FIRST AND FOREMOST - A LINK TO SMEGGY'S OFFICIAL THUNDERPANTS SITE: HERE
This Post will be periodically updated
with info and links that we feel are useful to the cause... feel free to PM me with any type of suggestions you wish
- last update 8.10.11 - see the big red all caps message at the top of this post
I invite you all to post your Thunderpants glamour shots! One request...
PLEASE ONLY POST SHOTS OF THUNDERPANTS THAT YOU OWN.
a little background on the origin of Thunderpants...
These beautiful headphones start off as an ~$80 pair of Fostex T50RP orthos.. as seen here... then the fostex mod god a.k.a. "smeggy" waves his magic lathe, and Vaaayola! Thunderpants!!! and suddenly the mediocre already bangin' for their buck stock fostex turn into the rootenest tootenest most thunderenest, best soundenest closed cans in the north south east aaaaannd west!...Its just that simple.
(yeah, i know, none of you youngsters got that Yosemite Sam reference, but its ok....his legend lives on in my heart)
Useful links for Thunderpants and fostex modding enthusiasts :
Fostex/thunderpants related DIY/Mod links :
This thread now contains several pages of DIYer tips, damping schemes, cup and baffle measurments, plans etc... happy hunting
Amps that are known to put the Thunder in Thunderpants
(make them sound especially good) along with usernames of people who have experience with these TP/AMP combos and confidently make that claim.
Cavalli CTH - DIY amp from Cavalli Audio - Roughly $250 if purchased froma DIYer. dont know how much the kit costs.
and others i've lost track of as this thread has grown.
HIFIMAN EF5 - available from head-direct for $400
Tips For Builders and owners
just some general comments and tips for thunderpants builders that i have learned from interacting with smeggy and from my experience wearing my own glorious thunderpants ;-)
IF YOU HAVE TIPS FOR T50RP modders, I WILL AD THEM TO THIS LIST - JUST PM ME
seal, seal, seal: if you get them sounding good, and you make them in a way that they are sealed, you have to take extra extra extra care to make sure the seal on your head is impeccable and tight. this does not mean uncomfortable. I dont know how much i toiled thinking my TP's sounded like crap before i realized that I had the ever so slightes air gap around my jaw line that was inhibiting the perfect seal. once i figured this out and bent the arms and band around to get the fit right, the sound went from hollow, bass light, empty, and cavernous to ... well none of those ;-)
ports: smeggy ports his cups.. meaning he drills holes in the underside of the cup to allow the bass to have a air flow hole... all it takes is covering those holes with your fingers to see just how profoundly they add and improve on the quality and quantity of bass. this is a no brainer IMO because if you dont like the sound they produce, you can just fill them in or plug them.. but i can say simply - if my TP's werent ported, i would not enjoy them NEARLY as much
pads: many people have evangelized the importance of the right pads for your tp's and how much they will contribute to a great sound. its true. tried and true by many people. if youre balking at spending the extra on 02 pads for example, remind yourself that they will actually significantly contribute to the sound quality, and proper seal.. not to mention they are extremely comfy, well made, real leather, and look pretty snappy too.
Fit: dont be afraid to bend both the headband and the metal arms to get the fit and seal you want. they both lend themselves to being bent more than you may realize.. though of course i am always probably overcareful with mine, i have bent them quite a bit and reaped major benefits in sound quality due to getting a tighter fit, which brought my ears closer to the drivers.. when i first got my TP's they just didnt fit right.. they felt awkward and of course i mentioned the seal didnt work... after bending them around a bit they now fit and feel awesome. they grip my head without feeling clampy. i keep them on for over an hour with NO discomfort.
Edited by Br777 - 8/9/11 at 10:34pm