So, if anyone was following the AK100 tread, I've decided to mod my AK100 myself. The cost of modding, if done by RWA or MS, is $250. That's already bit too much and considering the $80 shipping to RWA and $30 shipping to MS(I live in Korea) as well as the wait time and possible customs issue, I decided that I might try to DIY it. There weren't much info to be found on DIYing this mod, so I thought I will start a tread for this.
This is what I plan on doing: I found this in a Japanese forum(sorry I can't site exactly who posted it. I cannot understand a thing in Japanese)
So just solder the top of the two resistors so that they will be bypass. This is different from what RWA or MS does. They do this:
According to Vinnie and Phanom, this method(second pic) is better as it uses higher quality material and directly bypasses all the components of the circuit.
Although I would like to try the second one, it looks harder So I'm going to try doing the first pic. Just an FIY, I do have some knowledge and experience with soldering, but I am not a master like Vinnie or Phanom. More info on how to do this on the second post.
If you do plan on doing this, there are few things you have to be aware of.
1. Warranty is voided. You will only get warranty if you let RWA or MS mod your AK100. They will fix your AK100, if your modded one breaks.
2. Although it's a fairly easy soldering, the components are small. Be extremely careful. Make sure you practice soldering if you have never soldered before.
3. This mod will not sound as good as RWA or MS AK100. I don't now how big the difference will be, but I speculate that it won't be bad. At least not worse than stock AK100(I hope). The purpose of this mod is to reduce the impedance, not improve the sound quality(although lower impedance for certain hps/iems improves SQ)
4. I am not responsible for any damage you do to your AK100.
Edited by kimvictor - 7/5/13 at 6:12am