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Sennheiser HD 580 fix

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Well I was just browsing a small local shop today and to my suprise I saw a nice pair of Senn 580's for £20. The guy at the till said one side didn't work, so I got them for a fiver with a bit of bartering!

 

Now I've never done any DIY on headphones before, and I'd rather not risk it, but if any of you knew a place in the UK where I could get these fixed (and not for too much money preferably) then that would be really helpful. The left speaker works just fine, but the right speaker gets nothing at all, not even a crackle.

 

If you've got any other ideas, those would be appreciated also!

 

Edit: I'll add that no wiggling seems to get any sound out of the right hand side either, it's just completely dead.


Edited by tracylynn MkII - 4/23/11 at 11:55am
post #2 of 12

Disconnect both cables from the headphone, and swap the sides. Then you'll know if its the cable. (The connectors usually are bit stuck in the cups, but it'll let go if you are determined.)

post #3 of 12
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Switched cables and other side worked, hallelujah! Thanks man smily_headphones1.gif
post #4 of 12
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Any idea where I could get the lead cheap (£10-15)? Looked on ebay and thinking £30+ is a bit extortionate...
post #5 of 12

The HD650 cable will also fit. Part number is 092885, and costs $12.80 from Sennheiser USA. Sennheiser UK doesn't seem to have it listed, but it may be worth a try to order by telephone. However I once ordered direct from Sennheiser Canada and it took two weeks to arrive, by which time I already DIYed my own cable.

 

post #6 of 12
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Thanks that sounds like a sound idea. Concerning DIY, seeing as one side of these cables is bust I might as well try fixing it myself before giving in. Are there any threads that adress this sort of problem for the 580s 600s or 650s?
post #7 of 12

I don't know of any specific threads on fixing the 580 cable. If you haven't yet, maybe try wiggling every point of the cable to see if you can find the spot that's broken inside.

 

If the cable is broken somewhere in the middle, this may help:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/406029/best-way-to-solder-two-wires-together

 

If the fault is at the TRS headphone plug, then these may help:

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/50729/how-to-make-an-interconnect-step-by-step-with-pics

http://www.diymike.com/audio.html

 

There are Sennheiser headphone connectors from Cardas. They have several distributors and I got mine from PartsConnexion. There are some brief official instructions for soldering the connectors. Note that these connectors by themselves cost almost the same as a stock HD650 cable.

Also see: http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/427427/how-to-install-and-fix-associated-problems-with-cardas-sennheiser-plugs

 

post #8 of 12

What.  580s for £5.  That's a pretty outstandingly good deal, if you haven't already figured that out.  I'd say it's definitely worth whatever you pay for the cable, the 580s are worth much more than £35. :P

 

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/sennheiser-hd650-replacement-cable-300cm-092885-prodid-1143.html

 

They say that these are official replacement cables.  If Sennheiser won't ship them to you directly, I'd assume you won't be able to get them much cheaper than this...which is rather unfortunate, seeing as how Senn is a european company to begin with.

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What.  580s for £5.  That's a pretty outstandingly good deal, if you haven't already figured that out.  I'd say it's definitely worth whatever you pay for the cable, the 580s are worth much more than £35. :P

 

http://www.hifiheadphones.co.uk/sennheiser-hd650-replacement-cable-300cm-092885-prodid-1143.html

 

They say that these are official replacement cables.  If Sennheiser won't ship them to you directly, I'd assume you won't be able to get them much cheaper than this...which is rather unfortunate, seeing as how Senn is a european company to begin with.

 

Sometimes it pays to go to little side roads and shops just to see what deals you might find, because one day, you'll be pleasantly suprised :)

 

Decided to cave and buy some £24 cables, and even though it seems ridiculous to pay more for the cables than the headphones, I really really can't complain!

 

Since I'm a bit of a newbie at headfi, any chance one of you could advise me on what a good bang for your buck portable amp might be, as full volume on an ipod won't do much good with 300 ohms impedence, as you'll all already know :P

 

And thanks for the advice, Yoga. I'll be looking into those topics carefully as after all it would be nicer to have a spare set of cables than just the one...
 

 

post #10 of 12

The Fiio E11 should be released within the next few weeks, and it's been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately since its announcement.  It remains to be seen exactly how good it will be, but we are expecting great things from it, especially at its $60 price-point.  It'll be able to drive the 580s with ease.  Other than a cmoy, there isn't much else out there at such a low price point that'd work well for these.  There's also the Soundmagic A10, but there aren't really any reviews for that yet so I'm not sure how good it is.

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The Fiio E11 should be released within the next few weeks, and it's been receiving quite a bit of buzz lately since its announcement.  It remains to be seen exactly how good it will be, but we are expecting great things from it, especially at its $60 price-point.  It'll be able to drive the 580s with ease.  Other than a cmoy, there isn't much else out there at such a low price point that'd work well for these.  There's also the Soundmagic A10, but there aren't really any reviews for that yet so I'm not sure how good it is.


A few weeks?  I was beginning to think that the arrival wouldn't be so soon given all the time that's passed since its annoucement.  However, a few weeks is quite promising.
 

 

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A few weeks?  I was beginning to think that the arrival wouldn't be so soon given all the time that's passed since its annoucement.  However, a few weeks is quite promising.
 

 


 

Check out the announcement thread, there's been an update.  James says that they've been sent to production today, I think it was, and will be released shortly.  He said he won't give any specific release window and would rather just surprise us when it comes out.

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