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Last week I finally got some ATH-AD700's, and they're fantastic! So much more comfortable than my A700's and amazing highs.





Still, the color sucks, and despite being more comfortable than the A700's, they could be even more so. It seems like they were made for someone with a huuuuge head. Also, the bass is just a tad lacking. The lows are there, there's just no punch to it. And I'm not a bass-head or anything, but even I thought the bass could use a boost.

So, what I'm doing is modding the back of the drivers to give a little more thump to the lows, modding the earpads to be a little thicker so they fit better, adding a quick disconnect to the left cup instead of the hardwired connection, and giving the whole thing a much-needed paint job.

The inspiration for all of these mods were found via google, so here's credit where credit is due:

WayTooCrazy's "Dark Knight" mod
Kloug's "fit and comfort" mod
fldrice's driver mod

These are all great mods, but I had to do a lot of extra research and trial and error to fill in the gaps of their guides. So I'm gonna try to break down all the steps so hopefully it'll be a little easier for others.

First, I tackled the driver mod. For this, you're going to need a sheet of Dynamat (which can be bought at any car audio shop, or even Best Buy), and some fiberloft or polyfill (which can be bought at any hobby shop like Hobby Lobby of Michael's).

First step is to remove the earpads. Start pulling away near the top where the pad's a lot thinner, it will make it easier to get off than trying to pull the bottom part with the thicker wrap-around vinyl part.





Now, using a small philips head, remove the 4 screws from both cans. The driver assembly will come apart from the casing.





Next, cut out two 1" diamater circles from the Dynamat sheet. Then, use a hole-punch to punch a hole right in the center.







Now, just peel off the brown backing and attach the circle right on top of the back of the driver.



Then, take a very small amount of the polyfil and stick it in the hole. You want just enough to dampen the hole, not necessarily block it off completely.







And that's it! Just screw the driver assemblies back into the casing and put the earpads back on. Another alternate step is to take out the foam back pieces to give the cans a little more of an "airy" sound. It also increases sound leakage considerably. I tried it, and it definitely sounds different, but I think I like it better with the foam in. But it's up to you. Just allow some time for burn-in to let the polyfil settle, and you're good to go.



Now, a tip for getting those earpads back on. If you look at them, you'll see a seam in the padding. That's the bottom. Now figure out which pad goes to which ear. There's a bulge on the bottom of one side of the can that corresponds to one of the pads. Now, take the pad, and with it upside-down (seam at the top), start fitting the thicker vinyl part into the top, and work your way around. It'll be easier at the bottom because it's the thinner portion of the vinyl. If it doesn't completely fit in at the bottom, that's okay. Now, twist the pad 180 degrees, and everything should fall into place!

That's it for right now. I'm doing the painting as we speak, and waiting for my connections to come in from KVConnection. There'll be an update soon with the finished painting, and another after that for the wiring and new connections. Then the comfort mod update when everything goes back together. Questions/comments welcome
post #2 of 9
Hi! Which quick disconnects did you get? It'd be nice if I modded my headphones too
BTW, do you know a place to get some cushions for a headband? I've got DT990 pro, they get a little tiring after a while, I'd love the headband cushion to be wider :/

Thx!
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Hi! Which quick disconnects did you get? It'd be nice if I modded my headphones too
BTW, do you know a place to get some cushions for a headband? I've got DT990 pro, they get a little tiring after a while, I'd love the headband cushion to be wider :/

Thx!
got these 2 connections:

http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/t-nys231l.htm
http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/b-ca-c493.htm

really not sure about the headband tho, sorry
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Any updates??
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updates? i just bought my ad700 and wanna try these
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I am so confused on why you did the drivers mod on the AD700...
You do realize that mod comes from the JVC HA-RX900's which came from I believe the DT880 Pro mod which was done to reduce the bass, and make the headphones more "open"...
You claim you wanted to increase the bass but all you've done is decreased it, and upped the highs/mids...
Edited by AsAnAtheist - 11/27/10 at 10:33am
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Has any one try this mod?
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I just got my set of ATH-AD700s in the mail today and have to wait for the mogami cable but soon Ill be doing a boom mic mod and a recable!!
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http://imgur.com/a/stXSN my modded ATH-AD700's required some soldering to get all the painting done right, the covers are yes....cat6 cable cut to fit, mic is a zalman, I was going to do the mic mod...but for some reason I like the loop. I used a rubberband for head fitting and a coaxial cable+packing foam peanuts(perfect size) in the ear cup =)
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