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post #2761 of 3215

Indeed...different drivers...originally they were designed to be housed in an all aluminium setup. Now they are made to be housed in the wooden cups sold by Turbulent Labs. Martin does a beautiful job of making something more personalized, one-of-a-kind, and artful though.

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Who manufacturers these custom drivers? Is Grado ok with this? Because I've seen people ripping out the drivers out of Grado's replacing it with various versions of Magnum drivers.

post #2763 of 3215
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Originally Posted by kskwerl View Post

Quick question for anyone with V5 drivers, I've never used these until yesterday. Do they benefit from a certain amount of burn in with say pink noise?

 

 

I also had some G cush pads sitting around and besides the ear piercing highs they created they were pretty good but for now I'm using the stock pads that came with the 80i's. What's the general opinion on the best pads to use?

 

What kind of amps are you guy using? Currently I only have the O2

First, I have not used any pink noise or or any other burn-in mechanism other than playing music through them for my pleasure. I don't think they've changed much if at all since I got my V5 drivers, so my vote is no, there is no burn in necessary.

 

Second, the L-cush Grado pad is the best pad for the Magnum V5...the other pads don't even come close in my opinion.

 

Lastly, I have found that the source makes the most difference for the Magnum. I happen to use an Aune T1 which is a USB Tube DAC and solid state amp combined. It's the best thing I have heard for my Magnums. Check the Aune T1 thread here: CLICK HERE.

 

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

post #2764 of 3215
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First, I have not used any pink noise or or any other burn-in mechanism other than playing music through them for my pleasure. I don't think they've changed much if at all since I got my V5 drivers, so my vote is no, there is no burn in necessary.

 

Second, the L-cush Grado pad is the best pad for the Magnum V5...the other pads don't even come close in my opinion.

 

Lastly, I have found that the source makes the most difference for the Magnum. I happen to use an Aune T1 which is a USB Tube DAC and solid state amp combined. It's the best thing I have heard for my Magnums. Check the Aune T1 thread here: CLICK HERE.

 

Feel free to PM me with any questions!

 

I heartily agree. When I had a pair, they sounded fantastic with lossless files, coming out of a good amp (I had a Headstage Arrow 4G at the time), or even out of a decent player (a Cowon J3 in case). I know its a touch criminal as well, but my guilty pleasure was sometimes using the J3's equalizer on them as well.

post #2765 of 3215
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Originally Posted by DefQon View Post

Who manufacturers these custom drivers? Is Grado ok with this? Because I've seen people ripping out the drivers out of Grado's replacing it with various versions of Magnum drivers.

 

http://turbulentlabs.com/

post #2766 of 3215
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Who manufacturers these custom drivers? Is Grado ok with this? Because I've seen people ripping out the drivers out of Grado's replacing it with various versions of Magnum drivers.

Magnum started by Symphones modifying 325i/MS2 headphones only.

They would liberate and modify the drivers then remount them in an aluminum inner housing (no plastic).

Finally they added new metal gimbals with a slightly thicker rod to provide more friction in the rod blocks and compensate for the weight of the added aluminum inner cups.

These are "Magnums" = Modified Grado 325 or MS2.

Note the drivers are held by screws not glue so easier to change out or re-cable etc.

 

 

 

After a while Symphones stopped offering the Magnum upgrade and the aluminum inner cups/gimbals. 

They now sell only "Magnum" drivers which they "make" in Canada.

 

Turbulent makes CNC'd wood cups that fit Grados or Magnum drivers.

Because no one was offering a"finished" Magnum product, Turbulent (with Headphone Lounge) now offer a "one stop shop" for ALL the components in one place to make Turbulent woody Magnums.

post #2767 of 3215

Had O2.  Was too bright for them.  Use V200.  Perfect synergy. 

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What kind of amps are you guy using? Currently I only have the O2

post #2768 of 3215

Thanks.

post #2769 of 3215
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Originally Posted by joeq70 View Post

First, I have not used any pink noise or or any other burn-in mechanism other than playing music through them for my pleasure. I don't think they've changed much if at all since I got my V5 drivers, so my vote is no, there is no burn in necessary.

 

Second, the L-cush Grado pad is the best pad for the Magnum V5...the other pads don't even come close in my opinion.

 

Lastly, I have found that the source makes the most difference for the Magnum. I happen to use an Aune T1 which is a USB Tube DAC and solid state amp combined. It's the best thing I have heard for my Magnums. Check the Aune T1 thread here: CLICK HERE.

 

Feel free to PM me with any questions!


I've been reading up on the Aune T1 since you posted this and I'm very interested. Think I might grab one when funds become available, as of now I'll set with the O2.

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Hey folks, off topic I suppose, but quick question. So, I have my grado Sr80i, and I have a pair of hifiman he400s. While I love the 400 immensely, they just aren't forward,especially vocals. Now, if anyone has experience with magnums and hifimans, I'd like to know if building a magnum would now be a good compliment to the hifimans, I actually have custom cocobolo outters with black limba inner sleeves already. I was in the midst of building the magnum but the planar bug bit me. Just now trying to figure out if they'd compliment each other. Thanks in advance and feel free to tell me to spend all of my money on hps, because I plan to anyways.
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Hey folks, off topic I suppose, but quick question. So, I have my grado Sr80i, and I have a pair of hifiman he400s. While I love the 400 immensely, they just aren't forward,especially vocals. Now, if anyone has experience with magnums and hifimans, I'd like to know if building a magnum would now be a good compliment to the hifimans, I actually have custom cocobolo outters with black limba inner sleeves already. I was in the midst of building the magnum but the planar bug bit me. Just now trying to figure out if they'd compliment each other. Thanks in advance and feel free to tell me to spend all of my money on hps, because I plan to anyways.

I have a Magnum and compared it the the HE-400. The Magnum has way more clarity and a more tactile, forward, intimate sound (assuming you pair the magnum with the right source/amp). 

post #2772 of 3215
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Originally Posted by joeq70 View Post

I have a Magnum and compared it the the HE-400. The Magnum has way more clarity and a more tactile, forward, intimate sound (assuming you pair the magnum with the right source/amp). 

Check out the Aune T1 thread if you are looking for a sweet source/amp to pair w the magnums.

post #2773 of 3215
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Originally Posted by joeq70 View Post

I have a Magnum and compared it the the HE-400. The Magnum has way more clarity and a more tactile, forward, intimate sound (assuming you pair the magnum with the right source/amp). 
well, looks like once again I need money for this hobby. I'm guessing that ill still want the he400s around for their insanely fast drivers and soundstage though, just want a more in your face grado sound every now and then. At least I only need the magnum drivers to complete the build.
post #2774 of 3215

ahhh. how i love the magnums. haven't used em in a while. been on the move with my v modas. another fine headphone indeed

post #2775 of 3215

I can't find anything on the Turbulent site detailing changes between all the Magnum drivers. I have a Magnum Lite v2 MS2i (Symphones drivers and aluminium housing) that I subsequently upgraded to V2.5.

 

Since then Symphones has stopped doing the lite and full alu mods and are focused solely on drivers. But it seems like there's a new iteration every couple of months! Hard to keep up especially when the thread expands to this one and each thread is over a 150+ pages!

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