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MayaTlab

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I'm surprised that this hasn't been discussed much yet in these boards given that these videos have appeared a while ago.
When I saw this teardown I suspected that the headband of the APM could perhaps easily be removed by simply using a sort of SIM tray ejector - like tool in the tiny hole right above the driver (when the ear pads are removed) :

This is what the authors of that video just did :
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So the APM might be one of the few headphones with a wire running through the headband that I know of which said headband can be quickly removed without having to tear down the cups.

Now before anyone of you feel adventurous and shove any random piece into that hole BE VERY CAREFUL because there seems to be a (deformable ?) rubber gasket between the release mechanism and the hole (perhaps for acoustics / isolation reasons ? no idea), so don't tear it open. I guess that Apple technicians will have received special instructions or tools to do so. Besides, I believe that the release mechanism requires the cups to be folded flat before insetting the tool, so don't try to shove it in there when the cups aren't folded flat. To sum it up just don't do it on your own until we know better exactly how to operate that mechanism.

The question that I would then have is : how much will Apple charge us if, let's say, we ripped the canopy and want to have it replaced ? We know the cost of an ear pad or battery replacement, but not the headband.
 

Royksöpp

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It would be an easy way to replace the headband if the mesh gets torn. I wonder if Apple will repair the whole set or go this route.
 

Absrnd

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This was already suggested a few weeks ago in another thread,
and Apple also had this image on their site at some point.

Airpods Max headbands.jpg
 

kirk.vino

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I'm surprised that this hasn't been discussed much yet in these boards given that these videos have appeared a while ago.
When I saw this teardown I suspected that the headband of the APM could perhaps easily be removed by simply using a sort of SIM tray ejector - like tool in the tiny hole right above the driver (when the ear pads are removed) :

This is what the authors of that video just did :
View attachment 1711868

So the APM might be one of the few headphones with a wire running through the headband that I know of which said headband can be quickly removed without having to tear down the cups.

Now before anyone of you feel adventurous and shove any random piece into that hole BE VERY CAREFUL because there seems to be a (deformable ?) rubber gasket between the release mechanism and the hole (perhaps for acoustics / isolation reasons ? no idea), so don't tear it open. I guess that Apple technicians will have received special instructions or tools to do so. Besides, I believe that the release mechanism requires the cups to be folded flat before insetting the tool, so don't try to shove it in there when the cups aren't folded flat. To sum it up just don't do it on your own until we know better exactly how to operate that mechanism.

The question that I would then have is : how much will Apple charge us if, let's say, we ripped the canopy and want to have it replaced ? We know the cost of an ear pad or battery replacement, but not the headband.
They will charge you $29 + tax as part of their Apple Care + for accidental damage, if you’ve purchased it.
 
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