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MERLIN
so, i got these dang technics rp-dh1200. i don't use them too much since i have the senn 280's. here's the problem basically they are roughly one year old but hardly used. now one cup is intermittent, the right side. when i adjust the band length is when it works/doesn't work.

are these cans ed? not worth sending to fix? not to mention there's no repair center by me other then joe schmoe electronic repair.
Omega_Blue
you like the senn280's better than the technics? interesting.

i'd just buy a new or different pair. it'd probably cost more to fix them than to buy a new pair.
MERLIN
yea, i figure it's not worth fixing. i guess i'm in denial or something.

i think both headphones are nice. i like the senn 280's because they are closed, the technics aren't far behind. as far as sound i feel the senn 280 are stronger in the mid low range while the technics are a bit more balanced.

meh, my ears aren't as mature as others in the sound quality department so...

i guess i'll be doing some research on a new pair of headphones. any recommendations for me to look into? i know there's a sticky, but dang it's too long to look through...
sr126
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Originally posted by MERLIN
yea, i figure it's not worth fixing. i guess i'm in denial or something.

i think both headphones are nice. i like the senn 280's because they are closed, the technics aren't far behind. as far as sound i feel the senn 280 are stronger in the mid low range while the technics are a bit more balanced.

meh, my ears aren't as mature as others in the sound quality department so...

i guess i'll be doing some research on a new pair of headphones. any recommendations for me to look into? i know there's a sticky, but dang it's too long to look through...


it might be that the cable carrying the signal to the driver might be messed up, or something... maybe the solder joint is messed up. but it sounds like you phones are loosing contact.

before giving up on them, i suggest you try to find out if they are serviceable, (contact technics) and get a couple of quotes. if you don't feel the prices are reasonable (like $100) or something, then maybe you should try to take a part and fix it your self, or if you have a friend that knows how to solder, let him have a go with it. depending on how you decide to go about fixing the phones, i may have some supplies to send you. i have lenght of canare L-4E6s cable that has all the strands your need to fix the phones if you need to replace the wire. or if you decide to cut a length of cable from the where headphone plug is, i have both 1/4" and 1/8" stereo plugs you can use to resolder onto the cable.
MERLIN
Thanks for the advice. i'll give technics a call and see.
Soundwerks
AS the Canadian distributor for Ultrasone, we have to carry out any warranty/repair work on any Ultrasone headphones.

While we havent had too many problems (a few cracked headbands here and there), I can tell you that it is SUPER easy to repair a set of headphones.

One pair was returned for almost the same problem as you...the right side was not working. I figured it was the driver(speaker) that needed to be replaced, but when I opened it up, it was just a small wire that became loose from its solder joint.

Took about 2 seconds to re-solder and it was good as new!

I'm not sure how it is on other headphones, but heres how to do it:

-Remove the earpad (usually just pulls off)

-Unscrew the metal/plastic part which covers the driver.

-Inside, you will see the driver(speaker), which has a few small wires and most probably a small circuit board.

-Check all connections, see if any wires are loose or have detached from the circuit board/speaker.

-If so, just re-solder, and put it back together! Thats it! :D
sr126
it's always been the disassembling/reassembling part that has always scared me. now it looks like something i can tackle. :)

thanks a bunch for laying down.
MERLIN
awesome! i'mma go take them apart right now.:D
MERLIN
okay, i just took them apart. both cups have both wires soldered in; no loose/disconnected wires. so does this mean the driver is dead?
PersianMafia
pretend you're an engineer. play with the wires. try connecting the other (right?) to the left cabling to see if its a wire problem. if you have a multimeter you can check if each of the wires are conducting the current from the jack to the wire tips. headphone driver don't normally blow, unless exposed to excessive currents. there's probably a 95% chance its in the wires.

sr126
even though the solder joints are good, one of the wires might be dead. it's possible that there is break in the wire somewhere (obviously under the insulation, or you would see it right away) and it looses contact when you start messing w/the phones.

if you don't have a multi meter, plug the headphones into your mixer, and play some music (while the headphones is still in pieces), and start fiddling w/the cables. that way, if one of cables is messed up, you will be able to hear it when the music cuts in and out when you start bending/pulling/pushing the individual strands that carry the signal or ground.
MERLIN
dun broke. actually i wasn't careful and i made the situation worse. i was checking everything like the suggestions and i let both wires break off the circuit board in the cup.

so, since i still don't know if it's a break in the actual wire or a busted driver, what should i do? if i go ahead and re-solder it myself does anyone have any tips about doing this? like do i need to take the older solder off and strip the wire etc...

i'm such an idiot...
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