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View Full Discussion I'm trying to decide which of the following to go with:
1. Sieveking Omega (https://www.massdrop.com/buy/sieveking-omega-headphone-stand)
__ Pro ⇒ Unquestionable quality.
__ Con ⇒ High price.
2. Sieveking Omega lookalike knockoff (e.g. https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00F2L1NOO)
__ Pro ⇒ Low cost; similar shape to the Sieveking Omega.
__ Con ⇒ Wondering if it's so cheap as to damage the pads on my headphones over time.
3. Royal Glam (this drop)
__ Pro ⇒ Narrower than the above two.
__ Con ⇒ Only 7.5 cm thick; also wondering if the surface/finish could damage my phones over time.
Wait until WoodLab offer the 10 cm stand and watch the discussion here. If people run into issues with damaged headphones, they'd talk about it here.
I have the Sieveking Omega lookalike knockoff you have mentioned. I also have picked up a few other similar ones from eBay. It's laminated wood so unless it gets damaged in transit or you take a sharp object and scratch the hell out of it there should be no issue in regards to damaging your headphones.
I have my Fidelio X2's on the Omgea knock off, SHP9500 on the eBay variant and a bunch of my on-the-go randoms on the Fire S Audio. I can't fault the Omega knock off but whether or not its to your aesthetic is up to you. Probably shouldn't be using the Fidelio's on them as I imagine the elastic headband will probably wear a lot faster then if I used the Fire S Audio . But being the big set of cans that they are they hit the desk with the Fire S Audio.
I would say if you like the look of this drop and your cans aren't massive, then go for it.
Good point, will keep my eyes open for updates. Thanks.
Appreciate the info and images. Good to know that the Omega knockoff seems to be of decent quality.
The headphones I need a stand for are Sennheiser HD650s. Not sure how they would fit different stands until I try them, but if getting stretched out is a concern then I'm sure my cans are no different. Sounds like the stand in this drop may really be worth considering.
I don't own a pair of the HD650's so I can't compare sizes, but I do have a pair of Sennheiser RS 175 and have them on the wooden stand. I don't know what the clamp is like on the HD650's, but the clamp on the RS 175's is tight-ish and I have an average sized head. The wooden stand hasn't stretched it out, have been using it on them for 5 months now. If they are of similar size, I would say you wouldn't have an issue with clamp being affected. The curvature of the 'Omega' styled stands is smaller than that of an adult head so there is very little outward pressure being applied to the headband.
The Woodlab's curvature seems to be even smaller. So if stretching the band is an issue for you I would say the safer bet would be this drop.
I see, so the Omega-like shape is actually narrower than the average size head, meaning that headphones are under greater stretch and stress when being worn. I wasn't thinking about that, so good to know. Starting to sound like the Omega shape could work just fine after all. I'll keep that in mind as I tried to decide whether or not to join this drop.
How about an alternative. I wasn't prepared for the waiting time on this drop so I found something cheap on amazon that ended up working great for me. Just look for the Jackcube design headphone stand. It is around $16 (excl shipping etc) and looks pretty decent with its brown faux leather (however be prepared for possible minor flaws like a little bit of glue residue coming out of the seams, but those are in places that will not harm your cans). Width is 10cm and it has a very solid base.
I have 2 that I'm using for my Nighthawks and EL-8's. These are about the same size as your HD-650's and the EL-8's I would consider to have a similar clamp, no issues there.
Ignore the stand with the sennheiser logo, those are a nightmare (edges pressing everywhere...) and will be replaced soon.