So if i understand, those new pads only make the rs1 sound glassy? and not your magnums, vintage 100's or 200's in plastic ? The answer to that could be very informative. But 'glassy' in my research is not a quality that usually comes with a driver. Or at least not entirely. It could be an artifact from the cup at least in part and possibly 100%.
My SR200 (Grado pink drivers) sounded a bit glassy with stock pads, and the upgraded flats made that problem a lot more pronounced. And yes the same effect is also on the pink drivers RS-1 too, though you can't hear it with the TTVJ flats (as it just sounds like sparkly, typical Grado highs with those).
(just to make sure) By glassy I mean cymbals that sound too high and without texture, that skyrocket in pitch every time. It's a bit annoying to live with frankly.
Maybe it's the cups, I haven't heard any other RS-1 with these utterly revealing (Grado headphone experience changing) pads. This effect is not present at all with the improved flat pads on my Full-alu Magnum v4.5, and I have not tried my SR325i with them yet.
It's just to show how a initial obstacle can obscure a part of the spectrum and then an effort is made in the wrong place (cups?) in attempt to patch over the unseen problem: the stock pads which blur the highs, big time.
Yes basically. I wish someone could reproduce something similar to what Joe is doing to mod and improve the TTVJ flats (Joseph Grado won't be helping us out forever). LFF have tried quite hard already (like 14 attempts) without clear success yet.
Wet, up to a certain extent; most other HP 1000 users just use them this way. I am the one a bit special on hygienic measures and I removed most of the oil I could with disposable towels; expecting a detrimental effect but no difference really manifested in the de-oiling process; they still sound so good, are thicker, seem denser and "crunchier". I will buy a second (back up) pair soon and leave it soaking wet compare them in sound and durability/longevity with my current "dry" ones. I expect they will behave pretty much the same in sound, but I really wonder about durability; I hope long term exposure to the oil does nothing wrong to the foam's integrity, and better that it actually protects it.
As of a few hours ago I added my infamous 3M Crystal Clear Scotch tape to my upgraded flat pads, and I was positively surprised as it garnered to the pads the same positive effects it always does, and in my opinion, no drawbacks at all. My new clear and forever last definitive change in Grado pads; the only and best pads I'll ever use hopefully: the taped flats"i". For the HP 1000 the effects of tape are generally a bit lesser already, and because the upgraded flats are and sound less airy (and more "tapey" sounding naturally) than the TTVJ, tape doesn't affect it as much, but still it's considerable and makes me happy. I'm getting the most bass, the less midrange shoutyness (without needed to resort the "back-ring" part of the Purrin HP 1000 mod) which highers the sweet-pot volume range (can go louder now with less harshness), improved "flow" (liquidity?) of the highs (also contributes to reduce harshness sensation), and more details.
Edited by devouringone3 - 1/30/13 at 6:40pm