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how to make the audio technica ath m50 less bright

post #1 of 12
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Hey guys

 

I recently bought the mad dogs v3.2 and mr speakers introduced a kit to lower the brightness of the mad dogs by attaching some rubber material on the drivers.

 

So I thought maybe this can be done the same on the audio technical m50 by attaching some rubber materials on the driver, so I was wondering where on the driver would you attach such rubbers can some give a suggestion?

post #2 of 12

The solution to the problem is going to be entirely different for another headphone, especially as the M50 uses a dynamic driver, while the T50RP uses a planar magnetic driver, so tuning these driver types needs a completely different approach.

 

Having said that, successfully tuning dynamic drivers is much harder to achieve than planars. 

There are some 'brutal' methods of taming treble like adding thin foam or some thin felt/cloth to the ear-side of the driver baffle. 

But this usually has certain trade-offs that come with it, like reducing over-all resolution as sound is being blocked from reaching your ears so easily. 

Sometimes this can also bloat the bass or you just end up with a muddy sound. 

 

You may want to simply try the reverse approach and increase the bass, which I have found is much easier to achieve.

Usually adding a ring of thin foam or thick felt around the driver baffle ear-side (but not covering up the driver) usually increases bass volume. 

It will usually get slightly bloated or muddy, but you won't know until you try.

post #3 of 12

Bass boost will not fix the issue of the strong 10kHz spear in the treble.

post #4 of 12

But it may encourage lower listening volumes which is sometimes a good solution/work-around for treble fatigue.

post #5 of 12

Reduction of treble can be done by fixing (read: with glue or tape) small circular pieces of thin felt, microfiber clothes, etc... directly on top of the driver baffle or on the back of the ear pad... in the center, while leaving all other spaces open. That's usually where resonance happens the most. This also won't reduce overall resolution.

 

Unfortunately, since the frequency response of each headphone is different, the material used, the shape, and etc... also need to be different.

 

But it can be done. In fact, proper attenuation may even lead to increased resolution.

 

A side effect is that if your circle is too big, it may block out midrange as well.

 

Modding is an entirely different ballpark, and it's not easy at all. I think most people would fret if they knew what I had to do to tame the treble on the DT770.


Edited by Bill-P - 4/2/14 at 2:30pm
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 I think most people would fret if they knew what I had to do to tame the treble on the DT770.

Links or it didn't happen!

:popcorn:

post #7 of 12

How about a photo?

 

 

That's a steel mesh holding a combination of felt, microfiber and other kinds of fabrics cut into donuts and circles laid on top of the drivers. Reduction of treble wouldn't need that many things, but since I also wanted to tune for a fuller midrange, the extra stuffs were necessary in order to filter out other stuffs.

 

As for the details, I think I'll publish them once I've gotten some more critical ears to listen to this particular DT770.

post #8 of 12

Looks great!

There's not so much documentation on the modding of dynamic headphones in comparison to planars around here.

Looking forward to seeing more.

post #9 of 12

I think part of the reasons why planars are more well-documented is because of the T50RP.

 

But that doesn't mean other headphones can't be modded. People just don't dare to... or aren't willing to... perform these surgeries.

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I think part of the reasons why planars are more well-documented is because of the T50RP.

 

But that doesn't mean other headphones can't be modded. People just don't dare to... or aren't willing to... perform these surgeries.

Have you browsed some of the 1500+ pages of the "orthodynamic roundup" thread?

It sort of makes the T50RP craze seems just like that - a passing craze.

post #11 of 12

 

Waiting for your thread Bill-P, need it for other headphone but the principle should be the same. :D

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Have you browsed some of the 1500+ pages of the "orthodynamic roundup" thread?

It sort of makes the T50RP craze seems just like that - a passing craze.

 

There were way more. Look up the F5000 mod for the Audio Technica W5000.

 

People were really into modding headphones, but then I think the commercialization of headphone mods by T50RP modders sort of put a damper on that.


Who'd want to spend time looking into acoustically dampening their headphones for that extra mile when they can just purchase a headphone that's already modded?

 

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Waiting for your thread Bill-P, need it for other headphone but the principle should be the same. :D

 

I most likely won't have much time to document it until after April 15th. Plus I need other discerning ears to listen to the headphone and give me some feedbacks on how to perfect it.

 

I'm trying to get that bass to be tighter. It's easy to reduce it, but tightening it has proven to be quite a task.

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