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Lawton Audio (formally MarkL) or Martin Custom for my Denon AH-D2000 mods? discuss!

Poll Results: Who is the mod master of d2000s?

This is a multiple choice poll
  • 66% of voters (4)
    Lawton Audio
  • 16% of voters (1)
    Martin Custom
  • 16% of voters (1)
    DIY YouTube method
6 Total Votes  
post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 

Who to choose??  which mods are "better"?  I know i definitely want the woodies but are new pads and new cables absolutely necessary?  Would love to hear some opinions from all the lovely people (good or bad).  Bring it on!

post #2 of 13
Thread Starter 

I guess the next question is are they both still in business? 

post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 

OR should I wait until 3D printers become cheaper and make custom cups that way? :beyersmile:

post #4 of 13
I've worked with both these fine gents. Mark Lawton is the king of mods, as he developed the damping used extensively on the Denon models. I have the damping on my D7000's (done by Mark himself) as well as his angle pads on them. He turned a good headphone into a great one. Stark difference from stock. My D2000 has the damping mods as well and with the stock plastic cups is amazing.

Martin Lantinen is an artist with wood. I have a pair of D5000's with his Brazilian Rosewood cups (slightly deeper than stock) and not only are they gorgeous, they sound great. I did not hear them stock so cannot comment but the fit and finish is top notch. No other mods on the D5000 and I'm quite happy with them as is. I may Lawton mod them in the future.

Martin is in the process of making me a set of COCOBOLO cups deeper than stock for my D2000's (yes, I have all three early Denon models as well as a D600) and they should be done in a couple of weeks.

Both are still in business, both are good at what they do, but IMO Mark is the businessman, Martin is the artist. Look at both websites, drool and enjoy them both. Both have cups that are works of art but Mark is no longer doing much with D2000 cups which is why I went with Martin (plus Martin was less expensive).

Any more questions let me know.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by percula925 View Post

OR should I wait until 3D printers become cheaper and make custom cups that way? beyersmile.png

I have a 3D printer at work and I'll be trying something for a Denon phone after my busy season is over. cool.gif
post #6 of 13
Thread Starter 

Very nice Oregonian!  Looks like you've been around the block and then some.  Great review on both businesses and definitely some food for thought here.  My recent D2000s are definitely getting the lion's share of my time.  Just bought another pair for the modding and seeing if I like the sound.  From your experiences, I'm sure I will, just need the SO's approval :blink:

 

Still a newbie with 3D printers.  How's the accuracy and detail in the cup creation?

post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by percula925 View Post
 

Very nice Oregonian!  Looks like you've been around the block and then some.  Great review on both businesses and definitely some food for thought here.  My recent D2000s are definitely getting the lion's share of my time.  Just bought another pair for the modding and seeing if I like the sound.  From your experiences, I'm sure I will, just need the SO's approval :blink:

 

Still a newbie with 3D printers.  How's the accuracy and detail in the cup creation?

Haven't done it yet.  Probably won't be able to until December as busy as we are.  I plan on CMMing the stock D2000 cups and then deepen them, add some baffling/sound deadening chambers (so no extra damping needed) and see how they sound.  Probably going to be a slow process just because I'm in no hurry. 

post #8 of 13
Who did you choose? My D2000 cups are done now by Martin and the headphones will be shipped tomorrow. Can't wait to see them (COCOBOLO wood used) and hear the sound compared to my D7000 and D5000. The D2000 had full Lawton damping, now it will just be on the driver. Should be interesting.

I'm a little surprised at the lack of response to this thread in general. Only one vote.....lol.
Edited by Oregonian - 10/14/13 at 4:37am
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 

Howdy Oregonian!  Yep, i went with Martin as well.  I told him to surprise me with my d2000s on the woodie cups.  Also swapping out the cables with a pair of d5000 stock cables and will experiment with the dampening on my other pair of d2000s once i get the spare cups back from Martin.  You'll have to let me know how your Lawton mods sound on your d2000s compared to a stock d7000s.  :L3000: 

post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by percula925 View Post

Howdy Oregonian!  Yep, i went with Martin as well.  I told him to surprise me with my d2000s on the woodie cups.  Also swapping out the cables with a pair of d5000 stock cables and will experiment with the dampening on my other pair of d2000s once i get the spare cups back from Martin.  You'll have to let me know how your Lawton mods sound on your d2000s compared to a stock d7000s.  L3000.gif  

Well I haven't heard them yet but he shipped these yesterday..........I'll let you know the sound feedback later in the week when I get them.


post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 

hot damn! those look gorgeous!  that is all.

post #12 of 13
I had my D2000 modded and woodied by mark a couple of years ago. Still my favorite set of headphones. Might try out martins cups on my DT770 premiums once i have the funds!

Should be very interesting to stack one against the other. I'll get some pictures up soon!
Edited by PXSS - 11/4/13 at 7:58pm
post #13 of 13
Thread Starter 

yes pics, more pics good :)

Mine should be done within the week.  What's a good free onsite picture site to use?

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