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post #1006 of 2585
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post
 

Well, I did the mod on one earpiece just now. I put up "Jimmy Iovine" by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis and listened for the deep subbass kick. Like you said, it was less boomy. I think modding these was a good idea after all. But I'm worried about the driver, considering it's exposed to whatever natures has. How do I counter that?

 

I use a small piece of a very thin tea bag.


Edited by BenF - 4/13/14 at 10:21am
post #1007 of 2585
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I use a small piece of a very thin tea bag.

Thanks. Now, did the teabag affect the sound of the Pistons? I think I have some tea bags in the kitchen (will get them later in the morning), but I'm worried they'll "teabag" the sound (get it?) :D.

 

But from a quickie, I found that the Pistons' midrange cleared up even more, and like you said, took a step forward. The problem is, the treble was given more sparkle -- more sparkle than I wanted. It felt brighter than I though -- and a lot of the soungs sounded brighter than it did. I think it's just me, though. But then again, I appreciated the Pistons' balance of speed and power pre-mod (I'm a basshead, so my bass demands are a lot higher than normal), which I didn't find post-mod.

 

So, in a nutshell:

  • Pistons, Pre-Mod: Powerful bass, crystal-clear midrange (though slightly recessed), crisp treble (but not bright)
  • Pistons, Post-ModLeaner bassclearer and more forward midrange, sparkly treble (bright by my standards, but maybe not so for others)
post #1008 of 2585
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Originally Posted by thatBeatsguy View Post
 

Thanks. Now, did the teabag affect the sound of the Pistons? I think I have some tea bags in the kitchen (will get them later in the morning), but I'm worried they'll "teabag" the sound (get it?) :D.

 

But from a quickie, I found that the Pistons' midrange cleared up even more, and like you said, took a step forward. The problem is, the treble was given more sparkle -- more sparkle than I wanted. It felt brighter than I though -- and a lot of the soungs sounded brighter than it did. I think it's just me, though. But then again, I appreciated the Pistons' balance of speed and power pre-mod (I'm a basshead, so my bass demands are a lot higher than normal), which I didn't find post-mod.

 

So, in a nutshell:

  • Pistons, Pre-Mod: Powerful bass, crystal-clear midrange (though slightly recessed), crisp treble (but not bright)
  • Pistons, Post-ModLeaner bassclearer and more forward midrange, sparkly treble (bright by my standards, but maybe not so for others)

The tea bag had no affect on the sound, otherwise I would have started a thread comparing different tea bags.

 

Treble does become more sparkling, but less harsh after the mod.

post #1009 of 2585

They look ridiculous with that fabric sticking out of them

post #1010 of 2585

For such drivers, I don't think they're worth 20+ bucks

post #1011 of 2585
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Originally Posted by cpygui View Post
 

For such drivers, I don't think they're worth 20+ bucks

 

You are judging a book by its... guts? :D  Who cares what's inside, as long as it sounds great ;)

post #1012 of 2585
All this mod talk, but why? These things sound great! There's no need to modify!

Taking away the bass and making the treble harsher, not to mention rigging them with tea bags (tea bags???) is taking away the qualities that make them great. Sorry you guys this is just my opinion. I have no intention of offending anyone.
post #1013 of 2585

I would not even need to mood it....the sound is already good as it is. Doing mods may alter it and may be irreversible, just like that stupid XBA-30 where I had to stuff or pull foams from the nozzle but I never get its original sound when the foam was put back.

 

I think you guys should research how to improve its isolation instead.

post #1014 of 2585
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Originally Posted by Hisoundfi View Post

All this mod talk, but why? These things sound great! There's no need to modify!

Taking away the bass and making the treble harsher, not to mention rigging them with tea bags (tea bags???) is taking away the qualities that make them great. Sorry you guys this is just my opinion. I have no intention of offending anyone.

The highs become less harsh, not more.

Plenty of bass left, just better controlled.

 

Anyway, if you are happy with how they sound, stay happy and don't mod.

post #1015 of 2585

Hi! I found this thread while looking for some nice budget headphones since my CX300 II is finally dying after the abuse it took over the years. The Piston sounds more than perfect for the price range. Thanks for the recommendation.

 

I was wondering if anyone here have tried their "simplified version" that is half the price and have plastic casing instead of metal?

The official site claims it has the same sound quality as the standard ones (but didn't clarify if they are talking about 1.0/2.0/2.1). I am a bit skeptical about it, but at half the price is sounds extremely tempting.

Just wondering if someone have tried them out yet.

 

Here is the listing on the official page (in Chinese): http://www.xiaomi.com/huosai-jianzhuang 

post #1016 of 2585
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Originally Posted by jarrett View Post
 

They look ridiculous with that fabric sticking out of them

+1. Spot on! :D

 

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Originally Posted by Gandasaputra View Post
 

I would not even need to mood it....the sound is already good as it is. Doing mods may alter it and may be irreversible, just like that stupid XBA-30 where I had to stuff or pull foams from the nozzle but I never get its original sound when the foam was put back.

 

I think you guys should research how to improve its isolation instead.

Well, I think I already did. From the design of the housing, I think the subpar isolation was a compromise. Take a look here:

 

This cross-section diagram of the Pistons pretty much shows what's going on here. The new damping system (left) adds a second 'exhaust port' in the back of the housing, where it is protected by a wire mesh grille. If you look closely at the picture, you will see that this addition improves airlow and reduces (if not prevents) chamber resonance.

 

However, this means that there is more air florwing in and out of the driver, which basically means that the earphones are semi-open. Now, take a look at another earphone: 

These earphones are the Philips Fidelio S2. As you can see, they too, have a grille at the back of the housing. Philips themselves labeled these earphones as semi-open, judging from their design. I think, with that, I rest my case.

post #1017 of 2585
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Originally Posted by cpygui View Post
 

For such drivers, I don't think they're worth 20+ bucks

 

Wow really? It's $25. If the Xiaomi isn't worth 25-bucks, then what is?

 

People ask for too much sometimes.

post #1018 of 2585

If I buy these ear hooks http://penonaudio.com/High-quality-Earloop-Earhook-for-Earphones, and use them with these headphones, will it work? or are th headphones not designed for such wear?

post #1019 of 2585
Maybe he should tear up another $25 earphone to show everyone what a $25 driver SHOULD look like in comparison. Should there be bits of diamond and gold in there or something? As far as I've seen, one dynamic driver pretty much looks like any other. Fortunately most people judge driver quality on the sound they produce rather than their aesthetics.
post #1020 of 2585

Well, I can confirm that the similarly priced SoundMagic E10 doesn't "look" a whole lot better. Nor the Beyerdynamic XP series (slightly more expensive, but whatever), nor the VSD1, nor the SS In-ear Flux.

 

$25 and people wanna complain. :confused_face:

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