How to remove the mesh/shield/screen of the HD800...

Discussion in 'Modifications and Tweaks' started by Bill-P, Jan 17, 2016.

  1. Bill-P

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    ...because I'm seeing people pulling the screen off or doing things like cutting it, and I didn't think it was that complicated, so here is the step by step visual guide on how to remove your own mesh/shield/screen from your HD800 without doing anything destructive:

    1st step: here is my dirty HD800 after the metal retaining ring has been removed. Note: if you don't know how to remove the metal ring, then I'd recommend NOT following this guide anyway, as you can EASILY kill your HD800 without knowing what you're doing, so please consider yourself WARNED. And yes, I am very serious about the killing part!!
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    2nd step: lift the driver up to this angle (you can't lift it up any more anyway), notice the protruding plastic lift part?
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    3rd step: try to separate the plastic lift part from the housing. Your finger should suffice and it should come off easily. Note: do NOT use a sharp tool because you may damage the diaphragm if your hand slips.
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    4th step: hold the plastic mesh/screen thing and pull it out all the way. I've overlayed the plastic mesh/screen here over the driver, so you can see how deep the "tail" end of the piece is digging into the enclosure.
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    5th step: bare driver! Note the 2 small wires inside. THEY ARE VERY FRAGILE!!! So be careful when you push the plastic mesh/screen back in, otherwise you're gonna have to do some hardcore soldering...
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    So yeah, it is possible to remove and replace the plastic mesh/screen thing without resorting to cutting stuffs up. If you're planning on doing your own resonator mod, then please make sure to do this rather than cutting or peeling your screen. Plus it's easier to apply mods this way, anyway.

    Note 1: please do not hold me accountable if someone takes an HD800S, pull the mesh out, take the resonator materials inside, then research and develop their own mass-producible version of it to be retro-fitted on older HD800 units that can be bought off of some owners for approximately 650 - 700 USD right now. :p
     
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    0th step: any link on how to remove the metal ring?
     
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    One thing to be careful with is those screws that hold on the metal ring are self tapping screws into plastic and aren't really designed to be screwed and unscrewed many times. The screws themselves are quite small and prone to breaking their heads off, also because they are self tapping into plastic there is some risk of stripping the plastic. There are solutions to both of these problems if they happen to you but not easy ones.
     
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    for anyone wondering or in need, this is a suitable replacement for the sennheiser screws if you damage them.
    http://www.mcmaster.com/mv1454704298/#96817a818/=112zxkr
    Also if you plan on taking them in and out lots its probably a good idea to take off the plastic ring that the screws thread into and use some threaded screws into nuts with a protective washer, here are some links to suitable parts for that.
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#91772a170/=112zxx0
    http://www.mcmaster.com/mv1454704298/#91841a038/=112zy53
    http://www.mcmaster.com/#90295a314/=112zyb1
     

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