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Replacing the drivers in old vintage cans

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

I've seen a tasty looking pair on ebay, but I'd like to get some quality sound out of them.


Is it ambitious to think I could open up a pair of headphones, gut the drivers, and solder some better, more modern ones into the cups? What are the major pitfalls?


First timer here.

Edited by Rightclick/Scissors - 12/16/12 at 10:24am
post #2 of 6

It's been done quite a few times here. Some drivers use include:

SFI ribbon tweeters http://www.stacydevino.com/?p=18


Fostex T50RP drivers http://www.innerfidelity.com/content/diy-headphone-measurement-contest-winners


Kobitone 25CE500-RO http://uk.mouser.com/ProductDetail/Kobitone/25CE500-RO/?qs=sGAEpiMZZMuNFJjvCI6tQmzL%252bMODRG%252bCUwDrBUsBRaU%3d

post #3 of 6
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I couldn't find any threads on making those replacements, though...

Edited by Rightclick/Scissors - 12/20/12 at 10:33am
post #4 of 6

you have to be joking


the t50rp is the most famous


look for the thunderpants


and.. http://www.headfonia.com/the-fostex-orthodynamics-t50rp-and-t40rp-mk2/


if you are going to buy a t50rp just for the drivers get the t40rp cuz it's cheaper and has the same driver





just noticed the t50rp has a discount on amazon and is the same price as the t40rp

Edited by peterroumian - 12/20/12 at 11:38am
post #5 of 6
Thread Starter 

So I guess I can't buy the drivers separately, but have to buy the whole new headphone and tear the new drivers out, THEN fit them to the old phones?


Also, not joking! The DIY resource is a little disorienting for beginners. I wish there were a couple of basic how-to guides to get us started.

post #6 of 6



from beginning


the quality of sound of the headphones doesn't depend ONLY on the drivers - it depends on the cups, damping in them, their material, earpads, even tightness of  the headband!


There are a number of ways you can start.


About the tightness here is a proof




Where to start with diy headphones

1. http://www.head-fi.org/t/574708/grado-sr60-vs-sr225

2. http://home.comcast.net/~garybutcher/Thunderpants_TP1/Kits.html

3. if you are really really really hardcore http://www.head-fi.org/t/498292/my-diy-electrostatic-headphones

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