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post #16 of 19
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Thanks for the update, Doc.  I'm looking forward to receiving mine.
Let us know how it is! smily_headphones1.gif
post #17 of 19

I'm on the edge of my seat now that I've heard about the kit. I'll keep updated; can't wait for impressions.

post #18 of 19

Tyll Herstens has requested one of the first kits, so hopefully we might see one of his very thorough and honest reviews in the future.

 

I did do a couple of tests to throw into the mix.

 

First was to build a couple more kits up to see how consistent the sound is. The good news is the mods seem to create a pretty consistent change to the sound, meaning the inexpensive Monoprice cans we start with seem very consistent out of the box. Any small variations I thought I heard simply seemed to be due to one set being more broken in (and a little smoother sounding for it).

 

Secondly I was having fun swapping between the new cans and HD800s. If I pulled the Bottleheadphones away from my ears and rotated them a bit like HD800 drivers it was "hey these are more like HD800s now". And if I squished the HD800s a little closer and more parallel to the sides of my head it was like "hey these are more like Bottleheadphones now". So a lot of the signature of the HD800s seems attributable to the distance and rotation of the drivers relative to the pinna. Note here that I'm not trying to say that the Bottleheadphone is in the same league as HD800s. I am merely offering some observation about what driver position does for the sound of a headphone. If I could cook up some great big wedge shaped pads for the B'phones I would give that a try. On that topic, the pad material is fairly critical too. I tried similar pads from two different suppliers and the "grill" part of the pad over the drivers was enough different material-wise that one type was unusable.

 

Tweaky things, headphones.

 

Edit, ad nauseum - the Bottleheadphones are specifically designed to be used with the Crack amp. The above observations were made using a Crack amp. The Bottleheadphone will not necessarily play well with other amps.


Edited by Doc B. - 3/6/14 at 1:04pm
post #19 of 19

I'm looking forward to hearing these HPs at the upcoming April meet!

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