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post #1 of 35
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Hello
Last year I bought a pair of Sony MDR-CD1700 headphones from ebay.
they are very very nice

Though I have one problem.
the lush, plush velvet velour ear-pads are probably over 10-12 years old.
they must have been originally black, or silver, but are now a dried-out faded grey, plus they look like they've collected other peoples' sweat and dead-flake-skin, as well as dust, for all those years.
so it feels a bit unhygienic to wear.

I dont have the original manual to find out the model number, as I'm trying to contact sony.services for a replacement, but of course, they cant help unless I have the exact model number., which wasnt 'MDR-CD1700' oddly.
even then, I doubt Sony have replacement velour ear-pads for 12 year old headphones.

does anyone have these headphones, along with its original manual? or any manual for it? - so that I can send sony the model number and might get some luck.

I really would like to get new velour ear-pad replacements. not leather.
I;ve been looking at Beyer velour ear-pads for the 770/880/990 etc, but I'm worried they will not fit properly, as the sony's look specific.
perhaps the mdr-cd3000 are the same shape?

anyone have any suggestions?

cheers
post #2 of 35
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Originally Posted by chrisdescor View Post
Hello
Last year I bought a pair of Sony MDR-CD1700 headphones from ebay.
they are very very nice

Though I have one problem.
the lush, plush velvet velour ear-pads are probably over 10-12 years old.
they must have been originally black, or silver, but are now a dried-out faded grey, plus they look like they've collected other peoples' sweat and dead-flake-skin, as well as dust, for all those years.
so it feels a bit unhygienic to wear.

I dont have the original manual to find out the model number, as I'm trying to contact sony.services for a replacement, but of course, they cant help unless I have the exact model number., which wasnt 'MDR-CD1700' oddly.
even then, I doubt Sony have replacement velour ear-pads for 12 year old headphones.

does anyone have these headphones, along with its original manual? or any manual for it? - so that I can send sony the model number and might get some luck.

I really would like to get new velour ear-pad replacements. not leather.
I;ve been looking at Beyer velour ear-pads for the 770/880/990 etc, but I'm worried they will not fit properly, as the sony's look specific.
perhaps the mdr-cd3000 are the same shape?

anyone have any suggestions?

cheers
To give you an idea the CD3000 pads are approx 4.5" in Dia.
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post #4 of 35

Leeperry, the link you provided is great, but the ear pads are not available anymore on that site.

And they were outragious expensive.

 

Chrisdescor, can't you pull the ear pads off, and wash them?

 

post #5 of 35

the pirate cd3k earpads off ebay fit just fine, and they do tighten up the cd1700 bass a great deal.

post #6 of 35

But are those fake CD3000 pads as comfortable as the CD1700 stock pads?

Looks like cheap pleather.
 

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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

the pirate cd3k earpads off ebay fit just fine, and they do tighten up the cd1700 bass a great deal.


Edited by Tiemen - 11/27/10 at 12:13pm
post #7 of 35
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Originally Posted by Tiemen View Post

But are those fake CD3000 pads as comfortable as the CD1700 stock pads?

Looks like cheap pleather.
 

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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

the pirate cd3k earpads off ebay fit just fine, and they do tighten up the cd1700 bass a great deal.

Not as cheap as Sony's.

 

post #8 of 35

 

Originally Posted by Tiemen View Post

But are those fake CD3000 pads as comfortable as the CD1700 stock pads?

Looks like cheap pleather. 

 

Yeah, very uncomfy and too stiff...but the stock cd1700 earpads are too leaky, bass is bloated as hell.

post #9 of 35

Ok, the pads do leak, but the bass was tight and punchy on my CD1700. Not bloated at all.

The highs were too shrill, and the mids not weighty enough. That's what I disliked. Not their bass.
 

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Originally Posted by leeperry View Post

 

 

Yeah, very uncomfy and too stiff...but the stock cd1700 earpads are too leaky, bass is bloated as hell.

post #10 of 35

Velours and pleather definitely give a different feel to bass IME...the former is flabby, and the latter much tighter. Remember the beyer's ;)

 

The genuine cd3k earpads are much softer and far more comfortable, but they're not available anymore...and they flake into zillions fragments after a little while anyway.


Edited by leeperry - 11/28/10 at 3:29am
post #11 of 35

Got my CD1700 back smile.gif

First thing I did, was wash the ear pads.

Then I removed the foam inside the pads, which was very flat after many years of heavy use.

I replace it with the foam from Beyer Aviation leather pads, that was lying around since I destroyed the leather.

Good to have a wife who can handle a needle.

 

This was what this headphone needed.

I take back all the negatives I wrote about the CD1700.

I guess the pads got rather stiff, saturated with sweat and other moist. Therefore the sound became sharper. Which leather pads will achieve as well, so I can't imagine leather pads will do any good to them.

Now the sweet mids are back, no harsh highs, and lovely bass.

But they need good records, and a good source as well to shine.

And rockers, they'll never be.


Edited by Tiemen - 4/22/11 at 10:50am
post #12 of 35

what I found annoying as hell on the cd1700(and also on the cd1k) was all the squeaky plasticky noises when moving my head. vintage phones are nice, but try a T50RP whenever you get the chance ;)

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post #15 of 35
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Here is an interesting item.

 

Says they are Leather,but who knows.

 

http://cgi.ebay.com.au/SONY-MDR-CD3000-Replacement-earpads-earcups-L-K-/150548824561?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item230d68c1f1


Bloody Pleather,but the good news is that they will be making Leather pads in the near future.

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