Originally Posted by m8o
Don't hold your breath; I think it will crack if you open it too wide. But tell us if it doesn't. For what it's worth I don't believe that plastic that cracked is structural but rather covered a core that is and connects the 3 main pieces of the headband..
If we look at the "blown-up" illustration of the Focal S1 headphones on the review Tyll wrote on his website.
(I first found out about this headphones there, many thanks to Tyll for his reviews and information)
Below are just my observation from the pictures alone and some cross comparison with my cracked piece.
Look at the left side of the picture from left to right
- Outer aluminium cover
- Middle piece (the one that cracked)
- Inner piece which secures the "rounded" thing that supports the movement of the cans
I'm no engineer and i wouldn't know if the picture is accurate unless i "reverse engineer" one of these down to its bits and pieces.
It would seem that the plastic piece in the middle is definitely part of the headphones structure, though one could argue that the overall structural integrity is maintained by the aluminium piece on the outside. Maybe the aluminium piece is too soft and allowed the plastic to bend slightly thus causing the crack to happen.
And yes, i do agree if i open it wide enough it is bound to crack again but i do appreciate the fact that the warranty Focal provides; allowing existing customers to do an exchange should there be any defects and hopefully they would improve on the new batches with stronger and less brittle material.. probably more on the elastic category.. who knows?