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Jun 29, 2001
Originally posted by Lizard I removed the foam covering the transducer on the HD600 and the bass was lacking, or overwhelmed by the increase in brightness. Anyone tried replacing these foams with something else?
Yes. I'll assume you mean the oval foam pieces that sit over the driver under the pads. I actually cut some pieces of speaker grill foam into the same shape/thickness and tried those. This foam was a bit stiffer and not as soft as the stock ones. The sound was a bit less laid back and boring, the upper mids were a bit more lively. The veiling was less apparent and the sound was a bit more transparent.
Originally posted by Audio&Me If they want uncomfortable and bright, get something else.
it won't necessarily be either of those things. Without any foam at all it will be, yes, but if you replace it with something thinner you will still have padding and maybe a more pleasing sound for some people (more treble, less bass).
I didn't notice anything when I took out the foam portion, but I did notice ALOT when I took out that thin 'cloth' stuff that's infront of the drivers. I think that's what REALLY makes the sound of the HD600. It's kinda like a 2nd diaphram. The drivers themselves don't sound special when they're just sitting there by themselves.
Sorry, I can't think of anything to replace the foam. As Beagle mentioned, trying out different speaker cloth may do the trick. Don't worry, you're not the only one who took apart the HD600
Originally posted by Neruda how exactly do the pads "snap off"? I've got a pair of HD580s here and I'd like to mess with this if possible.
Take a hold of the earpiece in one hand, and with the other, grip one part of the earpad "donut" and firmly but smoothly pull it out. It might seem like you'll be pulling too hard, but eventually it'll snap out and then it's rather easy to take the pad off. Remember to press firmly all around the earcup when putting them back in, as sometimes most of the earcup will be snapped in except for one little portion, and I suppose that could degrade the sound.