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How long did you own your HD800 before you noticed a small nick in the plastic

post #1 of 19
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It's no secret that the most obvious flaw of the HD800 is it's plastic housing which is painted to look like metal.  I adore the sound, but I wish there was a varnish on the metallic paint.  I have two pairs and while I use them with utmost care, neither pair is entirely nick free.  I bet, even if you were unaware, if you own a pair for more than a year, it will eventually have some very small nick at one of the rims.

 

So how long did you own your pair before a small piece of the paint nicked away?


Edited by DavidMahler - 8/6/11 at 10:26pm
post #2 of 19

Off topic 25%:

 

My friend let me borrow a pair to edit a classical record and he told me this: "Don't worry about the paint scratching, I do it all the time"

 

I gave him back the HD800 after a week with two new scratches when I even laid them on cloth and they never contacted anything else them my head and the cloth. Maybe my nails got to it?

 

Why did Senn paint the housing rather then cast it in the solid color? My HD598 don't scratch

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Off topic 25%:

 

My friend let me borrow a pair to edit a classical record and he told me this: "Don't worry about the paint scratching, I do it all the time"

 

I gave him back the HD800 after a week with two new scratches when I even laid them on cloth and they never contacted anything else them my head and the cloth. Maybe my nails got to it?

 

Why did Senn paint the housing rather then cast it in the solid color? My HD598 don't scratch

hahaha no idea.

 

I have two pairs and I just put the first small knick into the one which didn't have any and it happened while i was holding it and my nail rubbed.  I was more amused than anything because it was barely touching.  If any of you saw my set up, I am so **** careful with all my headphones.... I lay them down on open cell foam in a climate controlled cabinet when they're not being used.  It's so funny how the paint on the HD800 is like paper :)
 

 

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hahaha no idea.

 

I have two pairs and I just put the first small knick into the one which didn't have any and it happened while i was holding it and my nail rubbed.  I was more amused than anything because it was barely touching.  If any of you saw my set up, I am so **** careful with all my headphones.... I lay them down on open cell foam in a climate controlled cabinet when they're not being used.  It's so funny how the paint on the HD800 is like paper :)
 

 


I borrow a lot of cans, A LOT to listen to and I treat them with the best care. But man, that paint would just run away at the right of something sharp.

 

It might be that Senn designed or used a harder or softer material in the plastic and couldn't put a dye into the cast. Something for the SQ.

 

Or they are just lazy. wink.gif

 

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I lay them down on open cell foam in a climate controlled cabinet when they're not being used. 

 

 

That is some seriously intense headphone care taking.  I like it.

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That is some seriously intense headphone care taking.  I like it.


:) Not enough for the HD800 haha

 

To be fair, it's impossible to keep any woody perfect forever too. But I'm more forgiving about wood.

 

post #7 of 19
I was meticulous with mine when I first got it. It even went back to Senn once to correct an issue and they returned looking new. Months later I noticed a small nick. After the initial horror I became less anal.

I used to be the same when I collected watches. Tons of them. A portion of which was a number of vintage NOS watches. Some that were 50+ years old. I took great care off them but not at the expense of not wearing them. Which I did.

Now with the HD800 it stays on my Woo stand when not in use. As long at they function perfectly I'm not as concerned anymore. rned looking new. Months later I noticed a small nick. After the initial horror I became less anal.

I used to be the same when I collected watches. Tons of them. A portion of which was a number of vintage NOS watches. Some that were 50+ years old. I took great care off them but not at the expense of not wearing them. Which I did.

Now with the HD800 it stays on my Woo stand when not in use. As long at they function perfectly I'm not as concerned anymore.
post #8 of 19
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I was meticulous with mine when I first got it. It even went back to Senn once to correct an issue and they returned looking new. Months later I noticed a small nick. After the initial horror I became less anal.

I used to be the same when I collected watches. Tons of them. A portion of which was a number of vintage NOS watches. Some that were 50+ years old. I took great care off them but not at the expense of not wearing them. Which I did.


 

I'm that same way.... it's always that first nick that gets me.  The second nick could be 4 times the size of the first one but it won't bother me as much.  Ironically I nicked mine while putting it on the Woo Stand:)
 

 

post #9 of 19

No nicks on mine - yet. I don't use them much, still waiting on the Eddie Current Super 7 to come out, the waiting is killing me!!!

post #10 of 19

I've been as careful as possible with mine, but I think it was maybe three or four months in when I noticed the first sliver of paint missing around a corner. I freaked out a little bit... $1400 and the paint just comes off like that? They still sound amazing and they feel just as comfortable as ever, so I can't really complain, but man. That was a bummer.

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I'm that same way.... it's always that first nick that gets me.  The second nick could be 4 times the size of the first one but it won't bother me as much.  Ironically I nicked mine while putting it on the Woo Stand:)
 

 


After the first nick they're called character marks. wink.gif
post #12 of 19

I learned a trick, never look at the headphones.  That way, I'll never know and not care.  biggrin.gif

post #13 of 19

Sennheiser do seem to have niggling build quality issues with a lot of their cans. The Sennheiser logo on the HD650 seems to slowly chip away not matter what you do, and theres been headband cracking on the HD5XX series.

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I learned a trick, never look at the headphones.  That way, I'll never know and not care.  biggrin.gif

 

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post #15 of 19

Wait, they are made of plastic? Holy cow, I thought Sennheiser was cheap and giving a middle finger to customers with the HD598 being plastic.

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