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post #136 of 689

Did anybody feel like he was losing some sound quality after the mod? I'm not sure.

 

I think mine sound better now ;D - Might be the DT 250 earpads as well though.

 

But what I'd really like to know is how much impact the chosen solder has on the sound quality - i suspect next to none ?

post #137 of 689

Heya - it's me uploading a few pictures of different angles of the ATH-m50s being opened up and exposed ;) I hope they helpCIMG2675_1.jpgCIMG2676_1.jpgCIMG2678_1.jpgCIMG2679_1.jpgCIMG2680_1.jpg

post #138 of 689

Can you do this with other headphones too? say the AKG K550?

post #139 of 689
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Originally Posted by arctyler View Post

Can you do this with other headphones too? say the AKG K550?


Depends of the space available insid the headphones, I was able to do it to my Allen & Heath XD-53.....

post #140 of 689

Just out of curiosity, would anyone be interested in buying a modded ath m50 in almost new condition? Not officially selling yet, but would just like to know.
 

post #141 of 689

Hi all, so i recently attempted this mod and it didnt turn out so well. I think the issue is getting rid of the enamel on the wire. So when I use a lighter to burn off the enamel, when i try to apply solder to it afterwards it doesnt stick. So I also tried it without using the lighter to burn off the enamel, and this time, the solder did stick, but when i plug in an audio source, theres no sound, so i think the problem is the enamel. Im running really short on the wire after so many tries, so im kinda desperate for help right now.

Im using a 25W soldering iron, if that helps.

Thanks.
 

post #142 of 689

Heya,

 

I used a 30W Iron and used the following procedure:

 

1) Remove the isolation

2) Remove a bit of the isolation from your first wire

3) Use a lighter to burn off the thread

4) Use a sharp knife to SCRAPE the enamel off - You'll see your success because the copper wire will shine after you scraped the enamel off

5) Apply solder to the wire

6) Apply solder to the connector

7) Hold the wire and the connector together and apply heat - usually you don't need extra solder if you prepared both parts properly

 

Good luck ;D

post #143 of 689
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Originally Posted by ryugen View Post

Heya,

 

I used a 30W Iron and used the following procedure:

 

1) Remove the isolation

2) Remove a bit of the isolation from your first wire

3) Use a lighter to burn off the thread

4) Use a sharp knife to SCRAPE the enamel off - You'll see your success because the copper wire will shine after you scraped the enamel off

5) Apply solder to the wire

6) Apply solder to the connector

7) Hold the wire and the connector together and apply heat - usually you don't need extra solder if you prepared both parts properly

 

Good luck ;D


Thanks for the reply. Just wanted to clarify wat did you mean in step 3, burning off the thread. Which thread is this?

post #144 of 689
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Thanks for the reply. Just wanted to clarify wat did you mean in step 3, burning off the thread. Which thread is this?

 

In the wire, there should be the +/- leads, and some cloth-ish fibers. Instead of risking cutting the wire more, or your fingers, use a lighter to burn off the fibers. Won't harm the wire or covering.

post #145 of 689

How long do i put the wire under the lighter?
 

post #146 of 689

ok, so i put the wire under the lighter for a second and it burned a small distance up the wire. Then i got a knife to scrape it, but nothing is scraping off.

post #147 of 689

Hmm there should be. I usually place the wire flattened out on my table and start scraping. You'll even see the scraped off enamel on your knife and on your table. (Along with some soot from the lighter procedure)

post #148 of 689

after i put the wire through the lighter, it turns black and when i scrape it, black soot come off. Is this the enamel? If not what colour is the enamel?
 

post #149 of 689

w8, how will I know when the wire is ready to be soldered? So it shiny and what colour? The same colour as wat it originally was?
 

post #150 of 689

Try not using a regular lighter but a storm lighter - so one with a blazing flame if you know what i mean. Something like that http://www.amazon.co.uk/Zippo-Multi-Purpose-Butane-Lighter/dp/B000OE07T6/ref=sr_1_6?s=outdoors&ie=UTF8&qid=1340107057&sr=1-6

 

That flame is gonna be hot enough to a) Burn the thread and b) Burn off the enamel

 

It will be shiny and copper colour (lighter bronze kind of colour) then you scrape until its shiny.

 

Maybe your lighter just wasnt hot enough

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