The HD800 are the best dynamic headphones I've ever heard. They are extremely revealing, neutral, involving, fast, and accurate. However superb they may be, I always felt they were not completely perfect and that they could be improved slightly. My biggest complaint is that the soundstage is too tall. But in addition, the treble is just a tad on the bright side, the imaging isn't as good as it could be, the bass could use a slight bump, and the sound could be all around a bit smoother. But I wasn't about to do anything that could damage my headphones or void their warranty. Since I've had them, from time to time I've been cupping my hands around the front of the earcups at a distance pf a few inches. The sound waves reflect off my hand and bounce back through the mesh. This seemed to bring the front image more into focus. Obviously I could not put cups on the outside of the earcups so I pretty much put the idea out of mind. Enter the simple, completely reversible, and unnoticeable HD800 mod: Tonight I just felt like experimenting with the HD800 to see what I could come up with. After about 2 hours of experimenting I believe I have come up with the ideal solution and I think most people will agree when they hear it. It improves on everything I listed in the first paragraph, and increases detail because the soundstage is so focused. It combines the best qualities of closed and open headphones in a sound that resembles the merger of an HD800 and a Beyer DT880/600, but more like sitting in the audience of an actual concert or at home in front of a high-fidelity speaker system -- that's the best way I can describe it. You'll hear soundstage and imaging unlike anything you've ever heard from headphones. And the HD800 don't need to sit so far back on your head anymore which was straining on the neck; in fact they will sound better when they are positioned more towards the front. What you'll need: - A pair of scissors - An old 6.1 oz. cotton T-shirt - 5 minutes of time Cut two strips of material from your T-shirt (I used the sleeve) that are not on a seam. They should be about 3 1/2" inches in length, I'm not sure exactly but you can judge from the picture I took earlier, and approximately 5/8" wide. 1) Remove the dustcovers from your earcups by pinching the raised area in the back center. 2) Place the T-shirt strips in the exact area shown in the picture below. Make sure they are pressed all the way against the steel mesh. You can use the screws as reference points to match both earcups evenly. (Note: The strip is laying flat against the mesh. It looks curled because I used a striped T-shirt which is giving it that illusion.) 3) Put dustcovers gently back in place so as not to slide the strips out of place. It's easier to do this by pulling upward on the inside of the earpads. 4) Play around with headphone positions on your head to find the angle and distance forward that best suits your ears. 5) Enjoy music! You can experiment with thinner or thicker T-shirts or other porous materials, and/or different positions to lay the strips in, and/or different strip lengths. This will allow you to tune the headphones precisely to your taste, but I recommend you first try the method outlined above. Happy listening!