter) I'll update with impressions.

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Just for curiosity's sake, has anybody tried taking the T50RP drivers and plug it into another headphone?  ie, replacing another headphone's driver with the T50RP drivers?

 

The reason I ask is, instead of doing all these mods, why not just take a good body, like an MDR-SA5000 or a Shure body, and then just plug in the drivers?

 

If someone has, how difficult is that mod?  Is it simply ripping the drivers out and resoulder them back on a new body?

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Originally Posted by ambchang View Post

Just for curiosity's sake, has anybody tried taking the T50RP drivers and plug it into another headphone?  ie, replacing another headphone's driver with the T50RP drivers?

 

The reason I ask is, instead of doing all these mods, why not just take a good body, like an MDR-SA5000 or a Shure body, and then just plug in the drivers?

 

If someone has, how difficult is that mod?  Is it simply ripping the drivers out and resoulder them back on a new body?


I think pretty much everyone has either modded the stock enclosure or gone straight to a custom wooden cup.

 

It wouldn't be hard to do though.  The drivers just unscrew from the baffle.  I'd also leave the wires attached to drivers and cut them free.  The drivers are a pain in the ass to solder to directly.

post #1749 of 10623

My first step into ortho's; I bought Shamu144's T50rp. Will be powering them with my GS-1. Im very anxious!

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Originally Posted by ambchang View Post

Just for curiosity's sake, has anybody tried taking the T50RP drivers and plug it into another headphone?  ie, replacing another headphone's driver with the T50RP drivers?

 

The reason I ask is, instead of doing all these mods, why not just take a good body, like an MDR-SA5000 or a Shure body, and then just plug in the drivers?

 

If someone has, how difficult is that mod?  Is it simply ripping the drivers out and resoulder them back on a new body?


Keep in mind that anyone who has tried these in an open-back configuration has been pretty disappointed, at least that I've heard.

 

post #1751 of 10623

I have my T50rp drivers transplanted into JVC HA-RX900 headphones. Due to the design of the JVC's baffle, the drivers are naturally angled, which really helps with the perceived sound stage. I had to use a precisely cut section of 1.5" PVC pipe, though, to serve as a spacer between the baffle and driver.

 

I'm also using thicker, leather JMoney pads from my modded Denon AH-D2000. These angle the drivers further forward.

 

The headphones sound very nice, and I've been through a lot of dampening and tweaking with it to see what the effects on the sound are. I have some more mods planned for the next week or so, as well as further frequency measurements with a crude system of audio analyzer software and microphone capsules.

 

After I get a bit further down the road with these mods I'll do a full write-up with photos on the T50rp - HA-RX900 mashup!

 

 

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After tasting ortho magic for the first time (LCD-2, ordered but returned after I realized I couldnt actually afford them), and after some searching, I've ended up here. I'm super curious about these phones. I was going to just get some used Denon 2000s because they're decent, but I'm too much of a mid guy to feel okay with that decision. I just have a few questions about these things:

 

1) Amping seems to be an issue, would a vintage Sansui 5050 be enough to drive these things to something resembling full potential? I'm not sure how much power the headphone section provides but I think it outputs 45 wpc for speakers. I'll be playing music through my iMac --> DAC (have yet to pick one out) --> Sansui.

 

2) I've gleaned that there are two recent versions, one from 2002 with crinkly pads and weak bass, and one from 2008/9-ish with smooth pads and a much fuller/better overall sound. All the sites that sell them show pics of the 2002 version, does anyone know how to make sure to get the newer better sounding one?

 

3) I havent read through this thread yet, but it seems as if the sound is at least acceptable without mods. I am NOT DIY with this stuff at all (dont know how to solder), but I'd be will to do some super entry level mods if they make a real difference. I dont need a detailed reply, just yes or no, but do are they worth getting if I have no plans to mod them?

 

I've gone through quite a few headphones in the last few months and just cannot seem to find the pair that does it for me, but the LCD-2 and HD650 are def my favs so far. I really can't afford either of them, hence my being here. I'm into all kinds of music, but sweet mids are my favorite quality in all music I listen to. Are these really that good in the mids?

 

Thanks!

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Originally Posted by franklyshankly View Post

1) Amping seems to be an issue, would a vintage Sansui 5050 be enough to drive these things to something resembling full potential? I'm not sure how much power the headphone section provides but I think it outputs 45 wpc for speakers. I'll be playing music through my iMac --> DAC (have yet to pick one out) --> Sansui.

 

2) I've gleaned that there are two recent versions, one from 2002 with crinkly pads and weak bass, and one from 2008/9-ish with smooth pads and a much fuller/better overall sound. All the sites that sell them show pics of the 2002 version, does anyone know how to make sure to get the newer better sounding one?

 

3) I havent read through this thread yet, but it seems as if the sound is at least acceptable without mods. I am NOT DIY with this stuff at all (dont know how to solder), but I'd be will to do some super entry level mods if they make a real difference. I dont need a detailed reply, just yes or no, but do are they worth getting if I have no plans to mod them?


1) Vintage recievers usually have boatloads of power to the hp out and orthos won't be bothered by their high output impedance so your fine.

 

2) The only difference is in the pads.  The old ones let all the bass leak out because they didn't seal at all.  I've never heard of anyone buying a new one and getting the old pads in the last few years.  It doesn't really matter because you should swap them out with something more comfortable.  I made my own, but people have reported good results with the Shure SRH840s which are only like $20 or so.

 

3)  They sound pretty good with out any mods, but none of the mods that affect the sound besides transplanting the drivers require you to solder anything.  They won't be very comfortable with out any mods though.  You'll want to change the earpads and add some padding to the headband if you plan to wear them for more than hour at a time though.  I ordered the headband pad (just the pad, not the whole headband) for the HD580 from Sennheiser and just tapped it on.  Makes it much more comfy.

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These fantastic (modded) T50s are unique,spectacular in the mids and now have more headtime than all of my high end cans put together including the HD650s and Denons, they continue to impress.

I am now running them through a Meier Stepdance with an external linear power supply, had a few Midtastic eargasms last night listening to Coldplay, Paul Simon and REM , what a marvel they are.   
 

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Originally Posted by franklyshankly View Post

After tasting ortho magic for the first time (LCD-2, ordered but returned after I realized I couldnt actually afford them), and after some searching, I've ended up here. I'm super curious about these phones. I was going to just get some used Denon 2000s because they're decent, but I'm too much of a mid guy to feel okay with that decision. I just have a few questions about these things:

 

1) Amping seems to be an issue, would a vintage Sansui 5050 be enough to drive these things to something resembling full potential? I'm not sure how much power the headphone section provides but I think it outputs 45 wpc for speakers. I'll be playing music through my iMac --> DAC (have yet to pick one out) --> Sansui.

 

2) I've gleaned that there are two recent versions, one from 2002 with crinkly pads and weak bass, and one from 2008/9-ish with smooth pads and a much fuller/better overall sound. All the sites that sell them show pics of the 2002 version, does anyone know how to make sure to get the newer better sounding one?

 

3) I havent read through this thread yet, but it seems as if the sound is at least acceptable without mods. I am NOT DIY with this stuff at all (dont know how to solder), but I'd be will to do some super entry level mods if they make a real difference. I dont need a detailed reply, just yes or no, but do are they worth getting if I have no plans to mod them?

 

I've gone through quite a few headphones in the last few months and just cannot seem to find the pair that does it for me, but the LCD-2 and HD650 are def my favs so far. I really can't afford either of them, hence my being here. I'm into all kinds of music, but sweet mids are my favorite quality in all music I listen to. Are these really that good in the mids?

 

Thanks!



 

post #1755 of 10623
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Originally Posted by maverickronin View Post


1) Vintage recievers usually have boatloads of power to the hp out and orthos won't be bothered by their high output impedance so your fine.

 

2) The only difference is in the pads.  The old ones let all the bass leak out because they didn't seal at all.  I've never heard of anyone buying a new one and getting the old pads in the last few years.  It doesn't really matter because you should swap them out with something more comfortable.  I made my own, but people have reported good results with the Shure SRH840s which are only like $20 or so.

 

3)  They sound pretty good with out any mods, but none of the mods that affect the sound besides transplanting the drivers require you to solder anything.  They won't be very comfortable with out any mods though.  You'll want to change the earpads and add some padding to the headband if you plan to wear them for more than hour at a time though.  I ordered the headband pad (just the pad, not the whole headband) for the HD580 from Sennheiser and just tapped it on.  Makes it much more comfy.


i uh... have no problem with comfort when it comes to the stock ones. No problem at all, but I have a wide head and my ears are high, I hardly have to put down the cups, only a centimeter or two. So, that might have something to do with it all. I also bent the headband a bit

 

 

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