Ladies & gentlemen, I've hit the T50RP's proverbial G SPOT. Mod to Rastapants specs except for these changes:
-3 layers of 3M "gentle paper" tape across the back of the driver instead of the craft felt (the 3M tape can be found at your supermarket/drug store.. check in health/first aid section, I posted the amazon like a few posts back).
-Use the "stiff" 2mm, craft felt (per Rastapants spec) to cover the cup vents fully from the inside.
-I recommend lining the interior of the cups as thoroughly as possible (see my pics a number of pages back). Except for the vents.. which are t obe lined with the craft felt.
Everything I've complained about these phones, ad nauseum, has been effectively neutralized. EVERYTHING. What do they sound like? A whole lotta AWESOME. That's what.
It's interesting that most iterations of this phone have resulted in a smoother, slightly warm signature. What I have in my hands is a supremely balanced T50RP with a slightly brighter touch. The bass extends deep, has excellent punch, texture, while possessing speed & control that rivals anything I've heard. The midrange is lush, lively and the tonal balance is seriously eye popping. There is a a hint of warmth through the midrange to keep listener fatigue to down. The treble may be the most surprising aspect of these phones after doing the mods above. I never though the T50RP was capable of this kind of treble, honestly. Infinitely crisp, detailed, and extended. The sparkle will make your jaw drop.
Listening to some really well mastered smooth jazz (i.e. Paul Hardcastle's "Jazzmaster V").. I'm transported to some blissful locale in space. No left, no right.. the music simply surrounds you. I've said it before, I'll say it again: the immersion these provide is unrivaled.
If I had you listen to these vs the T50RPs I had with the craft felt for the driver backing.. you would slap me when I told you they were the same phone. The number of ways this phone can be tuned is simply mind-boggling.
Oh, and get the damn O2 pads.. sell your cat, mow your neighbor's lawn.. whatever you gotta do to pick up the funds, do it.. just buy them. I don't know how essential they are to getting the sound I'm describing above with my mods but they damn sure wouldn't hurt.
PS. I need a cigarette.
Edited by FlySweep - 9/28/11 at 3:03am