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Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir Closed-Back Headphones

Massdrop x Meze 99 Noir Closed-Back Headphones

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A regular fixture on InnerFidelity’s Wall of Fame, PC Magazine’s Editors’ Choice section, and award lists around the world, the 99 Classics get a dark new look in the 99 Noir. Made in collaboration with Meze Audio, these headphones update the original medium-brown finish with a deep matte espresso and swap the gold hardware for more understated black Read More

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verbosity9
3
Nov 3, 2021
I received my Meze 99 Noir's last Friday 29th October (Australia), they presented with mild mould on the case (3 locations, very light), and a trace on the headphone frame. Upon plugging in the headphones I realised that one of the speakers does not output sound at all (I reversed the cable, and the issue stayed with the same speaker). I pulled them apart and found mould inside of the cup, and rusty screws https://imgur.com/a/dTpvJVJ This existed on both sides, visually to the same degree. (Even if your headphones look fine, I would suggest pulling them apart to check, it is fairly easy) I cleaned them with vinegar/water, and then with contact cleaner. Nearly a week later there is still no sound from that speaker. I am wondering if anyone has any idea why this would be? this is definitely not my field, and my guess was a short (due to the mould) Drop refunded my money when I responded to their initial email, but I deliberately purchased these headphones as a more ethical/environmentally friendly option, and would really like to get them working correctly, hopefully for a long time.
verbosity9
3
Nov 6, 2021
Thank you for the help, and yes, hopefully the drivers are easy enough to remove. Worst case scenario I will buy original Meze 99's and the Noir's will be spare parts...
verbosity9
3
Nov 26, 2021
I replaced the driver and the wires and... it works! very happy, thank you for the tips! I used 26AWG jumper wires and lead free solder at 400°C https://imgur.com/a/dwZQIkb fix + old driver showing corrosion
Old.Dirty.Puppy
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Oct 9, 2021
Sadly I received a moldy pair of Meze 99 Noir. Fortunately after contacting Massdrop they quickly refunded my money and recommended that I dispose of the headphone. But the DIY tinkerer in me got the best of me. I completely broke down the headphones. In the process I think I discovered the chain of events that lead to the these headphones being covered in mold. The first thing, at some point during the shipping or storage process I think humidity was introduced and some moisture developed inside the package. Second, Meze used some cheap steel screws that just had a thin coat of black paint to protect them from corrosion. On my pair, most of those black screws were corroded and some developed some deep rust. I think that the bacteria from the corrosion easily then spread to the wood and helped cause the mold. So now in order to help restore these headphone to safe use here is what I am doing. After breaking everything down I deep cleaned the wooden cups with multiple disinfectants and left them soaking in vinegar for a few hours. Hopefully all that nuked any trace of mold from the wood. After that I decided to throw away the ear pad and headband just in case any mold or bacteria penetrated deep into the foam, where it is hard to clean. I ordered a new set of sheepskin Dekoni pads and I am going to use my leather working skills to make a new headband. Last I'm going to replace all the cheap factory screw with some nice stainless steel screws that wont corrode so easily. I bought a large verity pack of screws for eyeglass repair on Amazon and It should have all the screws I need. Once I get everything I need and I put back everything together I can post an update of the rebuild.
adogg
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Oct 18, 2021
@Old.Dirty.Puppy did wooden cups change their color after 2 hours in vinegar? Going to pick up mine tomorrow and expecting that most likely there will be mold :)
Old.Dirty.Puppy
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Oct 19, 2021
I didn't notice any color change in the wood after the vinegar. The satin lacquer finish held up well.
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SYSTEM-GLITCH
129
Oct 9, 2021
I am yet another person with the mold issue. I have it on both the cups and the case.
SmithersDotTV
21
Oct 8, 2021
Hey drop, in the email you told us to recycle them but like, where? What recycling place would take a potential mold hazard? Basically what do I do with these?
Oneyedrunk
42
Oct 7, 2021
I'm hearing here about mold but what is this I got on mine? Is it paint? I can't scratch it off, it doesn't wipe away.. What do I do with this? https://imgur.com/a/k92GrAN
megapapa4ever
4
Oct 7, 2021
Look like rust
Old.Dirty.Puppy
2
Oct 9, 2021
Even if you can't see any mold on the outside I would open up the cups and check inside. I had a moldy pair and when I opened the cups I noticed most of the mold was on the inside.
megapapa4ever
4
Oct 7, 2021
I got mine today and there were molds on the nylon case. The headphone itself looked mold free and rust free. However, when I pull out the ear pads from the wooden cup I noticed some powder like substance which might be mold from inside the wooden cup. I reported the problem to Drop and they quickly gave me a refund. At this point I just wanted to know what kind of mold is it? Is it toxic like the black fungus or is it safe like the mold on some cheese?
sam01
5
Oct 9, 2021
Mold in cheese is specially created with cultures. 99.9% of mold you encounter in these situations is not good for you. The level of which varies but as much as you might want to use the headphones its not worth risking your health over imo.
Did anyone else get theirs and there was a ton of mold on them? I got a refund but trying to figure out what to do with the set I have now? Kinda gross that there is mold on them and wondering if there is anything to fix the mold issue myself?
emp123
7
Oct 6, 2021
I disassembled mine and deep cleaned everything, soapy water and then a vinegar and water solution to try and kill all the mold. Easy enough to take them apart if you are careful, just need a small Torx bit and a small Phillips screwdriver. Got everything fully dry and they sound great, but I'm still going to keep an eye out for any additional mold growth.
SoundsCrazy
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Oct 5, 2021
Makes you wonder why the delay? They've obviously been in storage for a long time, so it wasn't a manufacturing issue. It also seems like a feeble attempt at salvaging the situation as well.
SoundsCrazy
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Oct 4, 2021
Delayed 2 months and they still couldn't fix the mould or rusty screws. This has diminished my view of drop and Meze a great deal. Just a bad experience all round. Will hesitate to order from them again.
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SoundsCrazy
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Oct 5, 2021
Just my opinion, but the fact that they're from the same storage conditions means that they ALL may be susceptible to mould. Even if there's no sign of it, I still wouldn't use them for any extended period of time. That stuff is toxic. Just very Mickey Mouse all round and you expect more these days.
emp123
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Oct 5, 2021
Mine had some mold on the exterior, didn't look too bad. But I tore them down and found a lot of mold inside the wooden earcup, so I would recommend a full teardown and cleaning if you're gonna use them.
raz-0
47
Sep 29, 2021
Well, that hope for no mold didn't pan out. There's a few wisps of it on the case zipper and on one earcup. Nothing I would be too concerned about cleaning up. But... There's rust on the hardware, which sucks because they sound great.
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verbosity9
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Oct 1, 2021
That doesn't fill me with confidence, I am waiting for mine to arrive in Australia, the extra shipping time (which could be a month if Drop skimped on the postage), probably guarantees mold/mould and rust :/
Derekonthesax
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Oct 3, 2021
Mine also arrived with rusty screws like yours and the sound on the left earcup is waaaaay diminished. Reaching out for support today
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