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kofman13

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Got the AirPods max yesterday they are amazing but they hurt around my ears after a while because the ear cushions are fairly narrow and VERY firm not very plush and soft. I have had other headphones where the cushion got softer after many months. Does the same thing happen with AirPods max? Hopefully they will get softer with constant use
 
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johntw

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May 29, 2016
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Yes. In fact, I wish they didn't soften up as much as they do. Already thinking about replacing them with new ones. I can feel my right ear top the inside of the cup more often now that they softened.
 
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jazz1

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I wonder if there are going to be any "High End" ear cups from other companies. In the mid-fi to high-fi world of headphones something usually show up.
 

Htsi

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I can’t say I notice a difference with mine. I do wash them weekly
 

Htsi

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I wonder if there are going to be any "High End" ear cups from other companies. In the mid-fi to high-fi world of headphones something usually show up.
Would love to have different material choices, although I believe that leather will not be an upgrade over fabric. Something like alcantara would be sweet
 
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supermars

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Would love to have different material choices, although I believe that leather will not be an upgrade over fabric. Something like alcantara would be sweet
Leather is soft and natural -> this is good for my delicate skin. Best ones for softness : bang and olufsen headphones. Hope Apple give us a choice to go over plastic, maybe for AirPods Max 2. Hope so.
 
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Brien

macrumors 68040
Aug 11, 2008
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I’m surprised there aren’t aftermarket cups in different materials/colors.
 
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Brien

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$550 agrees with you, sadly.

Failed product niche? Hope not.
 

kofman13

macrumors 6502a
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May 6, 2009
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the pain was unbearable. ended up returning them, sad because the sound was amazing. but if i wore them for more than 30 minutes, i would have pain below my ear/top of jaw for hours after taking them off
 
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