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post #2191 of 3231

Cup volume of SR325 and HP1-2-3 are pretty much the same... as is any Prestige "i" 's and possibly a RS-1's too. It's just the pre-"i" Prestiges (exception: SR325) that are super short...-er

 

I would need to be able to do solder and have the guts to transplant HP 1000 drivers :/


Edited by devouringone3 - 12/15/12 at 8:10pm
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Edited by FLACvest - 2/27/14 at 12:25pm
post #2193 of 3231

well, the difference in cup length is not a real issue ime unless it is in the longer direction, say up towards 1.5" or more at which point things can get odd sounding, but the short cups used in the old series vs the standard size used today wouldn't introduce any real snafu in comparing any two phones.

post #2194 of 3231

..moves post to appropriate thread to keep this a magnum modding thread. carry onwards...


Edited by thelostMIDrange - 12/18/12 at 8:57pm
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You might try clay or styrofoam, something easy to mold, at least for the trials. then just center it with tooth picks or something, until you have the design nailed down.

post #2196 of 3231

attn mag owners. and grado fans for that matter. A heads up on a sweet sounding iem. Sweet balanced and mangum'y . play with tips until you get it dialed in.....

 

monoprice 8320


Edited by thelostMIDrange - 12/23/12 at 10:59am
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Seems like you've found the headphones, or IEMs rather that have the perfect FR curve for you.

 

I gave up and sock-drawered my V5s. 2 days of pink noise and the bass has been tamed and the initial harshness, present in all the Magnums I've owned when new, has mostly disappeared as well. They are sitting in V4 aluminium shells in a pair of 325is in case anyone is wondering. 

post #2198 of 3231

yes, Iem's in general seem to have an easier time giving natural sounds that is goal #1 for me. I suspect full size phones have the extra hurdle of having to deal with and navigate the contours of the outer ear..........although I have a half dozen iem's and that is not the only thing going on here. the mono is unique..........And while i haven't seen a FR for this, I'm certain it measures fantastic, it has to. And I can imagine what the FR looks like


Edited by thelostMIDrange - 12/21/12 at 11:10pm
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When it fits, the sound is great, unfortunately they rarely fit me.
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Originally Posted by thelostMIDrange View Post

a midrange that finally satisfies a guy with a moniker of thelostMIDrange. thefoundMIDrange is what it should read now.

Lol. Wow, it's the first time that you look pleased by a headphone.

 

"Half a dozen IEMs" few, you sounded like the guy who was listening to an IEM for the first time.

 

There is no way I'm listening to a 6.04 $ Monoprice headphone!.... just kidding, I'll dig back my old Sennheiser CX300 and see if I can find a need for that type of headphone again ! and upgrade

 

 

Guys I've contacted Rhydon about it (currently awaiting a reply) but I want to ask you too, do you know which tools did he use in the past (megaton press, anaerobic glue?), but more specifically what could he be using now (my pair is probably the latest one he built; 2 months ago that he made from disparate v2.5 chambers) to attach together aluminum air chambers and Grado metal cups? I need to separate mines :/.

 

Same thing for the gimbals; I would guess they are two screws just like Grado's metal gimbal :

 

1000

 

But he might have used LocTite or something, you got any tips to help me unscrew them?

 

If I can't disassemble my Magnums I will have to sell mine and built another (or trade for it / buy that build if one got it the way I want). I decided that I wanted to use original silver SR325 (as opposed to the chrome SR325is I have right now) cups for my Magnum pair. I have such peculiar needs... but if anyone got a silver SR325 full Magnum V4 they could reserve me... as I might not be able to save my current Magnum aluminum parts. Thanks!


Edited by devouringone3 - 12/22/12 at 4:56am
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yes, I've been stuck trying to make grados work. It's not just the new iem experience though. I've heard a few now and the well reviewed shure 215 which sounded all wrong to me but gets rave reviews.........2nd time i've been pleased-I had a set or two of mags that shaped up real similar sound signature (v4 in tig maple) but not as nice in some ways. Sluker has them now. But that's why i think you guys will like them. I'm beyond smitten... Half way though my record collection and nothing is played wrong.


Edited by thelostMIDrange - 12/23/12 at 12:17am
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Funnily enough MuppetFace said that she felt like the "delicacy", "finesse" (not sure which word to employ) of the HP2 was a trait she had heard only in some of the best IEMs.

 

 

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Originally Posted by thelostMIDrange View Post

more descriptive please.....and does the plastic set get worse after a certain volume level?

 

for the comparison to be fair, they would need to both use the same pads......

 

(I haven't done my A/B yet)

 

HP2i handles higher volumes like no other headphones I own. It's the first concrete, easily noticeable good quality I found about it. And from memory the HP1 (because I don't have the cable adapter to listen to it right now) is also slightly better at higher volumes than the ABS enclosed HP 1000 drivers... I hope it's not a placebo, in a week or two I'll A/B and confirm that.

 

About the HP2i, I don't want to be official with my words just yet, but I fear they have become an even more neutral beast. The highs, what others have reviewed as being rolled off on this headphone (they're just really plain... and neutral, "boringly so", by the same reviewers), are even less prominent. And I feel like everything else (of the frequency response) is also smoothed the same way, kind of like when you take all the knobs of the equalizer to -12 dB (but without the volume/sensitivity reduction in this case). This is why I think they handle high volumes better than all my other Grados/headphones: the highs take more time to become irritating, and the sweet/acceptable "spot" reaches further... meaning you can crank the volume "more harmlessly" to your audition and have generally less listening fatigue.

 

And the "Grado cups related" midrange-shoutiness is annihilated too.


Edited by devouringone3 - 12/23/12 at 9:00am
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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Seems like you've found the headphones, or IEMs rather that have the perfect FR curve for you.

 

I gave up and sock-drawered my V5s. 2 days of pink noise and the bass has been tamed and the initial harshness, present in all the Magnums I've owned when new, has mostly disappeared as well. They are sitting in V4 aluminium shells in a pair of 325is in case anyone is wondering. 

This is the first I've heard of Magnum V5's out, did you do a review of these. 

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I got my Magnum X drivers yesterday. I haven't heard any other Magnums so can only compare to Alessandro and Grado drivers. Blown away by the resolution; more detailed than my K601s. The highs seem to exhibit a different tone to other Grado drivers I've heard, not sure if it's just because of the new detail or something else, interesting to see if it changes with burn in. Mids still have that Grado-ness. Bass is very similar to my MS1 drivers but a bit tighter.

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Originally Posted by lawrywild View Post

I got my Magnum X drivers yesterday. I haven't heard any other Magnums so can only compare to Alessandro and Grado drivers. Blown away by the resolution; more detailed than my K601s. The highs seem to exhibit a different tone to other Grado drivers I've heard, not sure if it's just because of the new detail or something else, interesting to see if it changes with burn in. Mids still have that Grado-ness. Bass is very similar to my MS1 drivers but a bit tighter.

Do you like the different tone of the highs?

I'm using some Magnum V4's right now, but my Magnum X drivers are on the way! I'll post some impressions when I get them. However, it will be tricky to do comparisons, seeing as I won't be able to A/B the V4's and X drivers. I'll be using the cups and cable that my V4's are using now with the new drivers. But I'll try to describe what differences I hear as best as I can.

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