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Broken Ultimate Ears TF10s - Need advice.

post #1 of 18
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So my TF10's broke. :/

 

To be exact ... the plastic tip where the silicon goes (left side) broke off. I dont know how it snapped off :/. Most likely crushed it on accident while it was in my back pack. Also the "sound channel?", not sure of what its called, is damaged I think. I'm comparing it to the right side (which is in good condition) and it seems like the left side is indented a little deeper compared to the right side. So the sound is a bit muffled. 

 

I'm not sure what my options are at this point.


- Should I buy a "left side"? (do they even sell those)

 

- Should I remold? If so how much is a fair price after everything is said and done. I checked a few reshelling sites and on avg it seems like 90 dollars is the asking price. I'm not so sure this is a good idea since the left side seems to be damaged. 

 

- Sell them? (how much would a broken TF10 fetch?)

 

- Any other options?

 

Really lost at this point. I'm using really crappy earbuds atm and this sucks. :/ What would you guys do?

post #2 of 18

http://www.head-fi.org/forum/thread/530012/wtb-just-one-triple-fi-10-ear-piece

 

This could potentially be an option?  Or you could just double back on his offer and offer to buy the left earpiece if he's no longer looking for a right one and still has the left one? :P

 

If you suspect the left one is actually damaged though, reshelling probably wouldn't help.  They can't fix broken/damaged drivers.  Do you still have the plastic piece that fell off?  Do you think you can superglue it back on?

post #3 of 18
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lmao... tried the super glue trick. the plastic piece is on but the sound is muffled. I'm pretty sure the left side is damaged :/ Thanks for the suggestion though.

post #4 of 18
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Originally Posted by teatime0315 View Post

lmao... tried the super glue trick. the plastic piece is on but the sound is muffled. I'm pretty sure the left side is damaged :/ Thanks for the suggestion though.



Hm, are you sure it's the actual driver that's damaged or if it's just a crimped sound tube?  If there's no physical damage to the drivers themselves it should be fixable...maybe it would be worth it getting a reshell if you can afford it.  Definitely cheaper than buying a new pair of them.

post #5 of 18
Thread Starter 

sbq82g.jpg

 

 

I'm not sure if what i'm referring to is the sound tube. Basically the top redish/brown hole is pushed in like a mm deep. 

post #6 of 18
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Originally Posted by teatime0315 View Post

sbq82g.jpg

 

 

I'm not sure if what i'm referring to is the sound tube. Basically the top redish/brown hole is pushed in like a mm deep. 



Hmm, yeah, that's one of the sound bores...which leads to one of the tubes, which leads to one (or two, not sure which is which) of the drivers.  You said it sounds muddy and awful?  That one's probably the treble tube then...but I'm guessing the actual drivers themselves aren't broken?

post #7 of 18
Thread Starter 

Yep sounds muddy and not as "bright" as the right side. Thanks for your help DaBomb :) 

I was browsing the Vsonic GR07 Thread looking for a new replacement, I saw some of your posts in there haha. Did you ever end up buying them? 


Edited by teatime0315 - 6/14/11 at 12:51am
post #8 of 18
Thread Starter 

Bump. 

 

What do you guys recommend for about $150? 

post #9 of 18

If you can shell out $35 extra, there's TF10s going on Amazon for $185 here. If you love the sound, then there isn't really an alternative. 

post #10 of 18
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Bump. 

 

What do you guys recommend for about $150? 


For $150, you can just buy a brand new pair of TF10 from Amazon. That's how much I got mine for, you just have to wait and keep checking prices every day.
post #11 of 18
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If you can shell out $35 extra, there's TF10s going on Amazon for $185 here. If you love the sound, then there isn't really an alternative. 



Yeah I do love the sound it produces, but I think i want to try something different. I've had them since that amazon sale when they were going for 99 bucks. I really wanted to try the IE8 from sennheiser but I came across the GR07 thread and now I'm really interested in trying some "less-than-popular" brands that provide really good bang for buck. If that made any sense. 

post #12 of 18
Just out of curiosity, have you at all tried contacting UE customer service to see how they can help?
post #13 of 18

You should contact UE.  They may have a "repair service" where you send your old pair in and they send you a refurbished set for a reduced price.  

 

Audio-Technica is doing just that for my CK10's after my dog chewed on an earbud.

post #14 of 18
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Originally Posted by mephiska View Post

You should contact UE.  They may have a "repair service" where you send your old pair in and they send you a refurbished set for a reduced price.  

 

Audio-Technica is doing just that for my CK10's after my dog chewed on an earbud.



I think I'll give it a try first, see what they quote me. I dont think i'm under warranty anymore. Thanks for the suggestion. I'll shoot them an email after finals -.-

post #15 of 18

BTW if you're looking for replacements around that price which are different...

The DBA-02, GR07 and the Radius ones (either depending on price) seem to be good value.

 

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