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Sennheiser HD-280 Pro's clam my head too much

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I keep my Sennheiser HD-280 Pro monitoring headphones spread out as much as possible when they are not in use by putting a bunch of books between each L/R cups without them breaking/cracking, but as soon as I put them on my head they slowly begin to clamp, which leads to headaches eventually. Is there ANYTHING that can be done in such cases? I was away for 1 month, but even after 1 month of being spread out by books 24/7 it still clamps my head after about 10 minutes of use. Maybe I can melt the plastic somehow or some other "mod" you guys can think of? I don't care if its ugly mod - just needs to be functional and not get in the way of audio quality. I LOVE these headphones, but I hate the headaches. I really don't want to spend money on anything else right now as I'm saving for nVidia's next greatest super-card, but I find myself using my 2.1 speakers more and more due to "clamp-aches"
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This has been a complaint about those headphones for years. They're designed to block out as much outside noise as possible, but they can get uncomfortable in the process. I haven't seen a satisfactory solution yet. The trick with keeping them open between a bunch of books seems to work for a while, but then they tighten back up in normal use.

Sennheiser should really do something to make the tension adjustable. Those were designed about 12-15 years ago as professional DJ headphones, but their high quality and relatively low price made them enormously popular with the audiophile and gaming communities not long after. I've had a pair of these for about 12 years. Even now, they're still just as tight as the day I bought them, and I know I'm going to be listening over cans for a long period of time, I usually opt for my HD 360's instead.
     
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There's got to be something that can be done. Its plastic, it was made to clamp, so there has to be a way to make them unclamp or do so a lot less. I think I will try heating up plastic and then stretching them with books. That should do better than just stretching by itself.
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I have these same headphones and love them. The clamp is definitely noticeable when you first get them but I got used to them within 2 weeks fully. Some people are different, however.
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I hated how tight the clamps were. Thats why I switched to Shure studio headphones. My head never got used to the Sennheiser 280s, so I sold them.
    
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