Originally Posted by recstar24
I had sent my hp1000's about two months ago for the upgrade and just spoke with joe today, he plans on shipping mine back the end of the week!
In addition to a new cable, some remachining/polishing of enclosures, and other various tweaks, he told me today he has a new earpad he designed and is implementing in my set! Excited.
A new ear pad wow, this so cool. Made by Joe it's been a while since we've seen anything concrete from him, other than for his Holographic Scalera Scanner microphone.
I am standing on the edge about whether I should send him my HP2 or not. The "i" upgrade looks very promising and I believe in Joseph Grado's talent, and that he has the power to improve his headphone even if it's already godly.
I simply want to know more than just "He performs with usual magic on the headphone", I would like to know exactly what he does to it (I know I know, I should lend him a phone call)... and so, but not because I want to copy him and do the improvements by myself, far from it! I'm scared to death of opening this thing up but a good cleaning would already be nice.
I have read on another forum like Headphile that Joe does, among other things, some very specific burning in on the headphone (with special sets of frequencies). This I don't want it. My HP2 had less than one hour of use when I received it, I want to burn it by myself... and use it normally, because I stand against burning in of audio devices. I think that it shortens the lifespan of the gear...
It's like learning something quickly and forgetting it quickly thereafter, in the behaviorism theory. I prefer taking my time and errors on learning something but remembering it for longer. It takes progressive reinforcements and time. Slow burning in, only along with regular usage of the headphone, will improve it just as regular burning in does, but more slowly, more permanently. Burning in is wanting to skip fundamental steps. I'm sure it's highly destructive to leave them play 30 hours straight at high volumes.
Anyway back to the subject. I will collect the required money and inquire to Joseph. If he tells me his modification improves / resets the life expectancy of the headphone, I will send it to him right away -- while asking to not perform any burning in... or maybe just asking him how he does it and re-think about it for second, I might accept if it's not too dramatic, or refuse if I can already do it by myself.
This headphone is as old as I am, year for year, I think, 1989. I wish for it (or him) to live for as long as I do.