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Lawl . No need to worry about it bro.

Btw, the HD414 pads make the Grado's sound muddier. From the instant I started listening, I could tell something was different, and not for the better. Initially I thought I was hearing a slight veil, but it isn't quite that bad. I tested with multiple genres - indie, rock, metal, etc., and a bit of the previous clarity was missing from each song.

Back to the bowls I guess . I'll still keep the Senn pads in case I want to further a/b against the bowls, but I doubt that anything will change. The pads are just sitting my ears too close to the drivers.
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enlarge your openings. You want a 32-33mm opening.
I'd also let the SR225's burn in a bit before trying to analyze bowls vs. HD414 pads. Might make the difference there.
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I'd also let the SR225's burn in a bit before trying to analyze bowls vs. HD414 pads. Might make the difference there.
They were fully burned by the previous owner .

The pads have gotten better though. I had been told by a member of head-fi to reverse them when putting them on, but in doing so there was absolutely no space between my ears and the drivers. I widened the holes according to Soloz and then put them on the normal way, and now I have an acceptable half-inch gap and very little muddiness, if any at all.

I don't think these pads have as much kick as my tape-modded bowls, but the sound is pretty much on par in all other aspects.
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They were fully burned by the previous owner .

The pads have gotten better though. I had been told by a member of head-fi to reverse them when putting them on, but in doing so there was absolutely no space between my ears and the drivers. I widened the holes according to Soloz and then put them on the normal way, and now I have an acceptable half-inch gap and very little muddiness, if any at all.

I don't think these pads have as much kick as my tape-modded bowls, but the sound is pretty much on par in all other aspects.
Ahh, didn't realize you'd bought them used. =D

Good that widening the gap helped you, though. Have you thought to try S1rrah's Shack mod? Might give you some good sound variation should you want to change things up a little bit.
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They were fully burned by the previous owner .

The pads have gotten better though. I had been told by a member of head-fi to reverse them when putting them on, but in doing so there was absolutely no space between my ears and the drivers. I widened the holes according to Soloz and then put them on the normal way, and now I have an acceptable half-inch gap and very little muddiness, if any at all.

I don't think these pads have as much kick as my tape-modded bowls, but the sound is pretty much on par in all other aspects.
I prefer them installed the correct way with a 32mm opening (it stretches a little bit when you put the pads on). The drivers are closer to your ears and the cans are more comfortable.
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Ahh, didn't realize you'd bought them used. =D

Good that widening the gap helped you, though. Have you thought to try S1rrah's Shack mod? Might give you some good sound variation should you want to change things up a little bit.
Hehe, buying used = ftw. I save $50 on the cans and got the Grado 3.5mm adapter for virtually free .

I did try s1rrah's mod with the bowls primarily for comfort (didn't punch holes). I don't know if it is necessary for the HD414's though.

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I prefer them installed the correct way with a 32mm opening (it stretches a little bit when you put the pads on). The drivers are closer to your ears and the cans are more comfortable.
Reversed sounds muddy to me. I know it's subjective, but the sound feels much more natural to me this way. They are comfortable regardless of how you put them on I think .

Take care guys.
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Hehe, buying used = ftw. I save $50 on the cans and got the Grado 3.5mm adapter for virtually free .
I hear that, got a spare set of velour pads with my DT770's when I bought them used. =D
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Well, I've had my 0404 USB working for a bit now, and am so far very impressed. The sound's evened out a bit, the formerly somewhat underrepresented mids are making a definite appearence now, and there's a lot more detail in the higher range. Bass is a bit more controlled, tighter, but still very much present, and still has the booming quality that makes the DT770's so special. I'm hearing lots of subtleties that previously escaped me, light cymbal taps and such, giving me the same sorta feeling as when I first heard my HD555s. Vocals sound better too, more rich and full.

In short, Nammy likes. =D
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Well, I've had my 0404 USB working for a bit now, and am so far very impressed. The sound's evened out a bit, the formerly somewhat underrepresented mids are making a definite appearence now, and there's a lot more detail in the higher range. Bass is a bit more controlled, tighter, but still very much present, and still has the booming quality that makes the DT770's so special. I'm hearing lots of subtleties that previously escaped me, light cymbal taps and such, giving me the same sorta feeling as when I first heard my HD555s. Vocals sound better too, more rich and full.

In short, Nammy likes. =D
I miss mine. Can't wait to get a replacement DAC (either 0404 or something else).

It was so much noticeably better than running out of the front L/F port of my X-fi Elite Pro; I remember being quite surprised and upset ... but in the end ... I guess there's only so much you can get from an unsheilded card sitting inside a stupidly overclocked E6400 computer.

I may investigate getting some ERS paper to shield my X-fi to better the sound a bit.

The 0404 was way thicker, way more defined and just overall more enjoyable to listen too; it wasn't a subtle thing at all. Sort of like the difference between my RS1's and my new Senn HD580's ... the 580's sound real good and all but there's distance between me and the music ... like a wall between or something ... whereas the RS1's are positively ENGAGING and absolutely irresistible and addictive ... as in, I have to be careful when I start listening to them cause most times it will stretch to about 8 hours (seriously, every saturday night; it's becoming a problem)

So the 580's are gonna get 200 hours of daily burn-in sweeps over the next few weeks and then are going to go straight back into the box as my backup/disaster recovery cans; they were a great purchase at 160 bucks and seriously PWN the lame 595's (my opinion) I had before.

I'd spend 160 bucks on another pair in a minute; great cans for the money and despite my comments, a close second to the quality of my 700 dollar RS1's ... but regarding the Grados ... the 520 dollar difference is all in the details and presentation and it's so so worth it.

    
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