Question about Sennheiser HD430-03 - Ear Cushions for HD430 Headphones

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I store my hd430 headphones in a cool cabinet, but I had not used them for a few years. When I removed them from the box, I noticed the ear cushions were greasy and crumbling. Some fell on the chair; I tried to clean it up, but it smeared, and could not be completely cleaned from the vinyl. The cord had begun to crumble; likely the fluid has this effect. I suspect the ear cushions leaked and destroyed everything. The headphones were evidently defective; the leaked fluid trashed everything. As I purchased them several years ago, there is no replacing them. I'll have to look for another headset. I will not get another Sennheiser headset as I can not forget the furniture stain and the way the leaked fluid affected clothing. What happened was unbelievable. I had noticed a slight static crackling on the right side when I last used them; possibly it was caused by the start of the leak. Unbelievable! I'd only used them 3times and always returned them to the box such a disappointment.

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You might want to get in touch with the makers. I'd write them a letter! You never know they might send a pair free or something! I certain they would welcome the feedback anyway!

Posted on Aug 30, 2010

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Ear cushions may need to be replaced due to normal wear and tear. To order replacement ear cushions, call 1-888-865-2700.
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