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Beyerdynamic DT880 Modding

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I want to buy a pair of DT880 Premium's, but there are a few things that I don't like about them. I would prefer two detachable cables, rather than one attached. Also, since the drivers are not angled, I would like to replace the pads with angled ones. I have never modified a pair of headphones, so I'm not sure how difficult it would be to do a dual-detachable cable mod on the 880's. After doing some quick searching, I can't seem to find any angled pads that would fit the 880's. I don't really care whether they're leather or velour. 

 

So to the question - Has anyone done the mods that I have listed above or know how I would go about doing it if it isn't too difficult? Also, are there angled pads that fit the 880's? Thanks in advance for any help!

post #2 of 12

Alpha Pads fit the DTxx0s nicely and are angled. Why would you want to swap out the pads though? The DT880 pads' foam is designed to compliment their semi-open back cups, putting non velour on those COULD make them sound terrible. 

 

 

 

Here's my old pair of DT880s with a detachable cable, single entry. It's super easy man.

 

That same pair of DT880s with my DT770s. 

photo 2.png

 

This is what needs to be done, thats it.

 

OR you could do this. I terminated my DT770 600 ohm Premium to 2 3 pin mini-xlrs. This is more difficult, you have to make the entry hole for the right cup.

 

 

I hope this helped!

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by cCasper TFG View Post

Alpha Pads fit the DTxx0s nicely and are angled. Why would you want to swap out the pads though? The DT880 pads' foam is designed to compliment their semi-open back cups, putting non velour on those COULD make them sound terrible. 







Here's my old pair of DT880s with a detachable cable, single entry. It's super easy man.



That same pair of DT880s with my DT770s. 
photo 2.png


This is what needs to be done, thats it.



OR you could do this. I terminated my DT770 600 ohm Premium to 2 3 pin mini-xlrs. This is more difficult, you have to make the entry hole for the right cup.






I hope this helped!
I just bought a secondhand pair, and the pads look pretty nasty from the pictures, so I need to change them regardless. I just figured that I would see if there were any viable pad replacements other than stock. I'm really leaning towards the dual entry mod, but I have never modded a pair of headphones to that extent, so I'm pretty nervous about doing it. I also have no clue as to what things I need to order to make that possible.

Also, those alpha pads look fantastic. Was that your picture? If so, how did it affect the sound and comfort?
Edited by NotaLefty - 4/13/14 at 6:49am
post #4 of 12

Yeah those are all my pictures. The seal is awesome with them, and the bass response increases a little bit but you sacrifice a little bit of the soundstage. Comfort: awesome.

post #5 of 12

You have to be pretty careful when soldering the beyer DTxxx drivers, the voice coil wire will come off the tabs you solder the wires to if you heat it up too much or snag it with your soldering iron. Just a warning. I've never done it, but many have.

post #6 of 12

Does anyone know whether we can buy the Alpha pads separately? I already have a modded TR40 and would love a set of pads to complete it.

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post #8 of 12

Many thanks Casper. they look really plush. Very grateful.

 

Ian

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by cCasper TFG View Post

Yeah you can 
https://mrspeakers.com/product/alpha-pads-genuine-lamb-leather/
How well do the Alphas fit? How easy is it to install? What do you have to do? I emailed Dan and he said he wasn't sure about compatibility with the 880's.
post #10 of 12

I had them on my DT770 in the above pictures and they fit perfectly. The DT880, DT770, and DT990 are all the exact same cup diameter so they will fit just fine.

post #11 of 12
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Originally Posted by cCasper TFG View Post
 

You have to be pretty careful when soldering the beyer DTxxx drivers, the voice coil wire will come off the tabs you solder the wires to if you heat it up too much or snag it with your soldering iron. Just a warning. I've never done it, but many have.

I'll agree with that one, I had to replace one of my DT990s drivers due to those stupid little hairthin wires.

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Originally Posted by TsukiNick View Post
 

I'll agree with that one, I had to replace one of my DT990s drivers due to those stupid little hairthin wires.

You were one of the people I was talking about :(

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