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post #31 of 81
I did that mod and "make it official", you can find it here.
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Wow that's pretty bold. Nice modding. The Denons prove to be very moddable.



The same thing I am wondering. Velours pads sound lighter in the bass.
post #32 of 81
I remember that thread. It needed pics.
post #33 of 81
Excellent mod! It's nice to see that there are still people out there who are willing to think outside the box and take real ownership of these headphones!
post #34 of 81

Inspirational MOd

I tried the velcro pad spacer and found it wasn't to my liking.

Interested in modding a 2nd set of cups if I could get them.

Many thanks for the details.

Sceptre
post #35 of 81
Thread Starter 
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I tried the velcro pad spacer and found it wasn't to my liking.

Interested in modding a 2nd set of cups if I could get them.

Many thanks for the details.

Sceptre
Your welcome. I never tried the pad mod with closed cups, so I wonder if the effects are dependent on it being open-back. Also the pad's anchor disc needs to be precisely placed so that ports remain unobstructed when force is applied.

Has anyone simply removed the cups first, and listened bare-back?

Once I tried them that way, I was hooked. I have not been able to listen to them in stock form since.
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post #36 of 81
those look awesome! i tried switching back and forth with my d2000's from cups on to cups off once a few weeks ago. At first i thought i had made an awesome discovery, but after further listening i realized that all the tightness, and precision in the overall sound was gone. The soundstage appeared to open up, but it was really just all the frequencies jumbling together and getting muddy and losing definition. someone said something about listening to speakers in the shower.. to a lesser degreee, thats about right. definately different, but not an improvement.

I of course cant say thats what you've done b/c you've taken it to a whole new level. Ive always wondered what varying degrees of open-ness would do to these cups. For example doing what you have done, or even making holes that are a little smaller. or swiss cheesing the cups with little hold vents.. So many possibilities, for someone with the skills, time, and money.

Definately cool. thanks for sharing

Im upgrading form d2000's to HE5-LE's soon. Im definately looking forward to the difference there!!!
post #37 of 81
Thread Starter 
I never played with the 2000's in this way. It may not have the same effect with the different / weaker drivers. I might experiment with my father's 2000's. That is if I can get an extra set of cups so that any changes would be reversible.

As far as the 7000's, I couldn't go back to either closed cups or placing the pads on the frames where the slots are sealed again. I believe each mod has synergy with the other, though I never confirmed this.

I do look forward to listening / comparing to the HE5-LE's and the Beyer T1's possibly at the NYC Fall Meet.

My guess is that you'll never look back at the D2000's once you hear the HE5-LE's. I expect that it will be a very significant upgrade for you.

Thanks!
post #38 of 81
I am considering to try D7000 without the wooden cups... Is it possible to remove the cups and then give them back without any change to the headphones? I am not sure I will not sell the D7000 in the future (so far I like my HD800 more for my primary music), so I do not want to alter the headphones in any way.
post #39 of 81
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You definitely can remove the wood cups without causing any damage. First you would rotate the ear pads off. Then simply unscrew each of the philips screws that are located in the ear pad slots. One screw per slot. That's all it takes to remove the cups.

I could easily reverse all of the mods on my phones because I have an extra set of stock wood cups on hand. I also saved the stock cable. There is not a scratch to show for the experimentation.

I would say that the cup mod accounts for approx 35% sonic improvement and the pad mod about 65%.

As stated before, I heard no faults with the D7000 presentation until I heard the HE-5.

Bass heads need not apply. Though these mods will still yield significantly more bass and dynamics than the HD800 and originally voiced HE-5 (HE5LE to be decided). I mod'd these to match my perception of live acoustic perfomances that I've experienced.
post #40 of 81
Awesome mod !! I would love to try it someday..
post #41 of 81
unbelievable!
I was thinking about purchasing some D2000 to experiment on as I don't want to butcher my D7000. Wanted to drill some holes in the plastic to make them "breath". I found lifting the pads off my ear to breath, details were improved and bass levels tad more controlled with an overall leaner signature.
Just goes to show how amazing Denons can be.
post #42 of 81
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Originally Posted by lmswjm View Post
You definitely can remove the wood cups without causing any damage. First you would rotate the ear pads off. Then simply unscrew each of the philips screws that are located in the ear pad slots. One screw per slot. That's all it takes to remove the cups.

I could easily reverse all of the mods on my phones because I have an extra set of stock wood cups on hand. I also saved the stock cable. There is not a scratch to show for the experimentation.

I would say that the cup mod accounts for approx 35% sonic improvement and the pad mod about 65%.

As stated before, I heard no faults with the D7000 presentation until I heard the HE-5.
Thanks! Cups are down. You was right, it was very easy. The space has opened as expected...
post #43 of 81

Oh damned, this is interesting. The D7K is my last hope for upgrade after I was so underwhelmed by HD800 and T1. A D7K with more controlled bass and better mids would definetely be an option worth trying. Did the mids get more warmth from this mod, or were they just lifted out of their recession?

post #44 of 81
Thread Starter 

I did not hear any change in tone of the midrange at all. I think that a significant "lift out of their recession" occurred and would be an excellent description. I would also say the same happened with the high frequencies. I've been satisfied with this presentation for well over 5 months now, with no inclination to further tweak or buy a new set of phones. That's a record for me.
 

post #45 of 81
Thread Starter 

Hey all, I'm bringing these cans along with my Audio-GD chain to the NY Fall meet this Saturday:

 

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/516571/official-new-york-area-meet-nov-20-white-plains-ny 

 

http://home.roadrunner.com/~stevieo/head-fi.2010.fall.html#lmswjm 

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