Do-It-Yourself Guide

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Hands  |  Nov 08, 2016  |  6 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!
Tyll Hertsens  |  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  |  Aug 02, 2016  |  5 comments
Maybe it's just my old school mindset, but I find being able to get "under the hood" to tinker around with some gizmo or other to be a perfectly satisfying pursuit. I like old motorcycles because they have carburators, points, and plugs—give me the right wrenches with the parts and bits and I can fix any of that. Audio also has lots of places for your Average Joe with a little skill and the right tools to begin to corral electrons and learn how to watch them flow. To my eyes and finger-tips the SolderBuddy ACS ($40.50) feels like just the right kind of old school tool for building audio cables. Ah the sweet smell of flux after midnight!
Tyll Hertsens  |  Mar 06, 2016  |  58 comments

They say it's all about the stories. Well here's another chapter for a venerable and storied headphone.

Tyll Hertsens  |  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.

Tyll Hertsens  |  Dec 05, 2015  |  13 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!

Tyll Hertsens  |  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.
Sean Sabino  |  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 ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Oct 04, 2011  |  7 comments

Some modified Grado cans have shown up in the lab. I don't know what my problem was getting to them in a timely manner, maybe it's my dislike in general for Grado cans, maybe it was the trouble I was having getting my corporate shipping set up, but I've finally managed to get around to listening and writing this post.

Oh, well, here we go ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Jul 21, 2011  |  47 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!

n_maher  |  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 ...

Tyll Hertsens  |  Apr 07, 2012  |  21 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  |  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  |  Aug 09, 2011  |  14 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.

Tyll Hertsens  |  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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