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Poll Results: "Guess that Smell..." - SPOILERS BE WARNED!!! Thankfully, "Smell-O-Vision" doesn't exist, so the voting will show everyone's favorite Theory!

 
  • 14% (5)
    Theory 1: "Estate Sale Closeout"... aka Rigamortis Funkubus
  • 17% (6)
    Theory 2: "Death Bead Doorbuster"... aka killer sound
  • 37% (13)
    Theory 3: "Musical Mortician Madness"
  • 5% (2)
    Theory 4: "Z for Zennheiser - Z for Zombie"
  • 14% (5)
    Theory 5: "Clean your ears folks!"... aka leprosy, bringing it back!
  • 11% (4)
    Theory 6: "Taxidermy Treasure"
35 Total Votes  
post #271 of 337

can you trace the ownership with the serial number?

Have you tried Febreeze?

 

I am wondering why it would smell like corpse and formaldehyde, not one or the other. The latter would be used for embalming, so the headphones would've been taken off the dead body already at that time. So it shouldn't smell like both.... Maybe the original owner likes taxidermy, but was doing a bad job of it, and likes to hang headphones on them....

post #272 of 337
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Originally Posted by jjmai View Post
 

can you trace the ownership with the serial number?

Have you tried Febreeze?

 

I am wondering why it would smell like corpse and formaldehyde, not one or the other. The latter would be used for embalming, so the headphones would've been taken off the dead body already at that time. So it shouldn't smell like both.... Maybe the original owner likes taxidermy, but was doing a bad job of it, and likes to hang headphones on them....


I suddenly just got the image of a crazy taxidermist putting the headphones on one of his "family members" which consists of the people he's murdered.

(A derivative of one of the episodes in the Masters of Horror series)

post #273 of 337
I own a new pair of HD 800. I think they smell like paint everytime I open the box
post #274 of 337
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Originally Posted by rommy View Post

I own a new pair of HD 800. I think they smell like paint everytime I open the box


It's not just the HD800, My HD650 box has a certain smell from the foam they used in the box. not unpleasant but very distinct and chemical-y

post #275 of 337
oh okay maybe it is the box I never thought of that
post #276 of 337

Maybe you left your smelly gym socks in there..................

post #277 of 337
I never liked the smell but i can live with it. they just smell new and really they smell like paint. people say that they chip easily, so maybe they are painted and not cured very well
post #278 of 337
Could you maybe send them to Sennheiser and see what they can do about it? FASCINATING read btw.
post #279 of 337
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by jjmai View Post

can you trace the ownership with the serial number?
Have you tried Febreeze?

I am wondering why it would smell like corpse and formaldehyde, not one or the other. The latter would be used for embalming, so the headphones would've been taken off the dead body already at that time. So it shouldn't smell like both.... Maybe the original owner likes taxidermy, but was doing a bad job of it, and likes to hang headphones on them....

Febreeze? Nope, this was too potent for that. In case you missed this update: http://www.head-fi.org/t/685261/hd800-story-telling-time-warning-prepare-thyself-not-for-the-faint-of-heart-feedback-appreciated-part1-so-far/240#post_9904184

As for the chemical smell... I should have been more clear. The pads smelled like death. The box had a slight Ammonia/Formaldehyde-like nuance underlying the horrific scent. biggrin.gif

Taxidermy... another Theory. I approve!
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I never liked the smell but i can live with it. they just smell new and really they smell like paint. people say that they chip easily, so maybe they are painted and not cured very well
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Originally Posted by rommy View Post

I own a new pair of HD 800. I think they smell like paint everytime I open the box
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Originally Posted by kookoo View Post


It's not just the HD800, My HD650 box has a certain smell from the foam they used in the box. not unpleasant but very distinct and chemical-y
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Originally Posted by rommy View Post

oh okay maybe it is the box I never thought of that

To make it simple... It definitely not paint. (I used to work with paint for hobbies and professionally.) So hopefully you don't have an all together different issue. If the smell hasn't aired out after a couple of days, it's not paint. Even oil paint, once dried and cured has no real smell.

The chemical smell could be from the foam due to off gases. If you have a foam mattress or a love sac, the smell isn't strong, but it is distinct. The chemical off gases would air out over time as well. Just leave the box open and it should disappear. My smell is not of gases (unfortunately?). My box is definitely giving off some sort of smell, but it's frightening how even after a 4 day airing that the smell is still enough to make me gag! It's about 25% of what it originally was though... so that's good! Right? cool.gif
post #280 of 337
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Originally Posted by AHorseNamedJeff View Post

Could you maybe send them to Sennheiser and see what they can do about it? FASCINATING read btw.

Actually, I called Sennheiser today to order new pads and put this whole thing past me! (Oh woes me tongue.gif)

The earpads are backordered until Nov. 11th. Not an issue, but who all is buying that many to put Sennheiser into backorder?! So after submitting my order, I decided just for the heck of it, to talk to Customer Service, to bring this whole episode to their attention. (I would feel responsible if all of a sudden they get this mass hysteria of frantic HD800 owners reporting a smell and the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse!)

Getting transfered, I think I dumbfounded the incredibly nice lady that helped me! Luckily she noticed the uniqueness of my store and passed it along. Not too much longer, I was contacted by Justin, another nice Sennheiser employee, as a follow up.

Ultimately, they were amused by the story and slightly surprised by the huge number of hits and the response from the community. So much so, that Justin decided to help me out and he's going to swap my box for me! So even though this experience has been incredibly awkward, heart-felt, and completely ridiculous... I have to tip my hat to Sennheiser for being so flexible. Seeing that I bought this used, they have absolutely no responsibility. Everyone has been in such great spirits, including the community... I can't wait to hear back from Justin after he gets his chance to play "Guess that smell..." evil_smiley.gif
post #281 of 337
Lol
post #282 of 337
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Originally Posted by mrscotchguy View Post


Actually, I called Sennheiser today to order new pads and put this whole thing past me! (Oh woes me tongue.gif)

The earpads are backordered until Nov. 11th. Not an issue, but who all is buying that many to put Sennheiser into backorder?! So after submitting my order, I decided just for the heck of it, to talk to Customer Service, to bring this whole episode to their attention. (I would feel responsible if all of a sudden they get this mass hysteria of frantic HD800 owners reporting a smell and the beginning of the Zombie Apocalypse!)

Getting transfered, I think I dumbfounded the incredibly nice lady that helped me! Luckily she noticed the uniqueness of my store and passed it along. Not too much longer, I was contacted by Justin, another nice Sennheiser employee, as a follow up.

Ultimately, they were amused by the story and slightly surprised by the huge number of hits and the response from the community. So much so, that Justin decided to help me out and he's going to swap my box for me! So even though this experience has been incredibly awkward, heart-felt, and completely ridiculous... I have to tip my hat to Sennheiser for being so flexible. Seeing that I bought this used, they have absolutely no responsibility. Everyone has been in such great spirits, including the community... I can't wait to hear back from Justin after he gets his chance to play "Guess that smell..." evil_smiley.gif


You need to forward him a link and get him to post up on here:)

post #283 of 337
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Hutnicks View Post


You need to forward him a link and get him to post up on here:)

Justin read through it, including the comments! Originally, I shared the link with the customer service agent. Initially they must have been concerned about a PR nightmare... In the end, everyone's had a good laugh. Ultimately I got incredible customer service experiences at both Sennheiser and Guitar Center. The only thing that's left is to get enough listening in to notice any difference when I get my earpads in next month!
post #284 of 337

Lol i can't believe this is getting about 1,150 views each day! It is a great story though!

post #285 of 337
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Originally Posted by brunk View Post

Lol i can't believe this is getting about 1,150 views each day! It is a great story though!

You're telling me! Updating with pictures, cuz who doesn't like pictures, right?
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