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post #3436 of 5820
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

For those worried about the pads. How many of you have actually owned the same headphone for more than 5 years? I imagine on head-fi the turnover rate must be pretty high and most people are continuously flipping headphones. I'd be curious to know on average how long people hold on to a pair of headphones. My guess is well under 5 years in which case the pads should be fine.
I'd be happy if they lasted that long. I'd be lucky if they lasted more than a year without the pads looking and feeling like crap...
post #3437 of 5820

Daddy, then in that case these phones are simply not for you. What you need is any of the other phones that have replaceable pads (like most of them). Philips are working on a new version of the X1 (old news - any updates anybody?), hopefully it'll have replaceables when and if they announce it.

post #3438 of 5820
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Originally Posted by SaLX View Post

Daddy, then in that case these phones are simply not for you. What you need is any of the other phones that have replaceable pads (like most of them). Philips are working on a new version of the X1 (old news - any updates anybody?), hopefully it'll have replaceables when and if they announce it.
This really sucks. I love these headphones. What was Philips thinking? I really don't want to return them but I might not have a choice.
post #3439 of 5820

Perhaps you could put on a makeshift protector on the pads. Look way back in this thread.. some guy who was very worried about the durability of the pads used something or other that might just solve your problem. I've completely forgotten what it was sorry. Kind of like a mini hair net??

post #3440 of 5820
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post


This really sucks. I love these headphones. What was Philips thinking? I really don't want to return them but I might not have a choice.

 

Search for Sfwalcer's posts in this thread. He came up with a nifty way to use women's stretchy socks to cover the pads. From the pics he posted, the mod looks fine/good also.

 

I'm pretty sure though that someone has been able to take off and put back the pads without issue (again in this thread somewhere). But Phillips would have to make the pads available for purchase separately for that to become really viable.

post #3441 of 5820

I'm surprised that some Chinese entrepreneur hasn't made some yet. They look easy enough to actually take off and on...

 

@WW.. yeah.. not looked at the post, but I imagine that mod looks very easy to remove when you don't need it.


Edited by SaLX - 1/15/14 at 9:45am
post #3442 of 5820

I just replaced my pads on the HD580, they actually worn about 4 years ago, and the cable broke 2 years ago, not used them since, only just got around replacing them last week.

 

Now they are like new again with new pads and new cable, for some headphones that was originally released in 1998, its pretty amazing they still make the parts.

post #3443 of 5820
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Originally Posted by DADDYDC650 View Post

So, every day in the morning and at night I clean my face and then apply a cream or oil to keep my skin moisturized. Won't the ear pads pretty much go to hell within a year or two? How am I supposed to clean them if I can't take them off or even replace them? I'll have to send them out to Philips whenever they need to be replaced. Either I'm being paranoid or Philips messed up big time. Thoughts?

 

My thoughts are is that your suppose to put the headphones over your ears not on your face.  This technique will significantly improve sound quality, even more so then replacing the cable, give it a try and let me know if it works.  The difference should be night and day


Edited by neodenjin - 1/16/14 at 7:35am
post #3444 of 5820
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Originally Posted by neodenjin View Post
 

 

My thoughts are is that your suppose to put the headphones over your ears not on your face.  This technique will significantly improve sound quality, even more so then replacing the cable, give it a try and let me know if it works.  The difference should be night and day

You must have huge dumbo ears if the ear pads don't touch any part of your face though.

post #3445 of 5820
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

For those worried about the pads. How many of you have actually owned the same headphone for more than 5 years? I imagine on head-fi the turnover rate must be pretty high and most people are continuously flipping headphones. I'd be curious to know on average how long people hold on to a pair of headphones. My guess is well under 5 years in which case the pads should be fine.

7506: 12 years.  V6: 11 years.  Both have required a pad replacement.

post #3446 of 5820
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Originally Posted by richard612 View Post

7506: 12 years.  V6: 11 years.  Both have required a pad replacement.

 




impressive. you're probably in the minority though.

Not saying it can't happen. but i just think people need to consider how long they actually think they'll keep the headpphones before worrying about the longevity of the pads. Look back at your history and see how often you actually hold on to a pair of headphones.
post #3447 of 5820
Having non-replaceable pads decreases resale value though (one would think). So that's a consideration for some.
post #3448 of 5820
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Originally Posted by waynes world View Post

Having non-replaceable pads decreases resale value though (one would think). So that's a consideration for some.

That's exactly what I was thinking. Who is going to want to buy an X1 with $hit pads? I would have to send them in for replacement and then sell them. By that point, it probably wouldn't be worth selling. Then again, I'm going to try and take care of these bad boys as best as possible. I love them too much to give them up.  Best case scenario would be that Philips releases a revision within a year or so with replaceable ear pads. Then I can sell my X1's and upgrade.

post #3449 of 5820
but you know that the X1 with replaceable pads won't sound the same and everyone will complain and the old X1 will become sought after smily_headphones1.gif
post #3450 of 5820
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Originally Posted by bassboysam View Post

but you know that the X1 with replaceable pads won't sound the same and everyone will complain and the old X1 will become sought after smily_headphones1.gif

That's also a possibility. For now, all I can do is enjoy these bad boys and hope Philips doesn't screw things up in the future.

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