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Sennheiser HD 600's infernal clamp. Solutions?

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So my HD 600 just arrived today. Eager to listen to them, I tried them on, and then... The pain! These things clasp my head so hard that it hurts and block my circulation (I can hear my heartbeat in my ears, not really a pleasant sensation when I'm listening at low volumes). After a hour I had to take them off because they were making me have a headache. That wasn't fun.

 

I don't have a "huge" head; just for reference I keep the headband on the fifth position from the bottom.

 

I'm a HD 595 user since years and I really like the comfort and the light clamp they provide. These feel very similar around the ears so I'm sure I'd find them comfortable too if only there were a way to lighten the clamp without the risk of breaking everything.

 

I heard that it gets better with use, but some also say that that's due to the fact that the pads flatten, and that doesn't really sound good to me.

I already tried the "fully extend the headband, bend the metal band, release, repeat" method without success, and before trying any more drastic measure I thought better to ask here first. Any ideas?

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So my HD 600 just arrived today. Eager to listen to them, I tried them on, and then... The pain! These things clasp my head so hard that it hurts and block my circulation (I can hear my heartbeat in my ears, not really a pleasant sensation when I'm listening at low volumes). After a hour I had to take them off because they were making me have a headache. That wasn't fun.




I don't have a "huge" head; just for reference I keep the headband on the fifth position from the bottom.




I'm a HD 595 user since years and I really like the comfort and the light clamp they provide. These feel very similar around the ears so I'm sure I'd find them comfortable too if only there were a way to lighten the clamp without the risk of breaking everything.






I heard that it gets better with use, but some also say that that's due to the fact that the pads flatten, and that doesn't really sound good to me.



I already tried the "fully extend the headband, bend the metal band, release, repeat" method without success, and before trying any more drastic measure I thought better to ask here first. Any ideas?

The technique described in that thread you linked to is pretty much what you want to be doing. The metal parts of the headband can be straightened out to reduce the clamp. Don't attempt to bend the central plastic part of the headband, as it can crack.

Try bending the metal parts so they actually curve backwards, and holding in place for 20s. Do this enough and you'll be able to see, as well as feel, the difference.

I've also just picked a new pair of HD600 and this technique worked for me!
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I just wore them until they stretched and the pads softened out; it didn't take but a few weeks before they were just as comfortable as my seven year old HD-555s were. Though I haven't done it myself, I have heard many people say to get a firm pillow and place the headphones around the pillow when you're not using them, so that they can stretch themselves a bit without causing intense strain on the equipment.

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