Do-It-Yourself Guide

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jan 30, 2012 10 comments

How do you attach your portable headphone amp to your player? Velcro? Big rubber bands? A hacked small camera bag?

Here's another solution ... and it's miraculous.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Dec 05, 2015 11 comments

The most modified headphone in the hobby, now modified by its maker. A terrific job, and done in a way virtually impossible for DIYers to achieve, but continues to allow similar modifications as the previous model.

It seems to me hobbyists have an excellent new starting platform for another round of modding!

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n_maher Posted: Apr 01, 2011 3 comments

I’ve had more fun tinkering around in my basement over the last 6+ years than I ever would have had wasting away on the couch watching TV. I’ve built 50 or so projects ranging from the very cheap and small to the rather expensive and large. Has it all been fun, nah, but what good journey is? If you wanna try DIY, read on ...

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 12, 2016 19 comments
Well...that escalated quickly.

Anticipating incoming Focal Elears, DIYers are already starting to ask about dimensions for cable swaps. Might as well do it while I've got them here.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Apr 07, 2012 20 comments

Having printed out the measurements for all 41 Do-It-Yourself modified headphones sent to me over the past year, I spread them out over my kitchen table and set to work picking the best and worst measuring of the bunch. I also picked what I thought were the coolest looking headphones. And I scrounged around my lab looking for all the headphones I might give away as prizes.

Let's see who got what ...

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 21, 2012 47 comments

In my view, the Sennheiser HD 800 is the world's best dynamic headphone. Its imaging and transient response is second to none. (Read my full review here.) The problem is, brutal honesty can be tough to take.

Fortunately, there's a relatively simple modification to take the edge off your HD 800.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 16, 2011 4 comments

Kabeer - "I am located in UK, and I have some orthos. Im not sure if its very viable for me to get anything measured?"

Tyll - "I really can't spend too much money on this, so I've limited DIY Ortho testing to the U.S. to keep the shipping costs down. Sorry."

Kabeer - "Id really like to send my Aiwa to you to get measured. I think its pretty great :). Wualta wants to see their measurements too and has kindly offered to pay you the postage back to UK for them."

Tyll - "Okie Dokie. If Wualta wants to see the measurements, it must be good."

You see, while Wualta might be a crusty old curmudgeon, he's also one of the patron saints of Orthodynamic DIYers, and if he thinks something is worthwhile ... well, you just have to have a listen.

By golly, he's right on the mark again!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: May 19, 2011 28 comments

In preparing my article “How Planar Magnetic Headphones Work” I became enamored of the work being done by DIYers building their own Orthodynamic cans over in the "Orthodynamic Roundup thread on Head-Fi. The blood, sweat, and tears invested in building and modifying vintage Yamaha Orthodynamics, and cans like the Fostex T50RP is simply stunning, but more striking is the sense of fun and camaraderie so clearly evident in their headphone play that I simply can’t resist trying to find a way to enter into the party in some way.

I think I’ve figured out what I can do.

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jun 27, 2011 15 comments

Aw geez ... I feel so lucky. I teared up a bit as I unwrapped six DIY headphones from dBel84 on Head-Fi. The work, love, and enthusiasm of this owner/modifier/enthusiast just radiated from them. I feel so privileged to have people send me their pride and joy DIY cans. It's a very special thing for me personally.

Come, let's have a look at this very personal "personal audio" collection.

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Mar 21, 2011 31 comments
Promises Kept
My first post was an exercise in getting all the bits-and-pieces together to create content. In many ways this is my first real post here ... and I want to keep a promise. For years I've said I would measure the effects of the various headphone pads on Grado headphones; well, I am very glad to say finally: here it is.
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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Aug 09, 2011 13 comments

It's not often a pair of DIY cans comes walking in the door with its own monster branding. Not only has enthusiast 4nradio breathed life into this odd assortment of bits from previously dead or discontinued headphones, but unlike the good doctor of yore, he has fallen in love with the monster he brought to life, and given it character and personality.

Let's meet the monster.

Sean Sabino Posted: Mar 20, 2012 50 comments

A couple of weeks ago Head-Fi DIYer Kojaku sent in a pair of heavily modded Grado SR225i headphones. I'm not really a fan of Grados ... okay, I really dislike them, but these modded cans were very good. The best sounding Grados I've had the pleasure of hearing.

I asked him to tell his story ...

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Tyll Hertsens Posted: Jul 21, 2011 44 comments

More modified headphones came through the lab this week. scompton sent in three modified Fostex Orthodynamic cans, and Morphsci sent in a couple of Headphile.com modified AKG K340 headphones.

Quick pix, and impressions follow!

Tyll Hertsens Posted: Feb 09, 2016 23 comments

I was measuring some DIY headphones this weekend and got sucked into playing with filter paper in front of the driver. Thought all you DIYers out there would get a kick out of the data.

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Hands Posted: Nov 08, 2016 4 comments
For better or worse, Tyll tasked me with answering perhaps one of the most important questions of this age. Can SAATI Acoustex filters be used in place of toilet paper, a staple product used for front damping in headphone mods? Seeing as the last few months have been insanely busy for me, it took me quite some time to investigate. But…yes, I do think SAATI has a toilet paper replacement on its hands!

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