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post #4696 of 21175
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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post

I also read a recommendation to hand wash with shampoo. I did this and there was an improvement.

Heard this too, have no interest in trying it - ammonia and fabric is not a combination that I'm fond of.
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

What is Woolite exactly? I feel like an idiot asking (Im too lazy to google it lol), but I've herad of that stuff since I was a kid but no clue what it is. 

It's a laundry detergent but it's more gentle than most of the detergents you will find (like Tide or All), I think it has to do with the lack of surfactant or something like that. But with modern HE detergents (especially if you go with "free and clear" (which I do, because the dyes can sometimes react with my skin)) I think you're already talking about very mild cleaners to begin with. Woolite was, as the name implies, originally for washing wool (and anyone who's tried to wash a wool blanket can attest to how easily a laundry machine can destroy them).

As far as hand-washing, what I did was:

Took the lid off of a DVD-R cakebox, like this:


Filled it with some lukewarm water (most laundry detergents will not break down or activate in cold/tap water), added a very small amount of detergent (I use HE detergent for my HE machine, if you have non-HE detergent you need proportionally more because it's less concentrated), and put the earpads in (this case it was the pads of my K701, but the same idea applies), and just messaged them for a little while. Now with the HE detergent you don't get bubbles (because it doesn't have a surfactant), which I think is beneficial with foam (there's therefore no bubbles to get out of the foam).

Then I took a second lit, filled it with cooler water, and rinsed them out in it (I ended up filling and emptying this one like 3-4 times; once the water takes up soap from rinsing it has to be changed; this doesn't mean you gotta fill these lids to the top, fill them like as thick as the pads are with water).

Then I put the pads out to dry. But that was taking forever, and I wanted my headphones NOW. I also was afraid of mold growth if the foam on the inside never dried fully. So I wrapped them up in a t-shirt, wrapped that up in aluminum foil, and put it on the "shoe drying" attachment of my dryer (it's a shelf that you add that prevents the item from being thrown around) and put the dryer on "Extra Low" for about half an hour and they were mostly dry by that point. They finished out the night on top of my AV receiver while I watched a few movies (hey, it gets warm!) and they were usable by the next morning.

With primary contact surfaces like earpads, especially something with electricity, I'm sure the standard warning about fabric softener should apply (much the same reason you shouldn't wash children's pajamas in fabric softener - it increases flammability), but seriously screw that . If you're going to use softener, put it in during the "rinse" phase or you'll effectively trap the detergent and whatever grime exists on the pads in them (and you'll have to re-wash them - this is also why you shouldn't add softener to a non-automatic washing machine with the detergent, because it will have the same effect; your clothes will look dingy and feel disgusting).
Edited by obobskivich - 9/25/12 at 9:59pm
post #4697 of 21175
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

It's a laundry detergent but it's more gentile than most of the detergents you will find (like Tide or All)

 

confused.gif  So what exactly makes Woolite less Jewish than other detergents?  wink.gif

post #4698 of 21175
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

confused.gif   So what exactly makes Woolite less Jewish than other detergents?  wink.gif

That both took me too long to get and is way too far...rolleyes.giftongue.gif
Edited by obobskivich - 9/25/12 at 10:16pm
post #4699 of 21175

LOL

post #4700 of 21175

Can anyone comment on the similarities/differences in sound between wood-housed Magnum V4's and a pair of RS2i? Which is "better", in your estimation?

Much appreciated!

post #4701 of 21175
I'm the opposite with grado pads, i prefer them when they're new and firm. When they get old they squish down more and make the drivers touch my ears, which i find more uncomfortable. Washing them has the same effect. With new bowls (or L cush if you prefer) the rim of the pad is all that touches my head/ears.
post #4702 of 21175

^ I agree as well.

 

I also put folded toilet paper in the back of my ear so they don't get pushed down when I"m using my RS1.

post #4703 of 21175

I just got my Jumbos in the mail, and holy cow are they comfy.  I haven't done much side-by-side tests comparing them with my TTVJ flats though.  It's gonna be interesting as I've never done critical listening tests before.  
(On a laughable sidenote: I was hellishly confused when I switched to the Jumbos and the music suddenly became extremely distorted.  It turns out my computer chose that EXACT moment to have my integrated sound card start to die.  Time to start researching sound cards I guess.)

post #4704 of 21175

Does anyone with an HP1000 have a suggestion on better pads for it? The stock ones are just painful.

post #4705 of 21175
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Originally Posted by Valicious View Post

I just got my Jumbos in the mail, and holy cow are they comfy.  I haven't done much side-by-side tests comparing them with my TTVJ flats though.  It's gonna be interesting as I've never done critical listening tests before.  

(On a laughable sidenote: I was hellishly confused when I switched to the Jumbos and the music suddenly became extremely distorted.  It turns out my computer chose that EXACT moment to have my integrated sound card start to die.  Time to start researching sound cards I guess.)

I laughed at the laughable sidenote. That's how it always is though, isn't it? redface.gif

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Originally Posted by madbull View Post

Does anyone with an HP1000 have a suggestion on better pads for it? The stock ones are just painful.

IIRC devouringone3 (speaking of which - where did he go?) put up a guide on his profile page for building a better pad for the HP series. It involves some after-market parts, tape, and time. Looked pretty smart though.
post #4706 of 21175

Just tried the G-Cush with the sr325is and it's very comfortable. It just floats there - but there was a big hit on sound. Sounded distant and thin to me. Maybe if the pads got squished or broken in a little more so my ears are closer to the drivers, it would sound better. I'll still with the stock pads for now. Bummer.

 

I did get a chance to try another sr325is and the is quite consistent. Good response across all the frequencies with a warm tilt. The highs don't sound the way the charts show it.

post #4707 of 21175
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Originally Posted by greatguy1 View Post

My favorite is 325is.

I really enjoyed my time with them...for those of us who like a brighter headphone, a very good choice.

post #4708 of 21175
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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post

Just tried the G-Cush with the sr325is and it's very comfortable. It just floats there - but there was a big hit on sound. Sounded distant and thin to me.

That's pretty much how I felt it did them a disservice too. Hence why I don't suggest it. redface.gif
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I did get a chance to try another sr325is and the is quite consistent. Good response across all the frequencies with a warm tilt. The highs don't sound the way the charts show it.

Another one for the "graphs not being the be-all end-all answer to the world" tally. beerchug.gif
post #4709 of 21175

Yep, I really don't think the highs on the PS500s sound like what the FR would lead you to believe either. I really wasn't sure if I'd care for them based on the graphs, but ultimately theyve proved to be a damn near perfect match to my preferences. 

post #4710 of 21175

well the 325i is quite a fatiguing headphone but it has sure raised my interest in classical music or, perhaps, it's just me aging, who knows...


Edited by myears - 9/26/12 at 7:20pm
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