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post #1651 of 1675

Interesting "upgrade for these headphones.

 

BRAINWAVZ HM5 Clarity Boost - Low Profile - 3D Printed Headphone Cups - Black

 

http://www.mp4nation.net/brainwavz-hm5-clarity-boost-low-profile-3d-printed-headphone-cups-free-fedex-2-day-to-select-destination

post #1652 of 1675

Certainly looks different but they need to play around with the settings on their 3d printer as the finish looks pretty bad.

post #1653 of 1675

Question, I'm looking for a Dac+amp combo for the HM5, How's the Modi/Magni stack?

post #1654 of 1675
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Originally Posted by Justlog View Post
 

Question, I'm looking for a Dac+amp combo for the HM5, How's the Modi/Magni stack?

In my opinion, you don't need a Dac or amp for the HM5.  I personally didn't find it improved much.  Instead, I chose to save up and put the money towards upgrading my headphones, which I have noticed a significant difference.  You can find some great deals on Head-fi and can also trade if you don't like a certain sound signature or want to try something else.  My problem now becomes one of diminishing returns--what is the sweet spot for quality and cost?

 

As for answering on the Modi/Magni, I'll let someone else speak to that as I haven't experienced those personally.  I have a ELE DAC EL-002 that I use as a DAC only with a BSG Cmoy 18V with a AD8620 Op amp that has worked great for my Q701's, TDK IE800's, and TDK BA200's. The ELE Dac was about $10 new on Ebay and the BSG Cmoy is fairly inexpensive.  The op amp was a little pricier but well worth it, IMO.  I wouldn't mind a DAC that can play higher resolution files, but the sound I'm currently getting is very enjoyable and detailed.  

 

I hope this helps a little.  Remember, this is just MY opinion and not meant as stand alone.

post #1655 of 1675

Can somebody tell me how to open these? I want to get the pads off, but I don't know how to get inside. I've googled it, but all I get is results on how easy they are to take apart, which I believe, but I still don't know how.

post #1656 of 1675

You turn the pads, i think (counter)clockwise then take them easily off.The screws should be able to see then.

post #1657 of 1675

Wow, I can't believe that hasn't happened by accident before. Thanks.

post #1658 of 1675

I snipped off the tight-material filters between the drivers and the ears (attached to the pads) and I immediately noticed a much more open, deep sound, of course, I've yet to compare it properly but just initial impressions.

post #1659 of 1675

As a follow up to my last question, is it possible to access the drivers without tearing the headphones apart? It doesn't look like it, but I thought I would ask.

post #1660 of 1675

I tried.. but just could not get to pull out the drivers anyway. one of the driver diaphragm was squeezed up. so had to break away the front grill to pull it back in shape:o

post #1661 of 1675

Has anyone had any experience with both the Brainwavz HM5/NVX XPT100/Fischer Audio FA-003s and the AKG K551s?

I'm looking for a neutral and detailed sealed headphone for mostly acoustic/classical, and with discounts on Amazon in the UK the prices their prices are similar enough for me to consider both. Thanks in advance for any help!

post #1662 of 1675

AKG K551 is pretty much same as K550 I suppose.AKG's and HM5 have completely different characters. AKG's are clear and bright HM5 is dark and more romantic. Neither of those are musical headphones... But if you prefer clarity over somehow darker presentation go with AKG's. Both are neutral headphones but both have different means of achieving that neutral tone.

post #1663 of 1675

I'm trying to find the right pair of headphones for use primarily in the library at my university. I had the GR07 and although I loved the sound I just can't stand wearing IEMs.  I like the price of the Takstar pro80 and the HM5 and am considering one of these. The HM5 seems like the better 'phones but im not quite sure I won look completely ridiculous wearing these in public. What do you guys think?

post #1664 of 1675
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The HM5 seems like the better 'phones but im not quite sure I won look completely ridiculous wearing these in public. What do you guys think?

They look HUGE but hey! They sound awesome and who cares about what other say anyways?

post #1665 of 1675
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