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First, let me say something - if you have Grado Prestige headphones, you want to do this mod (SR325i might be an exception). It takes a good bit of time, money, and effort, but I can say with absolute certainty that there is no other mod for these headphones that can make such a profound impact on a sound signature that I had already adored previous to the woody.

Tomorrow I'll update with pics in natural light that will give a much better representation of the wood. The flash makes the graining look unrealistic compared to the real thing.

A comparison:

*Before*


*After*


A couple more shots:







What exactly does this do to the sound? My immediate impressions:

- More impact and strength of bass. Combined with taped bowl pads, I'm hearing bass that sounds far superior to the stock setup.

- Widened soundstage. It's not a huge change, but the music has spread itself out slightly.

- Sparkling treble. I love the treble on stock Grado's, but it has been further refined with wood.

- Forward representation. I like bowl pads because they sit the listener back a tad bit from the sound (as opposed to the radically-forward flats and non-reversed HD414 pads). With the woodies I feel a little bit closer to the stage; again, this is a slight change but worth mentioning.

What I will change if I do this again:

- Use a softer wood. Wenge is sophisticated, subtle, and has wonderful grain patterns, but it is hard as damn steel. My grandfather and I ruined 5 blades on his scroll saw in the process of cutting out the cups. Thank god they were not terribly expensive. Harder wood has sonic advantages, but I'd like to go with something a little more "workable" next time (if that makes sense).

- Use a lathe on the top portion of the cups. They are a little bumpy, not quite sure if you can tell or not. This is me being a perfectionist.

- Not underestimate the time needed to construct the cups. It took 3 separate days and about 7 hours total. We used probably 8-9 different tools in the process. When this was a concept I thought it would take 1 day and maybe 3 hours. Oh well, it was worth it .

Thanks for looking, hope you like them, I sure do. I'm thinking this is the first woody mod for an OCN headphone guy. C'mon, you know you want to do this yourself!
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I never will understand you audiophiles. Well... maybe some day.

Damned good work though!
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I never will understand you audiophiles. Well... maybe some day.

Damned good work though!
I'm not sure if I understand this obsession myself. Thanks for the complement max .
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They're so goofy looking!

Wood looks great though, they must sound great, and of course that's what counts.
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They're so goofy looking!
Yeah, they are extended so much that they kind of wobble a bit .

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Wood looks great though, they must sound great, and of course that's what counts.
Amen. Anything for sound. This is a slow and painful truth for us .

I'm really annoyed with the strange spots on the wood, it doesn't look anything like that in person....
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Edited my first post, added some pics in natural light. The wood looks much darker and has a worn, feel to it that I haven't seen in any other woody before.
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Hmm... Interesting idea. Just to give some info, Wenge is a very nice wood sonicly. That's why it's very popular amongst instrument manufacturers, as its density lends itself nicely to instruments that need to resonate a lot (i.e a guitar). But, it's expensive as it has been a bit over-harvested and is getting a little more scarce.

You could probably get an even more enhanced effect if you changed to a wood with even higher density, like maple, ebony (the macassar variety is cheapest), or possibly pau ferro.
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I thought you said you used cedar?


I'm thinking my next pair of Grados will be a Woodied pair of SR225's probably zebrawood, purple heart (2nd choice) or bloodwood (1st choice), leather headband (already have) and a Cardas cable
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I thought you said you used cedar?
Nah, the Cedar cups were a second option. I had a lot of wood in the shop to pick from, and decided to make two different sets to see which I liked best.

For this project, Wenge is pretty much superior in every aspect, so that's what I went with.

Sounds like quite a pair you'll have there, hopefully I can contribute to it for ya .

Also, rep+ to laboitenoire for the supplementary info. Thanks man .

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Nah, the Cedar cups were a second option. I had a lot of wood in the shop to pick from, and decided to make two different sets to see which I liked best.

For this project, Wenge is pretty much superior in every aspect, so that's what I went with.

Sounds like quite a pair you'll have there, hopefully I can contribute to it for ya .

Also, rep+ to laboitenoire for the supplementary info. Thanks man .

Take care everyone.
the sexyness of those cans is ridiculous. angels themselves could not incarcerate a more immaculate pair of grados. the sirens themselves would be honored to lure sailors through these shimmering sound vessels!

howm uch more benefit would you get from a harder wood? and why not some vulure pads for those babies[ for the ears] ? how much more bassy are woodied grados then BT 770's? me thinks they'd sound superior all ready
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