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Picked up the AD500 at wal-mart when they were down to $30, and I have been more than pleased with them. They're comfy, sound great, and have a nice long cord to boot. But this isn't a review, so let's get to the modding!

Audio-Technica AD500

I'd seen several mods done to AD700s, and felt inspired enough to tackle the boom mic mod on my AD500. So first, a big thanks to all who've blazed this trail ahead of me. And with no further ado:


8/12/11:
I first removed the earpad from the left side, running my fingers under the inside of the pad to lift it away from the cup. Then, unscrewing four small screws led me to this:



Then I removed the grill and marked the spot where I wanted to mount the mic jack:



Say hello to my little friend(s)!

The dremel ran me $25 at Amazon, and the panel jack I'm using was a couple bucks. EDIT: That's a mono jack, and the boom mic I used needed a stereo jack, so I had to go out and shell out another couple bucks for the right one. Don't make the same mistake as me



All done dremeling!

Now let's see how the jack fits...


Beautiful. Now to make a gap for it in the grill:


Done dremeling for the day. It was beautiful outside


I'm still waiting on an audio cable and a mic, so I can't get any wiring done until next week. But since I love using these headphones so much, I went ahead and reassembled them so I can use them in the meantime:



I can't wait for Tuesday.

COMING SOON:
* wire an audio cable to the now-installed mic jack
* sleeve and heatshrink those cables!



P.S. If you guys have any suggestions about how I could improve the formatting of this post, please let me know. It's pretty dang clunky-looking right now, so any help is appreciated
Edited by skinnysumo - 10/10/11 at 10:52am
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post #2 of 12
That looks great!

For thirty bucks, it seems like you will have a great set of cans.

If only we could get Audio-Technica to show some of the game companies how to make a proper headset..........
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Thanks! A few more parts came in today, so I might have an update tonight or tomorrow. Let's hope sooner
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post #4 of 12
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UPDATE!

8/15/11:


Sleeved, heatshrinked, and ready to go! Just waiting on this mic from dealextreme:
http://www.dealextreme.com/p/hyundai...icrophone-4468

Tested out the mic jack with some earbuds, and it works perfectly. Not sure that I can wait for that mic to show up (I ordered it a week ago and it still hasn't shipped).

So at this point, I have a couple options:

1) Build my own mic
or
2) Wait for the boom mic I ordered to get here

If I build my own (more expensive + labor), will it be worth it? Any tips are of course appreciated.
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post #5 of 12
I'd wait for the mic you ordered. Nice job there. Cheers!
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Nice work.Might hack up my ad500 like this.Thanks.
    
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post #7 of 12
I'm actually looking to do the same thing to my AD-700's. Got most of the parts here, just waiting for the cable. Plan on re-cabling the whole lot. How did you do the cable? Can you show where the cables comes out of the headphones?
Edited by XAnarchy - 10/10/11 at 1:32am
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post #8 of 12
What exactly does this accomplish? You can plug your mic in up at the actual can (and shorten its cord) so that it is just right up there?

I only ask because I recently picked up a pair of AD-700s and would love to do something similar if its what I'm thinking.
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Ooh, sorry I don't have any decent pics. I'll put some up when I can get ahold of some batteries. Basically, both cables are coming out of the hole where the original cable came out of. There's a little less than a centimeter of space between the headphone cup and the heatshrink that covers the end of the sleeving, so the two cables are visible in that little space.

Sorry if that's difficult to visualize, I'll have pics up tomorrow. The mod's been done for a while, but I've just been so lazy when it comes to taking pictures

Edit: @snoogins, yeah, I basically wanted a clean solution to the AD500's lack of a mic. It also makes the mic easily detachable. Plus it was a pretty fun mod, haha.
Edited by skinnysumo - 10/10/11 at 1:32am
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Here's a pic of where the cables exit the headphones:



The boom mic that I used swivels in the jack, but I'm planning on finding a rubber washer or something like that to keep it from moving. Right now I'm using twist ties that are hooked into the grill. Not ideal in terms of looks, but it works!
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