- Nov 8, 2012
I already posted this in a couple threads but thought it deserved it's own thread.
Inspired by the SE535 filter/damper mod thread, I wondered if there was an easy tweak of the 846. They look to be the same filters but implemented differently to make filter changing user friendly in the 846. To use the Knowles dampers in the 846 you have to find a way to widen the filter or it just falls out from the larger opening of the 846.
I found that a cut section of cotton swabs I had on hand fit the opening in the 846 pretty snugly. To get the tiny filter inside the swab tube I slightly reamed it wider and was then able to force the filter in. If you notice before you pull out your existing filter, it protrudes out around 1/8 inch or so. So once you have filter inserted, you trim the tube to just past the filter to get the right size. It won't thread all the way closed if it's too long.
I used the white filter and compared it to the white shure. I've been listening all weekend and got to say it's a very worthwhile upgrade. Across the board the resolution, decay, ambience is better. Top end extension is there yet not at all grating or fatiguing. Bass is more defined. Mids clear yet retaining warmth.
No doubt there's better ways to do this but if you have the filters on hand this is a must try. Quite frankly, I'm really surprised at the difference this makes.
If I can find a good way to take pics, I will. Camera I have not good on macro shots though.