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Damn. For what they were asking for those things they just stuffed 'em in a cardboard box?

 

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There was also a pure silk cloth in said box, for what that's worth lol.

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There was also a pure silk cloth in said box, for what that's worth lol.

 

In the immortal words of Emily Litella

 

Oh, well... that's different.

 

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Very nice. I saw you replied in that sales thread that just popped up last week, but that one is still available it seems. Did you find another one in such a short time? That was really lucky if so!

 

I think the asking price is a little high on the one currently up in the sales forum....

 

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That said, yes, it was an incredibly fortuitous acquisition!  I picked the pair up on A'goN for little over half the asking price on the FS forum pair.  The tradeoff is that it came without silk cloth, stand or documentation - in other words, a collector may be a bit ambivalent towards purchasing them with these accessories missing.  But I'm no collector.  The plus side is that it's the most pristine pair I've seen, and it came with a small headband, meaning I don't need to drop ~$700 for a new one.  It's got a few smalls scuffs on the rubber strips protecting the carbon fiber headband, but there is no paint loss on the hinges, such as the pair currently available on the forums appear to display.  The seller was local to me, and was the original owner.  So I picked them up in person today and paid in cashier's check, obviating the need for shipping and PayPal fees.  In short, saying I'm lucky is a huge understatement.

 

I'm glad to have the opportunity to own these headphones.  Sure, they're short a few accessories, but that doesn't make them sound any worse.


Edited by sridhar3 - 7/9/12 at 8:54pm
post #19 of 128

The guy selling the one on the FS forums is basically taking offers, and then using those offers to leverage higher offers out of other interested parties

     I think he should go to ebay to do this, not here.  are they any measures to prevent this?


Edited by kiertijai - 7/6/12 at 1:14am
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Edited by sridhar3 - 7/9/12 at 8:54pm
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" I think he should go to ebay to do this, not herre.  are they any measures to prevent this?"

 

Not really any measures against that.  Some do it with equipment when they want to test the market.  For instance, I have an amp on the FS block right now that I really don't want to lose more than 30% on.  In my mind, first offer to hit that gets it.  But if someone wants to offer more and I end up losing only 10%, that's cool too.  With big ticket specialty items, there's no guarantee that it will end up being bid on - I've seen an HD800 slip through the cracks and sell for $450.

 

What Sridhar is describing is unfortunate because it seems indicative of someone who is in this hobby for the wrong reasons.   

 

By all means, the seller has every right to defend themselves.  I've had dealings with Adrian in the past and he seems like a good guy.

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The going rate is about $4800 for a mint Qualia 010 here, which is what I paid for mine (didn't come with the box, silk, or papers... just the headphones and stand and a second pair of different colored pads). I'd say $5000-5500 would be right for a complete set, blemish free, and under 20 hours or use. $5800 is pushing it though, and higher still is getting into flipper territory.

 

Obviously with something limited to only 250 examples we're talking one of the highest levels of rarity (along with the HE90, SR-Omega, HeAudio, PS-1, LCD-1, etc.). So someone is probably going to give in and pay that price, and that sets an unfortunate precedent for future Qualia sales. Price just goes up, up, up.

 

It's not quite the gamble that buying the R10 is, as there's less variation and age-related issues with the Qualia. However it's still a very fragile headphone and it's still Sony we're talking about, so no replaceable parts. Good luck finding another headband for instance...

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Edited by sridhar3 - 7/9/12 at 8:55pm
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If you can buy new headbands from Sony, that is news to me. Very, very good news of course. I do know that Qualia headbands are incredibly rare and sell for quite a bit on the used market, so I just assumed that Sony no longer offered them for sale.

 

Especially in size "S." I know some Qualia owners who couldn't find a smaller headband so modded theirs by sewing sponges into the pads for a better fit.


Edited by MuppetFace - 7/5/12 at 7:52pm
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If you can buy new headbands from Sony, that is news to me. Very, very good news of course. I do know that Qualia headbands are incredibly rare and sell for quite a bit on the used market, so I just assumed that Sony no longer offered them for sale.

 

Especially in size "S." I know some Qualia owners who couldn't find a smaller headband so modded theirs by sewing sponges into the pads for a better fit.

 

This was the post I was referring to:

 

 

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from Sony website, unfortunately no drivers...

 

Q010MDR1  
X20211771 
EAR PAD (BLUE) ASSY 
192,34 €

 

Q010MDR1  
X20222971 
PAD (RED) ASSY, EAR 
192,34 €

            
Q010MDR1  
182936011 
CORD (WITH PLUG)    
392,10 €             

 

Q010MDR1  
205055002 
BAND (S), HEAD       
615,15 €

 

Q010MDR1M2
202250202 
BAND, HEAD(M)       
615,15 €

             

Q010MDR1L3
205054902 
BAND (L), HEAD       
615,15 €

 

 

For reference, that was posted on 03/09/2011 (http://www.head-fi.org/t/544856/sony-qualia-010-mdr1-q010-drivers-only#post_7348629).  I'd have to do some more research and see if they do still sell the stuff, but I suspect any transactions would be done through Sony Japan, and not Sony USA.

 

I still remember seeing the pictures of Asr's sponge-sewing mod on the other forum.  It cracked me up.  But hey, if it works, why the hell not.  It surely doesn't cost 615,15 €.

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If you can buy new headbands from Sony, that is news to me. Very, very good news of course. I do know that Qualia headbands are incredibly rare and sell for quite a bit on the used market, so I just assumed that Sony no longer offered them for sale.

 

Especially in size "S." I know some Qualia owners who couldn't find a smaller headband so modded theirs by sewing sponges into the pads for a better fit.

 

 

I feel like that should be in the FS ads of anyone selling a size medium for full disclosure:

 

Asking price - $5200

 

Please note that these headphones are made for those with the cranial capacity large enough to appreciate them.  If you have a head-size not commensurate with a MENSA member, you may have to break out your sewing kit.  Of course, this would damage a highly sought after collectible headphone in the quest for practicality.  In that light, it may be better to get head extensions.  Not unlike hair extensions, plastic surgeons remove your skull, cut it in sections, and connect the sections with fat liposuctioned out of the back of your own right knee.  This quick surgery costs less than the price of an R10 and will mean you will genuinely be able to enjoy your 250-of-a-kind headphones the way their verifiably  sadistic creators intended them.  

 

Sony - building planned obsolescence into organic electronic components since 1984™

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plastic surgeons remove your skull, cut it in sections, and connect the sections

 

There was never a better use of cranioplasty than for accommodating Qualias.

post #28 of 128

My Qualias are a size small and I use them on the smallest setting.  Therefore, according to Sony, I have the world's smallest head.

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post #29 of 128
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I'll definitely look into replacement headbands from Sony. May take some time and digging, but I'll let you guys know if I have success.

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I'll definitely look into replacement headbands from Sony. May take some time and digging, but I'll let you guys know if I have success.

 

Muchas gracias.

 

Are earpads user-replaceable?

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