Better comfort, fit, and sound from your Denon headphones.
Places driver at optimum distance and angle from ear, improves soundstage/imaging,
and musical coherence.
100% designed and manufactured by us from ground up to our specification from our
Durable, high-quality, materials and construction, tough and built to last.
Larger opening for bigger ears!
Luxurious soft comfort for hours of happy listening.
The Original Lawton Tuning for DENON Headphones
Formerly known as the “markl Mod”, our Original Lawton Tuning greatly enhances the
basic performance of all the Denon stock units. It is the essential foundation mod
that really unlocks the hidden potential of this wonderful line of headphones. This
affordable modification also represents our highest value mod in terms of degree
of improvement per dollar spent. This enhancement consists of two parts: strategic
placement of highly specialized damping materials, plus the addition of our proprietary
custom made ear pads, called Angle Pads.
A New Level of Performance & Musicality
As reported over and again by reviewers, DIY-ers, and happy customers alike who have
experienced one of our modified Denons for themselves, our tuning delivers a stunning
transformation of a merely fine phone into a truly great one. The outcome of this
painstakingly executed 3-hour+ process is a wonderfully robust and musical headphone,
with an incredibly balanced and natural tonality, that sounds as life-like as many
of the finest speakers. Highs are sweet and extended, the midrange full and clear,
no longer shrouded in a cloud of bass. The pure resolution and fine detail unearthed
by these headphones will stand up to the best cans out there, even the electrostatics.
The once diminutive soundstage opens up and expands outward. The gap in the middle
of the image is closed, and you can now “see” the musicians in front of you, presented
as an unbroken line from left to right, and layered front to back with surprising
Originally developed specifically for the AH-D5000, the basic “markl Mod” has since
evolved into different variations depending on which base headphone is being modified.
The end result, no matter which phone you choose, is a perfectly tuned and balanced
presentation from top to bottom.
Tune Out Unwanted Resonances
Headphone enthusiasts worldwide know the Denon headphones produce bass like virtually
no other headphone past or present. In addition to their many other wonderful characteristics,
there is no denying these Denons are in possession of a pair of the most powerful
and dynamic drivers ever unleashed in a headphone. Unfortunately, the sometimes overwhelming
low end tends to release a large amount of stray resonances into the rest of the
headphone assembly, distorting the sound of the music. This can cause these phones
to sound “muddy”, with overly loose and flabby bass that can distort during especially
intense passages. Midrange is sub-optimal and appears somewhat recessed due to the
unbalanced bass power that can overwhelm it.
We have found a way to contain and control these stray resonances via our exclusive
tuning process, intensifying the bass energy and focusing it into a tighter, harder-hitting
whole that no longer threatens to overwhelm the lower mid-range. As a result, our
modified Denons are considerably more coherent and focused than stock throughout
the entire range.
Harder, Firmer & More Musical Bass
For all you rock ‘n rollers out there (of which we at Lawton Audio are too), you
need not fear that any of the marvelous grunt and slam of these remarkable phones
has been sacrificed. Our mods will not roll off bass response, but tighten it up,
improve its tunefulness and bring it into better proportion with the rest of the
frequency spectrum. All that is eliminated are the extraneous vibrations created
throughout the headphone assembly, not any real low-bass musical information. Our
Level 1 Tuning really focuses and tightens up the amazing bass energy of these cans.
So, yes, they will still astound you with the depths they will plumb when required,
and have you wildly playing air drums along with John Bonham (just without the chance
of bass headaches and muddled midrange, thank you very much).
Strategically Placed Damping for Resonance Control & More
Lawton Audio uses purpose-made damping materials that transform vibrational energy
into heat and harmlessly dissipates it away. Through extensive trial-and error, going
through dozens of stock Denons, carefully listening to the results and performing
A/B tests, we have arrived at the optimum solution for each phone in the line. In
an intensive 3-hour+ procedure, we strategically place this damping material throughout
the headphone assembly in those critical areas. The compound is placed inside the
cups, at points on the rear of the driver, and in carefully selected spots hidden
away inside the headphone assembly itself, all nicely out of sight. No one would
ever know the phones have been modified, they look like a clean brand new pair of
Denons (except for the extra cushioning in the ear pads from our killer new Angle
Fully Tuned & Fully Musical
The incredible technical specs of the Denon phones only tell part of the story. The
full extent of their inherent extraordinary capabilities cannot be experienced until
they are correctly tuned with our procedure. Our Original Lawton Tuning takes an
amazing technical accomplishment from the wizards at Denon, Japan, and turns it into
pure music. For you.
Lawton Audio M Series Headphones: Value & Performance
Our M Series phones are “entry level” only in terms of price and value; their enhanced
performance competes with the world’s best. The M Series represent our highest-value
offerings, arguably the best “bang-for-your-buck” products from Lawton Audio.
A Denon AH-D2000 that has received the Lawton Tuning is now referred to as a M-D2000.
A Denon AH-D5000 that has received the Lawton Tuning is now referred to as a M-D5000.
A Denon AH-D7000 that has received the Lawton Tuning is now referred to as a M-D7000.
Pricing: Original Lawton Tuning For Your Denon
Send us your stock Denon and we’ll tune it for you. This is our special a la carte
pricing for the Original Lawton Tuning only. We recommend a pair of Angle Pads to
complete and round out your Level 1 Mod, but we are happy to perform the tuning only
per your request.