Ok, so i have had these MH463s with the turtle beach pads for a long minute and have some issues with their sonic presentation. The highs are pretty dull and lifeless as well as too much mid bass/ sub bass hump which interferes a lot with the rest of the sonic spectrum. The soundstage is large but not as large as i had hoped it to be from fully open back can but the instrument separation is really good on these. Not completely satisfied with what i was hearing i attempted to mod them in order to resolve all the problems stated above. **WARNING** Pics galore after the break!!!
1st thing i noticed when i got the MH463s was that these cheapo Somics are pretty well built, great weight to them and they felt solid in your hands/ on your head. As a matter of fact toooo solid, this thing is pretty heavy when worn which causes some discomfort after some time.
.... i noticed that the headband area near the wing-plates could be pulled loose, so i took a peep under it and saw hard piece of rubber/ plastic inside. I unscrewed one side of the wing-plate on the headband and proceeded to pull the piece of rubber out. As you can see in the pic above the rubber piece seemingly is used to retain the shape/ hold the headband together. But to my surprise the headband did not fall apart after the rubber piece was pulled out. The weight of this rubber piece is pretty significant so no wonder these somics felt so heavy on the head. It feels a lot lighter after it is removed.
..... how the rubber headband piece looks like. My advice is to use some electrical tape/ masking tape, etc to wrap/ tape around the intersecting joints of the headband after you pull the rubber piece out. Would be best to just do one side 1st then go onto the other since you can lift/ pull the headband pleather back in order to get a better view/ handle. I didn't so it and the slider part of headband fell apart which took me some time to put back together. Not really that intricate but there is a small metal ball and a piece of tiny metal which contributes to the smooth sliding/ adjustment of the headband. If you lose those it's GG for you. LoL
........I still have not taped the internal joints of the headband but its still in one piece and is holding together, it was a post thought after the headband mod and i am too lazy to go back and do it now esp. after i stuffed the thing. After the rubber piece is out, the upper area of the headband is really deflated, so i proceeded to stuff it with some cotton. It would make it easier if you take off both wing-plates so you can stuff it more evenly from both sides. This is why it is pretty important to tape the intersecting joints of the headband under the pleather just in case you need to man handle it while stuffing and the headband will not fall apart on you. I stuffed it real good and lost count of how any cotton balls i used.
...... this is how the headband looks like after the cotton stuffing. These MH463s are a lot more comfy due to the reduced weight of the headband.
......have no idea why they used that heavy piece of rubber for the headband but i am glad it's gone, so even though it doesn't look as spiffy as it was originally they still look really professional.
to be continued.......................Next up!!! Sonic Mod.