UPDATE Dec. 14, 2012--Final FINAL Version
Text in bold is to convert your headphones into the GBH-1000 (pics and more at the link--this is an older version)
-Beyerdynamic DT250 Earpads (or M50s pads, but there is less bass impact)
-Cotton Toilet Paper (sounds cleaner to me, and for the GBH-1000, the cotton isn't squeezed out due to the pressure of the earpads wedging them out. Rip off a piece about 20in., fold it in half so it's 10in. long, roll it up, and stuff it in.
-Clear duct tape
-Beyerdynamic Gel Earpads (Thanks G3NRAL KARL)
1. Throw away the stock earpads
2. Apply your DT250/M50 earpads
3. Stuff your cotton toilet paper underneath the earpads. I put about .5in of space between the driver and the earpads. The cotton serves two purposes: to give it extra bass, and to secure the oval pads on the circular cups.
These pictures are now old for my newer version. Just imagine them without tape around the circumference of the headphones, and with cotton underneath the pads.
Pics--Older Version, but good for reference (Click to show)
1. Remove stock pads
2. Unscrew the four screws to separate it from the enclosure
3. Leave the four screws in the holes on the silver plastic before putting on the gel earpads. This makes it much easier to screw it back in.
4. Apply the gel pads and use clear packing tape to wrap around it. Make sure the tape is tucked inside the headphone.
5. Screw the silver circle back into the headphone
6. Stuff cotton toilet paper/tissue underneath the earpads
Pics (Click to show)
- Bass impact is increased. Even more
- It effectively removes that "artificial" sound to where everything sounds distant and non-impactful--mainly because of the stock earpads
- Increased separation and blackness
- The bass sounds deeper and smoother
- Increased Midrange UPDATE: I found out that when you put cotton/tissue underneath it, the midrange is recessed a bit. Standalone gels will make the midrange sound more airy.
- The treble is smoother
- Increased Isolation
It will be about a week until I can really compare the treble to my HFI-780s because they are not in my possession right now, but, from vague memory, I think that the 780s are brighter than these.
Update: Yep, they are, and, from a bassheads perspective, sound worse than the pros in every aspect. As I posted before, the highs on the 780s are really fatiguing on my ears, so I can't listen to them for prolonged periods of time. The comfort sucks on them too. I tried putting the velour pads on them and the bass was basically non-existent. After listening to the 780s again, it feels like they have no bass whatsoever in them compared to the pros. I guess these headphones are a hit or miss depending on ones ears because of their S-Logic technology.
EXTRA: Upon opening these cans up, I found out that these are actually semi-open. Behind the rubber (what the logo is on), there are 4 holes where the sound travels out. I put my hands over the headphones just in case, and when I did everything sounded boxed in.
My audio settings (Click to show)
Pics of my settingsPics (Click to show)
All of the activated DSPs
Graphic Equalizer settings
The DAC in my receiver is 24/192
I changed my device name to Onkyo. I'm running a toslink cable out of my computer to the digital in the receiver.
Volume settings. Top is seek, bottom is volume. I made it that way so I can adjust the volume more accurately (smaller dB intervals when the bar is longer), but I usually keep it at that spot.
I have my receiver's bass setting on +10
I would make an attachment with my eq settings in it, but I can't make attachments for some reason. Just copy them visually.
To get the vst to work, you have to install the wrapper, download the effect, navigate towards the effect wherever you put it using the VST Setup in the taskbar, enable it, and tweak it. You may be wondering why I have two stereo settings, and the reason is that both of them use different algorithms and whatnot to achieve a wider stereo, and they sound great when combined.
Edited by Trae - 12/14/12 at 4:53pm