Senn HD800 Ultimate, "Maxx" Mod
Sep 22, 2022 at 10:23 PM Post #136 of 144

GanGreinke

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I had @Maxx134 mod my pair of HD800 into what I believe are his most recent HD800M, and I have been using them for a few months now. I was interested in his mods because I had heard a pair of HD800 that he modded several years ago and was impressed by how he tamed the treble spike and improved the bass quality and quantity. When I saw that he had further improved his mods, I contacted him and asked him to both mod and paint my headphones.

I should say upfront that I was not a fan of the HD800 stock sound. My pair are actually a lower serial number (in the 07000 range), which some people feel is the best iteration, but even then I couldn’t stand the sharp treble spike. With the full HD800M, I don’t have a problem with the treble. In addition, I feel like there is definitely a significant improvement in both the quality and quantity of the bass. It is by no means a bass cannon, but there is definitely more impact and slam in the bass region. I also think there is an improvement in the resolution, but I would probably need to hear the modded and unmodded back to back to compare. The headstage is still as expansive as it was (the combination of the Weiss Dac502 and the EC Aficionado create a ridiculously wide headstage, and it doesn’t feel gimmicky).

I have not heard the Susvara, Utopia, or other flagships on my chain, so I can’t comment how they compare, but I can say that @Maxx134 has significantly improved the HD800. I would definitely recommend his mods if you are looking to correct the weaknesses of the HD800!
 
Sep 24, 2022 at 10:45 PM Post #137 of 144

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While I made the HD800SM version, which uses an HD800S drivers, I had disected and scrutinized an HD800S driver.
So although I don't like to use these control methods, I decided since all the variants are using the center insert, I will make my own version to actually improve the Frequency response, not by muting any range, but instead the opposite, to amplify the ranges I want. This is a total opposite approach to what all other attempts have done.

So this is the latest version, the HD800M2 version. It does not use 800S drivers , but original HD800 drivers, to EXCEED the HD800S in all aspects.

Here is the Frequency response, which shows my latest 800M2 having similar(tiny bit more) low end extension and boost as the 800SM, wich uses 800S drivers.
It also , and most importantly, has the least dip of all HD800 variants.
Then, as an example of the difference in design, it also gives an extension of the trebles range, over all other variants while also being the most linear in upper range of all the 800 variants...

Here is a comparison of my latest 800M2 vs 800SM vs 800S :
New HD800M2 FR.PNG


The latest improvements (in green) are directly due to my own design center insert, in addition to my driver modification.

It is also important to note that my measurement coupler is not using "ears" in order to get more accuracy from lack of needing algorithms for the ear pinea. So the result shows the differences with a dip that looks different than other measurement rigs, which is normal. The differences between these headphones is what should be noted.
My measurement coupler also does not use any type of foam surface materials, which would corrupt the treble accuracy in other "non-ear" setups.

later I will post pics to show actual impulse response improvements.👍
 
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Sep 24, 2022 at 11:12 PM Post #138 of 144

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my pair of HD800 into what I believe are his most recent HD800M
I only made one version of the hd800"M".
Just this week I finished the latest version, "hd800M2", which differs only with my own version of a "center insert".
It was created using an opposite ideology of NOT hampering or muting sound, but instead "enabling" the sound, creating more linear trebles extension, with also less mids dip and elevation of whole lower range. 👍
 
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Sep 24, 2022 at 11:21 PM Post #139 of 144

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I only made one version of the hd800"M".
Just this week I finished the latest hd800M2, which differs only with my own version of a "center insert".
It was created using an opposite ideology of NOT hampering or muting sound, but instead "enabling" the sound, creating more linear trebles extension, with also less mids dip and elevation of whole lower range.
Is the insert something that can be easily added to my pair, or would it involve making some additional changes to install the center insert?
 
Sep 25, 2022 at 2:19 PM Post #140 of 144

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Is the insert something that can be easily added to my pair, or would it involve making some additional changes to install the center insert?
Yes, I can send you the center inserts. Installation is same as any insert. Press edge to peel up mesh halfway, stick in insert (eva side up) and replace.
 
Oct 22, 2022 at 1:22 PM Post #141 of 144

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I have only done cosmetic mods such as coloring and then padswap/headband.
Your mods look very interesting, is the center insert you added links to ordering more of a benefit to the 800 than the 800s and not really needed even on a S or...?
 

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Oct 30, 2022 at 2:29 PM Post #142 of 144

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I have only done cosmetic mods such as coloring and then padswap/headband.
Your mods look very interesting, is the center insert you added links to ordering more of a benefit to the 800 than the 800s and not really needed even on a S or...?
Sorry I not around as much so viewing this post late.
The Sennheiser insert links are old version.

My latest insert adress the whole spectrum, from bass to mids and trebles, to enhance, opposite of "damping" or muting any range. It uses a combo of specific density foam, with also synthetic fibers in order to exite the upper range. This enhance upper spectrum and helps eliminate the scoop that the hd800 iterations have.

Anyone interested just had to PM me. I have ordered a stockpile specifically made to order from China. Enough for a few hundred. No charge except shipping. I don't believe in making money on such a small item.

Also, I do not like the HD800S driver. In my testing, which exceeds normal parameters, it will reach a limit before the traditional HD800 driver. Then it uses a thin film in center, with another thin film in bottom center, as there is not an actual physical insert, but instead these two thin material films. Probably why they call it a "resonator".. A pain to remove if I wanted to into an HD800, or use a DIY insert. The inside bottom should be left alone so you can revert when using inserts.
Also,
Then the membrane is a different clarity, denoting a different polymer material was used.
Maybe why the upper spectrum of 800S & 8XX does not go as high as the hd800.
That is why I feel it can benefit from my insert.

Currently I just finish a paint job on my old broken pair.
Had to order new drivers for it, and luckily they had old 800 drivers, which are to me, the most robust and most capable version.
 
Oct 30, 2022 at 2:48 PM Post #143 of 144

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My headphone theology:

One open desktop flagship headphone for home.
One flagship IEM for closed headphone.
One portable for convenience.

Everything else is a waste of time and effort.
🤫🙂

System theology:
One flagship DAP for use as both a desktop source and portable.
One tube amp for home.

Everything else is a waste of time and effort.
🙃🙂
 
Oct 31, 2022 at 12:42 AM Post #144 of 144

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Ok Alexa, play "Religious war" on Spotify. JK. I agree that until you've had the chance to take headphones with you, you won't understand that a desktop/home amp should have a nomadic headphone DAC/Amp. I've sidegraded around and the RME ADI-2 lives on my desk while the WA11 and IFI BL go with me places.

But no closed back? IEMs don't work for everyone. No distinction of how everyone should have a planar, punchy dynamic, and another planar (you thought I was going to say e-stat, hah).
 

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