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Old 03-17-2011, 07:22 PM
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Default Best way of opening your IEMs.

Most IEMs are held together by some kind of glue.

I have always applied brute force and a thin blade whenever it seemed feasible, but lately I crushed my UE super fi 5 when I tried to pry them open.

Since I've set my mind to open my v-moda vibe and jays q-jays cases as well, i would like to ask you guys which method you believe best for opening your IEMs.

current options im looking at:

stick to brute force and blame UE for using cheap plastic cases

hairdryer at point black:
do adhesives dissolve under heat? does it generate enough heat? will it damage the driver inside?

DIM SUM IT!:

Steaming the earbuds in a steamer you'd normally use to steam food. what about the humidity? will the humidity really help or is it just the heat that does the job?

HOT TUB:

Dip it in boiling water. What if water gets in?


Chemical WMD:
Maybe I could use chemicals like acetone maybe? But seeing how small some cracks are (like nonexisting with the vibes?) I cant see how the chemical should come in contact with the glue.


thanks for the help

cheers

funkyfunk

edit:

i put my vmoda vibes into boiling water for like 10 minutes, then tried to pull both parts apart using two pliers. I wound up deforming the earcanal a little, but the cases didnt give in at all... also no leverage using my knife... ive seen dfkt using a file to create some space for leverage which im trying to avoid...

will continue trying :P

edit: after a few tries, i wound up with a lot of scratches, but the earbuds wouldnt bulge...

edit: tried the hair dryer. no luck either. I guess heat wont help against the adhesive theyve used

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Old 03-17-2011, 11:36 PM
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I like your list but the only problem is it doesn't have a sledgehammer on it.

Massive force.

And yes I would suggest a thin knife/razor.

What are you opening it up for
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:28 AM
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What are you opening it up for
Maybe he wants to reverse-engineer it?
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Old 03-20-2011, 10:49 AM
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the cable has a defect and i wanted to recable them.

guess i shouldve used a file in the first place

on another note i managed to open the q-jays, although i kinda ruined one earbud.

will post some pics later to show how its done and how it should not be done :P
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:10 AM
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Don't use an hairdryer, it can easily distort plastic.
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