Sometimes headphone manufacturers don't half make things difficult when it comes to replacement pads. Many a time they will make the method of mounting the pads so specific and proprietary that using any third party alternatives seems impossible, this is even more frustrating if the company don't even make replacements at all, or worse, if the stock pads are just horrible to start with.
Not to worry, because this is where 3D printing comes in to play. With the advent of easier design software, home 3D printing machines, and, of course, enthusiastic headphone lovers, its now possible to make your own adapters and do what the manufacturers can't / don't want to do.
There are several places to find adapters, from 3D depositories to small online stores that design and sell direct. We have listed a few below, plus get searching, Google, & Reddit are a good start.
Well, as you can see above there are online stores that design, print and send out the adapters.
You can also send in the free 3D models from Thingiverse to 3D printing websites that will take your model, print it and send it out to you - for a small fee, have a Google to find one in your local area / country.
This is one based in the UK https://makeitquick.co.uk/, but there will be ones more local, or, just ask around, 3D printers are so popular now odds are a mate of mate will have one.
Our very own adapter, compatible with the following Sennheiser headsets:
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Makerbots Thingivere is an amazing repository of printable 3D models, they have just about anything you can think of, and much much more.
SoCas have quite a few adapters ready for purchase - they have a few of the obvious Sennheiser models, but also some prefect examples of why 3D printing is the saviour of the more obscure and lesser known models.
Image shows Modhouse adapter rings for Kiss KPH30I and Stax adapters, and a cute-ass cat.
Couple of gems from Reddit. Reddit is always a good place for finding earpad compatibilities and things like 3D adapters, plus there are usually extended conversations with hints and tips, all useful info.
Another site with a dedicated list of adapters for Phillips, AKG and more - plus lots of other mods and tips for headphone enthusiasts.
Well, that's all for now, it's a good start, hopefully there will be some useful information for some of you. If you into 3D printing and have made an adapter then let us know and we will add it to the list.
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