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How to remove HD800 ear pads!!! (Finally I figured how...)

post #1 of 23
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I just wanted to share my little victory of the afternoon.

 

The subject of not being able to remove the ear pads of my HD800 has been bothering since I got them, and I didn't find any official or unofficial information in the web, except for a couple posts around here that said that you just have to pull the pads hardly on the middle-posterior part of the pad where it's marked L or R in the silver part. That explanation didn't gave me a lot of confidence, but I tried to pull moderately hard and it didn't seem to work.

 

I started to explore to see if there was a "weak" spot which I could pull and get any signs that it was safe to keep attempting to pull off the pads. After a while of exploration I finally managed to take the pads off safely (and with considerably less force than the amount I used in my previous attempts). So here are the photos of the result:

 

Left ear pad taken off:

 

off.jpg

 

HD800 sans pad:

 

hd800.jpg

 

Back side of the pad:

 

pad.jpg

 

 

Sorry about the quality of the pictures, I don't have a particularly good camera with me now (and yes, that is my bed, didn't feel like posting my currently messy desk). 

 

After taking the photos I disassembled the right pad to see if the procedure I used was repeatable and not just luck, and success! It was as easy as it gets.

 

The procedure I did basically is the following:

 

In the lowest part of the cup (if you think of the shape of the cups as a 'D', the lower peak of the letter) I carefully inserted three of my fingernails (which are not particularly long) between the path and the silver part, pushed the pad a little upwards the 'D' towards center of the cup and then gently pulled the cups away from the silver casing, which released the lower half of the pad, then it is pretty easy to remove the pad completely.

 

I don't know how often I would do this, at first sight the bottom part of the pads seem kind of flimsy, although a deeper inspection shows that actually they are very well built and probably would withstand taking them just by pulling (although I don't recommend it). The pads actually are very very nice, a lot better than the HD6x0 series.

 

Anyways I intend to make this a wiki with better and more detailed instruction, probably with diagrams and/or photos so that existing and new owners know that the HD800 pads are (fairly) easy to remove and how to do it. Any input of how to improve the instructions or method is welcome (if you don't want to try the suggestion in your own pair its ok, I can do it).

 

If you decide to go ahead and remove the pads be very careful, try to not use much force, and don't use any metallic objects in the part where I used my fingernails, it might damage the paint and maybe even the plastic of the silver housing. Obviously try it at your own risk, I can't guarantee nothing since I'm not working for Senn (just thought a little disclosure could be wise...)

 

I almost forgot, putting them back is as easy as just pushing them back in.


Edited by Roger Strummer - 7/19/10 at 6:12pm
post #2 of 23

Thanks for this, it will be useful when cleaning is needed.

post #3 of 23

Finally! Thanks alot i will try it now.

 

Done. Soundstage is much smaller now haha.


Edited by kuben - 8/28/10 at 4:58pm
post #4 of 23

Nice work.  

 

I wasn't sure what you meant initially about where you insert your fingernails, but realised that what you meant was: Turn the headphones upside down and insert 3 fingernails between the pad and the frame on the outside, then push down and in towards towards the center of the cup and the pad will snap out at the bottom.

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Originally Posted by Currawong View Post

Nice work.

 

I wasn't sure what you meant initially about where you insert your fingernails, but realised that what you meant was: Turn the headphones upside down and insert 3 fingernails between the pad and the frame on the outside, then push down and in towards towards the center of the cup and the pad will snap out at the bottom.


Thanks! 

 

You described it better than me, I'll put it in the wiki which I plan to do next week (this week is kind of crazy for me).

post #6 of 23

Can the ear pads be purchased?  Is it easy to put back and does it fit as original?


Edited by DjAmTraX - 11/7/10 at 10:54am
post #7 of 23

Cogent and straightforward explanation. I had been searching for this info for a while now. Thanks!

post #8 of 23
hey thanks for sharing !!
post #9 of 23

I'd be interested in an asnwer to this one too if anyone knows. I've search to the ends of the universe with my best google expertise and have found nothing.

 

Quote:
Originally Posted by DjAmTraX View Post

Can the ear pads be purchased?  Is it easy to put back and does it fit as original?


 

post #10 of 23

Thanks for this thread. I recently used this info to remove the earpads and it worked like a charm. I was actually able to wash them. There is a rigid plastic frame that the pad is wrapped around. I removed the pad from the frame and simply used a small amount of Woolite in lukewarm water to hand wash them.  I padded them dry, stretched them over the plastic frame, let them dry for a few hours and reinstalled them.  Good as new!

 

I would also like to know if there is a source for replacement pads and their price.  I would not mind having an extra pair!


Edited by Bubu1 - 11/8/10 at 1:23am
post #11 of 23
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Originally Posted by ldbobby View Post

I'd be interested in an asnwer to this one too if anyone knows. I've search to the ends of the universe with my best google expertise and have found nothing.

 

I hit up Syntec as they are the Sennheiser distributors in Australia and New Zealand and this is part of the email they sent me-

 

 

 

Quote:

Part No.                                 534411

Description                            Earpads, 1 pair

Purchase Price                       $135 (inc GST)

Freight (if applicable)            $10 (inc GST)

Availability                            Delivery 2-3 weeks from receipt of order

 

Obviously prices in AUD and it should be cheaper where you are.

 


Edited by MomijiTMO - 11/8/10 at 4:51am
post #12 of 23

Thanks!  I'll check with Senn USA and see what the price is here. My guess is $100 US which is not cheap!
 

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Originally Posted by MomijiTMO View Post

 

I hit up Syntec as they are the Sennheiser distributors in Australia and New Zealand and this is part of the email they sent me-

 

 

 

 

Obviously prices in AUD and it should be cheaper where you are.

 

post #13 of 23

Yeah well considering how expensive the headphone is, I'm happy it isn't more. The ear pads of the HD6x0 are around 99AUD so it's not too bad tongue.gif

post #14 of 23

Here is the response from Senn for US customers:

 

The part # you are looking for is 534411 and they cost $65.46 , If you would like to place an order you can call 860-434-9190 ext 210

 

This is much better than I was expecting.  I listen to my headphones quite a bit and for this price, I can see replacing the pads every 2 yrs or so.

post #15 of 23

Wow I'd so be in on that!

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