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How To Open Your Grado Headphones

Introduction

There are several reasons why you might need to open up your Grados. Maybe someone pulled on the cable too hard and something came loose inside, and now it needs to be re-soldered. Maybe you want to totally replace the cable with a longer/shorter/more-spendy cable. Or maybe you are interested in modifying your headphones to unleash even more Grado sonic goodness. This is the first step.

 

Further additions to this article are welcome.

 

(The content below was originally a post by Bilavideo in his original SR60-Mod thread. I added some titles to break it into sections.)

 

Summary

The SR60i is one of the easier Grados to open up.  Its cups are held together by rubbery glue that's heat-sensitive.  Softening the glue is simply a matter of steaming the cups till the glue loosens up.  I've ruined a few shells by putting them in boiling water (bad idea).  You don't need a full boil, just steam.  A few minutes of a shallow steam bath will do the trick - at least with the SR60i.

 

 

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I filled a teapot with water, got it hot and steamy and then poured a shallow layer of water into a cake pan.  That's the objective.  Of course, to place my cups in steamy water, I had to first prepare them.

 

*Another way to heat the water is to use a coffee maker. It might seem silly, but it heats the water to a perfect temperature and you don't have to mess with the stove*

 

Also, some members use a hair dryer or a heat gun and a spoon. Some people have melted their cups using this method. I have never seen anyone report any problem using the steam method. 

 

Preparation

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The minimalist design of the SR60 makes it easy to take apart.  The forks that connect the cups to the headband just clip on - and what clips on can as easily clip off.

 

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Steaming

 

Okay class, quick question: Which side would you want your cups facing when they hit the water?  Top side up or Poseidon Adventure?

 

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If you said, "Top side up," you should register to vote.  But I digress.  

 

 

The Grand Opening

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Give it just enough time to do its thing and you'll be able to pry your Grados apart WITH YOUR BARE HANDS.  (Chuck Norris can do it without the steam.)  It's a little drippy but it wipes right off, revealing undamped plastic chambers, the magnet plate, those holes we want to pop and some wiring we're going to mess with before this story is over.

 

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Comments (10)

Is there any difference in the drivers between the the different Grado models? This is difficult to get to the bottom of without following your steaming instructions....what happens if you go Poseidon Adventure? Sorry, only joking....
I have quite an expensive model (if you live in England) and when you've spent that much on your headphone habit you're unlikely to want to combine them with any thing that looks like a fine dining recipe....no requirement to add bay leaves at the par boiling stage?
I've looked at some cheaper models and behind the silvery gossamer of camouflage that lies above the driver it is difficult to see any difference underneath. I love the sound of my GS1000i's but find myself wondering.......
first time I used an industrial hot air dryer and the cups melted and deformed a bit.
Last time I used a hot air hair dryer and it was OK, cups are like new. I'd be scared to put my cups in water, even its just a thin film of it.
I would keep them dry by maybe just putting each assembly into a small plastic bag.
In this method you are not exactly "steaming" the glue but rather you are using the liquid medium to transfer the heat more effectively (through conduction0 to the speaker housing.
The idea is to heat the glue to the state at which it is soft and pliable.
Stupid question, how you put it back on? Without the glue?
most of the times they just snap back together and hold OK without glue. is the fit is loosw, ^
Thank you very much, your guide is very helpful.
how to you open wooden grados ?
Good plastic bag idea maxtcc.

Most people wind up destroying the wooden cups in the process agoston.berko
You could also wrap them in some aluminum foil... same idea as steaming fish/veggies on a grill?
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