I bought some Grado 225's about 12 years ago and they're still my go-to cans. The cable's twisted, I'm sure the transducers aren't in the best shape though I don't get grattle, mesh is interspersed with itty bitty pad foam grains, and I've really beat the hell out of them at times yet they keep going. If I modded them I'd want to replace the pads, switch the bowls, get the transducers checked, maybe a cable upgrade...who would do all of that?
I've got some Etymotics ER-4s, they're pretty old too. Could never get the seal just right. Microphonics of the cable kind of wrecked them for me. Narrow ear canals so they weren't very comfortable. I really wanted to like the Ety's because I need studio-monitor class accuracy and as much sonic isolation as possible, but the only thing I could imagine would save them is a custom ear molding but think of all the earwax issues ;p
Lastly Precide Ergo 2 headphones. Bought from a forum member a long time ago. Didn't get much use out of them before the left side started to cut out, at last the transducer itself fell off inside of the housing. It kind of just rolls in there now and I'm too pissed to look in there. Who would I even get to repair this crazy thing? And the pad design is just bonkers, I would have to get those totally replaced with a non-foam pad that I would never need to repair again. Good sound on these phones but build quality.... If I could get them modded into something special I'd go for it though. But with the transducer rolling around I guess they're a total loss. I don't hear damage it's just that it would be impossible to ship them without causing damage.
So do I resurrect one of these mummies or do I get something new? If I get something new I want it to be a better sound
Less then $500 in any case...would prefer not to have them stuck in my ears but if that's the only way to match the ER-4's I'll try it... not in a location where i can demo... ;p
on its own line -
studio monitor quality accuracy
and CRAZY LOCO MEGA DETAIL! (the reason i've stuck with the grados so long)
Edited by crazyface - 5/17/14 at 2:02pm