Sony R10 + AKG K1000 = SAKY R1000
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There are so many things I like about the R10 and the K1000. So why not have both in one headphone? The R10's have really been overheating my ears lately so.....

I decided to mod the R10 and K1000 and combine them into one headphone.




Removing the Ear pieces from the R10 was a bit tricky. The hangers are magnesium so cutting through the mounting piece was a bit hairy. But unlike the CD3000, the R10 does not route the cable through the headband, so there is no danger of accidentally severing the cable. I must say that magnesium is tougher than I thought.

Removing the K1000's "ear speakers" was much easier. I guess Sony is tougher to disassemble since they probably don't want people taking apart $4000 headphones easily.

It was pretty tough to get the hangers to mount to the K1000's headband frame. But two well placed bolts secured it nicely. They are not showing in the picture because of the angle. I'll try to take a better close up later. My digicam is dying, looks like I'll need to replace it soon.

I used a little superglue to "fix" the R10 ear piece hanger, so it would not rotate so loosely. That way I can get the R10 ear pieces to angle outward like the K1000's ear speakers. It doesn't quite far a the K1000, but pretty close. But since the R10's drivers are angled a bit already, this is a non-issue.

My initial listening impressions are impressive.
I have almost the R10's sound with the K1000's ergonomics. The Bass is definitely reduced. It's still a bit more than the K1000, but unfortunately, opening up the R10's ear pieces reduces the bass noticeably. But the soundstage is greatly improved. Since I have essentially permanently removed the K1000's ear pads, I can't really A/B compare, but the difference is noticeable from memory.

The really nice part of this mod, is that if I want to go back to a mroe traditional R10 closed mode, I can angle the R10 ear pads flat to the sides of my head like the normal R10's. The only problem is the ear pads are somewhat in the way, and don't let the ear pads press evenly on the sides of my head. So sound now leaks, but the bass response is much better in closed mode. The nice part is that since the ear pads aren't hugging snugly anymore, there is a bit of ventilation. Also, the headband on top barely reaches the top of my head. I guess I can try to position the ear pieces higher. I have a pretty big noggin, though.

I think I can tweak attachment of the R10 ear piece hangers a bit better, it's a bit figidy to get them to stay in position.
So far I am really happy with my new "SAKY R1000."

More pics to follow......

-Ed
 
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i believe you've just crossed over to the land of truly insane head-fi behavior.

but i like it.
 
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Yeah, it's a pretty clean mod so far. I think I should sand blast and clear coat the two red headband tension thingys. I think it would match the magnesium of the R10's.

-Ed
 
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whatever floats your boat.


are you selling the rest of the R10 on eBay? seeing as how audiocubes wants $869 for the headband assembly you should make some nice pocket change off of it.
 
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or you could make the akony k10 and mount the k1000 drivers to the r10 headband.

don't know how comfy that would be though...
 
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I don't like the idea of wire mesh pressing against my ears... maybe Edwood can get the R10 earpads and use his modding skills to put them on the K1000 drivers too.

earspeakers don't need earpads.
 
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oh yeah, i think it's time to create the hamster to rock out with your new creation too.

i'm looking forward to seeing that.
 
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Good one, Edwood... April Fools!!!
 
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... but if this isn't fake, you simply destroyed two very good, very very expensive headphones.

All parts of both are designed to work together to build up a piece of real high-end audiophile equipment. What you did is like throwing the pieces of a Porsche and a Ferrari together and hoping that something good will come out...

I feel sorry for the phones. IMHO, this is like burning money.
 
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chisum, you a special wun.
 
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nice work on the lighting
 
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WTH!



how can you make it.

and what did you do with both phones, did you break up them and replace them again?
 
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is the an april fool's joke or are you just an idiot?
 
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Hahah, good one, best April 1st joke yet.


(I'm sure you can't be serious.)
 
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Thanks guys! Would've forgotten it was april fools if it weren't for this thread. I can now go about my day armed and ready.
 
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