Watch out!!! The fakes are about
Even though they have been around for more than 25years now the HD25 have, up until recently, they have not been faked. But while doing a search on alibaba the other day I spotted what looked like a replica pair so thought I would order them and see what turned up. On the site they were not advertised as sennheiser and had no logos but when the box arrived I realized these were relatively convincing fakes.
The box looked almost identical to the original, some parts were a bit glossier than they should be but all in all a good replica of the original box. The headphones inside, at first glance, look like the original as well with all the appropriate logos.
Here is a quick video guide to help tell the difference and spot a fake
We are now offering modified beyerdynamic T1 headphones. They have a 4pin miniXLR in the earcups and come with a choice of balanced cables. We have also done some modifications to the damping on the earcups to smooth out the treble peak they have.
We are also able to offer a send in service so you can send in your T1 and T5p to have these modifications done for £110
I am working on another pair of star wars fan art sennheiser HD25. This sort of thing takes a bit longer than most pairs and if you add up the time I probably make a loss on them but it is a labor of love.
I am thinking of adding a glow in the dark coating to the light saber as well
Yesterday we had the swarovski covered HD25s and today we have some painted gold. Tomorrow we have a pair done in gold leaf so it looks like bling it the thing at the moment 😉
We have not made these for a long time as they take a lot of work to do but I think I am getting quicker at doing them now.
These have nearly 2000 swarovski crystals covering them. The trickiest part is the headband, if the crystals touch each other they will interfere with each other when the headband flexes and they will lever each other off so each one has to be carefully spaced apart keeping the gap small enough so it is not too noticeable but big enough to let the headband flex. The end result is all worth it though so we may start selling them again.
For many years we have just been making making custom headphones for people form our own new stock. Now, since we have started a “send in” service, by far and away the most popular one that people want modded is the beyerdynamic tesla range. I suspect it is because they are unusual in the high end market for not having a detachable cable.
We can fit a miniXLR to make the cable detachable and also re-wire them to balanced mode or any other mods that you fancy.
We have two pairs of T1s in this week for re-cableing so I will try to add pictures of the opperation
I am slowly building a high end headphone amp from bits and bobs I can pick up on line. So far I have built two amp boards based on a lehmann design and have swapped out most of the capacitors for better quality ones. I have an RCore transformer to keep the noise down and a high end stepping potentiometer. Now one of the final pieces of the puzzle… I decent a asynchronous USB DAC capable of crazy bitrates. All together I have spent around £100 on parts and when it is finished I suspect it would go toe to toe with most sub £500 amps.
I do plan on making something we can sell once I have worked out the bugs but I suspect once I have built the case and stuff they would probably retail for around £300
I could not wait to plug the DAC in and give it a go to see what all the fuss is about. We normally use an arcam rPac which was around £130 and is not a bad DAC from what I have read but as soon as I plugged in the XMOS one I could hear the difference – much more detail and brighter sound – I am now super excited about putting it all together
When in college I initially took engineering specializing in electronics then did a course in are and design after that. It is always nice when I can use both disciplines on one job.
I am making a extra special pair of beyerdynamic custom one pro with LED light up earcups. To make it extra special we are making special clear plastic lenses with the name etched onto the back so it looks all 3d inside the perspex and allows the light from the LEDs to shine through in the right places.
Do do this I initially mocked up the design on the computher, then cut masks on our plotter cutter so I knew where everything was going to go as it all neede to line up for the laser engraving to look right. Then hand airbrushed the design in reverse on the back of the lens before sticking them in the laser engraver for a few passes at different heights to get the 3d effect.
Hopefully when they are finished they will look super awesome
We seem to mostly make custom headphones for DJs and audiophiles but now and again we get to do some studio headphones. It surprises me more studios and producers don’t get them customized as I know the plain ones get “accidentally” taken home by bands and artists all the time.
Here are some custom DT770 pro we just made for someone with white pads so they really stand out
We have had the ability to make some things glow in the dark but recently we have been doing it differently. The supplier of the pigment recommends putting it on as a coating over the design and then the lighter areas glow but it was a bit restrictive and gave mixed results. What we are now doing is making headphones white, then coating them in glow in the dark pigment then building the design up on top masking off the white areas we want to keep glow in the dark and using transparrent paint where we want it to glow through a little this is letting us do designs that look sharper when they glow.
I foolishly sent these ones out without taking a picture of them in the dark but …. you can imagine they were awesome