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Originally Posted by SamHedges View Post

Bit more expensive than from head direct or where ever but by the time I paid import duty it would probably be about the same. Thanks for that!

I've heard there are dealers offering free global shipping on such headphones wink.gif

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post


I've heard there are dealers offering free global shipping on such headphones wink.gif

 

WHOOOO!!!????????

post #5148 of 18086
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Originally Posted by SamHedges View Post

Is there much risk involved in declaring a lower value, do they don't get thrown around more for example?

 

No, Hifiman in this case is good. They ship from Honk Kong and they use Fedex. I've got stuff from them multiple times. The invoice taped on the box lists the item at a $20 value (could be even less). You will not be getting charged with any customs at that low declared price, at least in Canada you don't. Find out the limit on customs in your country if you don't already know. Their customer service and management are actually quite welcoming and answer all your questions, no matter how many you ask or how trivial they seem.

 

If something were to get damaged, highly doubt it will though since their packaging was great when I got mines last year, all you have to do is just send them an email explaining the situation. Make sure to get a RMA Authorization and just scan them the receipt, although if you buy it from them, they'll have the transaction number, so you'll be all good.

 

Also, when shipping back, keep all the accessories and ONLY ship the damaged item (which is typically going to be the headphone) and make sure to declare the value at $10-$20 and label it as defective audio equipment headphones. You can ask them if not sure and you'll 90% of the time get a response in 1 business day.

 

I know other places do cheap/free shipping, but make sure that they ALSO declare the product value as low.

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The main risk is that if the package is lost or damaged, the compensation you'll receive is proportionate to the declared value (depends on the courier, but the best case you won't get anything more than the declared value).

 

If buying new, I'm sure Hifiman would fix the damages (you pay for the shipping cost back to them). But if the package is lost, you're entirely at the seller's mercy - since the package is basically yours the moment it was shipped.

 

The other thing, even if you label your package as $10000, and wrapped it with "Fragile" tape, it'll still get thrown around mercilessly tongue_smile.gif

 

They are actually flexible in this. Like the go to answer might be, oh just ship it back to us and only pay the shipping to us and we'll ship it back to you for free. Although, just get on them and show them initiative and they'll cover both ways, especially if you make the case that I just bought it new, why the hell do I have to pay again without even using the product. For repairs in the future, if needed, you'll have to pay for the shipping there.

 

I think as long as you remind them of the context, people should be fine. They sometimes forget these things, so a little friendly nudge does this trick. I'm speaking from experience with thembiggrin.gif

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WHOOOO!!!????????

 

not sure if serious

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Originally Posted by justin w. View Post


I've heard there are dealers offering free global shipping on such headphones wink.gif

Funny you should say that, I just came across a place called 'HeadAmp'. Have you heard of them before and do you know if they're okay with declaring a lower value to avoid customs charges? wink.gif

post #5152 of 18086
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

I now own (probably) the most comfortable HE-500 in the universe.

 

 

 

I just used materials I already had at home - a black leather sample and thick red plastic thread.

I think it's prettier than the fat cushion thing you can buy, and probably more comfortable, as the soft leather forms to the shape of my head.

- it's just as comfortable (if not more) as my vintage AKGs and original Beyer DT990.

 

I think my head is fairly small, so I don't think this mod will work for everyone.

The normal headband rods are fully extended, and I used about 405mm of leather to do this mod.

 

You hit the nail on the head with this one...so much simpler, more effective and probably more comfortable than what I've been trying.  It looks phenomenal!  I think I may attempt something like this soon since I have all the necessary materials (I have some thinner lambskin leather, but I will probably double up with it).  One suggestion if you decide to produce more of them, definitely consider using snaps, this is what I plan to do.  That way, you could hypothetically sell them pre-made and they would be super easy to install/uninstall.  And yes, consider trying out the Alpha Pads if leather doesn't offend your ears comfort-wise wink.gif

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Neither pair would. Be great walking around the house
You will have trouble finding a portable amp that will power the 500s
The sound is amazing on the 500 I feel much better than the 400s
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You hit the nail on the head with this one...so much simpler, more effective and probably more comfortable than what I've been trying.  It looks phenomenal!  I think I may attempt something like this soon since I have all the necessary materials (I have some thinner lambskin leather, but I will probably double up with it).  One suggestion if you decide to produce more of them, definitely consider using snaps, this is what I plan to do.  That way, you could hypothetically sell them pre-made and they would be super easy to install/uninstall.  And yes, consider trying out the Alpha Pads if leather doesn't offend your ears comfort-wise wink.gif

I don't have any lambskin, but that would have been my first choice too - sadly the stuff I'm using is too thick to double up, so one side is smooth grain, and the other is like brushed suede. It's just simple thick bonded leather.

 

I'll be going in the city to shop for parts tomorrow, so I'll start prototyping soon. Pop-fasteners (snaps) will be my first experiment - although I can't think of a reasonably good looking way of making the size adjustable with those.... (or any others for that matter!)

 

That's the 2nd direct recommendation for alpha pads I've been given, so I guess I'll have to put it high on my list. With regard to lambskin leather, I find my Sennheiser Momentums to be supremely comfortable, so I guess I don't have a choice any more redface.gif

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I don't have any lambskin, but that would have been my first choice too - sadly the stuff I'm using is too thick to double up, so one side is smooth grain, and the other is like brushed suede. It's just simple thick bonded leather.

 

I'll be going in the city to shop for parts tomorrow, so I'll start prototyping soon. Pop-fasteners (snaps) will be my first experiment - although I can't think of a reasonably good looking way of making the size adjustable with those.... (or any others for that matter!)

 

That's the 2nd direct recommendation for alpha pads I've been given, so I guess I'll have to put it high on my list. With regard to lambskin leather, I find my Sennheiser Momentums to be supremely comfortable, so I guess I don't have a choice any more redface.gif

Well here's what I think is the most functional way to approaching adjustability:

 

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not sure if serious

 

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Well here's what I think is the most functional way to approaching adjustability:

 

Good idea jerg!  You could also implement elastic into the design similar to a STAX or AKG headphone - I was either thinking an area on each side that will scrunch a bit until its on your head or just separate sections with elastic in-between.  The former would likely be more durable.  With thinner leather, you could place some thin filler like felt in-between the two layers to make it a little thicker if necessary, but I think what you used looks pretty good, reminiscent of the Mad Dog comfort strap.

 

 

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@Jerg - I don't think that will work - as I mentioned before, this mod only works for small head sizes, and EVEN SMALLER head sizes - the clearance between the actual headband and my comfort band is almost non-existent.
At most, maybe two sets of pop fasteners will reasonably fit... I'll give it a go anyway.

 

@Modulor - I'll keep my eyes out for very wide black elastic - it's not the prettiest material - maybe I'll just use good cheap white elastic and give it a thin fabric sheath.

post #5159 of 18086
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Originally Posted by GREQ View Post

@Jerg - I don't think that will work - as I mentioned before, this mod only works for small head sizes, and EVEN SMALLER head sizes - the clearance between the actual headband and my comfort band is almost non-existent.
At most, maybe two sets of pop fasteners will reasonably fit... I'll give it a go anyway.

 

@Modulor - I'll keep my eyes out for very wide black elastic - it's not the prettiest material - maybe I'll just use good cheap white elastic and give it a thin fabric sheath.

I was able to find some in 25mm and 50mm width variants at my local fabric shop so I'll experiment as well this week and hopefully be able to post some results by the weekend.

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Hi guys,

My friend finally dug up the proof of purchase for my faulty HE-500. The sky is clear now smily_headphones1.gif
Just sharing some info here, if the HE-500 is out of warranty. Repair cost is $80+20 ( The latter is for shipping from China)
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