I did a little pad modding last week and thought I would share it. I got this idea from markl's mod.
I tried to "beef up" the pads by stuffing the polyfiber stuff that he used. I didn't like the fact that it was very difficult to make the fiber go in evenly around the circle while keeping the height and density of the stuffed area consistent. I ended up with lumpy fiber patches that were not even (this could be my OCD talking :). Also, I didn't like cutting up the plastic cup to just to keep the fiber in place.
So this is what I did:
- I went to a hobby store and bought a sheet of foam sheet for $0.60.
- Removed plastic circular locking piece from the pad.
- Used it to trace a ring on the foam sheet.
- Cut it.
- Glued two rings together (although I don't think gluing is necessary. I glued them to make sure no sound leaks through the two layers of foam.)
- Put the foam into the pad.
- Replaced the plastic locking piece over the foam.
- Perfectly fitted and sealed pad enhancer!
I am not going to claim that this has made a noticeable bass/mid/treble improvements or reduced sound leak as I am honestly not able to tell the difference in the amount of certain freq. before/after the mod.
What I did notice was the sound stage and general feel of music. It's now more spacious and airy, in a good way. I am really liking how wide the sound stage feels. I can also tell you that it didn't make anything worse in those depts.
It takes 10 minutes to do and completely reversible so try it if you're inclined and report back how you feel about it. I am sure there are people out there with more sensitive hearing that can pick out cons/pros better than me.
$0.60 foam pads from a hobby store cut into a ring shape
Sandwich two layers of the foam between the pad and the plastic adapter
It raises the pad height by about 3/8" effectively placing the driver that much further away from your ear
Final result. The pads are not wimpy anymore!
Edited by Dougeefresh - 3/2/12 at 9:16am