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Frankensteining Headphones: Do We Do it to Be Resourceful, or Do We Do it Because We're Stubborn Audiophiles?

post #1 of 3
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Looking at the "Worst Headphones You've Ever Heard..." thread and mentioning my Frankensteined pairs had me thinking about Frankensteining headphones.

 

Two years ago, my best pair (the same pair I left in my best friend's car this past weekend - See my post in the Worst Headphones You've Ever Heard... Thread*) of headphones were acting intermittent when I was at the university (audio and video production!) and so I had a professor from the music department replace the 1/8" plug, and trim the cord from the left channel.

In repairing my headphones, the professor in question mentioned that the cable was breaking down, and that I'd experience this problem unless the cable was replaced.  -Sure enough, I was experiencing an intermittent left channel again four months later, and had the cord replaced through the communications department, since the professor I went to didn't want to touch them and said I was wasting my time.

So, it had me wondering:  Was this professor right?  Am I trying to be resourceful, or am I simply wasting my time?? 

I Frankenstein my favorite pair of headphones because I think its resourceful, finding headphone cords to bad-sounding headphones, and extending the life of my best pair to the fullest extent, provided the drivers are in decent condition for the procedure.

 

So Head-Fi, who here Frankensteins their headphones to extend the life of them??

post #2 of 3

If you're talking about your disposable AVID headphones, you really are wasting your time.

The cost of a decent replacement cable would be better put forward to a better headphone. 

 

"Throwing pearls to swine" springs to mind. 

 

'Frankensteining' is fun though and sometimes yields good/excellet results - lots of examples of driver transplants in various threads. 
I transplanted a set of SFI drivers into a set of Sony MDR ZX-100 - which sounds excellent.

I also transplanted a set of Bose Triport drivers into a Sony MDR-V150, which I think sounds better than the original. 

 

If you are set on reviving your headphones though, it's best to source a cable from a dead/dying set of headphones that have a working cable. No point throwing money at it.

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GREQ, That's amazing!  I honestly didn't think you could swap drivers so easily, just cables. As for the disposable AVID headphones I speak of?  I was not reviving them, but rather, using the cables from the AVID's to revive a pair of headphones I've had for sometime that aren't throw-away headphones.


Edited by SchallMann1978 - 10/9/13 at 10:15am
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