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Originally Posted by SonicGoat View Post
 

Thanks that's what I figured. Strangely, it always produces sound out of only the right cup, regardless of which ear the cable is plugged into. 


Sounds like some solder that attaches to the jack for the left channel is missing and the connection isn't made.

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Do you think there could be something wrong with the headphones? They sound good with the other cable but these are the only HP50s I've heard. I may sell them (once I get a new cable). I wouldn't want to move a possibly defective pair of headphones. 

post #1353 of 1505
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Originally Posted by SonicGoat View Post
 

Do you think there could be something wrong with the headphones? They sound good with the other cable but these are the only HP50s I've heard. I may sell them (once I get a new cable). I wouldn't want to move a possibly defective pair of headphones. 


Headphones are fine, it will just be the 1/8" connector. If they work fine with other cables it is almost certainly the cable that is bad. If you want to get really inexpensive cables that are longer and fit perfectly, and sound as good as the supplied cables Monoprice sells flat 3.5mm cables. Search this thread for Monoprice cables and you will find the link. I did it so that I could sit on my couch with the NADs rather than right in front of my amp. Ironically I sold my NADs before the cables arrived from Monoprice, but I shipped them to the buyer who confirmed (as others here have done) that the cables fit and sound great. I bought 2 10 foot cables and with shipping it was under $20 if I remember correctly.

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How do you disassemble the cups? I'd like to grease the creaky hinges.

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How do you disassemble the cups? I'd like to grease the creaky hinges.

First pull off the pads, unscrew the first set of screws, gently remove. There week be a second set of screws under that (possibly under a plate that is double sided taped in place). Once that is undone you should have access (though awkward) to the point the metal comes through the back of the cup.

I have tried greasing the rotating joint though that didn't change much. My suggestion and the thing that fixed everything for me was a couple of small balls of bluetac where there is a compressed foam sheet on the back of the hinge joint where the metal is screwed to the plastic. My pair is now completely silent after just about driving me to send them back.
post #1356 of 1505
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First pull off the pads, unscrew the first set of screws, gently remove. There week be a second set of screws under that (possibly under a plate that is double sided taped in place). Once that is undone you should have access (though awkward) to the point the metal comes through the back of the cup.

I have tried greasing the rotating joint though that didn't change much. My suggestion and the thing that fixed everything for me was a couple of small balls of bluetac where there is a compressed foam sheet on the back of the hinge joint where the metal is screwed to the plastic. My pair is now completely silent after just about driving me to send them back.

 

Thanks. I saw your earlier post with the photo. How are the pads attached? Did you have to use fresh double-sided tape to replace the "plate that is double-sided taped in place"?

post #1357 of 1505
Pads are stretched over a rim, pretty standard. I didn't end up having to refresh it, it is clamped on anyway by the top level of screws...
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I ended up returning my HP50s unfortunately, loved the sound but could not get comfortable with them. The headband shape gave me a nice sore spot on my head and the lack of headband size meant the bottoms of the earcups pressed into the bottoms of my ears causing more discomfort. Hopefully Paul Bartons next headphone will be more suitable for my noggin.
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Just got my HP50 few days back. This is my first pair of headphone. I like the sound signature of HP50 compared to M50x (treble is just too sharp for my liking) and SRH840 (lack of bass presence).

 

However, I find the clamping force is a bit too strong. Weirdly, I don't feel any pain caused by the headband as described by others. Should I try to break the clamping force by placing books in between? I'm afraid that I'll overdo it and cause the headphone to be loose and weaken the 'seal'.

 

Any advice on this?

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That's odd. I have the ATH-M50 and found the HP50 had much less clamping force. Someone else (in this thread or another, I can't remember) offered detailed advice on bending the headband; I remember it was mentioned that stretching with books or similar objects didn't work.

 

I ended up returning the HP50 because the right cup pinched my ear a bit. Evidently my right ear is bigger than my left. Actually, I could have lived with it but I really wanted a pair of HD600 instead. Also, I didn't hear that big a difference between the ATH-M50 and HP50. The HP50 had better resolution in some areas, and the soundstage was more compressed in the ATH-M50. In all, the HP50 sounded better than the ATH-M50, but I want to see if the HD600 sounds way, way better than both.


Edited by Captain Howdy - 8/21/14 at 12:10am
post #1361 of 1505
Please tell us how they sound in comparison. You may need an amp though for the hd600
post #1362 of 1505
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Originally Posted by catchup View Post
 


Yes, I think I've found a way to adjust it.

 

The middle part of the headband is quite bendy, thus stretching it wouldn't do you any good.

 

At about 2 inches from each end of the headband, you could feel the end of a tube connected to the band. That's where you should bend it. Just do a little bending, the headband will be a lot loosened. So the middle part won't become too flat when you stretch it, leaving the top of your head untouched..

 

But this will weaken the isolation of the headphone, easing the pressure on your ears.

 

After the adjustment, HP50 is almost perfect for me.

 

Do you mean this? I just tried, but maybe I didn't do it 'enough', don't wanna risk breaking it. I guess I'll have to find some alternate ways to ease the pain such as transferring more pressure to the head. Will try different positioning of headband to achieve it.
 
Else there's nothing much I can do other than getting used to the pain since it's not refundable nor exchangeable. Good thing is I do like the sound of this headphone.
post #1363 of 1505
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Please tell us how they sound in comparison. You may need an amp though for the hd600

 

Will do, though I think I have been blessed with tin ears compared to other audiophiles. I'm going to wait a bit on the amp since I couldn't afford the Sennheisers themselves. I'll see how they sound through my old Onkyo receiver.

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Originally Posted by TenNix View Post
Do you mean this? I just tried, but maybe I didn't do it 'enough', don't wanna risk breaking it. I guess I'll have to find some alternate ways to ease the pain such as transferring more pressure to the head. Will try different positioning of headband to achieve it.
 
Else there's nothing much I can do other than getting used to the pain since it's not refundable nor exchangeable. Good thing is I do like the sound of this headphone.

 

Yes, I think that's it.

 

We listen to music for enjoyment; If the cans are making the experience painful, sell them. Life's too short. There's a 'For Sale/Trade' forum here at Head-Fi. Or you could sell them on Amazon.

post #1365 of 1505
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Originally Posted by TenNix View Post
 

Just got my HP50 few days back. This is my first pair of headphone. I like the sound signature of HP50 compared to M50x (treble is just too sharp for my liking) and SRH840 (lack of bass presence).

 

However, I find the clamping force is a bit too strong. Weirdly, I don't feel any pain caused by the headband as described by others. Should I try to break the clamping force by placing books in between? I'm afraid that I'll overdo it and cause the headphone to be loose and weaken the 'seal'.

 

Any advice on this?


Just stretch the headphones over some books that are the same width as your head. Do it over a few days and it should reduce the clamp without making it too loose. I found the headband to pretty strong so even when i stretched a fair bit wider than my head it still came back with a good clamping force. You should be happy you get no headband pain, it gave me a real headache after a while.

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