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post #31 of 46

carefully spread the headband wider by opening a pair of pliers or similar within the head band then the end piece will pull out. the padding band will then slide out of the main head band. the end clip snaps back in on reassembly

post #32 of 46

Superdux,

 

how did you go about getting into your 565's? I cannot see how I can get to the driver to do the intermitancy fix?

Any advice greatly appreciated, I don;t want to force something I shouldn't.

 

Thanks!

post #33 of 46

its hard explaining how i got to the driver, but this link should help a bit:

 

http://www.pbase.com/jeepy206/580_intermittency_repairs

 

you can pry the "holders" which attach headband with the cup, through just prying them off or pulling them off till the "knob" pops out.

have you already tried using sennheiser hd650 cable? this would be the first solution to try, because they are a bit larger than the ones from the hd565. so i´d suggest you buy one of those and try that first, because working on the spring can be dangerous becuase the really thin wire going to the driver is attached there too.

 

but just in case you need to know all the steps getting to the driver, i´ll try and go through with you, just ask.have some time on hand;)


Edited by superdux - 1/29/13 at 6:00am
post #34 of 46

Ok there`s an update: as seen in the youtube video from innerfidelity you can order new springs from the sennheiser sales department if the bigger cable from the hd650 and some spring adjustment doesn´t work.

be sure to ask if the springs fit your hd565 when ordering but i don´t see a reason why they shouldn´t.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mBpic9jbjzs&list=UUs5A6Gg74iPHyTFJh69w-RA&index=1

 

EDIT: there seem to be some trouble swapping the springs because the thin enamelled wire is seamingly directly attached to the springs.see post http://www.head-fi.org/t/518202/sennheiser-hd565-appreciation-and-service-thread/30#post_11365431


Edited by superdux - 2/28/15 at 12:59pm
post #35 of 46

WOW ....... they are so unique :)

post #36 of 46

I still have my (15 years old) 565s and still love them :) It predates head-fi, so no surprise that most people here have never heard of them. I remember a few years ago I decided that it's upgrade time, and bought a pair of HD595s. Hey, the number on it is higher, and it looks more futuristic, so it must be better, right? Wrong. Even after extensive burn-in, the 595s were clearly inferior (with my Corda amp). In the end I sold them, what a disappointment that was.

 

I'd describe the sound of the 565s as a slightly less refined, more in your face version of the 580/600, which can be a bad or good thing, depending on the type of music.

 

Regarding the headband pad replacement, i took a much easier route: just put on a beyerdynamic 770/880/990 replacement pad. I didn't even took out the old deflated headband pad. It fits perfectly snugly, doesn't slide to the sides, and looks pretty cool.

 

 


Edited by nothingface - 11/14/13 at 10:18am
post #37 of 46
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by nothingface View Post

I still have my (15 years old) 565s and still love them smily_headphones1.gif It predates head-fi, so no surprise that most people here have never heard of them. I remember a few years ago I decided that it's upgrade time, and bought a pair of HD595s. Hey, the number on it is higher, and it looks more futuristic, so it must be better, right? Wrong. Even after extensive burn-in, the 595s were clearly inferior (with my Corda amp). In the end I sold them, what a disappointment that was.

I'd describe the sound of the 565s as a slightly less refined, more in your face version of the 580/600, which can be a bad or good thing, depending on the type of music.




I agree with you about the HD565, one of the best price/performance headphones of its times. It was never properly appreciated in the 1990s as headphone amping was still in its infancy then.

I haven't listened to it for a year or so, but gonna rev it up and drive it hard with my pseudo-balanced OTL Audiotailor Jade this weekend. Maybe it can give the K500 a match.
post #38 of 46
Thread Starter 

Returned to these again after I've made some improvements on the amp front, and they sound better than ever. There's attack, presence, resolution and power. If you spot a pair - grab them.

 

Here are the three different versions:

 


First grey with grey mesh, second grey with black mesh, third blue with black mesh.
Edited by MDR30 - 2/28/15 at 1:40am
post #39 of 46
Thread Starter 

Needed to separate the steel headband from the plastic yoke.

 

All you need is a flat bladed knife. Insert it carefully between plastic and steel, then gently pull the metal piece out. Done.

 

Clicks easily back into place. Some lubrication with a pencil will help if there's a squeak problem.

 

 

 


Edited by MDR30 - 8/23/14 at 10:39pm
post #40 of 46
Thread Starter 

This little wolf in sheep's clothes sound terrific with the right amp, balanced. Here's a pic with the OTL single end output Audiotailor Jade:

 

 

Some data of the HD565:

 

http://data.manualslib.com/pdf/16/1509/150883-sennheiser/ovation_hd_565.pdf?790157ff15d1d61597f8e64798037971&take=binary

post #41 of 46

Hello to all you HD565 appreciators!

I am new to Head-fi and I am the happy owner of a pair of HD565 Ovations. I decided to look and see if anyone else has these, not expecting to find anything at all. What a surprise then to find a few who know these headphones too. 

Mine are from around 1990-something and are looking a bit shabby, so it is good to see some tips on keeping them good. 

My cables started breaking long ago (just like my old HD540 Golds did). The left and right fractured right near the moulded-in plastic plugs almost at the same time. I repaired them and encased the repairs in epoxy, which doesn't look that good and, yes I know, I should just get some new ones. 

I didn't know the earpads are the same as HD600s.  Oh what a great place this is! (I actually un-stitched mine a few years ago and very carefully fitted new sponges inside.)

I also replaced the sponge in the headband with a 'notched' version like on the HD600 as that was the only source of discomfort I had with these headphones.

One thing I have noticed about all the pics I see of the "Ovies" is that they all look nearly new. No paint missing at all. On mine, there is paint flaking off everywhere, making them look very poorly and attracting derogatory comments from work colleagues with their earbuds and Dr Dres. Oh how little they know! 

So, what do you think about re-spraying them? Or is there an alternative? 

post #42 of 46
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Figured out how to remove the ear pads - a firm grip on the inside of the pad and then pull - and the headband pad as well.

 

So I decided to share my experiences of the latter in one quick lesson.

 

Unfortunately, Sennheiser do not keep the original HD565 and HD265 headband pads in stock. The ear pads are identical to the HD580, HD600 and HD650, but the the headband pads of said models are not as long as the HD565/265.

 

The HD600 and HD650 headband pads ($10-15) will do, however, with a simple modification.

 

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Upper HD650, lower HD565 (deteriorated foam, flat).

 

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Start by gently prying with a knife between headband and plastic lock on the outside of headband (not between plastic and metal).

 

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Eventually it will come loose from the headband.

 

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Now you can remove the metal band cupholder from the headband, and - by pressing the metal tongues - remove the metal band from the lock. Next step is to remove the old headband. To make up for the shorter length of the HD650 pad I cut out some plastic spacers, as it were from a minced meat package.

 

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So, with the headband open at one end, first slide in the plastic spacer.

 

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Then the headband.

 

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Then you put the plastic lock in place at the other end of the headband, and finally insert the metal band cup holder. Voilà:

 

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One of Sennheiser's most underrated and best "bang for the buck" headphones ever is back in business. Precision of left to right instrument placement in the proper recording is stunning.

 

 

Thanks ever so much for posting this, MDR30. The headband pad on my HD565 Ovations had become completely deflated, and was uncomfortable to use. Faced with a choice of either a DIY approach - i.e. by trying to stuff a piece of foam into the existing headband pad, or, alternatively, purchasing the HD650 headband pad and carrying out your procedure, I chose the latter.

 

Boy, that plastic lock on the headband was extremely difficult to remove. I was worried that I would break the headband trying to get it off. Like you, I fashioned a couple of pieces of plastic to use as spacers to stop the smaller HD650 headband from sliding to either side. I cut the required pieces from a ground pepper container which I found to be just the correct thickness, and was matte black in finish, which is what I wanted.

 

I assume the newer HD650 headband pad uses the same inner material (some kind of gel?). If so, hopefully, it will be many years down the line before it eventually goes flat.


Edited by D Page - 3/4/15 at 6:59am
post #43 of 46

On another point, my velour earpads have faded considerably. My HD25 SP velour earpads are the same as well. I find it surprising just how easy it is for the black colour to disappear. The edges of the earpads, where there is no physical contact with the ears, have also faded. I'm certainly not going to spend about £45 to replace them as they function normally, and it's just a cosmetic issue. Has anyone experienced the same, and has anyone tried to dye the velour to restore them to the original black colour once again?

post #44 of 46

Wow. Those grey ones are hands down the best looking headphones I've ever seen. Just bumped off HD700's on my list. I have to buy one!

post #45 of 46
Thread Starter 
The HD565 driver has a different connection than the HD580/600/650. The voice coil is soldered directly to the springs, so the springs can't be replaced. And I have yet to hear from someone who managed to solder the enamelled, extremely thin voice coil wire. Extra care is needed when stretching the springs for better connection when you have a problem with a channel falling out.

 

 


Edited by MDR30 - 3/1/15 at 1:37am
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