Sennheiser fanboi find of the month

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A self-confessed Sennheiser fanboi, but only really of the 90's era 'Made In Ireland' stuff, specifically the HD5**/6**.

I don't exactly know why I do this, I just do. But it's become a mission to save and restore as many of these unsung and uncelebrated heroes of aural audatiousness as I can.
There are about 42 pairs of various restored-by-me models just languishing in boxes in the workshop. The HD565 is a particular favourite of which I now have 12... yes 12 pairs. Bonkers!
I think it may have something to do with a value system I've developed over the years. I bought a pair of HD565's new in 1995 and they served me well for years until the foam cushions died and they went back in the box. I didn't realise until years later that you could buy replacement cushions but I subsequently bought some and set about replacing the old, crusty foam bits.
Sadly, one of the drivers had given up so I called Sennheiser direct and asked if I could buy a spare one. The Sennheiser dude then let me into a little secret: 'you know you can put any driver unit in them headphones right?' me; 'No, really? coooool!'. He persuaded me to replace the drivers with some HD-650 units and the sound was transformed into something magic.
That started an almost 30 year love-affair with these modest brain-wobblers and I just love finding old pairs for buttons and restoring them to as-new condition.

...'kinell, this intro is longer than planned. Ok, let's call it the back-story and move on swiftly to the present day, where browsing Marktplaats.nl today I came accross an ad for the Sennheiser LUCAS headphone surround amp. I have a few of these and as a 'surround' experience they're pants, but a very decent stereo headphone amp nonetheless. Reading further I realised that it was actually 'THE SET'. The amp AND the HD-580 headphones. A cheeky bid was offered, accepted and I was round there immediately. 22km in the zed to Weesp and the lovely houseboat of the seller.
She whipped it up onto a table explaining that it was her fathers' and he had died a few years ago (aint that always the way with stuff this old? made me feel a bit old too tbh). But it was actually, amazingly in perfect, brand-new, unused condition. Hens teeth! I've never seen a HD580 in this condition. Even the foam cushions are still intact and springy-like new! Just amazing!
Senn fanboi fantasy come true!
:D

Love a good box set
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Feels like Christmas
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Come to Butthead
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Still in the plastic, never used. Amazeballs
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An HD-265 resto in-progress. Maybe it's theraputic to go picking out other people's encrusted earwax and hairs, clean, wash the plastic bits, decontaminate the other bits, re-foam the drivers and then box them up. I dunno.
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Eww! Crusty, dusty and a little bit musty
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Just 2 random boxes pulled from about 12/13 boxes with 2 sets of restored headphones each. These are HD565's on the left and what looks like an HD600 and HD650 on the right.
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With a Tascam MH-8 it's fun to go comparing them
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About a quarter of the collection. I may be a borderline headphone hoarder. Concur?
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A self-confessed Sennheiser fanboi, but only really of the 90's era 'Made In Ireland' stuff, specifically the HD5**/6**.

I don't exactly know why I do this, I just do. But it's become a mission to save and restore as many of these unsung and uncelebrated heroes of aural audatiousness as I can.
There are about 42 pairs of various restored-by-me models just languishing in boxes in the workshop. The HD565 is a particular favourite of which I now have 12... yes 12 pairs. Bonkers!
I think it may have something to do with a value system I've developed over the years. I bought a pair of HD565's new in 1995 and they served me well for years until the foam cushions died and they went back in the box. I didn't realise until years later that you could buy replacement cushions but I subsequently bought some and set about replacing the old, crusty foam bits.
Sadly, one of the drivers had given up so I called Sennheiser direct and asked if I could buy a spare one. The Sennheiser dude then let me into a little secret: 'you know you can put any driver unit in them headphones right?' me; 'No, really? coooool!'. He persuaded me to replace the drivers with some HD-650 units and the sound was transformed into something magic.
That started an almost 30 year love-affair with these modest brain-wobblers and I just love finding old pairs for buttons and restoring them to as-new condition.

...'kinell, this intro is longer than planned. Ok, let's call it the back-story and move on swiftly to the present day, where browsing Marktplaats.nl today I came accross an ad for the Sennheiser LUCAS headphone surround amp. I have a few of these and as a 'surround' experience they're pants, but a very decent stereo headphone amp nonetheless. Reading further I realised that it was actually 'THE SET'. The amp AND the HD-580 headphones. A cheeky bid was offered, accepted and I was round there immediately. 22km in the zed to Weesp and the lovely houseboat of the seller.
She whipped it up onto a table explaining that it was her fathers' and he had died a few years ago (aint that always the way with stuff this old? made me feel a bit old too tbh). But it was actually, amazingly in perfect, brand-new, unused condition. Hens teeth! I've never seen a HD580 in this condition. Even the foam cushions are still intact and springy-like new! Just amazing!
Senn fanboi fantasy come true!
:D

Love a good box set
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Feels like Christmas
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Come to Butthead
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Still in the plastic, never used. Amazeballs
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An HD-265 resto in-progress. Maybe it's theraputic to go picking out other people's encrusted earwax and hairs, clean, wash the plastic bits, decontaminate the other bits, re-foam the drivers and then box them up. I dunno.
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Eww! Crusty, dusty and a little bit musty
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Just 2 random boxes pulled from about 12/13 boxes with 2 sets of restored headphones each. These are HD565's on the left and what looks like an HD600 and HD650 on the right.
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With a Tascam MH-8 it's fun to go comparing them
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About a quarter of the collection. I may be a borderline headphone hoarder. Concur?
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Borderline?? No :)
 

Miracle Mile

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Another listening session, but this time with the 900 Pro X....



More than a pair of excellent headphones, sounding like heaven and build like a tank.
 

Miracle Mile

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I prefer AKG....
Yep....

Still one of my favourites:



The rare 242 HD, based on the classic K-240 model.

This one is heavily modified with larger 50mm drivers and completely new wiring, but in the end absolute superb sounding on the ears...
 
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Being in the trade means I get to buy and try new headphones and reclaim the tax, which is handy. Meze Empyrian, Meze Empyrian Elite, Abyss AB 1266 Phi TC, HIfiman Susvara, ZMF Verite Closed, Focal Utopia arrived and departed in quick succession.
Everything I've bought recently has been sold on as they just haven't measured up to my 6yr old Audeze LCD2 Fazors. There was something missing with all of them.
Idk if it's just over-familiarity with the LCD2's and an indifference or denial that anything newer comes close but suffice to say theres been a significant turnover of some expensive headphones, mostly making at least my money back (in cash) and even sometimes making a cheeky profit.
The LCD2's are heavy fkrs and I can't wear them for anything longer than about an hour before the neck muscles start complaining, but I wish something lighter and better (and also still planar magnetic maybe) would come along to usurp them. Currently looking at the Audeze Crbn (e-stats). $4500 though ffs. :oops:

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