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I knew it was doable hehe, great job OP.

Thanks Jerg!
post #17 of 136
Can't believe i only saw this now.

How is the mod holding up?
post #18 of 136
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Originally Posted by mrmax View Post

Can't believe i only saw this now.

How is the mod holding up?

 

Mine is holding up quite well.

 

post #19 of 136
Thanks @Eddyfcknp. I'm seriously considering modding mine.
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I'm very curious why HiFiMan is not offering the nicer new headbands on some of their current line. You'd think it would be a no-brainer.

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I'm very curious why HiFiMan is not offering the nicer new headbands on some of their current line. You'd think it would be a no-brainer.
It is on every phone they sell currently with the exception of the he-6.
post #22 of 136

Correction: I'm very curious why HiFiMan is not offering the nicer new headbands on one headphone in their current line. The HE-6 is my personal favorite of the bunch, but I don't care for the old headband. I suppose I could always mod it thanks to the detailed steps the OP outlined, I've been waiting so long for them to make this change. 

post #23 of 136

OH NO, just started running my HE-500 out of a speaker amp and now this and the grill mod will seal the deal

post #24 of 136
Has anyone ran into finding solder on their brass fittings (ferrules?) I tried asking Hifiman about it, but due to the language barrier and I assume they are using google translate, I am getting zero answers.

post #25 of 136

Can anyone measure the weight of the modified headphones?

 

The HE-500 stock is supposed to weight 500g stock

HE-400i comes in at 370g. 

post #26 of 136

Step 7.

 

I have no idea how the OP managed to get the brass fitting out with that screw driver, but I went a different route.

Highly recommend finding a small nail, I believe what I used was a nail called a Brad Nail and a small hammer.  Hell if you can't find a hammer you can use the handle part of the screw driver and just tap out the brass fitting.  It will probably take a minute or two but it will slide right out.

 

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post #27 of 136

Wow that's a sick mod, good job

post #28 of 136

Fantastic guide! I got the HE-400i headband from hifiman, started on the mod. I am doing the mod on my HE-500. OP called it on atleast one stripped screw when removing the stock headband, had one strip on each side, but was able to bend and break the stripped screw. Actually found it easier than I thought it would be. A few things that made it easier, atleast on the HE-500 --

 

I did not need to remove the cable connector. I actually tried to remove the cable connector, but was getting nowhere fast. I think you only need to remove the cable connector if you are going to spend extensive amount of time with the brass fittings, which came out really pretty easy for me. Here is what I did; I got the driver unscrewed from the housing, then moved out to the side a bit, put a zip lock bag to cover it as best possible. Then put a screwdriver over the brass fitting, and whacked the screwdriver with another (bigger) screwdriver. It took maybe 15 whacks to get it loose, just a minute of work. Got the idea from Eddyfcknp's post.

 

I'm not quite done yet, my brother is borrowing my drill. Just need to widen the holes on the housing just a bit and I should be done.

 

 

 

post #29 of 136

You're a brave man!  Those drivers, even with plastic over them, will suck up ANY metal debris big or small.  I would hate to see something like that happen, be careful!

 

I actually cover my drivers in painters tape during the entire process.

post #30 of 136
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Originally Posted by Eddyfcknp View Post
 

You're a brave man!  Those drivers, even with plastic over them, will suck up ANY metal debris big or small.  I would hate to see something like that happen, be careful!

 

I actually cover my drivers in painters tape during the entire process.

 

Good advice with the painters tape, didn't think of that. I did pick out pieces of solder that were on brass fitting on the inner side with some needlenoses. As you can see I worked at my kitchen table, not my workbench, to avoid any odd medal residues.

 

Quite honestly the section people need to be careful is when dealing with cable connectors, if you decide to try to remove them, be careful to not strip metal from the nut. This is why I don't recommend you try to remove the cable connector, and quickly tried to work around that.

 

I did just go over each driver thoroughly using a bright light, trying to spot any small pieces of metal. Think I am in the clear. But yeah, anyone else doing the mod, listen to Eddy!

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