Mar 20, 2018 at 5:21 AM
- Nov 10, 2016
- Reaction score
- NNW of Boston
I considered it, and know that some here like that configuration. But my Fostex knock off grilles already were stripped down, and I didn't hear any convincing difference, although the total time put in wasn't that great, so maybe it's a good thing.Did you ever consider replacing the fabric dust cover that's annealed to the grills with organza and leaving the stock grills in place? Maybe that could give you a sort of best of both worlds solution, preserving the magnetic nature of the grills without giving up dust protection, whilst removing the treble grain and more closed-in nature attributed by some to the presence of the dust filter. Did you notice any improvement in either of these areas alongside the drawbacks you experienced btw? I'm curious because I've put off modding the grill until I can grab some spares from Hifiman in case I dislike what the mods do, so I'm sorta at the mercy of other people's impressions.
Also I'm assuming the out of stock pads you were referring to were the leather ZMF Ori pads? I purchased them myself and have been fairly pleased with their increase in bass quality and quantity, reduced brightness of the highs, comfort, and just overall increase in luxuriousness . Maybe a mod combo of these pads and the aforementioned dust filter mod would hit the sweet spot? For what it's worth, the pads DO cost $60ish unless you can snag some in a potential future Massdrop, so it might be something of a value judgment either way I guess.
I have to say "closed in" is a biased term. I might counter with "loss of the rear plane of the recording space". Even at the three best concert venues I know for acoustic music: BSO, Carnegie, and Mechanics Hall (Worcester), there is a boundary, reflections, diffusion and absorption. The notion of a note playing with no baffle seems pure from a conceptual standpoint, but in practice you've got to think about what you get vs what you lose, and what the designer had in mind. I like "open back" headphones because they seem to image better, seem more real - but "open back" is a term, all open back headphones I know actually are not totally open, just not closed to a lesser or greater extent. Or if you prefer "tuned". I like that. Are all cans tuned to the best level possible? No. And of course your perfect and mine are two different animals. So there is room for mods - but I've learned to be clinical about it. Remember the King has no clothes when it comes to what we want to be true - or the assertion that all changes must be good.