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post #256 of 752

Does anyone know what is the best material (i.e. closest to original) to replace the white "paper" material that surrounds the driver on the HD540 II? I have been using a thin paper cut into rings, but it seems to seal the headphones a bit too much and as a result the amount of bass changes depending on how far the driver is from my ears. The piece that contains the mesh over the driver and this paper surround material is easily removable, but I seriously doubt I will be able to find this specific piece given that these headphones are over 20 years old at this point.

post #257 of 752

All parts of HD540I and HD540II are interchangeable.  You can swap parts between any HD540s. Ref.I headphones go cheap on ebay so buy one in good condition and swap the best components into the model you use.

post #258 of 752
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Does anyone know what is the best material (i.e. closest to original) to replace the white "paper" material that surrounds the driver on the HD540 II?

 

Try various thicknesses of toilet paper.

post #259 of 752
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All parts of HD540I and HD540II are interchangeable.  You can swap parts between any HD540s. Ref.I headphones go cheap on ebay so buy one in good condition and swap the best components into the model you use.

Cheap? On the rare occasions that people do sell them on ebay, they seem to be getting $170 for them, and they are in better conditions than the model that I have. In that case, what I would be doing is buying headphones to replace the ones I have, not fixing up the ones I have. I have AKG K702s that I use for general use when I want an open backed headphone so I don't need the 540 II's, but I would like to salvage them if possible without spending much.

post #260 of 752

I saw a few HD540I headphones over the last few months go for a very low value. £40-£90 GBP was the typical range of bidding but perhaps recent interest and my recommendations have raised the value? If you are unable to fix them cheap, perhaps I could have a go at salvaging them. Depends how badly damaged they are.

post #261 of 752
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Cheap?

 

I think the next time people help you out, you'll ideally preface with a 'thank you'.

post #262 of 752

No worries. You just gotta be in the right place at the right time and hope nobody else is interested enough to bid against you. Auctions are swings and roundabouts; sometimes bidding goes crazy or sometimes you can acquire stuff surprisingly cheap. In the world of headphones, money is a rather meaningless measure of sonic performance as well. I have had to pursue an iterative set of comparisons over a several month period before I had enough listening experience to identify which headphone model gave the best results with my test audio; well-mastered music that I am familiar with. HD540 (II especially) is certainly worth some patience and money, as I'm not so sure that "enclosed" sound reproduction on the head can get much more faithful than this.


Edited by o0CosmoMemory0o - 4/22/14 at 6:41am
post #263 of 752
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I think the next time people help you out, you'll ideally preface with a 'thank you'.

 

I did not mean any offense by what I said. I realize it is hard to judge tone on the internet, but my point was simply that they are not cheap in the US, and I don't need a whole new set of headphones (just one small part).

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Originally Posted by o0CosmoMemory0o View Post
 

No worries. You just gotta be in the right place at the right time and hope nobody else is interested enough to bid against you. Auctions are swings and roundabouts; sometimes bidding goes crazy or sometimes you can acquire stuff surprisingly cheap. In the world of headphones, money is a rather meaningless measure of sonic performance as well. I have had to pursue an iterative set of comparisons over a several month period before I had enough listening experience to identify which headphone model gave the best results with my test audio; well-mastered music that I am familiar with. HD540 (II especially) is certainly worth some patience and money, as I'm not so sure that "enclosed" sound reproduction on the head can get much more faithful than this.

 

 

It may be that they are cheaper in the UK, but here in the US they don't appear to go on sale very often and when they do the going rate seems to be $170 (from looking at completed listings). Someone is currently trying to sell an HD540 gold with a broken driver for $267 (its in germany, but that is the USD equivalent), but that is about it.

 

The headphones work fine, it is just that I had to replace the paper surround material with other paper. Can someone with stock HD540 reference II's confirm that the bass levels do not increase significantly with decreasing driver-ear distance? I want to make sure that this is because of the paper I am using, and not because of some other quality of the driver enclosure. I have a feeling the paper I am using is not porous enough (since the original paper was almost clothlike) and is sealing too much.

 

The only other issue with the headphones is that the stock velour pads were totally worn so I have been using srh 840 pads (I also bought some of those cheap ebay pads that are supposed to work with HD540s, but they don't work all that well). Does anyone know of a source for the actual original velour HD 540 II pads and foam discs? I looked for weeks but could only find HD560 pads, and only in the UK.

post #264 of 752

No, unfortunately those vital HD540II original velours are discontinued... If they were still in supply, as well as the headband cushioning material, I would be a very happy man indeed and I would be restoring HD540IIs like a crazy man.

post #265 of 752
Gentlemen:

I've been meaning to buy one of the older Sennheiser models since sometime in the autumn, and even passed up an HD540-I 600 ohms in so-so condition because I was unsure which one to buy. So I'm turning to you for advice.

I listen to classical, mostly to solo piano music and some organ, and I also like countertenors. I listen to Bach nearly as much as all other composers combined, if that helps. My other interests are also pretty standard: Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and some Baroque composers.

Thanks much for any help.
post #266 of 752
Originally Posted by o0CosmoMemory0o View Post
 

No, unfortunately those vital HD540II original velours are discontinued... If they were still in supply, as well as the headband cushioning material, I would be a very happy man indeed and I would be restoring HD540IIs like a crazy man.

Regarding the headband cushion, I plan to find a strip of black full-grain leather and cut it to match the shape of the original, then add some foam cushioning. (It's easy to disassemble the headband and install a new piece.)

post #267 of 752
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Regarding the headband cushion, I plan to find a strip of black full-grain leather and cut it to match the shape of the original, then add some foam cushioning. (It's easy to disassemble the headband and install a new piece.)

 

My used 560 Ovation came with no headband.

 

The Beyer DT xx0 replacement headband works fine for me, and it is super cheap:

http://www.thomann.de/gb/beyerdynamic_dt770_prodt880_pro_kopfgurt.htm

 

Since it is not adjustable, the comfort level might depend on the size of your head though.

 

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post #268 of 752
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Originally Posted by Claritas View Post

Gentlemen:

I've been meaning to buy one of the older Sennheiser models since sometime in the autumn, and even passed up an HD540-I 600 ohms in so-so condition because I was unsure which one to buy. So I'm turning to you for advice.

I listen to classical, mostly to solo piano music and some organ, and I also like countertenors. I listen to Bach nearly as much as all other composers combined, if that helps. My other interests are also pretty standard: Beethoven, Schubert, Mozart, and some Baroque composers.

Thanks much for any help.

Pianos on the HD 540 reference II sound very natural and have a pretty full sound. I haven't used the HD540 I though, so I don't really know how it compares.

post #269 of 752

I don't listen to classical music, but i've heard it from time to time in the past with the 540... It's outstanding with any kind of music (i've got a wide taste of music) very detailed and pleasant to listen to.

 

So i would suggest to buy one, if you can get one :)

post #270 of 752

Guys, my otherworldly DIY skill has now left me with just one fully functional driver. LoL! I have no need for it so if anyone wants a free backup PM me. It's 300 ohms. Also have it's cup (excluding foams between driver and cup) and headband.

 

Edit: Bostonears might have that other 300 ohm driver still available: http://www.head-fi.org/t/658391/spare-driver-for-sennheiser-hd540-reference


Edited by moriez - 4/27/14 at 2:04am
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