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Originally Posted by Towwers View Post


which one is the comfies??? Do you recommend me the x-large ones? the ones that are for the ps1000?

The comfies are the pads the SR-60 come with.

Personally I don't recommend those *or* the bagels that come on the PS/GS-1k. They'll both change the sound in the negative imho.
post #4667 of 24551
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Originally Posted by Towwers View Post

I have a Grado SR325is, I really like the sound signature, however, the comfort is very lame... My ears start to hurt after an hour of use. Could anyone in here could recommend me new ear pads or something to make my 325 more comfortable????

 

1) Take pads off of headphones

2) Throw pads in with clothes in the washing machine

3) Add fabric softener

4) Allow pads to dry

5) replace pads on headphones

6) enjoy beautiful Grado sound with greater comfort

post #4668 of 24551
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

1) Take pads off of headphones

2) Throw pads in with clothes in the washing machine

3) Add fabric softener

4) Allow pads to dry

5) replace pads on headphones

6) enjoy beautiful Grado sound with greater comfort


You are NUTS man!!!!! however... It could work... Did you tried it before????

post #4669 of 24551
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


The comfies are the pads the SR-60 come with.
Personally I don't recommend those *or* the bagels that come on the PS/GS-1k. They'll both change the sound in the negative imho.

mmmmmmhh I see, I love the sound.... I don't want it to change really... so you suggest I just leave it as it is???

post #4670 of 24551
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You are NUTS man!!!!! however... It could work... Did you tried it before????

 

Three times now, yep :)  

 

EDIT: Just in case you don't know the difference between bleach and fabric softener (that's not a criticism...I've been there myself) and you do something ill-advised, I'll just say I'm not necessarily RECOMMENDING you do this....but I have done it with great success. My 80s are amazingly comfortable now. I didn't have a problem with the comfort of my 325s or 500s beforehand anyway, but yeah, it makes the pads softer. 


Edited by Focker - 9/25/12 at 8:01pm
post #4671 of 24551
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

 

Three times now, yep :)  

 

EDIT: Just in case you don't know the difference between bleach and fabric softener (that's not a criticism...I've been there myself) and you do something ill-advised, I'll just say I'm not necessarily RECOMMENDING you do this....but I have done it with great success. My 80s are amazingly comfortable now. I didn't have a problem with the comfort of my 325s or 500s beforehand anyway, but yeah, it makes the pads softer. 


You Sir, deserve a Medal. Ill do it tomorrow, wish me good luck atsmile.gif

post #4672 of 24551
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Originally Posted by Towwers View Post

mmmmmmhh I see, I love the sound.... I don't want it to change really... so you suggest I just leave it as it is???

Yes. The pads will soften/break-in over time as they absorb oils from your skin, but this can take some time during which you may not love them. Washing is the next step, and Focker is spot on with his directions. Alternately you can wash them by hand, which is less damaging to fabrics, but it takes about half an hour of your time. I'd suggest whatever laundry detergent you normally use, or Woolite.
post #4673 of 24551
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Yes. The pads will soften/break-in over time as they absorb oils from your skin, but this can take some time during which you may not love them. Washing is the next step, and Focker is spot on with his directions. Alternately you can wash them by hand, which is less damaging to fabrics, but it takes about half an hour of your time. I'd suggest whatever laundry detergent you normally use, or Woolite.


Interesting, very good information, I will do it by hand just in case. Thank you!

post #4674 of 24551
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You Sir, deserve a Medal. Ill do it tomorrow, wish me good luck atsmile.gif

 

Good luck! :)

post #4675 of 24551

I also read a recommendation to hand wash with shampoo. I did this and there was an improvement.

post #4676 of 24551
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post


Yes. The pads will soften/break-in over time as they absorb oils from your skin, but this can take some time during which you may not love them. Washing is the next step, and Focker is spot on with his directions. Alternately you can wash them by hand, which is less damaging to fabrics, but it takes about half an hour of your time. I'd suggest whatever laundry detergent you normally use, or Woolite.

 

What is Woolite exactly? I feel like an idiot asking (Im too lazy to google it lol), but I've herad of that stuff since I was a kid but no clue what it is. 

post #4677 of 24551
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Originally Posted by talisman42 View Post

I also read a recommendation to hand wash with shampoo. I did this and there was an improvement.

Heard this too, have no interest in trying it - ammonia and fabric is not a combination that I'm fond of.
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Originally Posted by Focker View Post

What is Woolite exactly? I feel like an idiot asking (Im too lazy to google it lol), but I've herad of that stuff since I was a kid but no clue what it is. 

It's a laundry detergent but it's more gentle than most of the detergents you will find (like Tide or All), I think it has to do with the lack of surfactant or something like that. But with modern HE detergents (especially if you go with "free and clear" (which I do, because the dyes can sometimes react with my skin)) I think you're already talking about very mild cleaners to begin with. Woolite was, as the name implies, originally for washing wool (and anyone who's tried to wash a wool blanket can attest to how easily a laundry machine can destroy them).

As far as hand-washing, what I did was:

Took the lid off of a DVD-R cakebox, like this:


Filled it with some lukewarm water (most laundry detergents will not break down or activate in cold/tap water), added a very small amount of detergent (I use HE detergent for my HE machine, if you have non-HE detergent you need proportionally more because it's less concentrated), and put the earpads in (this case it was the pads of my K701, but the same idea applies), and just messaged them for a little while. Now with the HE detergent you don't get bubbles (because it doesn't have a surfactant), which I think is beneficial with foam (there's therefore no bubbles to get out of the foam).

Then I took a second lit, filled it with cooler water, and rinsed them out in it (I ended up filling and emptying this one like 3-4 times; once the water takes up soap from rinsing it has to be changed; this doesn't mean you gotta fill these lids to the top, fill them like as thick as the pads are with water).

Then I put the pads out to dry. But that was taking forever, and I wanted my headphones NOW. I also was afraid of mold growth if the foam on the inside never dried fully. So I wrapped them up in a t-shirt, wrapped that up in aluminum foil, and put it on the "shoe drying" attachment of my dryer (it's a shelf that you add that prevents the item from being thrown around) and put the dryer on "Extra Low" for about half an hour and they were mostly dry by that point. They finished out the night on top of my AV receiver while I watched a few movies (hey, it gets warm!) and they were usable by the next morning.

With primary contact surfaces like earpads, especially something with electricity, I'm sure the standard warning about fabric softener should apply (much the same reason you shouldn't wash children's pajamas in fabric softener - it increases flammability), but seriously screw that . If you're going to use softener, put it in during the "rinse" phase or you'll effectively trap the detergent and whatever grime exists on the pads in them (and you'll have to re-wash them - this is also why you shouldn't add softener to a non-automatic washing machine with the detergent, because it will have the same effect; your clothes will look dingy and feel disgusting).
Edited by obobskivich - 9/25/12 at 9:59pm
post #4678 of 24551
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Originally Posted by obobskivich View Post

It's a laundry detergent but it's more gentile than most of the detergents you will find (like Tide or All)

 

confused.gif  So what exactly makes Woolite less Jewish than other detergents?  wink.gif

post #4679 of 24551
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Originally Posted by warrenpchi View Post

confused.gif   So what exactly makes Woolite less Jewish than other detergents?  wink.gif

That both took me too long to get and is way too far...rolleyes.giftongue.gif
Edited by obobskivich - 9/25/12 at 10:16pm
post #4680 of 24551

LOL

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