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Does Hair really affect your headphone drivers?

post #1 of 33
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Is it common to have hair occasionally stuck on ur drivers or its a rare case? I heard people have hair stuck in their cans and gave them poor musical performance...
post #2 of 33
Logically looking at this (gawd I sound like a nerd), yes. Because it can get stuck and vibrate inside the drivers themselves, it can greatly affect how the driver 'pushes' the sound out. Prob. acts like one of those tennis strings dampners in some aspects.
post #3 of 33
Thread Starter 
lol....is it a common problem though? only for short hair right?
post #4 of 33
IMO (and IME) it is not a frequent ocurrance

. . . however if I heard a strange sound in my phones it is the first thing I would look at.
post #5 of 33
Thread Starter 
how do you open it up? is it safe?
post #6 of 33
Depends...just don't puncture/penetrate/intrude/wtv inside the drivers themselves.
post #7 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jesse40902
how do you open it up? is it safe?
depends on the headphones, they are all different.
Use the SEARCH function to find relevant posts which talk about your make/model.
post #8 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jesse40902
Is it common to have hair occasionally stuck on ur drivers or its a rare case? I heard people have hair stuck in their cans and gave them poor musical performance...
It depends - some types of cans are more sensitive to the problem than others. On HD590s, for example, only the foam inlay keeps stray hair away from the driver which is open otherwise (and this model is known to suffer from the stuck hair problem once in a while, had it twice on mine), while with oldschool '80s Senns the drivers are situated behind a "wall" (cellulose, I think). The hair does not even need to be stuck inside the driver, frequently it's only in the foam nearby and vibrating against some plastic part.
post #9 of 33
Thread Starter 
what about the a900? hows their protectoin against hairs?
post #10 of 33
Just clear your headphones on time.
post #11 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jesse40902
what about the a900? hows their protectoin against hairs?
hey Jesse, seriously I do not think it should be this much of a consideration in your choice.
It is not an everyday thing, and easily remedied. Just enjoy
post #12 of 33
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Originally Posted by NiceCans
hey Jesse, seriously I do not think it should be this much of a consideration in your choice.
It is not an everyday thing, and easily remedied. Just enjoy
I agree. It's usually more of a problem on modded cans where the driver is exposed, like quarter modded ksc75s. It's real easy to fix however, so I wouldn't worry about it.

It is just something you should keep in mind if you start to hear a slight buzzing noise out of a driver. A hair that is in contact w/ the driver can often cause that.
post #13 of 33
I notice with the AD2000s that if I don't tuch my hair back, bass passages will cause my hair to vibrate near the driver, causing a rather disconcerting static-like rattling noise near my ear.
post #14 of 33
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Originally Posted by Jesse40902
Is it common to have hair occasionally stuck on ur drivers or its a rare case? I heard people have hair stuck in their cans and gave them poor musical performance...
Only with some headphones. The Beyer DT880 has like two layers of material between the ears/drivers, so it's very unlikely. Much more possible with say Koss and Grados, occasionally with Senns as well.
post #15 of 33
Being a noobie....

and

hearing about "Grattle"...a lot....while lurking, during the last month or so...

and having just gotten some new Grados, I have taken up a new habit: one of holding the cans between me, and a strong light, and looking for offending follicles almost each time I remove my headphones.

And it's working!! Not one single case of grattle to report!!

uh,...ok, it's only been a week

um,....I'll get back with ya later.

Hey! So far so good!!
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