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I just received my new K81's today. And they sound great!!! Yay!

But, just like I was afraid of, they hurt my head. Boo

I found an article which describes how to flex the headband to make them not squeeze so tightly and press on the top of the head so much.

http://dapmp3review.blogspot.com/200...like-grip.html

I followed the instructions and it seems like I might have to hold the headphones in that position for a little bit to let the metal hold its shape. When I do it for a moment, it seems to help but then the metal flexes back into its original shape. Any ideas on how to squeeze the metal together and keep it there for a little bit?

Any other ideas to make these things comfortable? If I can't get it solved, there's no way I'll be able to use them.
     
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Leave it overnight on something to stretch it out. Not enough to warp it, but enough for it to stay in the spot for a while after taking 'em out. Soon enough you'll fatigue the metal and it'll stay slightly larger, and you don't have to put them stretched out anymore.

Had to do 'em to mine, but they're PERFECT. Hardest thing was finding something to set them on
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Thanks Pook. I read a couple of places that said to stretch it out as descibed in the article (by squeezing the sides together) rather than spreading the headphones apart.

Or were you saying to put them in something to squish them together?
     
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Hmm, maybe a coupla zip ties would do the trick...
     
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post #5 of 12
Nono, not together, apart. Like, something in the middle of it that's bigger than your head by a good bit. You don't want to warp it (IE, make it stuck spread out, but you want it bigger than it was intended to bend so it'll fatigue it to the point of opening more.)

I had a box from my Gigabyte Aurora that held the drive rails and stuff, it was about the size of a HDD but bigger, and I stretched mine over it length wise. Maybe 8" or so.
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Ok - since it worked for you, I'm gonna give it a shot. The box it was shipped in looks to be the right width.

Thanks! Rep+
     
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Good luck man. Aside from being too tight stock, they are insane headphones. Good to hear (lawl, punz) someone likes 'em as much as I do aside from that part
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well looks like pook's got you covered but...

if you've got books lying around (i had a bunch), i did the same thing to my HD205's.
soccer balls, kick balls, and volleyballs work too.
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post #9 of 12
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It seems like spreading them apart on the box helps with the pressure on the ears. And it seems like squeezing them together as descibed in the article I linked to in the OP helps relieve the pressure on the top of my head.

I'm gonna keep doing both.
     
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It seems like spreading them apart on the box helps with the pressure on the ears. And it seems like squeezing them together as descibed in the article I linked to in the OP helps relieve the pressure on the top of my head.

I'm gonna keep doing both.
if you have tripod, that works great too. you slide it down the tripod to your desired head size. :] people snap em all the time, so be careful!
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