Headphone ear pads replacement solution

Discussion in 'rec.audio.pro' started by Rich, Aug 5, 2003.

  1. Rich

    Rich Guest

    Trying to find and purshcase new replacement earpads for my favorite
    wireless headphones proved impossible. The largest pair of covers
    from Radio Shack were too small for the large ear pads on my
    headphones. After watching me surf the web and newsgroups for hours,
    my wife had the solution: No nonsense Foot Tubes! My wife suggested
    that I cover the existing flaking pleather (pleather = plastic
    leather) earpads with a cheap pair of Foot Tubes (similar to pantyhose
    but a little thicker). The idea being to keep the flaking pleather
    under the covers since the foam within the cushions were still in good
    shape.

    These Foot Tubes are about 3" long and have an elastic band at both
    ends. They are the perfect diameter to stretch over the ear pads
    which securely hold them in place. I cut 1" off one end. Stretched
    the elastic band over the existing earpad cushion and "wedged" the
    other "cut" end underneath the earpad cushion and the base of the ear
    piece. This solved the flaking pleather from depositing black specs
    all over my ears and face while using the headphones. This
    installation method does not cover the speaker or impede the sound
    path to the ear, it just covers the cushion only. The heaphones look
    and work great! Actually, they are much more comfortable with the
    extra cushioning that the the Foot Tube covers provide.

    I wanted to share with the group that a simple solution has been had!
    I discounter like Walmart sells the Foot Tubes for $1.98 for two
    pairs. The first pair is the experimental trial pair, after that,
    you'll get it right.

    I hope this helps somneone who may be as equally frustrated as I was.
    Rich & Wendy...
  2. Shadow

    Shadow Guest

    Just what I need. Thanks for sharing :)

    S.

    "Rich" <RNink@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    news:ad67b101.0308041717.529509a4@posting.google.com...
    > Trying to find and purshcase new replacement earpads for my favorite
    > wireless headphones proved impossible. The largest pair of covers
    > from Radio Shack were too small for the large ear pads on my
    > headphones. After watching me surf the web and newsgroups for hours,
    > my wife had the solution: No nonsense Foot Tubes! My wife suggested
    > that I cover the existing flaking pleather (pleather = plastic
    > leather) earpads with a cheap pair of Foot Tubes (similar to pantyhose
    > but a little thicker). The idea being to keep the flaking pleather
    > under the covers since the foam within the cushions were still in good
    > shape.
    >
    > These Foot Tubes are about 3" long and have an elastic band at both
    > ends. They are the perfect diameter to stretch over the ear pads
    > which securely hold them in place. I cut 1" off one end. Stretched
    > the elastic band over the existing earpad cushion and "wedged" the
    > other "cut" end underneath the earpad cushion and the base of the ear
    > piece. This solved the flaking pleather from depositing black specs
    > all over my ears and face while using the headphones. This
    > installation method does not cover the speaker or impede the sound
    > path to the ear, it just covers the cushion only. The heaphones look
    > and work great! Actually, they are much more comfortable with the
    > extra cushioning that the the Foot Tube covers provide.
    >
    > I wanted to share with the group that a simple solution has been had!
    > I discounter like Walmart sells the Foot Tubes for $1.98 for two
    > pairs. The first pair is the experimental trial pair, after that,
    > you'll get it right.
    >
    > I hope this helps somneone who may be as equally frustrated as I was.
    > Rich & Wendy...
  3. Cerion

    Cerion Guest

    Your idea is good, though I just thought I'd mention that with most purely
    foam ( as opposed to covered foam) the density and acoustic properties can
    actually have pretty major effect on the frequency response. It's an
    acoustic impedance issue where the foam ear cushions on many headphone
    designs have to be a specific type of foam with a specific shape. If it
    still sounds okay to your ears, subjectively, then that's fine, but if you
    want optimal response, sticking with original replacements or something as
    close as you can get is the way to go.

    Skler




    Shadow <shadynook@nowhere.con> wrote in message
    news:_oB1b.3871$lw4.385@newsread3.news.pas.earthlink.net...
    > Just what I need. Thanks for sharing :)
    >
    > S.
    >
    > "Rich" <RNink@hotmail.com> wrote in message
    > news:ad67b101.0308041717.529509a4@posting.google.com...
    > > Trying to find and purshcase new replacement earpads for my favorite
    > > wireless headphones proved impossible. The largest pair of covers
    > > from Radio Shack were too small for the large ear pads on my
    > > headphones. After watching me surf the web and newsgroups for hours,
    > > my wife had the solution: No nonsense Foot Tubes! My wife suggested
    > > that I cover the existing flaking pleather (pleather = plastic
    > > leather) earpads with a cheap pair of Foot Tubes (similar to pantyhose
    > > but a little thicker). The idea being to keep the flaking pleather
    > > under the covers since the foam within the cushions were still in good
    > > shape.
    > >
    > > These Foot Tubes are about 3" long and have an elastic band at both
    > > ends. They are the perfect diameter to stretch over the ear pads
    > > which securely hold them in place. I cut 1" off one end. Stretched
    > > the elastic band over the existing earpad cushion and "wedged" the
    > > other "cut" end underneath the earpad cushion and the base of the ear
    > > piece. This solved the flaking pleather from depositing black specs
    > > all over my ears and face while using the headphones. This
    > > installation method does not cover the speaker or impede the sound
    > > path to the ear, it just covers the cushion only. The heaphones look
    > > and work great! Actually, they are much more comfortable with the
    > > extra cushioning that the the Foot Tube covers provide.
    > >
    > > I wanted to share with the group that a simple solution has been had!
    > > I discounter like Walmart sells the Foot Tubes for $1.98 for two
    > > pairs. The first pair is the experimental trial pair, after that,
    > > you'll get it right.
    > >
    > > I hope this helps somneone who may be as equally frustrated as I was.
    > > Rich & Wendy...

    >
    >

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