Very interesting, all of this.
There is a mod kit on eBay containing some paxmate, plasticine and other interesting materials.
A crazy idea: How would the headphone sound with the cups completely removed (completely open driver back)? The baffle would still be weighed and/or damped.
I'm sure this can be tried while the phones are opened by reattaching the pads and holding them to your ears while the shells hang off away, cable permitting... amid a cable mod, this would be an interesting trial.
It is said these are current-hungry, but they are 50ohm. Do they require a bigger voltage swing, or what?
How do they sound with the starving student hybrid? I saw a recommendation earlier to stick with pure SS for this one.
Important: How bad is large power on/off thump or mild, short DC for orthos, this one specifically?
Makes me wonder why Foster doesn't fix the shell up professionally and release a 500 dollar phone. On note of the driver design, computer modelling was used to perfect the magnetic field (so, it seems like you should not drill more/bigger holes in the metal sheet).
Edited by k00zk0 - 1/16/12 at 5:50pm