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Received these yesterday.
Sound is great. More emphasis on the bass than in other gaming headphones I've had, but this isn't a bad thing at all. Sound stage is great, leakage from the open back is actually not bad at all.
Microphone I found to be very good, very clear. A bit of experimenting with recording 'p' and 'b' sounds went well without much pop - I'm sure a foam over-the-end type filter would improve that even further. Offsetting the mic a little so it wasn't directly in front of my mouth made any pops almost disappear entirely as well.
The clamping on them is _seriously_ tight - WAY tighter than it needs to be, and I say this as someone with a small head. The clamping doesn't feel spread evenly around the whole cup either, more of the force is applied to the forward side (so the jaw/temple area) than the back or top. I've tried this both without glasses, and with glasses (frame <1mm thick), and it's just as bad either way, the clamping is no less uncomfortable without glasses.
I'm attempting to stretch them out - so far they've only had 1 night over a box, will continue to do so. However, I'm not holding my breath - I don't particularly want to disassemble it, but I'm fairly certain there's no metal bone in the band, it looks to just be plastic, so I'm not confident it will bend to shape.
If I can't stretch the band over the next few days, I'll update this, and leave them longer-term sitting over something else to stretch. Failing that, I'll likely disassemble them to see if there's a metal band I can remove and attempt to modify directly, or maybe attempt to DIY a replacement for the extenders with an aluminium plate. And if all of that fails, I'll wind up throwing these headphones away or giving to someone else (after warning them!) - which is a shame, as they're otherwise great.
Any luck stretching the band out? I received mine yesterday and I've also noticed the clamping to be quite tight.
A couple of days of stretching and I still found them too tight, so I gave them a further week or so of serious stretching over my desktop case, tightening the extension up over the first few days. I've just taken them off there now and put them on. It's not bad at the moment, definitely feels less like I have a headcrab clinging on for dear life - definitely less on the jaw, still decent force on the temple area. As I mentioned above though, I'm still concerned that it won't easily hold the stretch, given that the headband bone appears to be plastic. Will try and give them some solid prolonged wear over the next few days of work/gaming and report back
Couple of days wear now after the week or two of stretching - they're not holding the stretch to the extent that it was at when I took them off my PC case, but they are tolerable with a bunch of wiggling. I find myself subconsciously taking them off every so often when not actively gaming or listening to music. Not too bad all up, hoping they don't tighten up again any further. The clamp is definitely still more focused forward of the ear
Ahh I have a big head.... this has me worried as I pulled the trigger on a pair last week.... I hope I get lucky or one of my kids may have just gotten an unexpected gift.
Fingers crossed @Hawg ! Now that they've settled in a bit they're not too bad, but the clamp definitely tightened up again somewhat after that extended stretching. I feel like I have a relatively small head, and wondered if you might actually get better results having a larger head, as the extender will have more room to flex - that's just wild speculation though. Hope it goes well - other than the clamping, they're really a great product at that price
I just received mine and I agree with you on the clamping force. I have always heard that Sennheiser headphones had light clamping force and were good for people with big heads, but I have not found that to be the case. I can't wear mine for more than 20-30 minutes without having to take a break.