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post #781 of 1454

how does this q-tip mod work im trying to read through the thread but the directions and the mod itself seem vague at best maxx? :(

post #782 of 1454
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Two qtips fit perfectly end to end inside each earcup pad where you can see I also have a previous brown paper mod inserted.
post #783 of 1454
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Two qtips fit perfectly end to end inside each earcup pad where you can see I also have a previous brown paper mod inserted.
On bottom you can see I used paper tape to cover the ports and angled indents on surface.
That was excessive I didn't need so much tape.
EDIT:
after playing some extended listening on vocals showcasing ambient detail,
I am more convinced that this driver performs better away from the ear, (more open mids, larger, less forward, more balanced & realistic)
and I think those larger HM5 pads users are swearing by is also doing this.
Yet with the extended space created with this mod using original pads to preserve the bass I think it comes closer to the larger HM5 pad.
Edited by Maxx134 - 12/23/12 at 11:13pm
post #784 of 1454

So what's the bottom line on pads for these little wonders? Bought a sexy white pair for my wife for Xmas. I think she's always thought I was a bit nuts with all my headphone stuff so it's been really fun watching her go thru and "rediscover" her entire iTunes library with her new headphones. A new audiophile is born! LOL

post #785 of 1454
Too many options no clear winner , depends on your ear & musical curve.

I some final thought s on the paper mods:
The regular napkin or tissue was nice but soaked some details.
The "brown paper" held up longer & was stiffer so was better at sound, but eventually qot worn and soft like the regular papaer.
I didn't realize I was slowly losing detail and sound changed as well. .

I have didiscarded both for the "QUAD Q-TIP MOD" !!
Using only Q-tips instead of paper,
I can achieve extra padding, space, and height,
Without loosing DETAIL..
So this mod uses FOUR Q-TIPS PER inner CUP of pad. .
Second two q-tips are place above yet staggerd so middle is over the two ends of pair below.

They seem to hold in place nicely when using four.
I gain added comfort which is surprising using worn stock pads.
I also gain soundstage and DETAIL IS BACK smily_headphones1.gif
THIS mod plus the taped port mod makes these sound like biiger better cans smily_headphones1.gif
post #786 of 1454
Max pics would be useful. I'm currently using 2 tips per side. Thanks
post #787 of 1454
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Originally Posted by snip3r77 View Post

Max pics would be useful. I'm currently using 2 tips per side. Thanks

Quad Q-Tip mod see how upper q-tip stays over bottom pair and done on other side of pad so total 4 q-tips adding space and hight and padding .
They seem to hold each other in place as the cup circumference is wider than the tips length .
One set of q-tips does nothing for padding for me as these stock pads are worn I use this headphone every day in commute to work & it has gotten a beating.
post #788 of 1454
Don't be distracted by the other mods there.
I went overboard with the white tape for covering the bass ports to extend the bass response.
It also serves in totally covering the shiny plastic reflective surface as well as cover the fake port indents they made.
My only mistake was getting carried away and ripping the felt covering out! Lol
I have to turn the bass down 4db BUT I find that the bass goes deeper with the port covered so I keep it.
Also I stay with original pads because I find it does great job at sound isolation for train commute.
My lil s400 cans sound HuGe smily_headphones1.gif
Edited by Maxx134 - 12/28/12 at 9:28am
post #789 of 1454

Ghost you won 3rd place. Send me a PM when you read this.

post #790 of 1454
Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post


Quad Q-Tip mod see how upper q-tip stays over bottom pair and done on other side of pad so total 4 q-tips adding space and hight and padding .
They seem to hold each other in place as the cup circumference is wider than the tips length .
One set of q-tips does nothing for padding for me as these stock pads are worn I use this headphone every day in commute to work & it has gotten a beating.

Good call on this mod. It's actually making these cans listenable. I did the paper mod and it made the bass too boomy, but this actually opens up the sound a bit more without making the bass flabby, and it doesn't sound as dark as it does without any modding. I had almost given up on these, so thanks!

 

Have you removed the fabric in the ear cup covering the driver? Can I ask why you have done this?

post #791 of 1454

2 Qtips open up the mids and highs. Quad Qtips made it even better. 

I think it's as good as it gets now.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Maxx134 View Post


Quad Q-Tip mod see how upper q-tip stays over bottom pair and done on other side of pad so total 4 q-tips adding space and hight and padding .
They seem to hold each other in place as the cup circumference is wider than the tips length .
One set of q-tips does nothing for padding for me as these stock pads are worn I use this headphone every day in commute to work & it has gotten a beating.
post #792 of 1454

ive done something different for added pading i used the spandex material in 4x4inch cuts rolled them until they were hotdog shaped and closed them to make a circle. I had them sewed together so they wont flop apart and they added a good bit of comfort to the pads ill try that quad q-tip mod on them so to see how it fares but adding space helps the stock pads alot

post #793 of 1454
I have a pair of the S400's on the way and just looking to condense and simplify the mods.

Dont buy new ear pads until you try the Q-tips?
Do the tissue mod to stop vibrations, has any used Dynamat? (have some laying around)
If you do the quad Q-tip mod do you still tape the ports??
Thanks...
post #794 of 1454
Bass is way overdone with stock pads and taped ports.
I EQ bass down & upper mids up to get optimal sound.
Without EQ these are not that clear.
post #795 of 1454

hi,

 

I've read a bit of this thread - not much. I've bought these and I didn't think of them much - recessed mids and highs and much too boomy. After reading two of the mods here, I did my own. Here's what I did and why.

 

Third post down - same handle.

http://www.audiocircle.com/index.php?topic=112485.60

 

 

Really, really like them - not perfect but for this price, I'm not complaining!

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