I had just started a thread in DIY asking about tackling the Grattle and recabling my 325i. I got linked here, so I think I'll jump on the bandwagon. I read all 26 pages, and I'm really exited to try some of this out.
Originally, I'd been simply living with the occational grattle and blowing or sucking (yah) when it got bad to try and quiet it down. Then i started having an intermittent connecton to the left ear. I thought it was inside, so I was going to have to open them up. Then I discovered the bad connection was at the splitter and not inside the left cup. So I wasn't going to open them up, but now I want to try some of this stuff. I've been reading about other phones, hoping to find out about something that combines the qualities I like best of my Grado an Sennheiser, but costs less than $700. (Really want to try Audio Technica AD2000.) If I can get a little more bass, (always looking for that!) clean up the details and widen the sound stage a bit by venting the drivers and damping the inside of the phone, well, maybe I'm set!
I've got some star-quad and a jack laying around I was going to recable them with, but I'm sceptical it would make an improvement, other than being repaired, over the stock cable. I've never been big in the cable camp. I did make a star-quad cable for my HD590, which helped just slightly, but those have a tiny little cable. They also have a thick veil compair to the Grado either way. Apples and oranges. The idea of gaining an improvement through silver is interesting though. One the one hand, even the plain braid is fairly expensive, and my inner cable skeptic is screaming. Logically however, I know it might make a difference over stock or star-quad because it's actually a different material. I want to make a cable at least as long as stock, and might end up doing interconnects if it turns out well, so I'd easily spend over $100. I have the star-quad, so it's basically free. Also, 24awg seems really small. Any probably benefit to going at least to 22, even if I have to braid it myself? The marginal cost shoulding me too bad...
On damping. is there a consensus on the best material yet? I see the felt, and I see some other stuff I'm not really familiar with. I don't know much about the subject. I suppose you don't really want to reduce the internal volume of the cup? But also want something that absorbs sound. The felt is not specfically inteded for that purpous, though, right?
On pads. I've been using the HD414 pads for ever. I did the quarter mod, but then turned them around and put them on backward so there's slightly more padding. If they weren't ugly yellow, they'd look absolutely stock. I couldn't stand the stock pads either. My ears were bruised after a few hours. How about those jumbo pads? Are they more comfortable than the stock 325 pad? Sounds liek they move the cup away from the ear if they're making more sound stage and less bass, so I might assume yes. I'm really happy with the 414 the way I have them setup, so i'm not to concerend.
Is there anything I should know about opening a 325i vs. a plastic cup?
Thanks, this thread is awesome!