Hey guys, I am new to the HD650s, but I am loving them so far. I bought a used pair, but it was in perfect condition (no paint chipping on headband or anything) and I would like to keep them like that. Reading around these forums it seems like the paint chipping is common to these headphones? I was just wondering if there was anything extra I could do (other than being very careful and babying them) to keep the paint from chipping off? Thanks for any info. :)
The best method is mentioned in the video provided above, which is to use a headphone stand. The one that is made by Sennheiser is actually pretty good and I use one and one that I made as well. I think that the reason for the chipping paint is that many people don't use stands but just lay them down on their desk. It's a tempting proposition when you're in a hurry or just need to sit them down for a moment to just use an empty space on the desk. Which is why I put an extra mouse pad on my desk for times when I need to put them down quickly or temporarily.
You can also use a thin strip of packing tape across the top edge of the headband where the chipping tends to happen.