I want to get myself wood cups soon for my SR80i, but I am still not sure if I want to do the venting and damping of the drivers because I actually love the way the SR80i sounds right now with the simple reverse quarter mod on the comfies. All I want is more clarity, separation, and detail. Will putting wood cups on my SR80i do that? Or should I also poke some holes and damp the back of the driver? Thanks!
Woodies will help you with clarity by replacing the plastic that causes spikes at certain frequencies. Aluminum will give you more detail retrieval (due to the faster decay rate) and more soundstage but you may find the presentation colder. In that event, you'd want to vent the drivers to adjust the balance between highs and lows. Typically, when someone is finding the SR325 too sparkly to live with, I tell that person to vent the drivers and the result is typically quite positive.
You don't have to vent your driver if you're happy with the quantity of bass you're already getting. In the meantime, three free or near-free mods will add greater clarity to the presentation:
1. Quarter-mod the comfies. This gets rid of one layer of filtering. It sounds like you've already done this.
2. Damp the back of the magnet plate with Dynamat. You can get this stuff from Best Buy. Anything that provides the same solution - damping what you don't want to hear rattling about - is a major improvement. Before I'd damped the back of the magnet plate, I thought the talk of this was just hype and water-cooler talk. When I tried it, it blew me away.
3. Remove the grill cloth. This will add sparkle to the presentation.