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100mW min will be ample unless you want to smoke your eardrums.  They can handle way more power than you could tolerate.  I have two 650mW class A amps and neither has any issue with strain at any volume I've attempted.

 

So this unit certainly has plenty of power, but many options exist.  I have an audio-GD 12, entry level unit, and frankly though it has tons of power, it doesn't sound as good as my DACPort with the T50.

post #4127 of 10878

Heehee, just tried Tascam DR2d>Pawstex --- not bad.... not bad at all!

Listening to Metallica's Black using full volume - just enough to satisfy me dogears biggrin.gif

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Originally Posted by snakeeater69 View Post

I might be beating on a dead horse by asking this question but I was wondering how these modded t50rp sound through a ipod Touch or  Sansa Fuze? Or do I need something like a hifi602 or 801 to make it sound good. What is the cheapest mod to do with the highest audio improvement?


My post on average_joe's thread:

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Originally Posted by dogears View Post

It started with the Sony M10 thread. I liked the idea of digital recorder doubling as DAP so I googled around and landed with the DR2d. Among Tascam's handheld recorders, DR2d is one of the few that doesn't sport an EQ playback feature. I just gambled with it since my primary use would be as an alternative DAP. The others really look like recorders. My second choice is the DR07mk2.

 

Sound wise (without EQ) and using only Earsonics EM3pro -- I really like the sound from the Archos 70 which is >> RB Fuze but the DR2d sounded more balanced and more 3D than the A70. Tonality is topnotch IMHO. I've been enjoying the guitar riffs and drums from Metallica's Black album.  DR2d's amp has plenty of power and it really sounds more dynamic(?)/focused/lively. Fuze sounded more digital (hard/edgy/aggressive[?]) among the 3 players with DR2d sounding most natural/relaxed.

My volume level w/ Metallica's Black album: DR2d ~60%, A70 and Fuze ~90%.

DR2d runs with 2xAA batteries but I am able to use my Stax' 5vDC adapter here in the office. Battery I presume would last about ~6hrs. Able to drive my Fostex T50Rp with satisfying volume.

 

For more listening enjoyment - I am looking at adding some capacitors to boost the treble. Getting some idea from http://gilmore2.chem.northwestern.edu/projects/equal_prj.htm

 

Wishing there's a portable DAP (same size with Fuze would be best for me :P) that sound this good! DR2d is as big as a (long ones?) cigarette pack. Will fit a big pocket or a small sling bag.

 

I hope I made sense biggrin.gif



 

post #4128 of 10878

Interested in these mods.


Edited by snakeeater69 - 10/21/11 at 12:16pm
post #4129 of 10878

Has anyone tried the HiFIMan pads already?

http://www.head-direct.com/Products/?act=detail&id=111#

post #4130 of 10878

BMF 6 v2:

 

I received my shipment of AcoustiPack Lite (thanks AnotherNoob for the link) and wanted to compare it with Paxmate Plus.    

 

EDIT: The photos, below, are of BMF #5. BMF #6 is described in post 3952 at the following link: http://www.head-fi.org/t/452404/just-listened-to-some-fostex-t50rps-today-wow/3945   BMF #6 has 1 layer of Dynamat Xtreme on the ear side of the baffles but it is the same as BMF #5, internally.

 

     CAUTION: Be very careful when removing reflex dots from the white driver felt (or paper). Furniture bumpers from the same package vary in their adhesive strength. I made a small tear in the white driver felt when removing one of the bumpers despite being careful and using my X-acto knife to slowly lift the edges and prise it off.  Luckily, it was no bigger than the end of a ball point pen and located over one of the grid lines instead of one of the openings.  I was able to use a bit of glue to make the repair.

 

Procedures for  BMF 6 v2:

 

 1.  Place Dynamat Xtreme on both sides of the central section inside the cups. Make sure the Dynamat is pressed down firmly and fully attached to the plastic cups.

 

 2.  Apply AcoustiPack Lite over cup Dynamat, cup walls, and the 1" square at the top, opposite the bass ports. Make sure it's pressed down firmly and fully attached to the Dynamat and plastic cups. Leave the central screw compartment uncovered. If you have too much treble, you can later tune it down by covering the central screw compartment with AcoustiPack Lite;. You may be able to "dial in" the treble by covering some or all the central screw compartment.

 

 3.  Leave the  white driver felt in place.

 

 4.  Leave the black bass port felt in place and otherwise uncovered for your first test. You can later tune the bass by covering some or all of the bass port vents to suit your preferences. I like them uncovered except for the stock black felt over the bass vents, inside the cups.

 

 5.  Leave the dust cover over the drivers in place. I previously chiseled off the dust cover surrounding the ear side of the drivers. Some have found removing the dust cover from the ear side of the drivers increases treble and detail.  I did not.

 

 6.  Leave the baffle equalization vents open.

 

 7.  Super mass load the back side of the baffles with plasticine. Do not fill the main baffle equalization vent and the other three semi-open baffle vents with plasticine. 

 

8. Apply 2 layers of Dynamat Xtreme surrounding the drivers on the ear side of the baffles.

 

9. Apply two layers of aluminum duct tape over the second layer of Dynamat.  Note: Here's a handy method for applying this tape - cut to length, position across adjoining sections of Dynamat, and slice away the tape with an X-acto knife by following the curvature of the Dynamat.

 

10. With ear pad removed, make a stencil of the baffle by positioning a clear sheet of overhead projector acetate over the ear side of the baffle. Looking through the acetate, outline the inner oval and the driver square using a magic marker pen. Cut it out and use the acetate stencil to make a stencil of stiff cardboard stock.  Use the cardboard stencil to mark the back and cut out the adhesive-backed black felt, then apply over the Dynamat. Notch an opening for the baffle equalization vents.

 

11. Make cotton gauze "ropes" and place one under the back half of each ear pad. It's a good idea to first tape the back half of each ear pad to the cup to prevent the ear pad from coming off. This is a temporary measure while testing. A semi-permanent solution is to use double-sided tape under the ear pads. SQ can be tuned by varying the length and diameter of the gauze ropes.

 

EDIT: As others have reported, simply lifting the back half of the ear pads may improve SQ and soundstage.  You may be able to reap benefits by tuning the ear pads with gauze, cotton balls, or fiberfill; changing the amount and size of "rope lifters", going only half way around, or differentially lift all the way around the ear pads. 

 

12. Test and tune to suit yourself.

 

 

Comparison Phones - Identical to BMF 6 v2 except for the following:

 

1. One layer of Dynamat surrounding the drivers. 

2. Paxmate Plus instead of AcoustiPack Lite.

 

Results:

 

Careful A/B comparisons were made with SPL matching, lossless files, MacBook Pro, and glass toslink to Dacmini DAC and amp. I really like BMF 6 v1 but BMF 6 v2 has a bit more detail, better vocal clarity, more treble sparkle with air and without harshness, and cleaner bass.  These comparisons are not as specific as my previous comparisons because there are at least 2 variables involved instead of 1.  The noticeable SQ differences of BMF 6 v2 may be due to AcoustiPack Lite, a second layer of Dynamat surrounding the drivers on the ear side of the baffles, an unknown/uncontrolled "Factor X", or the synergy of 2 or all 3. I suspect the main factor, however, is the different acoustic foams used --> Paxmate Plus vs AcoustiPack Lite.

 

Edit: After more extended listening comparisons, I would not say #6 v2 is necessarily better than #6 v1. Instead, v1 and v2 offer different "flavors." #6 v2 sounds crisper while #6 v1 sounds warmer. These differences are slight but noticeable. v2 is heavier than v1. "Pad lifting" is the easiest reversible mod to make. Changing the amount and the placement of padding under the ear pads makes a remarkable difference in bass quantity/quality and treble sparkle.

 

 

Note: AcoustiPack Lite and Paxmate Plus are each 4 mm thick and about the same in terms of ease of application. The difference is that AcoustiPack is heavier due to the constrained layer and purportedly has better sound absorption. Perhaps it soaks up more reflections, reduces standing waves, and further limits the amount of dirty waves sent back through the drivers to your ears?

 

I have some different materials on the way for more experiments. I'll post the results whether favorable or not.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


 

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Originally Posted by bluemonkeyflyer View Post

I love my new pants!

 

I started yesterday and finished BMF #5 this morning. Today, I compared them to Stock, BMF #4, and my Not Rastapants v2. I repeatedly played segments of some favorite tunes across all 4 sets and kept tweaking until I achieved the sound I've been looking for. I'm really happy with the whole sound package. The bass is deep without spill-over into the mids. The midrange is so smooth, clear and balanced with the bass and treble - neither too forward nor recessed. The treble range is extended further than my previous efforts without the least bit of harshness. I can hear chimes, bells, high hats, and brushes on snares/cymbals very easily for the first time out out of modded T50's. There is a greater sense of space between notes and more airiness in female vocals, as well as the treble range, than my previous mods. This modded set's level of detail and clarity is impressive and performs effortlessly. It's easy to tune the bass ports and the ear pads for the amount of bass I want; same for the high end.  And it's all reversible.  

 

I hope this is helpful....

 

Fostex FancyPants Mod Stuff.jpg

 

Cotton balls pulled length-wise, silicone (?) bumpers, Paxmate, Dynamat, Claytoon plasticine. The package of plasticine on the right is unopened, the middle package shows how much was used in one previous set, and the white package is what's left after the current mods.  Armaegis suggested rolled up cotton gauze. This is easier to use and and neater.

 

 

 

Fostex FancyPants To Be.jpg

 

Let's begin.

 

 

 

Fostex FancyPants DynaDamp.jpg

 

1. Stock driver felt and bass port felt remain in place.  

 

2. Two strips of Dynamat in cup bottoms, only; pressed down firmly and dimpled with flat head screwdriver. I don't know if this has any effect but I had it laying around.

 

3. Plasticine applied all the way from the driver perimeter to baffle outer ring. I pressed this in very firmly and tapered outward. I believe the extra mass loading is in large measure responsible for the remarkable improvements I'm hearing as I type this post.  They are not heavy - I split 1.33 oz. between the two baffles but this is 4 or 5 times the amount if you only apply plasticine flush within the baffle compartments.

 

4. Baffle equalization vents remain open: 1 open through-and-through the baffle and 3 semi-open/covered by the dust cover on the ear side of the baffles.

 

 

 

Fostex FancyPants SideView.jpg

 

 

 

5. Paxmate cut to fit entire cup interior except the bass ports which remain open --> I did not remove the stock bass port felt.

 

6. I added Paxmate to the central cup compartment to tune to my preferences.

 

Fostex FancyPants Fit!.jpg

 

7. Furniture bumper added to increase treble extension.  This worked great. 

 

8. Not shown: I pulled apart 4 cotton balls, each forming cotton log. I placed 2 of these under the back half of each stock ear pad and the difference is striking. Reducing or adding more padding changes the external chamber volume with favorable SQ mods to suit your preferences.  

 

EDIT:   Armaegis suggested using cotton gauze instead of cotton balls.  I rolled up some and pushed them under the stock ear pads. The sound improvement from top to bottom is similar to pulled cotton balls without the messiness of cotton fibers everywhere.

 

I'm diggin' it.

 

That's all I have...no secrets...nothing held back.

 

Cheers

 

 

 

 



 


Edited by bluemonkeyflyer - 10/22/11 at 12:18pm
post #4131 of 10878
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Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post

100mW min will be ample unless you want to smoke your eardrums.  They can handle way more power than you could tolerate.  I have two 650mW class A amps and neither has any issue with strain at any volume I've attempted.

 

So this unit certainly has plenty of power, but many options exist.  I have an audio-GD 12, entry level unit, and frankly though it has tons of power, it doesn't sound as good as my DACPort with the T50.


 

I think once you get to a certain amount of power it really gets down to quality instead of quantity. I'm not quite sure what the PPAv2 in terms of power is but my V200 has a lot of it. I think it should have around 2000 mW at around 50 ohms but it does sound better because of a better amp than the PPAv2 but the latter is no slouch.
 

 

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I know it's not ideal, but I want to use this amped on the go since I'm almost always in a library studying, I was thinking about getting a stronger portable amp than the E10 I have. I tried opening a threa din the portable amp forums but i've gotten no hits in the last 3 days. I was thinking of getting either a CmoyBB (JDS claims it can drive high impedance dynamics like the 300ohm senns and 250ohm beyers so I imagine it could drive this) or the Little Dot MK1+ which says it has 200mW at 32Ohms so it might output above 100mW wqith th 50 Ohms of these.

Any suggestions, I'm only spending $200 max since I just bought a desktop setup for home.

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my fiio e11 off lod from my rockbox ipod is just fine with the t50. it is a bit of a warm amp but the bass is outrageous on anything but 0 eq setting : ]    

 

pictures are fun, here is my setup, which I am pretty fond of. Nice and simple.

 

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Just to by clear, Rastapants 2 and BMF#6 require the following:

Fostex T50RP ~$75 shipped

Shure SR840 Pads (O2 are better I am not will to drop $150 on pads) ~$18 shipped

Dynamat (extreme?) ~ $15 shipped

Plasticine ~ $18 shipped

Akasa Paxmate II ~ $30 shipped

 

FEEL FREE to suggest alternatives to some of these because some of these stuff are expensive.


Edited by snakeeater69 - 10/21/11 at 12:44pm
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I've bought plasticine for about 5 MOD for $5 in Canada at craft store.
 

Quote:
Originally Posted by snakeeater69 View Post

Just to by clear, Rastapants 2 and BMF#6 require the following:

Fostex T50RP ~$75 shipped

Shure SR840 Pads (O2 are better I am not will to drop $150 are pads) ~$18 shipped

Dynamat (extreme?) ~ $15 shipped

Plasticine ~ $18 shipped

Akasa Paxmate II ~ $30 shipped

 

FEEL FREE to suggest alternatives to some of these because some of these stuff are expensive.



 

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Originally Posted by mmayer167 View Post

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That's interesting how you've put clay even in the surrounding parts that are in contact w/ the cups...this might also improve isolation?

 

atm, I've got newplast in every baffle cavity except for those surrounding parts, and I've got Paxmate inside the cups, but not on the curved walls, really only at the bottom of the cup: imagebam.com

 

My next mod will be about newplast(tungsten putty is only a minor improvement as far as damping factor goes, at the price of an excessive weight) just like you all accross the baffle, and then also in the surrounding parts of the cups. I will use AcoustiPak both in the bottom of the cup and on the curved walls. Of course, I will keep the side vents open and solder the cable directly onto the drivers(I will use joelpearce's trick to make a clean and neat single entry hole at the bottom of the left cup)...it's gonna be good [:mimounne:3]


Originally Posted by dogears View Post

 

Just curious (I already sent a PM to 1 person), what amp are you using it with?

 

You know, there's a rule on head-fi that the pricier your amp, the bigger your e-penis. Especially when we're all essentially playing around w/ a $74 phone [:jean-guitou]

 

I've tried the T50RP on a number of amps, and tbh even two single opamps w/ a high enough current output drive the T50RP perfectly. OTOH, the T20v2 was another matter altogether, this thing begs for uber juice...it sounded flabby and lifeless off an opamp IME.


Originally Posted by mrspeakers View Post
 I have an audio-GD 12, entry level unit, and frankly though it has tons of power, it doesn't sound as good as my DACPort with the T50.


I've been lent a vanilla NFB-12(w/o the oversampling jumpers) by our local A-GD importer, it was really nothing to write home to Mummy about...it prolly needed a few weeks of burn-in, though ^^

 

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I added the clay in the area that contacts the cup in the RP2 to reduce air leakage, as it's kind of an uncontrolled variable to have no real seal around the cup.  One could also run a bead of silicon around the cup/baffle seam but that's a pain if you keep re-opening.   Seemed a little detail, and was never certain it changed the sound materially.  

 

There are probably many ways to accomplish that end...

post #4138 of 10878

^ yep I got the idea from your rasta mod earlier on. it did help "semi-seal" them up a bit and add some weight which feels nice to the touch when handling them.

 

I haven't put paxmate up all over on the cup either since the driver goes as deep as those posts with the foamy jobs on top that push on the driver corners when closed. Also i have enough clay on the baffle that paxmate there would just get squished i think.

 

I am really liking this setup. yea there are a few little things that could change but not worth adding more material anywhere imo. Maybe taking some away ;) cotton that is. Not sure if i'll venture to put fatmat on the front of the baffle?  seems like lots of work for probably not a lot of difference blink.gif.   who knows, i have a small sheet of it, i may just get nasty and do it.

 

M

 

 

post #4139 of 10878
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Originally Posted by snakeeater69 View Post

Just to by clear, Rastapants 2 and BMF#6 require the following:

Fostex T50RP ~$75 shipped

Shure SR840 Pads (O2 are better I am not will to drop $150 on pads) ~$18 shipped

Dynamat (extreme?) ~ $15 shipped

Plasticine ~ $18 shipped

Akasa Paxmate II ~ $30 shipped

 

FEEL FREE to suggest alternatives to some of these because some of these stuff are expensive.


Do a co-op group buy. Ask if anyone has what you need for sale or trade.

4 blocks of plasticine - $4
Felt per sheet- $1
Dynamat - traded for $0
Paxmate $30 - trade or donate what's left
Super Secret Special Sound Stuff by PM Only (Maybe) - Priceless
post #4140 of 10878

1. Does someone know if there is a heavier counterpart to blutack?

 

2. How much more heavy is newplast over blutack and how much more heavy is tungsten putty over newplast?

 

I'm not modding the T50RP I'm modding a GMP, but since this thread has a lot of people with hands on experience with putty like materials I thought I should ask here...

For my particular situation the viscoelastic adhesive property of blutack is much preferable over the viscoplasticity of plasticine.

Ideally a heavy viscoelastic adhesive is what I want.

 

3. Does tungsten putty behave similarly to blutack in this regard, or is it more like plasticine?

 

And why are there so few people, if any, using tungsten putty? Shouldn't it's added weight help to damp mechanical vibrations further near the source and further improve sub-bass response?

 

Thanks!

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