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Sony MDR-3 rewiring advice

post #1 of 15
Thread Starter 

Hi,

 

I found my old MDR-3 headphones, bought them when they came out, used them a lot and then forgot about them...

The problem is that the cables to the headphones have hardened and have been broken, one channel is out and the other definetly has a problem.

 

So I think the best solution is to replace the whole cable and also install a nice gold plated 3.5 plug..

 

But what cable?

 

Any advice?

 

Wouter

post #2 of 15

Hi, I've been looking for these Sony MDR 3 Headphones, the original ones from 1979!!

I need this for an exhibition i'm working on about the year 1979 in Barcelona.

Would there be any chance you could "rent" them to us for the show? (March 1st - June 12th)

I'm actually going to be in Amsterdam this week (Tuesday and Thursday), maybe we could meet if you agree to lease?

It really doesn't matter if they don't work because they will be exposed as an object.

If ever, would you have any tips of where i can find a pair of these headphones it would be really nice.

They've become really rare to find!

 

Hope to hear from you soon.

jenny

 

 

post #3 of 15

Puede que sea un poco tarde, pero tengo unos mdr-3 en Valencia y te los puedo mandar gratis para el museo.

Le faltan las gomas.

post #4 of 15

hello jenny

 

i got a sony mdr-3 and could lent it for this expo in barcelona.

let me know

 

regards michael

post #5 of 15

Hello,

 

My first post on this forum.

 

I just found MY old Sony MDR-3's in the closet.   New Year's cleaning!    Popped them into the old Sony CD player and wow, nice!    They sound great to me.

 

I want new, black foam for them.    Other than that, they are in perfect condition.  

 

Can anyone point me to some on maybe eBay?   Send me an item number if possible.  

 

What do I look for when replacing the foam.   Size, shape?

 

By the way, if the person who needs a set to take to Barcelona wanted mine I'd be honored to have them borrow them. 

 

Happy New Year everyone,

Mark

 

post #6 of 15

Why would you bump this? Check out Comply as they may sell tips for these.

post #7 of 15
Why would he bump this? Well he's looking for help finding new pads for his cherished headphones. That's a perfectly valid reason for bumpage, and if you did any sort of research before posting, you'd realize that the MDR-3's are a supraaural headphone from the Walkman era, not an IEM. wink.gif

Sadly, there is probably no new foam created for these specific headphones, but if you got the dimensions, you could probably gamble with some Chinese foam pads.
post #8 of 15
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Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

Why would he bump this? Well he's looking for help finding new pads for his cherished headphones. That's a perfectly valid reason for bumpage, and if you did any sort of research before posting, you'd realize that the MDR-3's are a supraaural headphone from the Walkman era, not an IEM. wink.gif
Sadly, there is probably no new foam created for these specific headphones, but if you got the dimensions, you could probably gamble with some Chinese foam pads.


Muhahah, it figures i was too lazy to look it up on Google. Not trying to sell him anything, but the foam pads i have probably fit the bill and the headphones.

 

post #9 of 15

Hello everyone,

 

Oh, I am sorry the fellow who was trying to help me got his post bumped.    Yeah, I am just looking for replacement foam.    

 

It's not a question of me being too lazy or dumb to Google them.   It's just a question of my not knowing or being ignorant of what exactly to look for.    I'd like to get something that is as close as possible to the original in appearance.     

 

So, I guess I should clarify or narrow my questions some.  

 

Do I just measure the diameter?     And these are maybe 3/8" thick so I assume some of those foam pads on eBay might not fit that way?     I think many small headphones of this type these days are not quite that thick -- so they may not fit my MDR-3's.

 

I did end up ordering some foam pad from Taiwan but will have to wait several weeks of course.  And then see if they fit or not.  They were of course super cheap.   $1.90, shipped!    But will they be right?   Who knows?   

 

If they are not I would like the fellow who has the real thing to write me privately again with the information and I will keep it.

 

Thanks everyone.    I didn't mean to cause a stir with my first post here.

 

Mark

post #10 of 15
Yeah the diameter should be good. The thickness probably doesn't matter since the foam should be acoustically transparent. You probably won't find any luck finding legit pads in good condition since they've been out of production for decades and any type of foam made for the MDR-3's has turned rotten by now. Your only hope is getting lucky with the pads you ordered.

Don't worry, you didn't start a stir, Cifani's...special. :P
post #11 of 15
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ishcabible View Post

Yeah the diameter should be good. The thickness probably doesn't matter since the foam should be acoustically transparent. You probably won't find any luck finding legit pads in good condition since they've been out of production for decades and any type of foam made for the MDR-3's has turned rotten by now. Your only hope is getting lucky with the pads you ordered.
Don't worry, you didn't start a stir, Cifani's...special. :P


Hahaha, its amazing he's still using these headphones. They must still be good.

 

post #12 of 15

Ha, ha......well these MDR-3's are like the cheapie shortwave radio I bought once......just makes you want a better one!  

 

I'd be open to headphone suggestions in the plus or minus $100 range.   

Right now, I have no brand preference.   Just comfort.   And that leaves out the ear bud types.   

Thanks!   Mark

post #13 of 15
Thread Starter 

Still nobody who has found good replacement wire for these classic headphones?
 

post #14 of 15

I'm still searching for pads for mySony MDR3's.

 

If anyone can help, please chime in.    The pads I'm holding in the second  photo were purchased from eBay and obviously not correct.    I'm wondering if some other manufacturer used a similar pad and might be a match?

 

-Mark

1000

 

 

 

1000

post #15 of 15

Hi, I make replacement foam pads for the old Sony headphones. You can NOT buy them any more. No one has them the size of the old headphones anywhere. Not even Sony. I called them and got no where but laughed at. I have a Sony Walkman in the box from 1982 and needed foam pads, So...............I made them myself. You can't tell the difference if was original or from Sony. Here's the video I made showing how to do it on Youtube. As for the measurements of your headphones, they are 32mm if you continue looking for foam pads online.

 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tbYvqnwluSQ

 

Good luck with it if you try. Let me know how it goes on my Youtube page. smily_headphones1.gif


Edited by joeyBinky - 4/10/13 at 6:26pm
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