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Beyer ET1000 / N1000

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi - I found these in my loft - forgot I had them.

Firstly, are they worth restoring / using?

Secondly, the thin black foam at the centre of each transducer has perished. Can these be replaced?

I can upload a photo should anyone want...

Cheers

Nick
post #2 of 10
I had one for loan recently. They were very nice! Not quite as resolving as my Audeze LCD-1 but I thought they had a nice warm sound.

Why not connect them and tell us what you think about them?
post #3 of 10
Yeah, why not hook them up and make up your own mind if they are worth using?
Then if you find them worth using you can decide if they are worth restoring...

Welcome to Head-Fi!
post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by nickds1 View Post
Hi - I found these in my loft - forgot I had them.

Firstly, are they worth restoring / using?

Secondly, the thin black foam at the centre of each transducer has perished. Can these be replaced?

I can upload a photo should anyone want...

Cheers

Nick
Got you covered.


As you can see I just ripped off what was left of the black fabric. I also replaced the stock pads with some circumaurals. After I took the pic I completely removed the gold colored grilles though, and replaced it with speaker cloth.

Pretty damn good sound and I'm not done modding it yet.
post #5 of 10
Thread Starter 
Hi - Thanks for the feedback - testing them now against my trusty Perreaux PMF 2150B with Perreaux SM2 preamp (both of which I rebuilt from wrecks) & KEF XQ-Five speakers...

More anon

Cheers

Nick
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post #6 of 10
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Originally Posted by nickds1 View Post
Hi - Thanks for the feedback - testing them now against my trusty Perreaux PMF 2150B with Perreaux SM2 preamp (both of which I rebuilt from wrecks) & KEF XQ-Five speakers...

More anon

Cheers

Nick
Sounds good?
post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by DefectiveAudioComponent View Post
Sounds good?
I'm no headphone expert (or even regular user) so the following is a pretty uneducated and subjective view...

Well, I used a fairly eclectic mix of tests: Newton Faulkner - Hand built by Robots, Eric Clapton - Journeyman, and the Vivaldi Stabat Mater - Academy of Ancient Music (Christopher Hogwood).

Considering I hadn't used the headphones for probably 20 years (I bought them new from Audio-T in London in the late '70s whilst I was at university), they sounded pretty damn good. Thinking about it, I'm sure I've not used them since we have been married, so that means since late '80s

They are punchy, have good imagery and dynamic range. They sound clear and clean, and pretty free of artefacts. I like them.

Main issue I have is that top-end punch is a bit weak - I suspect that this may be more to do with the SM2 pre-amp than the Beyers, so I want to dig out another pre-amp, although the SM2 is the only class A pre-amp I have.

I have full faith in the Perreaux 2150B - its an amp I know intimately and I've measured pretty much every characteristic I can of it - whilst its not a Doug Self "Blameless" amp, its not bad - I rebuilt both it and the SM2 from destroyed wrecks, so I am aware of the SM2's shortcomings...

The KEF XQ-Fives are a good comparison - whilst they are reasonably current and fairly expensive, I think they Beyers do pretty well up against them - some of my niggles about the ET1000s can also be heard on the KEFs and that's why I have minor reservations about my test signal path..

Cheers for now

Nick
post #8 of 10
I had a pair some time ago, really liked them. Those headphones was the the basis to what we call today DT-880. I sold mine because I didn't had a proper pre+amp to drive them.
post #9 of 10
I have almost fully modified mine and think it is both better sounding and comfier now. I agree that the high end is a bit weak but Beyer designed a series of compromises that makes the overall sound decent in its stock form. I found that changing one thing made some other things wonky and so ended up completely redoing everything.

Here's the list of mods so far:
Replaced stock pads with circumaurals
Removed the front grilles, black fabric included
Replaced stock cotton driver damping with some lighter thinner felt
Large felt circles on the backs of the cups
Made an adapter for Stax normal bias 230V whereas the N1000 bias runs at 180V
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Resurrecting an old thread here :)

 

Probably going to sell these - I have a table at AudioJumble this weekend, or eBay - what do folk thing a fair reserve would be? Condition is "medium" - not bad, pads etc. are all good, but the foam has given up the ghost... (only visible if you look closely...)

 

Thanks

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