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Vintage Pioneer SE-L40 Restoration log [Finished]

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Posted · Original PosterOP

SO i found a pair of these beutys on craigslist for 50$, but they were in not so good shape.

The people I bought them from were sketchy too, as soon as they handed the case to me, they drove off fast. It seemed like they were trying to scam me and there was nothing in the case.

But, the headphones were in the case.

 

So the first problem, the cord. The cord was very ripped, and the end didnt work well.

It needed to go:

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SO, i opened them up, and cut off the old cable.

I then soldered a female 3.5mm cable to it.

There was not enough room in the earcup for a jack, so i had to use a short cable, like superlux uses.

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To do:
Polish metal, its tarnished

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Clean off drivers, they are dirty:

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Fix up leather a little

Clean case, not pictured.

Replace cloth on pads, its a little dirty, i cleaned them some, I already removed 2 dead crispy lava looking things from the foam

 

This will be updated as I continue to work on these.


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Posted · Original PosterOP
1 hour ago, EndlessOyster said:

Not a huge fan of the cable, doesnt suit the old school style of the headphones.

Yeah, i might make it look better, i just had this cable on hand.

 

But IRL it doesnt look too out of place.

 

I might find something more like the orginal black sleeved one though.


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Posted · Original PosterOP
11 hours ago, EndlessOyster said:

Not a huge fan of the cable, doesnt suit the old school style of the headphones.

Wait, what part, the style of short cable coming from the headphones, the fact there is the short cable, or the style of long 3.5mm cable?


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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9 minutes ago, spwath said:

Wait, what part, the style of short cable coming from the headphones, the fact there is the short cable, or the style of long 3.5mm cable?

the short cable sticking out its  too modern plastic looking for such a old style of headphones.


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1 minute ago, EndlessOyster said:

the short cable sticking out its  too modern plastic looking for such a old style of headphones.

Ok, ill see what i can do.

Cloth cord and a better looking connector should make it good.


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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How is the sound in them?


Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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1 hour ago, Dackzy said:

How is the sound in them?

Pretty good, open, wide sound stage.

Only used them for less than a day though.

 

 

Another thing, anyone know how to remove a musty smell?


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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13 minutes ago, spwath said:

Pretty good, open, wide sound stage.

Only used them for less than a day though.

 

 

Another thing, anyone know how to remove a musty smell?

Coffee my friend.


Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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I am thinking about getting a pair of B&O U70 and making them great again what do you think?


Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Posted · Original PosterOP
2 hours ago, Dackzy said:

I am thinking about getting a pair of B&O U70 and making them great again what do you think?

They certainly look interesting.

Not sure how i feel about their looks.


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Just now, spwath said:

They certainly look interesting.

Not sure how i feel about their looks.

Yeah the look weird but that is also part of the reason why it could be fun to own them.


Before you buy amp and dac.  My thoughts on the M50x  Ultimate Ears Reference monitor review I might have a thing for audio...

My main Headphones and IEMs:  K612 pro, HD 25 and Ultimate Ears Reference Monitor, HD 580 with HD 600 grills

DAC and AMP: RME ADI 2 DAC

Speakers: Genelec 8040, System Audio SA205

Receiver: Denon AVR-1612

Desktop: R7 1700, GTX 1080  RX 580 8GB and other stuff

Laptop: ThinkPad P50: i7 6820HQ, M2000M. ThinkPad T420s: i7 2640M, NVS 4200M

Feel free to pm me if you have a question for me or quote me. If you want to hear what I have to say about something just tag me.

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Whats that?
Stuff to repair my headphones?
I think so. Update within the hour

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n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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On 2/29/2016 at 7:19 PM, EndlessOyster said:

Not a huge fan of the cable, doesnt suit the old school style of the headphones.

This better?

Painstakingly hand paracord sleeved by me, as well as the headphones polished.

This took a while.

Working on the pads ATM

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n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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6 hours ago, spwath said:

This better?

Painstakingly hand paracord sleeved by me, as well as the headphones polished.

This took a while.

Working on the pads ATM

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a lot better, like the jack plug as well.


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Replaced the fabric in the case of the headphones.

 

Pads are almost done, and then Im done. It seems like too much work to sew on new leather, but i might.

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n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Wow, doing some more listning, these things have surprisingly punchy bass. Mids/highs seems kinda veiled, could be due to all the foam in front of them from the ear pads. But overall pretty good. Im tempted not to sell them. I got them for 50$, could sell now for 150$ with all the work I put in, but they are pretty nice. Pics tomorow of the finished product.


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Finished!

Final photos tomorow with better lighting, but for now:
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n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Good job dude! Would love to try em. 

But why sell them? 


Gaming HTPC:

R7 1700X - Scythe Big Shuriken 3 - Asus ROG B350-i - Asus GTX 1080 Strix - 16gb G.Skill Ripjaws V 3333mhz - Silverstone SX500-LG - 500gb 960 EVO - Fractal Design Node 202 - Samsung 60KS7090 - Logitech G502 - Thrustmaster T500RS - Noblechairs Icon


Desktop PC:
R9 3900X - H100i GTX - Asus Prime X570 Pro - EVGA RTX2060KO - 32gb LPX 3200mhz - EVGA 750G2 - 250gb 970 Evo - 6TB WD My Book Duo (Reds) - Inwin 103 White - Dell U3415W - Qpad MK-85 Brown - Logitech MX518 Legendary - Blue Yeti Platinum - Noblechairs Icon 


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250gb 970 Evo (OS) - 2x500gb 860 Evo (Raid0) - 6x4TB WD Red (RaidZ2)

 

Audio Gear:

Hifiman HE-400i - Kennerton Magister - Beyerdynamic DT880 250Ohm - AKG K7XX - Fostex TH-X00 - O2 Amp/DAC Combo - 
Klipsch RP280F - Klipsch RP160M - Klipsch RP440C - Yamaha RX-V479

 

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GTX 780 DCU2 // 8600GTS // Hifiman HE-400i // Kennerton Magister
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Posted · Original PosterOP
5 hours ago, FloRolf said:

Good job dude! Would love to try em. 

But why sell them? 

I don't really need them, and i Could make a nice Profit


n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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Final pics, unless I decide to make the leather better

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n0ah1897, on 05 Mar 2014 - 2:08 PM, said:  "Computers are like girls. It's whats in the inside that matters.  I don't know about you, but I like my girls like I like my cases. Just as beautiful on the inside as the outside."

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