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Ideas for modding a pair of House of Marley "Stir it up" headphones?

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I know this might be a long shot. But I have a faulty pair of Marley "Stir it up" headphones that have a problem with the volume on the right side. I was wondering if this can be fixed or if I could gut them and mod them into something great. They are solidly built and feel really good. Any ideas?
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After further listening it is obvious the right side is blown. Hoping that someone has some ideas about how to mod these, replace the speakers inside? I'd love to hear some good ideas.

 

Thanks,

 

Jeff.

post #3 of 4

Is the driver blown, or is the cable busted? Never hurts to ask, you know. 

 

Take them apart, measure the drivers, find similarly sized drivers, If you care about impedance try to make sure that the drivers you find are the right impedance. Put the drivers in and put the headphones back together. The adventure of going off into the unknown is part of the fun. 

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Those headphones look sick! Anyway, do you have a soldering iron? I'd try to go in there and bypass the volume thingy, just wire her up and see if she sings. If the right driver is definitely blown... they used 40mm drivers. That means a pair of 40mm orthodynamic drivers could be a drop in replacement (in a perfect world), although whether that kind of driver can pressurize that sized ear chamber, Idk. It depends on the driver and just how big the ear chamber actually is, it's hard to tell from photos. This would mainly manifest itself as a loss of sub and mid bass if the "room" isn't adequately sized per the speaker. Bass might still be there, clean and maybe even adequately punchy with kick drums and the like, but won't have the grunt you might crave for certain genres or bass lines. You might even be able to dremel some of the baffle out and fit a larger ~55mm ortho driver in there if you really wanna splurge. The Bang & Olufsen U70 has a nice set of drivers in them and can be found in the $50-$100 range usually. They tend to have corrosion on the brass rings that support the diaphragm and this can cause drivers to cut in and out, especially during loud passages of music, or if you push the ear pad onto your ear and/or pull it away real fast to create large changes in ear chamber pressure. Usually they just need to be cleaned carefully. Or you could get a YH/HP-1 with good drivers but physically in poor shape? Those don't typically tend to have problems unless they're abused, afaik, the Yamaha drivers are sort of built like tanks.

 

GL on the project, btw, looks neat.

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