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Comfort mod: HD650 headband padding on the Pro 900

post #1 of 71
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My only problem with the Ultrasone Pro 900 is that like every other Ultrasone can I've tried, they tend to hurt the top of my skull after about an hour or two because the measly little pad on the headband manages to somehow rest the entire weight of the headphones right on the dome of the skull. I had a set of HFI-680 some 3 years ago, so I knew what I was getting into when I ordered the Pro 900 - but this time I had a plan...

 

What you'll need:

 

1 pair of Ultrasone full-size headphones - You probably already have those, since you're reading this.

Velcro (2x10cm, both the soft and the rough side) - Visit your local crafts store. Make sure you get the stuff with adhesive backing.

1 Sennheiser spare part #088597 - Google is your friend. I live in Denmark and got it from Germany, just search for that specific Sennheiser part number and find a seller close to you.

 


First, peel of the standard pad. It's glued in place, but with a dull knife you'll be able to loosen one of the corners of the pad, then it just peels right off. That should leave your Ultrasone headband with a small recess like this:

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Fill that with the soft part of the velcro:

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Then you add the rough piece of velcro to the back side of the Sennheiser headband pad:

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And then it's just a matter of placing the padding on the headband:

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A total effort of about 15 minutes of work, after I figured out the best way of doing it. The mod is VERY easily reversed or you could experiment with different kinds of padding - now you just have to add velcro to whatever padding your want to try and slap it on your Ultrasones. The Sennheiser pad is A LOT more comfortable than the stock pad!

 

Edit: JayKay reported that for you guys in the US, the easiest and cheapest way to get the HD650 pad is to call Sennheiser and order that specific part number (088597). The lucky bastard even got it much cheaper than what I paid in Germany!


Edited by Sorensiim - 11/28/11 at 11:16pm
post #2 of 71

Wow awesome job.  Thanks for sharing.  Looks like an incredibly easy way to improve the comfort of the Ultrasone line.

post #3 of 71

Im planning to do this mod on mine. Its time to DIY!

 

Cheers mate. Nice job. 

post #4 of 71

Very clean mod, nice man !

 

 

post #5 of 71

Looks very slick.

Think I'll give it a go if I get my hands on a HD650 headband. How much did the headband cost around?

post #6 of 71
Thread Starter 

Thanks for the feedback guys! smily_headphones1.gif

 

The Sennheiser pad cost me €11 + shipping, your best bet would be simply to do a Google search for "Sennheiser 088597" or call your local Sennheiser dealer, they should be able to get it for you.

post #7 of 71

I think i'll do this with my DJ1's. :D

post #8 of 71

Excellent thank you for this, my 900's are very new but i think i'll have to do this.

 

I get along great with the velvet earpads, now they've softened up a bit, but i can slightly feel that headband and see why some find it irritating.

 

Luckily i have a double crown so me head is nice and flat, meaning i can get away without this for now.

post #9 of 71

Sorensiim,

 

Top job.  Simple, well explained, great photos, and well executed professional result.

 

I don't have an issue with the comfort of the Pro900, however plenty of people do, so great contribution.

post #10 of 71
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Quote:
Originally Posted by EpicPie View Post

I think i'll do this with my DJ1's. :D


Go! Be sure to post your results!

 



Quote:
Originally Posted by Huxley View Post

Excellent thank you for this, my 900's are very new but i think i'll have to do this.

 

I get along great with the velvet earpads, now they've softened up a bit, but i can slightly feel that headband and see why some find it irritating.

 

Luckily i have a double crown so me head is nice and flat, meaning i can get away without this for now.


The headband started to really hurt my noggin after an hour or two but after the mod I just love how the Pro 900 feels. It doesn't dissappear on your head like the AD700 or W1000 does but it doesnt crush your skull either. A secure, but comfortable grip. 

 



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Originally Posted by Kernmac View Post

Sorensiim,

 

Top job.  Simple, well explained, great photos, and well executed professional result.

 

I don't have an issue with the comfort of the Pro900, however plenty of people do, so great contribution.

Thank you very much :)
 

 

post #11 of 71

Anyone know a similar foam headband that can be bought in the US? Or a suggested foam product I can do similar with? Because I'm about to Saran wrap marshmallows around my uncomfortable JVC DX1000 headbands soon.  ^^;

post #12 of 71
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Infoseeker View Post

Anyone know a similar foam headband that can be bought in the US? Or a suggested foam product I can do similar with? Because I'm about to Saran wrap marshmallows around my uncomfortable JVC DX1000 headbands soon.  ^^;


You can get the Sennheiser pad in the US as well - Just ask for that specific part number at a Sennheiser retailer close to you.

post #13 of 71

Do you refer to a Sennheiser specific store, or a place like 'Guitar Center', that sells the HD650...?


Edited by Infoseeker - 11/13/11 at 2:57pm
post #14 of 71
Thread Starter 
Quote:
Originally Posted by Infoseeker View Post

Do you refer to a Sennheiser specific store, or a place like 'Guitar Center', that sells the HD650...?



Any authorized Sennheiser retailer should be able to get you that spare part, but Google will probably be able to find you an online retailer that has the part in stock :)

post #15 of 71

I recently did the exact same mod on my SRH440s using HD600 padding. You can buy parts directly from Sennheiser's website in the US:

 

http://www.sennheiserusa.com/serviceandsupport_part-finder

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