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IMPROVING THE COMFORT OF THE DT1350 WITH TWO NEW EARPADS FROM BEYERDYNAMIC

post #1 of 44
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I am writing this post for people that like me love the fantastic beyerdynamic DT1350 but find them incredibly uncomfortable and painful just after half an hour of wearing.

 

The problem:

I already knew that by slightly bending the headband (making it larger) I could get a lot of pressure off my ears and that was great, but the problem was that with this method I was also loosing the sealing. The consequence was a much better comfort but also a large and unacceptable decrease of sonic performances especially the wonderful tight bass that these little cans can deliver.

 

 

Possible solution:

I contacted directly beyerdynamic to ask for a solution to this problem. I told them that was a shame that such a wonderful device was so unbearable in terms of comfort.

Withing 24 hours I got a reply to my problem directly from Peter Grooff (Product & Marketing Manager Headphones, Headsets & Microphones), that was very kind of him and this further confirmed what I already knew, beyerdynamic has a very good service ( I am talking about beyerdynamic in Germany).

Peter suggested me to bend the headband to decrease the pressure (I already knew this) and for the problem related to the sealing he suggested me to change the pads and use the larger ones (67mm instead of 63mm) which I never heard of before, in fact it took me a while to find them. Apparently the only place I could find them was beyerdynamic.de with everything written in German, I contacted the spare part service to order them, so when I get them I'll let you know my impressions about the comfort.

 

I also found another type, apparently recently produced and made of velour (still 63mm), so I ordered those ones as well.

 

See below pictures and links, I hope I can get them soon :) :

 

1. EDT 1350 SL earpads
(http://www.beyerdynamic.de/shop/catalog/product/view/id/3054/s/edt-1350-sl/category/3/)

 

 

 

 


2. EDT 1350 N velour earpads
(http://www.beyerdynamic.de/shop/catalog/product/view/id/3055/s/edt-1350-nl/category/3/)

 


Edited by impermanente - 9/25/12 at 2:38pm
post #2 of 44

I'm in the same boat as you when it comes to the comfort of these phones.

 

I did some research on line and found someone who placed hd25 velour pads over ther original pads. He said it fixed his comfort issues, which I can believe. He also said it improved the sonic performance.

 

I decided to to bite the bullet and give it a go. I'll have the hd25 pads in on Monday and will post my thoughts.

 

-Chris

post #3 of 44
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Well I think like us there are many others in pain/love conditions :). I already tried the HD25's pads, I had a pair of these headphones actually when I tried the pads and I really didn't like them, the wonderful bass was gone and also the clarity, so I didn't think it was a good compromise comfort/SQ.

The new larger beyer pads are on their way (hopefully) directly from Germany, also the velour ones, I'll keep posting for my impressions on sound and comfort. Stay tuned ;)


Edited by impermanente - 9/25/12 at 2:35pm
post #4 of 44

I just got the HD25 pads in today and I'm already trying to RMA them. They killed the intimacy, precision and bass of the phones. :(

 

I can't wait to hear how the replacement beyer pads works out.

 

-Chris

post #5 of 44

I feel your pain (literally). I'm eager to hear about those replacement pads. Also how easy or hard is it to change the pads? Will it require disassembly of the cups?

post #6 of 44
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Originally Posted by NoCookiesForYou View Post

I feel your pain (literally). I'm eager to hear about those replacement pads. Also how easy or hard is it to change the pads? Will it require disassembly of the cups?

Yeah it hurts like hell isn't it? To replace the pads is a joke, it is enough pull them gently and firmly, they are attached with a bi-adhesive tape.

 

Nothing yet from Germany keep staying tuned...

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Originally Posted by impermanente View Post

Yeah it hurts like hell isn't it? To replace the pads is a joke, it is enough pull them gently and firmly, they are attached with a bi-adhesive tape.

 

Nothing yet from Germany keep staying tuned...

 

 

Can you put them back on after removal?  I would guess that the adhesive tape will loose some of its stickiness after taking the pads off even one time.

post #8 of 44

Interested to hear any thoughts on how things have worked out with the new pads if possible? Do the velour ones isolate just as well?

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Yeah it hurts like hell isn't it? To replace the pads is a joke, it is enough pull them gently and firmly, they are attached with a bi-adhesive tape.

 

Nothing yet from Germany keep staying tuned...

 

 

Can you put them back on after removal?  I would guess that the adhesive tape will loose some of its stickiness after taking the pads off even one time.

I did this operation many times and the pads stick the same way as the first time, I don't know what type of adhesive beyer uses but it is really effective.

post #10 of 44
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So eventually the pads arrived! I just didn't have time to write something about it, I have been very busy.

 

So good news, the larger leatherette pads cover my ears much better, in this way I can bend the headband (enlarge it) and get more comfort, it is effective, the sound (especially bass response) is exactly like the standard pads but the larger pads allow less pressure on your hear, I don't get the headache I was getting before caused by the very high pressure on my skull. I have to say that Peter Grooff at Beyer gave me a very good advice!

 

Even better news, at least for me. It was completely unexpected, I have to say that I bought the faux suede pads just for fun, the shipping costs from Ge were higher than the price of the pads, so I thought I'll sell them again on headfi if I don't like them at all.

 

No I won't sell these pads! A year ago I found my almost ideal portable headphones, the Beyer DT1350, I had two major complains about these otherwise perfect headphones (well at least for me) 1) COMFORT, 2) a light roll off in the high register. Well believe me or not these pads fixed both the problems in one shot, they are incredibly comfortable (relatively to the other pads) and they increase the highs just enough to get that little sparkling that was lacking with the standard pads, everything retaining exactly the same wonderful sonical features of these little headphones. I have to say that they even give less "boxing" sound in the case of piano solo recordings and also the "sonical air" around the instrument is largely improved.

Simply perfect!

 

Regarding the comfort I streched the headband beyond the breaking point probably :), but still the bass is full and fat and the impact is exactly as before, plus this suede is in my opinion a perfect material for headphones pads, one doesn't sweat at all using it and it is soft and "cool" at the same time. Definitely the isolation is slightly decreased, but still good and it is a price that I am more than happy to pay comparing to the enormous advantages. So now I can wear these little beauties for hours with no problem and no headache! Thanks Beyer great upgrade! Bravo!

 

To Tyll Hertsens if you are reading, I really would appreciate your opinion/measurements of the DT1350 with these new pads, I know you like these headphones a lot.

 

P.S. I am now selling the large leatherette pads and the old standard ones. Although the large ones really serve the purpose, I am so happy with the suede type that I don't need the leatherette anymore. Anyone interested in Europe?

post #11 of 44

When you say "suede" do you mean velour: EDT 1350 N? If so, I am definitely buying them! 

post #12 of 44
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When you say "suede" do you mean velour: EDT 1350 N? If so, I am definitely buying them! 

No I mean exactly suede, and sorry but I am not selling these ones but the larger and standard leatherette ones. (see first post in the thread)

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Edited by impermanente - 10/25/12 at 5:01pm
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So really what I am asking is, what is the model number of the pads you are keeping? I want to order the right ones.

post #15 of 44
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"So really what I am asking is, what is the model number of the pads you are keeping? I want to order the right ones."

 

EDT 1350 N is the model, Article Number: 908363, this code is for the suede pads I am keeping, please see pictures and links in the first post of the thread.

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