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post #16 of 65
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Meyvn, I believe that there's are a few high-res scans of the blue pads in the Photo Gallery.

As for fit, I got the medium version, which fits me much better than I had expected. Right out of the box, no adjustments are really needed.

Re: F1, what's wrong with Barichello? I expect Kimi to strike back at Imola. Remember that it was at San Marino last year when Kimi and McLaren really turned it on. Even though I don't like Schumi, I do miss his presence at the top. It's sort of like the end of an era, and that's always a bit sad (I'm not by any means counting him or Ferrari out just yet).
post #17 of 65
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Originally Posted by Oistrakh
where did you buy that?
Audiogon auction.
post #18 of 65
Any preliminary impressions on sound?
post #19 of 65
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Originally Posted by tkam
Be very careful with your new phones, the headband is pretty fragile and Sony charges a ton ($500 i think) to replace it.
Don't they come with, like, a 5-year warranty? Did Jason (jjcha) get charged to repair his broken headband?
post #20 of 65
What's your impression of the sound? Are they even related to say, the SA5000? Or are they totally different?
post #21 of 65
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Originally Posted by jpelg
Don't they come with, like, a 5-year warranty? Did Jason (jjcha) get charged to repair his broken headband?
Now I'm hearing that Sony has stopped supporting the Qualia 010's altogether. Well, maybe that is overstating the case. Let me at least say what I know.

I've recently purchased a pair of Qualia with the Small headband and asked the original purchaser to exhange them for a Medium headband. No luck at all. Pretty much all possible avenues that may have led to the fulfillment of this rather simple request were debated with various Sony folks, but to no avail.

It just so happens, however, that my problem has been solved, but no thanks to Sony. The seller of the Small pair was able to find an NOS pair of Medium, which he then bought on my behalf and sold the Small pair to someone else.

But of course Sony doesn't seem to think that it is necessary to fulfill their promises to the original Qualia 010 purchasers concerning the headband sizing issue. As I understood it, the original purchaser would be entitled to exchange the headband to a different size. The headphones in question were less than 6 months old, but since the line has been dropped, all such promises have now gone out the window.
post #22 of 65
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Originally Posted by jpelg
Don't they come with, like, a 5-year warranty? Did Jason (jjcha) get charged to repair his broken headband?
Yep I believe he did and I hope the qualia owners never need new earpads. Due to some intelligence at Sony they apparently can't just replace the earpads they have to replace the entire driver assembly. Kiss another $1K down the drain for that...
post #23 of 65
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After 2 1/2 CDs, I can say that its sound signature is not too far from the SA5000 but isn't as bright. So far, the Qualia is very neutral, perhaps too balanced for some tastes.
post #24 of 65
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Originally Posted by tkam
Yep I believe he did and I hope the qualia owners never need new earpads. Due to some intelligence at Sony they apparently can't just replace the earpads they have to replace the entire driver assembly. Kiss another $1K down the drain for that...
That's plain irresponsible of Sony. Luckily I'm not having fit issues and plan on treating the cans like they're fine gold.
post #25 of 65
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Originally Posted by applebook
That's plain irresponsible of Sony. Luckily I'm not having fit issues and plan on treating the cans like they're fine gold.
Those gorgeous pads look like the leather might worn or out of shape (they almost look like they'd pucker, so to speak) after much use. Do you get that impression from using them, or does it seem pretty sturdy in that respect?
post #26 of 65
Congrats on the 010s. They are beautiful. I would not even wear them, just stare at them all day long.

OFF TOPIC (sort of)

If the headband is made out of CF then why does it break? I have a CF keychain fob and it will not break no matter how hard I try to bend it. Kind of odd since CF is pretty good for energy absorption as well. Anyone with a background in F1 want to answer this one?
post #27 of 65
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Originally Posted by darkninja67
If the headband is made out of CF then why does it break? I have a CF keychain fob and it will not break no matter how hard I try to bend it.
I think the Qualia headbands break because the majority of people who own them can't get them to fit properly and thus are always fidgeting with them, trying everything possible to get them to seal in a meaningful way. Enough twisting and turning over time and eventually they will break.

As for your keychain, it will probably never break because it didn't cost you enough to make you sick to your stomach if it did break. Seriously. This is always the way it seems to work.
post #28 of 65
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Originally Posted by darkninja67
Congrats on the 010s. They are beautiful. I would not even wear them, just stare at them all day long.

OFF TOPIC (sort of)

If the headband is made out of CF then why does it break? I have a CF keychain fob and it will not break no matter how hard I try to bend it. Kind of odd since CF is pretty good for energy absorption as well. Anyone with a background in F1 want to answer this one?
If you look at the construction of the headband, you can see that it's long and stretched thin. Your keychain is too small to be easily breakable. If you had a long stick made out of carbon fiber, it'd break.
post #29 of 65
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Originally Posted by Wmcmanus
Now I'm hearing that Sony has stopped supporting the Qualia 010's altogether. Well, maybe that is overstating the case. Let me at least say what I know.

I've recently purchased a pair of Qualia with the Small headband and asked the original purchaser to exhange them for a Medium headband. No luck at all. Pretty much all possible avenues that may have led to the fulfillment of this rather simple request were debated with various Sony folks, but to no avail.

It just so happens, however, that my problem has been solved, but no thanks to Sony. The seller of the Small pair was able to find an NOS pair of Medium, which he then bought on my behalf and sold the Small pair to someone else.

But of course Sony doesn't seem to think that it is necessary to fulfill their promises to the original Qualia 010 purchasers concerning the headband sizing issue. As I understood it, the original purchaser would be entitled to exchange the headband to a different size. The headphones in question were less than 6 months old, but since the line has been dropped, all such promises have now gone out the window.
That is just the grossest thing I've ever heard. I have a great fear of products that do not have their manufacturer's support, and that sounds like a serious problem on Sony's part. If they're not careful, they're going to be sued.

I probably wouldn't be such a staunch Grado activist if it wasn't for the fact that I could literally walk 10 blocks and throw stones at their windows though...
post #30 of 65
That's not what I've heard. The original warranties will be honoured as far as I know. If they don't it's called "putting what shred of reputation you have in the toilet and pulling the chain". I would imagine after the proliferation of holes in their feet as of late they would want to avoid that. Or perhaps this is Japan only... my warranty is with Sony Japan.


My headband has been absolutely fine despite extensive removal / remounting, futzing, etc... and of course, portable use, which I don't think anyone else at Head-Fi puts the 010's to. Like the HD280 / Ultrasone / DT660, it could once again be the 'phone stretchers' drawing the short end of the stick
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