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Contents of this page in order… C-Pads for Grado
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V10  C-Pads for Grado Headphones

    C-Pads have an undergone an upgrade evolution over time, approx the 10th variation since I came up with them years ago.

     They are basically circumaural (the C) Beyer velour pads on adapters for adding comfort, soundstage, etc to fit onto Grado headphones. They are fronted with black sound acoustic foam, for further wild hair protection against "grattle" and soaking up reverberation from the closed pads and soundboard. Past V1-V8 models had cloth.

     
New V10 I've created another new version of C-Pads. The ports are still shaped like little ears to catch and extract bouncing sound waves. The added foam helps in that respect too. No more plastic frame, all wood now.

     Silver pads are default and black pads are $10 more. You will get silver if black is not paid for at the time of order. Eventually if the pads themselves need changing, that has been planned for and you can buy some from Beyer direct and put them on yourself (can be tricky the first time, heat inside flange with blow dryer).

     Installation and headband adjustment instructions below...

"V10 SR" fits... SR-60, 60i, 80, 80i, 100, 125, 125i, 200, 225, 225i, 300, 325, 325i, MS-1, MS-1i. MS-2, MS2i.

"V10 HP" fits... HF-1, GS-1000, PS-1, RS-1, RS-1i, RS-2, RS-2i, MS-Pro's, HP-1000 (and most all SR/MS too). Will not work with HF-2, PS-500 or PS-1000

V10 C-Pads for Grado

Style

V10 SR Royal Mahogany
V10 SR Black Mahogany
V10 HP Royal Mahogany
V10 HP Black Mahogany

Pad Color

Silver Velour
Black Velour

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Adjusting Headband for Better Fit of C-Pads

     I've found that bending your headband is a pretty darn easy way to get your C-Pads sitting on your head properly. In the above left picture, think of the white line as the stock band and the red as the adjusted band. There is a band of metal inside the leather (or vinyl) cover. Keep in mind you don't want to reef on it, but you do want to bend it beyond springing back to stock which does take some force. If need be, start slow and repeat numerous times.

     In the right picture, you'll need to straighten this section of the metal a bit in the green dotted area. Do this by putting your thumbs in the yellow dot area and bend up where the red arrows show. This widens the band. Next, grasp a yellow dot on either side and bend towards lower arrow, then repeat on other side. Keep in mind you're going for the red shape in the left picture. In both pics, the band shown has already been adjusted, so you can also use that as a guide.

     It may take a few attempts to get it right, but once you get it fitting better you'll get the idea and be able to make more minor adjustments. It's not brain surgery, you can do it if you just do it. If you don't adjust them to fit, they'll sound like monkey… So do it :-)

C-Pads Installation Instructions

V10 "SR" Series
have a fitted slot for the driver face edge to fit into, opposite of ear side.

Place a towel flat on a firm table (not glass) or other suitable surface.

Remove Grado pads (bowls or flats). Don't remove the white or black fine driver face cloth.

Lay headphones upside down on towel, so driver fronts are pointing to the sky.

Fit C-Pad driver holder indent over driver face and align. Hold in that position.

Put a thumb on both sides of soundboard hole (on ear side of C-pads), across from each other and near the center opening (covered with black foam).

You should be able to press the adapter onto the driver face with both thumbs if aligned properly. It may need to snap on with reasonable, yet firm force. Since every driver is very slightly different in size, the adapters may go on easy or require a more firm pressing.

You may hear a slight snap or feel it going snuggly into place. Check backside to see if the driver face edges are fairly even all the way round in the fitted area. They shouldn't fall off on their own if put properly. However if taken on and off frequently, eventually you'll need adhesive putty for them to stay on, as the indent will enlarge past friction still holding them on.

To Remove C-Pads

Grasp back of adapter towards and near the inside (on wood, not edges) with both hands.

Put thumbs directly on driver face (through grill cloth) and push with thumbs while pulling with fingers towards you. Use care to stop pushing when C-Pad releases so you don't dislodge grill cloth from soundboard. Adapter will pull off fairly easy with this method.

V10 HP Series

These fit in a slightly different way than SR. As seen in pic below of a past version, I've put in two beads of "tacky tape", which is a putty that is sticky. Simply put driver faces in place and follow instructions above. Instead of snapping into place, the tacky tape holds the adapter to the driver face. It's not a permanent bond, they can be taken off and on. It isn't as convenient as snap in for taking off, but with different driver face sizes and as to not scratch the wood or metal, I've decided this is the best solution. If the tacky tape wears out from taking off and on regularly, it can be purchased at many stores in small quantities. Some call it "Blu-Tak" or "Adhesive Putty". Cut it lengthwise into spaghetti noodle size and press in as it was originally when received. Cleans up by dobbing, like when picking up gum. Takes a few moments and best to do it slow.

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