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SE530/535 Acoustic Filter Mod: More SQ improvement than cables? Dampers!

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  1. holsen
    When I removed them from my 535s I used a toothpick and just plucked it out but I had to destroy the fabric on the one I removed which was no problem because was replacing them
  2. Papa253
    It's in there snug. I'll try tomorrow when I'm less stressed.
  3. Slater
    Good lord please don’t do that. That will make things worse.
  4. mdtolic
    Good call.
  5. Papa253
    Will freezing hurt the dd divers?

    I'm thinking that it will. Shrink the metal dampers and get a better grip with the damper tool and just pull it out.

    What do you all think??

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
  6. Papa253
    If I can ask, what would you do?
    Any ideas would help.

    Thanks again
  7. Slater
    I personally wouldn’t freeze them. Freezing to loosen a mechanical friction fit works best when both surfaces are metal (such as a bearing installed onto a transmission differential or into machined bearing race).

    The T800 is acrylic resin, which will likely not shrink with freezing. Also, you risk damaging the fragile BA drivers. I wouldn’t do it.

    If the stock tool doesn’t work, you can try a small 2.0mm coarse screw with the point ground off. That’s how I made my DIY damper tool. You can grab the screw with pliers once it’s screwed into the filter.

    Here’s my post on the DIY tool:

    Last edited: Aug 19, 2019
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  8. Papa253
    Thank you

    I will try tomorrow
  9. mdtolic
    @Papa253 I'm assuming you want to swap out the brown filters for a new pair, right? I'd also think you wouldn't be removing them if you did not already have a set ready to use but maybe the T800 don't require a damper like the se535? You may just have to bite the bullet on this one and pierce through the damper foam and pull it up and out from the bottom. Good luck!
  10. assassin10000
    Which tool do you have?

    As @Slater confirmed, this won't work. Super glue could damage the drivers as well.

    As far as tips/tricks I've removed and installed filters 3 different ways on my westones.

    1. The cleaning tool was able to just get enough grip.

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    2. A 1/16" drill bit just fit into the damper. Angled so it catches the edge, slight outward pressure while pulling back.


    3. Last and best way, was this tool I found off Aliexpress.


  11. Papa253
    I have the one in this picture Screenshot_2019-08-20-12-06-54.png

    I did get the damper out this morning with advance from @Slater


    I will get the one you suggested Screenshot_2019-08-20-12-07-55.png

    The trick that worked for me was to heat up the tool just a bit. This expanded the tool just enough to get a better grip I was able to pull it out almost all the way, then fearful of trying to grip it again with tool mite push back I used some specialty tweezers was able to remove a complete 15663286505275224767615146606099.jpg
    Last edited: Aug 20, 2019
  12. assassin10000
    That etymotic tool didn't work for me. I had it but sold it.
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  13. Papa253
    Yep I'm gonna have to get the correct tool for sure
  14. Slater
    Well that explains it.

    Different filter, different tool. Not interchangeable.

    Glad you got it sorted, friend :)
  15. Papa253
    Thank you
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