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post #1 of 19
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To me buying used headphones is like buying a used toothbrush. But I want some Grado HF-1's.

What can you do to give new life to a used set of phones.?

I looked at replacement Grado Pads at TTVJ but I also noticed that these are hollow in the middle so the center section of the headphone would have been in contact with the previous owner.

What about the headbands, how should it be cleaned?
post #2 of 19
Dunno about that but it would be nice to hear for in the near future (been a member for half a year and it costed me about 800$ already).

I also have that "using a used toothbrush" feeling with second hand products, dunno it feels kinda weird to me using something that ain't new.
post #3 of 19
A combination of hydrogen pyroxide, brasso and elbow grease. Whenever I recieve or send out headphones, I remove the pads and soak them in dilute hydrogen pyroxide. I rinse them off and then let them dry. I then take brasso and go over all of the plastic (removes scratches) and metal (removes dirt) pieces of the headphone. Add a bit of febreeze to the earpads and you're good to go!
post #4 of 19
I don't think you can transfer any diseases through earwax..
Except if your ear randomly bleeds into your headphones
Hahaha, i even traded IEMS, just changed the tips
post #5 of 19
Man, people are just using these things up against their *ears*... so that sound can go *into* them *from* the cans. (At least that's what I hope they're doing.)

It's just ears. You can't catch anything from ears.

Exactly what do think people are doing with these things? No, never mind, I don't wanna know...
post #6 of 19
No, actually my housemate, an M.D., wouldn't go anywhere near my ep-630 when he wanted to compare them to his Shures. Apparently you CAN catch things from ears. Though outside of IEM's, I don't think this is much of a health issue.

Personally, I'm more worried about visible dirt than theoretical secondhand ear contact any day.
post #7 of 19
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Lice and Otitis Media could be spread from a headphone.
post #8 of 19
Most headphones have replaceable pads, which are probably the most dirt ridden part. Some also let you change out the headband.

As for IEMs... I do know that someone sent a Westone UM2 they bought second hand back to Westone headquarters for them to recase it and do a frequency sweep of the drivers.
post #9 of 19
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Originally Posted by regal
To me buying used headphones is like buying a used toothbrush. But I want some Grado HF-1's.

What can you do to give new life to a used set of phones.?

I looked at replacement Grado Pads at TTVJ but I also noticed that these are hollow in the middle so the center section of the headphone would have been in contact with the previous owner.

What about the headbands, how should it be cleaned?
I have a real good leather cleaner which I use when I sell a pair of headphones - clean them twice to be sure followed up by an alcohol wipe down, then a leather conditioner treatment. Makes them look new while removing any residual trace of past contact. My SA1000 which were hardly used are for sell now for $80.
post #10 of 19
One word: Isopropanol (IPA)

I usually wipe the headband with a IPA damped cloth and wash the earpads in shampoo. Use IPA because it vapourises before you can say "wooooo CLEEEEAN!". Brasso is not a disinfectant, neither is elbow grease, and they don't clean up too well.

You should know that I am probably OCD and swab IPA on everything.
post #11 of 19
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Originally Posted by facelvega
No, actually my housemate, an M.D., wouldn't go anywhere near my ep-630 when he wanted to compare them to his Shures. Apparently you CAN catch things from ears.
I don't think so. (Just because your housemate is an MD, that doesn't mean he/she isn't wound a little bit too tight ;-)

Anyway, I was mainly just joking. I will butt out now...
post #12 of 19
Grado pads clean easy, just take them right off. Then just rub down the headband with alcohol or something.

I bought my 225's from jjcha, and no strange diseases yet.
post #13 of 19
You could probably sanitize your headphones but you may catch kudies from that toilet seat that you sat on the other day when the previous user was a big fat truck driver.
post #14 of 19
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Originally Posted by MdRex
Brasso is not a disinfectant, neither is elbow grease, and they don't clean up too well.
Well I'm not terribly worried about disinfecting the outside of some driver cups. They actually clean up perfectly, they made my psp screen look brand-new, and can do the same for headphones or ipods.
post #15 of 19
I use alcohol wipes to clean iems, because- well they're pretty nasty. I never really thought about it with full size headphones. All the used gear I have purchased appeared pretty clean.
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