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I just received a pair of alpha pads.

 

Now go try some Audeze pads :D

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The way some of you guys IMO overstate things, I'd think "Forget the cans, just wears the pads." :D Be nice, please.

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Originally Posted by StanD View Post
 

The way some of you guys IMO overstate things, I'd think "Forget the cans, just wears the pads." :D Be nice, please.

 

I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

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Edited by jibzilla - 6/3/14 at 1:31am
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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

You guys act like without the mods the cans sound like Beats. :D 

Try an experiment. Create a small gap between the pads and your skin, use something like a pencil and don't stick it in your ear. Since these are open back, I wouldn't expect to get the Beats sound that way. What I mean is, not a night and day difference. Perhaps it's a little bit more on the subtle side?

When I hear mod, I think soldering iron, Is that how you make the holes? Something like woodburning?

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Damn, I think he's onto us...

 

OK, OK, you've found us out.  The whole point of all these mods, the threads, and their rabid proponents, is to make the HE-500s sound like Beats!  I, for one, am paid personally by Dr. Dre.  Mostly in coke and hos.  *knock knock*  Well, schiit, there he is now.  Gotta run.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

Damn, I think he's onto us...

 

OK, OK, you've found us out.  The whole point of all these mods, the threads, and their rabid proponents, is to make the HE-500s sound like Beats!  I, for one, am paid personally by Dr. Dre.  Mostly in coke and hos.  *knock knock*  Well, schiit, there he is now.  Gotta run.

So you've been up to monkey business? I heard that Dre is coming out with a modded pad that dispenses coke as you listen. It's supposed to give you an airy sound and pumps up the energy level of the music. It's DEA approved and will be made available for a summit-hi cans.

Edit: Your boss finds out about the hos, you'll be into more than jewelry.


Edited by StanD - 1/31/14 at 11:26am
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So you've been up to monkey business? I heard that Dre is coming out with a modded pad that dispenses coke as you listen. It's supposed to give you an airy sound and pumps up the energy level of the music. It's DEA approved and will be made available for a summit-hi cans.

Edit: Your boss finds out about the hos, you'll be into more than jewelry.

 

:ph34r:

post #11559 of 16191
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I tried it.  Pulled the pads off the HE-500s and just strapped 'em to my ears (thought about using carpet tape, but that schiit's worse than the stickiest Band-Aid when you're ripping it off).  My initial impressions are that the stock pads still suck.  No surprise there.  The jergulorX pads definitely fleshed out environmental sounds, making my surroundings almost 3D (hey! that's a big deal here in Flatland!).  Soundstage showed modest improvement, as did upper mids (coffee grinder, bird song, et al.).  The low end was not adversely affected.  Trucks on the street, not to mention the neighbor's subwoofer in his tricked out Honda Civic, were all realistic without being "b(l)oomy."

 

It was when I strapped on the AKG Q701 pads when things really changed.  These pads are already angled, and I did the vent mod, which adds just a smidge more.  Wow.  Soundstage is wide open, but audio cues (imaging) is out of this world.  Everything is just more focused.  Watching TV is a totally different experience.  I don't want to take these things off.  Even my wife wants a pair, but of course, they must be pink.

 

So, Staniel, get off yr ***** and start modding!!!

 

 

;)

 

Are you saying that the Q701 pads are better than the jerg pads?

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Are you saying that the Q701 pads are better than the jerg pads?

 

LOL.  Sure, why not, at least when they're attached to my head with no cans ;)

 

Jokes aside, I've been using Q701 pads on my HE-500s for a while now.  I like the sense of space inside as compared to my homemade jerg pads.  I can't comment on differences in sound, as I can't recall the jergulorX pads.  May have to switch 'em soon just to see.

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LOL.  Sure, why not, at least when they're attached to my head with no cans ;)

 

Jokes aside, I've been using Q701 pads on my HE-500s for a while now.  I like the sense of space inside as compared to my homemade jerg pads.  I can't comment on differences in sound, as I can't recall the jergulorX pads.  May have to switch 'em soon just to see.

Actually the Q701 Pads might be in the cards. You say there's more room inside for my ears?

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Actually the Q701 Pads might be in the cards. You say there's more room inside for my ears?

 

Compared to the pads I made based on jerg's design and modulor's guide, the Q701 pads give me more room.  I felt like the drivers were closer to my ears with the jerg pads.  I have no idea if the angling of the Q701 pads helps the sound, but I'm pretty sure that, plus the type of foam (slightly stiffer), helps with the spacing issue.

 

Give me a day or so and I'll do a quick comparison.  I'll try to give some subjective sense of the difference in sound, too.  I did not slice and dice the AKG pads.  I did attached the HE-500 mounting ring using the double-stick photo tabs (per modulor's guide), as well as the back vent using Creatology foam.  Depending on how the mounting rings look after I remove the pads, I may skip all that and just switch between pads.  I'd say it's a safe bet I will do that, as it speeds up the process.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

Compared to the pads I made based on jerg's design and modulor's guide, the Q701 pads give me more room.  I felt like the drivers were closer to my ears with the jerg pads.  I have no idea if the angling of the Q701 pads helps the sound, but I'm pretty sure that, plus the type of foam (slightly stiffer), helps with the spacing issue.

 

Give me a day or so and I'll do a quick comparison.  I'll try to give some subjective sense of the difference in sound, too.  I did not slice and dice the AKG pads.  I did attached the HE-500 mounting ring using the double-stick photo tabs (per modulor's guide), as well as the back vent using Creatology foam.  Depending on how the mounting rings look after I remove the pads, I may skip all that and just switch between pads.  I'd say it's a safe bet I will do that, as it speeds up the process.

How's the room inside of the Q701 pads compared to stock velour and pleather? I wonder how angling affects the sound? I won't bias you with legends, you've probably heard them all anyway.

Thanks for the effort.

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How's the room inside of the Q701 pads compared to stock velour and pleather? I wonder how angling affects the sound? I won't bias you with legends, you've probably heard them all anyway.

Thanks for the effort.

 

No longer have the stock pleather.  It was sacrificed immediately for jerg pads.  If I have spare mounting rings, I'll try getting them back in the stock velours and let you know.  I'll be shocked if there's not more room, but I'll be as neutral as I can be.

 

Legends?  Feel free to bias me.  Are you talking about music?  If so, hit me.  If I have it, I'll test with it for you, and I'm always up for something new.  I can be very unbiased when listening, even if it's something I wouldn't put on again.  Comes from years of objectively testing crap software and crap web sites ;)

 

If not music, I'll ask again... legends?

 

Happy to help.

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Originally Posted by ThurstonX View Post
 

 

No longer have the stock pleather.  It was sacrificed immediately for jerg pads.  If I have spare mounting rings, I'll try getting them back in the stock velours and let you know.  I'll be shocked if there's not more room, but I'll be as neutral as I can be.

 

Legends?  Feel free to bias me.  Are you talking about music?  If so, hit me.  If I have it, I'll test with it for you, and I'm always up for something new.  I can be very unbiased when listening, even if it's something I wouldn't put on again.  Comes from years of objectively testing crap software and crap web sites ;)

 

If not music, I'll ask again... legends?

 

Happy to help.

Legends of angling drivers to increase soundstage. Actually Sennheiser does that in some of their cans.  Figure that angling earpads might do the equivalent. Music, well that is chock full of legends :D

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