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post #10696 of 13016
It's Creatology sticky felt from Michael's Arts and Craft.
post #10697 of 13016
Aha michaels is just a few miles from here .
Thanks. When I am ready to do this I know where to go now. Now this is cool to know.

Thanks Ora. Sorry I cannot even begin to spell that name lol.. And no I have not on boxed the amp yet. I stink at this , you people would be up until 4 in the morning playing . I am just to busy with other things soon though .

Thanks
Al D
post #10698 of 13016
I just looked up the name . I thought origami was spelled that way , stupid me. Ohh gourami is the guarimi fish but a smaller variety. Very cool name.

Al D
post #10699 of 13016
DIFFRACTIONS!!!
I think what I hear with the felt-on-grill mod is less diffraction! It's like with speakers, when the sound is more detached from the boxes. Here the sharp edges on the grill are covered and this makes the sound more free from the coloration or "distortion" caused by them, and this of course applies to treble and mids primarily.
Edited by LarsHP - 12/1/13 at 12:09pm
post #10700 of 13016
Are saying this affect is with the felt on the inside as before or now outside??
post #10701 of 13016
Still same mod: felt on grill (facing the ear). I'm not sure if felt on the back will affect sound (on the inside).
post #10702 of 13016
I was just asking. Thanks. It's funny there is really to me 3 great brands of elite headphones not counting electros.

Senn,s. . Audeze and hifiman. And by far the most modded and talked about amps and all the rest is the hifiman.

Is it just very in right now , or just the people who have it just want to change it.
post #10703 of 13016

Don't forget the Fostex T50rp.

post #10704 of 13016
I guess I do not own them YET ....
post #10705 of 13016
Quote:
Originally Posted by ALRAINBOW View Post

I was just asking. Thanks. It's funny there is really to me 3 great brands of elite headphones not counting electros.

Senn,s. . Audeze and hifiman. And by far the most modded and talked about amps and all the rest is the hifiman.

Is it just very in right now , or just the people who have it just want to change it.

 

My guess is they're certainly 'in' at the moment, there's a planar renaissance happening.  And specifically for the 6, people who purchase these will typically know how much it takes to drive them correctly and will be more dedicated than most in their determination to squeeze the last possible bit of -perceived- performance out of them.  Like many other brands (and specifically for the HE-6 model) they also tend to attract zealots who consider them the nec plus ultra and go to imho ridiculous lengths trying to push them down people's throats, often deriding other cans which they have not even heard let alone own(ed) in the process.  

 

What also plays is that the HifiMan headphones present - at least to me- the widest chasm between technological potential/sound quality which are both excellent on one hand and a very mediocre build quality on the other hand.    That being said I do have the impression that some people get a bit carried away but that's just my personal opinion, if they're happy with whatever they do, more power to them.

post #10706 of 13016
To me, the stock HE-6 is a better headphone over all than the other TOTL headphones I have heard (HD800, TH900, LCD-2 & LCD-3), but it's not perfect. It has a little too much treble and the Audeze headphones has a better bass quality.

Toning down the treble is the most important improvement to me, and makes it very, very close to the perfect headphone to me. In fact, I am now selling my LCD-2 because there is no longer a sensible reason for me to keep it after the HE-6 is modified with felt on the grill as described above.

Some like to have an arsenal of different HQ headphones with various strengths and drawbacks for them to play with, but I prefer to have one "perfect" open-back full size for all genres. HE-6 with this felt mod is as close as it gets, I think.

Hype? Maybe for others to judge, but I have had the HE-6 for more than two and a half years and never been near 100% satisfied because of the tonality (extra treble). I feel the HE-6 is spot on now. That's a huge thing to me. Others might not care much for tonality, however.
post #10707 of 13016
Quote:
Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

To me, the stock HE-6 is a better headphone over all than the other TOTL headphones I have heard (HD800, TH900, LCD-2 & LCD-3), but it's not perfect. It has a little too much treble and the Audeze headphones has a better bass quality.

Toning down the treble is the most important improvement to me, and makes it very, very close to the perfect headphone to me. In fact, I am now selling my LCD-2 because there is no longer a sensible reason for me to keep it after the HE-6 is modified with felt on the grill as described above.

Some like to have an arsenal of different HQ headphones with various strengths and drawbacks for them to play with, but I prefer to have one "perfect" open-back full size for all genres. HE-6 with this felt mod is as close as it gets, I think.

Hype? Maybe for others to judge, but I have had the HE-6 for more than two and a half years and never been near 100% satisfied because of the tonality (extra treble). I feel the HE-6 is spot on now. That's a huge thing to me. Others might not care much for tonality, however.

Their treble is something that also bothers me a bit, I'm not sure if the upper mids are a bit more recessed (to my ears) as such or if it's the treble that pushes them down.  For me they're surpassed in that field by the HE-50 especially with less than perfectly recorded/mastered tracks (but it's true that the 6 are more resolving/clear and the bass is a bit tighter).  On balance I prefer the 500 for most of my music but that's not to say that the 6 aren't good, far from it.  I'm just not up to modding them.  Have come to the conclusion that there's no such thing as an allround perfect headphone, and I listen 95% of the time to classical, go figure.  If there's one candidate I'd sell it would be my DT-880's but I keep them for mainly sentimental reasons (first pair of good headphones I purchased).

post #10708 of 13016

I am still surprised anyone has an issue with the treble quantity of the HE6's.

 

I bought a silver cable for mine to make them brighter and they are still nowhere near the brightness of the HD800's, that also have a silver cable, and still not what I would call excessively bright.

I have no aversion to extreme treble as long as the quality is there. If it's on the recording and is supposed to be there rather than a production fault I want to hear it .

I am not a treble head (I also like the LCD2.2's), the K701's use to make my ears ring, but would not mind if the HE6's were slightly brighter still.

post #10709 of 13016
Quote:
Originally Posted by LarsHP View Post

To me, the stock HE-6 is a better headphone over all than the other TOTL headphones I have heard (HD800, TH900, LCD-2 & LCD-3), but it's not perfect. It has a little too much treble and the Audeze headphones has a better bass quality.

Toning down the treble is the most important improvement to me, and makes it very, very close to the perfect headphone to me. In fact, I am now selling my LCD-2 because there is no longer a sensible reason for me to keep it after the HE-6 is modified with felt on the grill as described above.

Some like to have an arsenal of different HQ headphones with various strengths and drawbacks for them to play with, but I prefer to have one "perfect" open-back full size for all genres. HE-6 with this felt mod is as close as it gets, I think.

Hype? Maybe for others to judge, but I have had the HE-6 for more than two and a half years and never been near 100% satisfied because of the tonality (extra treble). I feel the HE-6 is spot on now. That's a huge thing to me. Others might not care much for tonality, however.
Have you tried removing the rear grill? And taking out the cotton? It makes it sound much much better. Felt mod was congested without removing the rear grill and cotton.
post #10710 of 13016

My Audeze pads arrived today! I took the ring out of them and stretched the sleeve around the outer shell on each side. I'm going to put the double-sided sticky tape on the HE-6 inner ring like what ohgourami did and press the pad into it. Very initial impression is that the sound is more "out of your head" now, with a slight drop in treble and a slight increase in sub-bass over the stock velours. I like it! Now I can't wait for my sticky felt to get here so i can install that, along with a new headphone cable :)

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