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How to spot Fake HD25 – a side by side comparison

Posted by JFunk on August 4, 2015 in Dismanteling and re building headphones, Special projects |

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

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Balanced Beyerdynamic T1 with detachable cable

Posted by JFunk on July 30, 2015 in Gallery, General, Special projects, Technologys |

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

https://customcans.co.uk/s/s/index.php/balancedbeyerdynamict1.html

Beyerdynamic T1 with detachable cable

Some modified beyerdynamic T1 with detachable balanced cable

Beyerdynamic T1 damping mod

Modded beyerdynamic T1 with advanced damping

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Working on some Star Wars headphones

Posted by JFunk on July 17, 2015 in Pro DJ Headphones |

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

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Some star wars headphones Im working on with yoda and obe wan

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It’s all about the bling this week

Posted by JFunk on July 15, 2015 in Gallery, Pro DJ Headphones |

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 😉

Gold sennheiser HD25

Some customized sennheiser HD25-1 in gold

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Sennheiser HD25 covered in swarovski crystals

Posted by JFunk on July 14, 2015 in Pro DJ Headphones, Special projects |

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.

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Some sennheiser HD25 covered in swarovski crystals

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Beyerdynamic Re-Cabling service

Posted by JFunk on July 13, 2015 in Special projects, Technologys |

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

Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 recabling service

Beyerdynamic Tesla T1 recabling service

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Prototype XMOS DAC with USB audio 2.0 support

Posted by JFunk on July 12, 2015 in Reviews, Special projects, Technologys |

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

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Combining art and engineering

Posted by JFunk on July 10, 2015 in Special projects, Technologys, Uncategorized |

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

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Custom Designed studio headphones

Posted by JFunk on July 9, 2015 in Pro DJ Headphones |

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

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Some customized beyerdynamic DT770 pro in white with green and orange splatter

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Some glow in the dark DJ headphones

Posted by JFunk on July 7, 2015 in Pro DJ Headphones, Special projects, Technologys, Uncategorized |

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.

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Glow in the dark sennheiser HD7 headphones

Glow in the dark sennheiser HD25 alu

Some glow in the dark sennheiser HD25 aluminim earcups

I foolishly sent these ones out without taking a picture of them in the dark but …. you can imagine they were awesome

frainbreeze HD25-1

SOme glow in the dark swoosh design sennheiser HD25-1 mk II for frainbreeze

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