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Originally Posted by Pingupenguins View Post

Touché. But those kinds of people are far and few between.

 

Again, it's their loss.  That's the beauty of all the knowledge in this forum.  Sure, as a product or a modification moves along and gets to a point of maturity, it's a great time.  However, the journey in gettng there is part of the fun, too.

 

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I have read the whole thing in the past.  But haven't in couple of months.  

What happened was, I had the grey v4 and the driver failed.  So Rhydon installed the new black v4.

I felt it had some sonic improvements. When I inquired he recently responded:

 

"The V4, like any product, has undergone a few minor optimizations since it was introduced. They are minor, but sonically evident. It is not a V5 by any stretch, just a refined V4."  Rhydon

 

 



Rhydon

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Originally Posted by sling5s View Post

"The V4, like any product, has undergone a few minor optimizations since it was introduced. They are minor, but sonically evident. It is not a V5 by any stretch, just a refined V4."  Rhydon

 

 


 

Actually, this doesn't come as very much of a surprise.  After Rhydon released the v4 driver, he basically had one solid run of the drivers.  Then, there was a slight delay and getting the 2nd reease of them out due to tests - or, rather additional tests that he had started performed via the use of a better "driver matching" device that he has implemented into his driver process for performing some QC/QA against the pair of drivers prior to shipping.  This has allowed for a customer to get a better "matched" pair of drivers.
 

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So after months of getting the cups from MrHee, and a set of v3 Magnum drivers, I finally have the time to put it all together.

 

The cups were mahogany wood, and they are just absolutely gorgeous.  MrHee did a fantastic job on them for a very reasonable price.  I haven't tried some other members on this board, but I have to say I'd be surprised if you can get anything better than what you can get from MrHee (judging from the photos).  Those things were just beautifully made.

 

I then fit the v3 Magnums into the cups, and have 4 24awg solid silver core wire ending with dual mono 2.5mm female jacks.  The intention is to make the cables interchangeable with my other headphones, and that's it.  Simple 30 minute job, and I can't believe I just couldn't find the time until now.

 

The sound is great, it is a little more sparkly that what I am accustomed to, the bass goes really low, and has a good weight to it.  Didn't really test out the mids yet.  They are a little harsher than my modded T50RP (but then, almost everything is harsher than the T50RP because the ortho sound is just so smooth), but the magnums are much easier to drive, seems to have a little more detail, and the bass seem to be a little punchier.  But I really have to sit down and listen to them.


Will update with photos when I have time.

 

The next step is to get those Grado L-cush.  The reverse quarter modded 414 pads just aren't doing it.

 

EDIT: Updated with photos

 

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Edited by ambchang - 7/14/12 at 1:01pm
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Here are my Grado inspired Magnums

 

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Edited by lord_tris - 7/21/12 at 1:11pm
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that's just a cable?
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Wood cups,grado c cups, cable and magnum drivers..

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Originally Posted by Melvins View Post

that's just a cable?
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oh my bad, the other pictures weren't loading

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How noticeable would an upgrade from the stock 60i cable be for the Magnums?  I've been thinking about putting these things in but I can't help but feel like I should get a new cable first.

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Magnums are leaps and bounds over the SR60s.

 

I had the SR60s (not the i), and the highs were sibilant and just overall fatiguing.  I eventually damped the cups, recabled, vented half the driver, and tamed the phones by quite a bit.

 

Then I got the Magnum v3 drivers, a set of wooden cups from MrHee (beautiful Mahogany), and put in pure silver core cables, and there is just no comparison.

 

The Magnums are more detailed, have way better separation, extends further up and down the spectrum, and sounds much smoother than the SR60s.  The sound signature is similar (compared to the modded SR60), but the Magnums are just so much better.

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Originally Posted by ambchang View Post

Magnums are leaps and bounds over the SR60s.

 

I had the SR60s (not the i), and the highs were sibilant and just overall fatiguing.  I eventually damped the cups, recabled, vented half the driver, and tamed the phones by quite a bit.

 

Then I got the Magnum v3 drivers, a set of wooden cups from MrHee (beautiful Mahogany), and put in pure silver core cables, and there is just no comparison.

 

The Magnums are more detailed, have way better separation, extends further up and down the spectrum, and sounds much smoother than the SR60s.  The sound signature is similar (compared to the modded SR60), but the Magnums are just so much better.

lol, that's not what he asked

post #1662 of 3222
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Originally Posted by BoxFish View Post

How noticeable would an upgrade from the stock 60i cable be for the Magnums?  I've been thinking about putting these things in but I can't help but feel like I should get a new cable first.

 

Most likely not noticeable at all. If at all, very minor. Most people say most copper cables sound very, very, very similar. 


That being said, I'm getting tired of my 4 conductor grado cable. It's pretty darn clunky.

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

 

Most likely not noticeable at all. If at all, very minor. Most people say most copper cables sound very, very, very similar. 

What about a silver cable?

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Originally Posted by BoxFish View Post

What about a silver cable?

 

Don't get hung up on cables. Just make sure you get a decent one that is braided well with excellent plugs. From my experience so far, the sound of a cable on a particular headphone isn't 100% dependent on the quality of wire being used, a lot of the time it's just dumb luck and how loose/tight you make your braid as well as the type you use. The terminations and how well they are soldered as well as surface treatment really make the difference even though it sounds a bit silly. My earliest stuff didn't impart any improvement on the sound at all due to my inattention to those details, thus I never really was a believer until I bought my first Moon Black Dragon cable.

 

Just build a good one out of anything you can fine and you'll be happy. Just don't use speaker wire, that stuff looks janky.

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Originally Posted by chrislangley4253 View Post

Most likely not noticeable at all. If at all, very minor. Most people say most copper cables sound very, very, very similar. 


That being said, I'm getting tired of my 4 conductor grado cable. It's pretty darn clunky.

 

I love John Grado's older cable, just make sure you don't buy any new Grado above the SR80i, they all come with the 8 conductors cable now, which is twice thicker and so heavy it makes my RS1 fall off my head.

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