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post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 

I am looking for some new relatively inexpensive full-sized headphones which are highly moddable. I will use them at the computer for playing Counter-Strike and listening to mostly rock music, however I would definitely like some nice punchy bass. Therefore I have been looking for some headphones which offer superb clarity for their price range, that have a good soundstage and that feature a 50mm driver unit. This way I should be able to extract high level performance for tasks like CS, and listening to rock music, while getting the thumping bass from the 50mm driver. Here are the headphones that I have been looking at and the price that I can get them for here in China...

 

Superlux HD668B ~$30

Samson SR850 ~$30

Panasonic HTF 600 ~$50

 

I will be probably doing mods like foam mod, blue-tac mod, replacing the earpads and maybe some re-cabling... They will then be hooked up to an Asus Xonar DG, which features a built-in amp which supports headphones up to 150 ohms...

 

Which headphone should I choose?

Any other recommendations?

 

post #2 of 17

I have a cad mh310 (superlux hd662) and they appear to be glued closed and not easy to open. I took the screws out of mine but the driver baffle would not budge. I don't know if all superlux are that way. The panasonics are easy to open up and mod.

post #3 of 17

Oh I forgot to add that for me the mh310 does not need any tweaking. Here is a review.

 

http://www.head-fi.org/products/cad-mh310-superlux-hd662#reviews

post #4 of 17
Fostex T50Rp, you'd be silly not to.
post #5 of 17
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Originally Posted by Mgear View Post

Fostex T50Rp, you'd be silly not to.


Ah yes.

 

I don't want to side track this thread too badly but Mgear, is a modded T20rp (current version) far appart from a modded t50rp? I asked this once and did not get an answer.

post #6 of 17

No Jvc available on china? the rx700's suit you well. 

post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by fabio-fi View Post

No Jvc available on china? the rx700's suit you well. 



I already have the rx700's, but have yet to mod them... I think that the music for rock could be more forward and could do with some better bass... do you think that it is worth modding them over the other recommendations?

post #8 of 17
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Originally Posted by drtturnip View Post



Ah yes.

 

I don't want to side track this thread too badly but Mgear, is a modded T20rp (current version) far appart from a modded t50rp? I asked this once and did not get an answer.



If you buy the T20RP from BHphotovideo, they have the same drivers and housing at the 50s with the only difference being that they lack the foam square covering the bass ports. Not sure if other stores have this same new stock though. 

post #9 of 17
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Originally Posted by stinkysbsc View Post



I already have the rx700's, but have yet to mod them... I think that the music for rock could be more forward and could do with some better bass... do you think that it is worth modding them over the other recommendations?



They do have modding potential, i think you should take advantage of that. 

post #10 of 17
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If you buy the T20RP from BHphotovideo, they have the same drivers and housing at the 50s with the only difference being that they lack the foam square covering the bass ports. Not sure if other stores have this same new stock though. 



Thanks! I feel a fostex itch coming on.

post #11 of 17

The Takstar 2050 sounds fun.  Not sure how moddable they are, but it is something not easily available in the states.

post #12 of 17
Thread Starter 

These are the prices

 

JVC RX700 ~$30 (Already Owned)

Fostex T20RP ~$100

Fostex T40RP ~$110

Fostex T50RP ~$130

Superlux HD668B ~$30

Samson SR850 ~$30

Panasonic HTF 600 ~$50

Takstar 2050 ~$30

 

So what do you guys think?

Should I stick with my RX700's for my requirements in the OP, or should I go for one of the cans above? 

What mods should I do?

post #13 of 17

Add the Superlux HD-681. If you search around this is easily after the T50RP the most talked about modded headphone sub $100.

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 

I have ended up going on modding my rx700's... So far I have done the felt removal and it does sound quite a bit better. Are there any mods that increase bass? Maybe blu-tak on the inside of the back cups?

post #15 of 17
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I did quite a bit of modding at school today and am happy with the POWER that it has given to the headphones. I like my headphones aggressive like grados or something, and by doing the mods I did, the music seems closer, and the bass is more powerful. I can take some pictures later maybe, but basically here is what I did...

 

  • Removed the O-shaped felt covering the driver
  • Removed the felt on the inside of the headphones
  • Put a small piece of blu-tak on the back of the driver
  • Cut out the bottom of an aluminium can and put some blu-tak on the curved region which makes up the bottom surface and hot glued it to the inside of the back cup with the concave curve facing the driver

 

I am thinking about maybe buying the Takstar 2050's... They seem to be quite promising and appear to have good build quality and excellent sound. The great thing about the RX700's compared to the HP's from Samson and Superlux is the superior build quality, which Superlux and Samson, simply don't deliver on... Hopefully, the Takstars will be as good as everyone says they are and it may just be the competition that the RX700's need :p

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