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post #2461 of 3235

A quick question: when soldering the cable to the drivers, should the whole pad be covered with solder or does that not matter?

post #2462 of 3235

Doesn't matter but the joint will be stronger if you put a decent amount on. I tend to use more than enough (whether it be solder, glue or whatever) when I mod things, always been like that since a kid lol.

 

 

I just did the shack hack mod with some cheap px100 clone pads (with no holes) as the cloth material over the Magnums was causing discomfort against my ear after several hours of wear. Can't believe I haven't tried this sooner, the comfort level is increased ten fold. The cheap pads are very soft and thin and low density so barely affect the sound (nowhere near the thickness of comfies).


Edited by lawrywild - 2/27/13 at 9:25am
post #2463 of 3235

im confused, does this mean i can just build my own Grado with a pair of turbulent drivers, a pair of cups, cable and a headband? whats stopping me from say making my own RS1s for like half the price? (by make i mean more like imitate i suppose)

post #2464 of 3235

Nothing.. that's what we're all doing. They won't sound exactly like an RS1, but some who have compared have said the Magnums are more detailed than RS1s. Essentially you are building a completely different headphone, which has some similarities (and usually some parts) to a Grado.

 

 

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Originally Posted by vvaffles View Post

im confused, does this mean i can just build my own Grado with a pair of turbulent drivers, a pair of cups, cable and a headband? whats stopping me from say making my own RS1s for like half the price? (by make i mean more like imitate i suppose)


Edited by lawrywild - 2/27/13 at 4:36pm
post #2465 of 3235

wow, this is awesome. Shame the wooden cups are sold out, anyone knows where else i can pick them up? I just bought the drivers, and i guess i can make my own cables. 

post #2466 of 3235
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Originally Posted by vvaffles View Post

wow, this is awesome. Shame the wooden cups are sold out, anyone knows where else i can pick them up? I just bought the drivers, and i guess i can make my own cables. 

Contact Luke at headphonelounge? is it headphonelounge? Anyway, he may be able to make you a pair but I can tell you that it will take about a month as he is swamped with school etc.

post #2467 of 3235

Hi all! I'm a big grado headphones fan!Had 60s ,80s, 225i, 325i and than bought hifiman he-400 (bad decision).Now I want an update.Thinking between rs1 and custom Turbulent X. But I cannot find comparison of those two!Can someone who listened both help me decide.As a source I use Colorfly C4 pro.
Sorry for my bad English!

post #2468 of 3235
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post

Contact Luke at headphonelounge? is it headphonelounge? Anyway, he may be able to make you a pair but I can tell you that it will take about a month as he is swamped with school etc.

ya these guys are the people I checked with, they are sold out, i put my self on the the waiting list, hopefully it wont be too long.

post #2469 of 3235
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Originally Posted by Pylys View Post

Hi all! I'm a big grado headphones fan!Had 60s ,80s, 225i, 325i and than bought hifiman he-400 (bad decision).Now I want an update.Thinking between rs1 and custom Turbulent X. But I cannot find comparison of those two!Can someone who listened both help me decide.As a source I use Colorfly C4 pro.
Sorry for my bad English!

You didn't like the HE-400? Neither did I.

 

The RS1 is what the 60, 80, 225, and 325 all strive to be. It is the best of the in-production Grado lineup (not counting GS1000 / PS1000). However, it is not a huge improvement. It does have the nicest bass though.

 

The Turbulent X will sound different depending upon what type of cups you use. If you use the Turbulent Labs Classic Vibro Cups, I can tell you that the Turbulent X offers more clarity, detail, and instrument separation than any Grado, RS1 included. It has mids which are more reserved than Grados are. That means they don't jump out at you like Grado's mids do. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes.

 

Conclusion: The RS1 has better bass and is more energetic. The Turbulent X has better clarity and detail and is cleaner sounding. Which is more important to you?

post #2470 of 3235
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Originally Posted by Biscuitz View Post

You didn't like the HE-400? Neither did I.

 

The RS1 is what the 60, 80, 225, and 325 all strive to be. It is the best of the in-production Grado lineup (not counting GS1000 / PS1000). However, it is not a huge improvement. It does have the nicest bass though.

 

The Turbulent X will sound different depending upon what type of cups you use. If you use the Turbulent Labs Classic Vibro Cups, I can tell you that the Turbulent X offers more clarity, detail, and instrument separation than any Grado, RS1 included. It has mids which are more reserved than Grados are. That means they don't jump out at you like Grado's mids do. This can be a good thing or a bad thing depending on your tastes.

 

Conclusion: The RS1 has better bass and is more energetic. The Turbulent X has better clarity and detail and is cleaner sounding. Which is more important to you?

Thank you for answering!
HE-400 Has good sound stage(instrument separation) and clearer sound compared to my grado headphones but highs are bad and the darkness compared to grados (bright) sound is what I hate the most.So if Turbulent X is grados with larger sound stage and greater details and not as dark as HE-400 than its what I need.

post #2471 of 3235
So they are finally here and on my head...it's going to be rough getting any work done today...to recap: Cabillas Mahogany cups, Headphone Lounge cable, Magnum X drivers, Turbulent Labs leather on standard Grado headband:






They are being driven by a Cowon J3...my conclusion: End Game
post #2472 of 3235
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Originally Posted by fleasbaby View Post

So they are finally here and on my head...it's going to be rough getting any work done today...to recap: Cabillas Mahogany cups, Headphone Lounge cable, Magnum X drivers, Turbulent Labs leather on standard Grado headband:






They are being driven by a Cowon J3...my conclusion: End Game

Freakin awesome! I'm so pumped to finish mine, I feel like it's still gonna be a month or two tho

post #2473 of 3235

My saddle manta headband came today, so I've finally finished my Magnum X build. Will take some pics soon smily_headphones1.gif

 

 

^ Nice phones fleasbaby, the Cabillas shells look quite decent with bowls but make sure to try some jumbos. I have a pair of those cups also, at the moment they've got MS1 drivers in (basically a straight replacement for the aluminium cups in my avatar). Considering buying another set of Magnum X drivers to put in those too, but I feel as though I should get something different. May try and buy a second hand pair of V4s or something instead and build a more 'laid back' Magnum with them.


Edited by lawrywild - 3/1/13 at 5:02pm
post #2474 of 3235
That's the plan...now that I have these set up, I want to try some TTVJ flats and some salad bowls...

Been listening for most of the afternoon at my desk at the office. The detail is what everyone promised, and the separation is something else. I like a little punch so the bass is fine by me...they definitely trump the 225i, regular and woodied....now to sell off spares, get some different pads to experiment with and sit back and enjoy...
post #2475 of 3235

Good looking headphones!

 

I trust they sound as nice! I really do enjoy those drivers.

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