Today, I got curious and wanted to see what it looked like underneath the earpad on my HE-4. Well, after I took a look, I attempted to get the earpad on with no success. In fact, I snapped the super cheap plastic ring underneath the earpad, rendering it unable to attach back on. When I heard that "snap", my heart froze and I went into a cold sweat. Luckily, I remembered I had a spare, and went to put that on. Being EXTREMELY careful, I fiddled with it for about 5 minutes before finally getting it on. I was relieved.
But now I have learned my lesson. I will NEVER remove the earpads on my HE-500, because I do not want to risk having the same thing happen. I'll also leave my HE-4 alone now, because if another breaks, I am out of luck. But now I have one of two questions for all HiFiMAN ortho owners:
1 - Is there an easy way to get these on? If so, how in the heck do you do it?
2 - Have you tried sanitary covers? I may just buy a pack of 100 of those, so I never have to change earpads on my HE-500.
Crap. You'd think HiFiMAN would incorporate a better design than this. They need tips from Ultrasone...
Edited by Katun - 5/16/11 at 5:34pm