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post #16 of 24
lol... you'd probably wanna keep your "problems" quiet though wouldn't you... just start shipping the good ones, and hope no-one with old stock complains too loudly...

Its quite scarey thinking about it... I bought my HD565s back in 1994 i think... and as AndreYew was saying, that is when the HD580s came out too... (and for that matter the HD600s weren't too far behind)

Are the HD580/600 classed as classics now? along with the Sony CD3000, AKG K501 / 1000, Sennheiser HD414 etc etc?
post #17 of 24
I ordered replacement ear pads for my HD600 from SennheiserUSA for a wallet crushing $29.90 shipped. Too bad they don't have replacement drivers for HD495's, I'd still like to get mine working again.
post #18 of 24
Duncan,

As it turns out, I did have connection problems, but it was actually the cable, and not the driver! The part of the cable that connects to the headphone had become slightly disconnected or damaged, and I had to keep pushing the cable up towards the driver to get sound out of it. I must have lived with it for 5 years before it died, and I got a replacement cable. I have abused my 580s quite a bit, dropping them, jerking them by the cable, and so forth (not intentionally, I assure you!), and they did pretty well holding up.

I also decided to replace the cushions since they were getting really gross, and were quite flat. After getting the new cushions, I think a lot of the 580/600's breakin behavior can be attributed directly to the cushions fitting to your head, and changing the distance between the drivers and your head. They get more comfortable and familiar sounding close to 50 or more hours of wearing it seems. I guessing at the hundred hour figure because it took about 2 weeks or continuous wearing for about 4 hours a day after changing the cushions and cables for the phones to feel right again. Then again, could be my imagination .

--Andre
post #19 of 24
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Originally posted by AndreYew
I think a lot of the 580/600's breakin behavior can be attributed directly to the cushions fitting to your head, and changing the distance between the drivers and your head.
AndreYew,

That's a very good point. On HeadWize, when someone said they didn't like the sound of their MDR-V6's and that they were too small for his head, I suggested that it might be because the drivers were being squished too close to his ears. I suggested he try pulling them out just a wee bit while listening to them to see if that helped, and, lo, he said it made it sound better (of course, that didn't remedy the fact that they were still too small for him).

Again, AndreYew, very good point. As close as the drivers are to our ears, it isn't altogether unreasonable that even small changes to the distance between the transducer and our ears could make signifcant differences.
post #20 of 24
So... When the earpads wear in, my 580s might well sound better still? Cool

Hopefully the bass will back off a smidge... it is the tiniest little bit too heavy for my liking (although, its definetly something i can live with )
post #21 of 24
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Edited by DickTheRick - 6/13/14 at 5:44am
post #22 of 24
Duncan,

They may sound better yet. The main differences I noticed are that the highs became less shrill, and the tonal quality basically mellowed out. I don't know why that would be caused by the cushions, but there you go ...

--Andre
post #23 of 24
Hehehe... You're right AndreYew...

I've speeded the process up... by swapping my nice new HD580 earpads for my original (Never changed... Eek!) HD565 pads... and, the sound has changed quite a lot... a LOT more like my ideal... This could well end up as another "do you believe in burn in" thread... but... maybe Sennheiser expect the pads to deflate a certain amount with wear, and accomodate the sound accordingly

Now... the $64,000 Question... Do I leave the HD565 pads on... or, swap back, and wait for the new pads to degrade......
post #24 of 24
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Edited by DickTheRick - 6/13/14 at 5:43am
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