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MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 8:10 pm
by Brooke
Just looking for an indication from anyone with experience on how long I can expect a pair of Ms-PROs to last me? I purchased them from here back in I believe it was June 2011... I've looked after them physically, that is not my concern, as they appear to be built to last. My question is how long can I expect the drivers to last? Surely listening to music, typically at loud volumes (loud... not blasting or distorting) will wear out the drivers eventually. Anyone know how long I can expect to get out of them before they go belly up?

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Fri Apr 10, 2015 9:09 pm
by Brooke
Also... Just recently saw a post that mentioned pad wear. Being that my phones are now close to 4 years old, still using the oringal pads, I've washed them maybe twice. but my ears are basically sitting on the divider between the cups and the driver.

Sounds brilliant... any changes have occurred over a long period of time, so haven't noticed any reduction in quality... as a side note then... am I due for some new pads? Theyre still fully intact and doing the around ear job they always did.. but I think when I first bought them my ears were at least a tiny amount separated from the driver separator.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Mon Apr 13, 2015 9:26 am
by Marcus
If you aren't overdriving them or subjecting them to smoke/fumes you should get 20+ years out of a decent pair of headphones. I have several pairs of 13+ year old headphones that still get fairly regular use and they are all performing perfectly. I expect them to keep doing so for quite some time :)

The pads will need to be replaced when they wear out - they will either start to disintegrate or won't hold their shape etc. It's up to you when that time is :)

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Tue Apr 14, 2015 8:54 pm
by Belial
I've had my Pros for 6+ years, and my DT531s for probably 10, and both are still going strong.

Ben

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Thu Apr 16, 2015 1:23 pm
by green_avanti
They wear out? :tear:

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Mon Apr 20, 2015 9:46 am
by Marcus
Earpads do ;)

Living on the ocean/smoking etc can also reduce the lifetime of a headphone.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Sat Apr 25, 2015 2:48 pm
by green_avanti
Hi
Embarrassed about my earlier reply, nearly logged back in just so I could just delete it..
Marcus is right, the earpads wear out over time (with HUGE use), and I've had to replace some of mine (AD900's, DT880's, Ety's, etc).
My current DT880's are my second pair (sold my first pair with wrong intentions). My second pair I bought s/h from a Canadian listing, said I was happy to pay by credit (ie PayPal or Visa) if he was willing to ship to Oz. He was, and I bought them..
Looking at them they were fine and nicely boxed but were an older model (with a straight cord) and looked like they had been well used (although undamaged).
I have bought a brand new carbon-upgraded, 600ohm pair, cable upgraded, from the US seller since (at vastly more dollars) and they are in no-way better. They sound tight, limited, and not at all relaxed and open with good vocals. That old Can' pair were well broken in and are my very first preference for DT880's. Many,many,many, many hours of use now and they are still as good sounding as ever, better even ;o)
To me; you don't wear out quality 'phones, you just improve them, at least with ATH's, Beyer's and Ety's..
..except for the ear and head pads, which will get dirty/greasy over time - you could try washing these pads maybe, or just pay ~$30 to replace them and wash and clean the old ones as 'spares (well worth it by then in my opinion).
Each to their own, just my thoughts..
Kind regards
Graeme :o

Sorry, I missed something; I have MS-PRO's as well. If I only had one choice; they would be it! :cool:

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 12:40 am
by Brooke
Thanks for the replys. The headphones are still going strong. the pads not so much, ill look into replacing them. I ultimately asked because I used to own a pair of ms-1's and they died after a year and a half due to I believe cable tangle... the y junction wore out.

I just need new pads for my ms-pros now... Marcus, how much they gonna set me back? (including shipping to Sydney nsw)
as a side note, I find the full pads of the ms-1 much more comfortable, but they affect the sound.... whats your opinion on them? my observation is they increase the bass, which I never like to be too prevalent

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:13 am
by Marcus
You can use these pads: http://headphones.com.au/pbrowse?search=grado+pads
Or these pads : http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=188

I like the bowl pads on the MSPro but prefer the comfy pads on the MS1 :)
Brand new the bowl pads tend to be a bit firm and scratchy but that's easily fixed by rolling/crushing them in your hands a bit.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Thu Oct 22, 2015 9:36 am
by cloughie
The comfy pads with the reversed quarter mod work well.
My bowls are worn out again and I'm going to do the mod with the HD414 pads soon.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:36 pm
by Brooke
Marcus wrote:You can use these pads: http://headphones.com.au/pbrowse?search=grado+pads
Or these pads : http://headphones.com.au/psingle?productID=188

I like the bowl pads on the MSPro but prefer the comfy pads on the MS1 :)
Brand new the bowl pads tend to be a bit firm and scratchy but that's easily fixed by rolling/crushing them in your hands a bit.
Hey Marcus, actually ready to buy some new pads this weekend, but still unsure on what kind. The default pads kept the speakers off my ears through empty air, the ms-1 pads rest on my ear but are much more comfortable, you also linked to 2 different types of semi open pads. Which do you recommend I buy? Ive been listening to my ms-pro's with the driver sitting on my ear for well over a year now, but also keep in mind I love the comfort of the ms-1 pads (and hate the fact I need to move them atm every 30 mins to not feel too uncomfortable).

I want to keep the ms-pro sound but also get the best comfort.

Thank you.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:39 pm
by Brooke
As a side note. I don't see another thread on this and don't want to make one. What is improved with the MS-PROe? I notice a solid $250 price jump.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 10:16 am
by Marcus
The "comfy" pads and 414 pads are very similar, I tend to recommend the 414 pads because they're cheaper.
I actually like the bowl pads best with the MSPro but they need to be "roughed up" a bit to make them more comfortable. I do this by crushing and rolling them in my hands for a while to soften them up and remove some of the rougher foam.

The new revision doesn't sound significantly different, but the $AU did drop in value a while back that bumped the price up.

Re: MS-PRO - Longevity

Posted: Tue Mar 08, 2016 3:17 pm
by green_avanti
Hi
Ask Marcus; don't ignore him, too many real experiences there..
Graeme