First things first: It's crazy that Sennheiser charges 1/3 the price of new headphones for replacement pads. I think everyone can agree on that. That said, I previously bought a set of cheaper, off-brand replacements, and the headband pad started falling apart within weeks, so a bargain wasn't a bargain.
Second: The headband pad is difficult, but not impossible, to install on the older model HD 280 Pros. When you first wrap it around, you'll see the 1/4-inch gap and think "this is the wrong pad," but it's not. As others have noted, the key to proper installation is patience, a little heat, reasonably strong fingers, and, in my case, a pair of jeweler's pliers for the last bit.
After my initial shock at the distance I'd have to stretch the pad, I warmed it for a few minutes over a radiator. Seriously, just gentle heat, nothing drastic. I expect a hair dryer would do the trick as well. I then carefully stretched the open pad a bit, just to get it a little looser. I never felt like anything was about to tear or come apart, but I'd advise taking the process very slowly.
Then I wrapped the pad around the band and found I now had only about 1/8" left to go. I lined up the ends, then held the center of the pad in place with my left thumb while pulling the opposite side across with my right hand--slowly. Eventually I was able to connect the double-hook "zipper" attachment in the middle. I then slowly worked my way stretching and snapping the rest of the band down one side and then the other. I had trouble with the last half inch on the second side, so I used a pair of small jeweler's pliers (no serrations) to get some extra grip without damaging the pad. Total process was probably ten minutes. The end result was a fully connected pad that was maybe 1/16" off center, but I wasn't going to try again to correct that small an error.
Once installed, the pad felt and looked like new. Here's hoping it holds up for a few years!
|商品尺寸||17.78 x 10.16 x 3.81 cm; 30 克|