It’s wild to me that many retailers still sell the original model of these headphones, even as headbands continue to crack left and right.

I can’t fathom how Sony didn’t catch this issue during routine R and D materials testing. Maybe they didn’t care? Maybe profit won the day? We’ll probably never know the truth.

I’ve bought enough different headphones from different brands that I’ve encountered a few defects here and there over the years…but I’ve never seen such a dramatic problem that’s so widespread. Well, outside of all the “My HiFiMan headphones yoke shattered” posts over on r/headphones.

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