It's summer now, and I am still enjoying my headphones. So far the earpads are still in great condition. No wears at all. Since it is very hot (day and night), would it affect the life of the earpads due to warm temperature changes? I hear the earpads don't last very long and I don't know why.
Unopened (Mint) Sony MDR-CD3000: Should I open it? - Page 2
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Glad to hear you're still enjoying your headphones.
I cannot tell you if temperature changes affect the earpads' life time, but since their material is not very resistant, you have to be very careful with them. For example, try not to put them on if you're not well shaved, because a one or two days beard will gradually damage them.
When you'll see tiny black spots on your cheeks or on your white shirt, that will mean that the ear pads are be beginning to slightly disintegrate. I still have original Sony ear pads on one of my CD3000 pairs, and they begin doing so, as they did on my old CD1000.
If you want to keep your CD3000 in very good condition, always put them back in their box when you don't use them, avoid direct sunlight on them, try not to touch the headband, don't ever place them on a varnished piece of furniture to avoid chemical reaction, ...
I've tried to find someone who could make new earpads with comfortable real leather (just like those of the MDR R10), but I haven't found anyone yet. Don't know if I'll ever find someone for that.
Anyway, you can buy some good replacement ear pads from ebay, like these ones for example :
Have a good time with your headphones !