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post #6976 of 24418
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

Thanks once again. 

 

Where can I have a pair of Magnums put together? I believe Martin Customs Audio is great, but expensive and I do not know about anyone else.

Besides Martin, I don't know of anyone else who does it as a trade.

 

Easiest way would be to put it together yourself. You'd just need to buy an SR60i ($80), the TX drivers ($130), L-Cush pads ($20), and commission a set of wood cups from either Martin or Jin at Turbulent Labs once he starts making them again (~$150) - http://turbulentlabs.com/classic-vibro/

 

So that's a total of...around $350-400. Cheaper if you can pick up a second-hand SR60i, since all you'd be using from it is the headband / gimbals and its cable. And even cheaper yet if you want to forego the wood cups and just use the SR60i plastic housing, but that's more tricky and not easily done cleanly.

 

But with wood-cups, it's a simple matter of soldering the cable, seating the drivers (with either some thin foam strips or with thinly cut strips of electrical tape), and you're good to go. This is what I did, and I am not personally comfortable with DIY, so that should tell you how relatively easy it is.

post #6977 of 24418
I got it done by buying the cups and drivers, and buying my cable via Headphone Lounge. I asked if they would let me mail them everything and have them put it all together and they were kind enough to oblige for a very modest fee. Service was top notch. The trickiest part is finding a headband without cannibalizing a whole set. There are options though...you can get a Sony MDR headband from a parts website (on my phone at the moment, so can't provide it at the moment)....those apparently work well.
post #6978 of 24418
Either getting the Grado sr125(old version) or the sr80i. Anyone tried the sr125? Also, is there a big difference between the 80i's pads and the 125 pads in terms of sound quality and comfort?
post #6979 of 24418
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

I got it done by buying the cups and drivers, and buying my cable via Headphone Lounge. I asked if they would let me mail them everything and have them put it all together and they were kind enough to oblige for a very modest fee. Service was top notch. The trickiest part is finding a headband without cannibalizing a whole set. There are options though...you can get a Sony MDR headband from a parts website (on my phone at the moment, so can't provide it at the moment)....those apparently work well.

This is why I suggested just buying an SR60i. For $80, you get a cable and a headband - and spare SR60i drivers for whatever. The least expensive cable via Headphone Lounge is the same price as a new SR60i. That's the simplest way I can think of doing it, unless you abhor the Grado cable - I like the Grado cable.

post #6980 of 24418

Thanks a lot Biscuitz! You make this sound really easy and you got my attention now. This contraption sounds RS1ish right? 

post #6981 of 24418
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

I got it done by buying the cups and drivers, and buying my cable via Headphone Lounge. I asked if they would let me mail them everything and have them put it all together and they were kind enough to oblige for a very modest fee. Service was top notch. The trickiest part is finding a headband without cannibalizing a whole set. There are options though...you can get a Sony MDR headband from a parts website (on my phone at the moment, so can't provide it at the moment)....those apparently work well.

Hey Bruce! I just realized it was you. I managed to listen to the RS1's today and they are amazing. Girlfriend listened to them too and I may be allowed to get the Magnums, maybe.

post #6982 of 24418
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

Thanks once again. 

 

Where can I have a pair of Magnums put together? I believe Martin Customs Audio is great, but expensive and I do not know about anyone else.

 

The original Magnum is from Symphones in Canada. I don't know if they're still producing them, but the web page is still active.

 

  http://www.symphones.ca/magnum.htm

post #6983 of 24418
Site is still up but he doesn't make them anymore.
post #6984 of 24418
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post #6985 of 24418
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

Hey Bruce! I just realized it was you. I managed to listen to the RS1's today and they are amazing. Girlfriend listened to them too and I may be allowed to get the Magnums, maybe.

LOL...hey David smily_headphones1.gif...

Biscuitz is right, if you can find someone to do the soldering getting an old SR60 is a far better way economically. I must admit, when I was doing my build, I was aiming for my "end-game" cans...in retrospect, a Grado cable would have worked, but Vanity, thy name is Bruce...a custom looks rather sexy. And I now know I prefer how it does not tangle.
post #6986 of 24418
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

Site is still up but he doesn't make them anymore.

So sad production stopped making them. 

 

Has anyone tried this:

http://jaben.net/forums/index.php?topic=15062.0

http://jaben.net/shopping2/Alu-Mod.html

 

I found them and they look sick, but not sure sound wise.

post #6987 of 24418
Haven't personally, but have heard the effect is rather nice. Along the lines of the MS1000 mod...some have even stripped the red color off and had them plain...others have had them trimmed down so they don't add the extra distance between the driver and the ear.
post #6988 of 24418
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

Thanks a lot Biscuitz! You make this sound really easy and you got my attention now. This contraption sounds RS1ish right? 

Well, in the sense that all Grados sound similar, yeah. I don't wanna get your hopes up unnecessarily, but here's my brief evaluation of the TX (Magnum) drivers in Vibro Classic Cups:

 

First thing's first, the tonality will shift depending on the cups your drivers are housed in, as well as how well they're seated.

 

My personal pair, seated in Vibro Classic Cups, are very bright, tonally. The bass extends even less than my SR60i. Before the bass rolls off, however, it is more neutral than the Grados. That is, it doesn't quite have the mid-bass hump of Grados. This can be a plus or a con depending on your tastes. I personally like the Grado mid-bass hump, as it adds groove, body, and a dash of warmth. The RS1i has better bass extension and a nicely rounded mid-bass hump that I, personally, prefer to the TX.

 

Mids are interesting on the TX. Gone is the shoutiness or peakiness that Grados tend to exhibit. The TX mids are much more even-handed. They sound withdrawn if you compare them directly to Grado mids, but that's because Grado mids are rather forward to begin with. I really like the TX mid presentation, as it is inoffensive, ultra-clear sounding, and brings a greater sense of depth and spaciousness to the overall sound.

 

Highs are, I would say, extremely detailed on the TX. The treble is very elevated, very clear, and very airy. It's like nothing I've heard in any headphone. I don't really notice any uneven peaks in the treble, but, because it is elevated and extremely revealing, it rather shreds apart any recordings with sibilance. The RS1i, just going by my memory, has a much more relaxed treble than the TX. It's less detailed, but also less sibilant. I like the highs on the TX with quality recordings that don't have sibilance. But I sometimes wish I had the RS1i's highs because they're more forgiving.

 

As far as clarity goes, the TX is a large step up from all the Grados I've heard (I haven't heard GS1000 / PS1000). I recently A/B'd the SR125i with L-Cush pads and my TX, and there was no comparison in clarity. The TX drivers have a far blacker background, as they say. Soundstage is also the best I've heard in a Grado-style headphone. The more neutral mids lend to this sense of soundstage, but truly the separation and soundstage depth is impressive for an on-ear design. It's one of my favorite features of the TX.

 

Largely, it comes down to this though. I'd rather have the tonality of the RS1i. Its tonality is more natural. The bass presentation is just gorgeous with guitars. Although the TX has safer mids, greater clarity, and superior soundstage depth.

 

That's the best I can do to give you an idea. If I had the opportunity to A/B my TX and the RS1i, I have a feeling I'd prefer the RS1i. But I can't say that definitively as I haven't heard the RS1i in five or six months. But I am thinking about picking one up in addition to an MS-Pro and comparing the three in the near future, in order to have that definitive answer...

post #6989 of 24418
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Originally Posted by David RoBa View Post

So sad production stopped making them. 

 

Has anyone tried this:

http://jaben.net/forums/index.php?topic=15062.0

http://jaben.net/shopping2/Alu-Mod.html

 

I found them and they look sick, but not sure sound wise.


that does look cool !

post #6990 of 24418
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Originally Posted by LCfiner View Post

Site is still up but he doesn't make them anymore.

 

Thanks for the update. I guess I saved $400+.

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