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post #1 of 13
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I've just today received a pair of used K702's.

 

Very happy with them, I must say (bass-light, I am not finding them, surprisingly, compared to the reviews on here: maybe a bit high-happy, but not bass-shy).

 

However, they are used. They were cheap (ish), and appear to be in very, very good condition, except the "elastic" in the self-adjusting headband is obviously stretched as it's doing; well, basically, feck-all. I'm finding them slipping down my head a little and obviously want to remedy this.

 

There are apparently ways to do so - a quick Google search has pointed me to many comments that it's possible, but no specifics. Trust me, if I could find it, I wouldn't be asking!

 

Any help, comments, or points to an appropriate post would be much appreciated!

post #2 of 13
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Bump. Anyone? frown.gif
post #3 of 13

I read somewhere on here that the hair-ties a lot of girls use work well as replacements for the original part.

post #4 of 13

I have a HUGE head and mine are kind of stretched out too.  If my head ever starts shrinking my 701s are in trouble.

You'd think as big as harmon intl is, they'd make AKG replacement parts cheaper and more readily available.

post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Tsujigiri View Post

I read somewhere on here that the hair-ties a lot of girls use work well as replacements for the original part.

 

Yes, I've read this too, but with no indication as to how it's done? confused_face_2.gif

post #6 of 13

Maybe PM one of the members who mentioned that?

post #7 of 13

Why dont you ask local AKG? Maybe they can send you that part to replace or simply ask them how much it will cost if you send to them.

 

Ones, I replaced that part in K340 with hair-ties and while it was better, but still not ideal, so, original parts are always better, I think.

 

 

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Yes, I've read this too, but with no indication as to how it's done? confused_face_2.gif

post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by Blackmore View Post

Why dont you ask local AKG? Maybe they can send you that part to replace or simply ask them how much it will cost if you send to them.

 

Ones, I replaced that part in K340 with hair-ties and while it was better, but still not ideal, so, original parts are always better, I think.

 

 

 

How did you replace it, though, Blackmore? Does it involve dismantling the 'phones?

 

I may just contact AKG and ask...

 

P.S. When are you going to make an album as good as "Rising" again? wink.gif

post #9 of 13

Ha-ha, yeah, my thoughts are the same, but I guess it will never happened.

 

Here you can see how I did, but I dont think you will be getting much help with it, differ headphones.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Jamesy1969 View Post

 

How did you replace it, though, Blackmore? Does it involve dismantling the 'phones?

 

I may just contact AKG and ask...

 

P.S. When are you going to make an album as good as "Rising" again? wink.gif

post #10 of 13
Thread Starter 

OK, I think I may have finally found the answer - the AKG site has a deeply-hidden pdf with K601/K701 service info, including a diagram of the mounted "elastic hoop".

 

I'll have a go replacing it as soon as I get a chance!

 

Here, for anyone else who's looking for this :-

 

http://www.akg.com/mediendatenbank2/psfile/datei/58/k601_k701439d5815555d1.pdf

post #11 of 13

Replacing the bands isn't hard, but you have to be careful in order to not break any of the plastic parts. You also have to completely disassemble the headphone in order to get them out without cutting them. Pretty poor design choice, but whatever. The band is glued into the upper plastic part so be prepared to exert a bit of force.

 

You could probably replace them with any kind of bigger diameter rubber washer or some hairbands.

post #12 of 13
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Yeah, I've realised that these aren't the easiest of 'phones to dismantle.

 

I've been quoted £35.00 by the "official" repair bods, which seems pretty steep, but cheaper than breaking them!

post #13 of 13

There really isn't much to break. The grills are pretty hard to get off but with the right tool (scissors or a paper clip) it's not too much trouble. Even if you break the grills, they're purely aesthetic. The second breakable part is the outer cover, the plastic part that the grills fit into. They have to be pried up from the headphone assembly. They aren't fragile - but you do have to be careful.

 

I wouldn't pay that much for replacing two simple elastic bands. It really isn't that hard to fix them. There are plenty of videos about opening the headphones up and the diagram you mentioned tells you all you need to know.
 

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