- Aug 5, 2006
Hrm. I do think RP-18's were more detailed, but center-pinched ortho still so good, imo. Do you mean strictly YH-series you think you'd prefer pacman damped or no front damping more than bass lens?I think with a centre-pinched ortho, the 'bass lens' concept probably won't work as well as a more common fully unimpeded type planar.
When you consider that over 70% of the diaphragm is already impeded by the magnets, its reasonable to conclude that much of the bass tuning is already taken care of by the size and frequency of the hole patterns, as they behave almost like a series of 'ports'.
You might get more interesting results playing around with different ear pads, like sony XB pads, pleather pads with fabric interiors, etc etc.
Just some ideas.
Last night treble and upper mids sounded splashy on a track with bass lens + brainwavz pads, now I remember why I moved away from these pads. Today everything sounds good, though, and I might still prefer bass lens YH-1? Today I was actually thinking "what if brainwavz pads were lined with fabric?" Lemme see if Brainwavz sells anything interesting... Ok, so there's micro suede, micro suede with cooling gel, and perforated faux-leather. If there was perforated genuine leather I might consider, but right now just sort of interested in micro suede. I had a pair of pads that I stitched out of micro suede for my T50RP's back in the day:
I made them angled slightly, I believe, with felt front damping to kill treble. They sounded pretty decent from memory, they were my favorite pads for stock T50RP enclosure at the time. Hrmmm. Do I need more pads? Bass lens sounds so good already. I'm wondering if 80% of the differences that I hear between pacman damped YH-1 and bass lens YH-1 is just soundstaging differences from altered driver-to-ear distance. Bass lens sounds ever so slightly more unimpeded, just effortless. But then pacman damped has a smoothness to it. Maybe it's a false smoothness, though, like a gaussian blur for a photo, it's photoshopped smooth, not reality. Ok bass lens sounds more spacious. ZX1000 pads cramp the sound, I can like hear the pads on immediate swap. Back to bass lens. Bass lens so good? I don't even hear the differences in the size of the stereo image, bass lens sounds just as big as pacman damped to me.
I will do more listening and try to make up my mind on more pads. Right now just kind of enjoying bass lens YH-1.