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I had a minor spill on my brand new MDR-1000X (*ouch!) and the power / NC / ambient sound buttons became harder to press down. I suspect some of the coffee residue might be the cause so i decided to take the headphones apart...

This teardown is not a repair guide. To repair your Sony MDR-1000X, use our service manual.

Use a spudger to pry the six notches holding the foam cup from the headphone. There are three notches at the top and three at the bottom. There are three notches at the top and three at the bottom.
  • Use a spudger to pry the six notches holding the foam cup from the headphone.

  • There are three notches at the top and three at the bottom.

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After removing the ear foam cup, you will see a piece of circular foam. Gently lift the top to locate 2 screws and lift the bottom to locate another 2 screws. Remove all four screws.
  • After removing the ear foam cup, you will see a piece of circular foam. Gently lift the top to locate 2 screws and lift the bottom to locate another 2 screws.

  • Remove all four screws.

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Use a spudger to go around the outer cover to remove it. *Note there are cables still connected to the cover thus do not take apart with force. Use a spudger to go around the outer cover to remove it. *Note there are cables still connected to the cover thus do not take apart with force.
  • Use a spudger to go around the outer cover to remove it. *Note there are cables still connected to the cover thus do not take apart with force.

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Locate 3 screws around the lower ring. Remove all 3 of them and gently remove the ring. Locate 3 screws around the lower ring. Remove all 3 of them and gently remove the ring. Locate 3 screws around the lower ring. Remove all 3 of them and gently remove the ring.
  • Locate 3 screws around the lower ring. Remove all 3 of them and gently remove the ring.

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You will be able to pop out the three buttons! To put back the items, reverse the steps. :)
  • You will be able to pop out the three buttons! To put back the items, reverse the steps. :)

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To access the battery compartment, repeat Step 1 - 3 to open up the other side of the headphone. The battery on mine is a model: Sony SP73, 3.7V, 1200mah Li-ion battery. The battery is held on by adhesive.
  • To access the battery compartment, repeat Step 1 - 3 to open up the other side of the headphone.

  • The battery on mine is a model: Sony SP73, 3.7V, 1200mah Li-ion battery. The battery is held on by adhesive.

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dinoofsg

Member since: 02/02/2013

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Nice thank you. Maybe replace the German headlines (Einleitung, Schritt 1 so on ) with the English translation. ;-) Do you know where to get replacements for the foam cup?

Tim - Reply

Hi Tim, you could try aliexpress.com to see if they have it. This product is pretty new thus might be difficult to find.

dinoofsg -

Thank you for this teardown. I have been searching about if battery replacement is easy to do at home - a thing really important for me when buying new electronics. I haven't found any articles about this yet, did you happen to see if that would be easy?

Iikka Konola - Reply

This product is still under warranty at the moment so I wouldn't want to risk taking that apart. But I highly presume the process should almost be the same.

dinoofsg -

Please... need to know if the battery is easy to replace at home on the Sony MDR-1000X Headphones. Thanks for any help.

Paul Allen - Reply

Hello, Thak you for this teardown. please cann you show how to replace the battery?

Morteza Djebeli - Reply

Where is battery please?

Huynh Duong - Reply

Hi! Great post. Thank you so much.

Do you know, if th bluetooth antenna at MDR-1000x can be removed or permanently disabled?

Then I would love to buy it :-)

Dagobert - Reply

Hi I'm not sure why you would want to remove the Bluetooth module. Anyways it should be on the board of the side I showed in the tear down.

dinoofsg -

Yep, I would also like to know if the battery is something that can be replaced?

Mike Donnell - Reply

Battery is in the other earcup..same process to take off the backing cover. Battery is simple to pop out (its stuck with some sticky back tape so requires a bit of a pop with something flat) its a 3.6V 925mAh 3.4Wh Model i had was SP70A

Rob Marshall - Reply

Thanks. It's nice to know what side it is on before taking things apart. I'm taking care of mine, so I expect the battery to outlive the warranty. But, we all know batteries do eventually fail...

David Martin -

Terrific post :) Thanks a lot. I cycled with my headphones on through the rain, and now the 'wireless' part of this headphone stopped working altogether. That is, wired, the speakers work. However, the headphones don't turn on anymore. When I push the 'on' button the blue light on the 'on' button and 'nc' button briefly light up together, that's all. This is not due to problems with the buttons, it also happens when I directly push the contact with the buttons removed. The headphone still charges though. Any ideas on how I could fix this?

Aldo Spanjaard - Reply

Hi Aldo, as with all fairly new product, you can try using your warranty (if its not already expired) to see if Sony can troubleshoot the problem for you first. At least that diagnosis will be by professionals. Likelihood if water has seeped into your MDR1KX, it might void the warranty. If your warranty is over, you might want to open up and check the bluetooth module if it is still working. Hope that helps.

dinoofsg -

Hey Dinoofsg, I already contacted Sony, and they said that water damage indeed voided the warranty. But do you know how I can check if the bluetooth module is still working, as I can't turn the headphones on? And could it not be that maybe the battery is dead, and that that is why the headphones don't turn on?

Aldo Spanjaard - Reply

Does someone have Service Manual for theese headphones? I buy a pair from e-bay and it was a scam,the headphones that he send was with cable,wich Cannot be removed,And they are not turning on,only when plugged in USB power.i try to figure it out what can they have and how can i fix,they have battery inside and all the rest.

Chris brown - Reply

For Chris Brow post on 11/18. What you have is a floor sample from some store the battery that have in it is not good and need to be replace and the cable need to be disconnect from the headphone and that should work. I had the same problem that you have, that was what it work for me give it a try

yasel cavada - Reply

Can you please go more in depth on taking off the sides after the screw? I’m trying to get to the battery compartment, as I have the store display version. A video would be best. I’m having a lot of resistance near the ANC port on the outside. I’d rather not break these lol. Thank you

Clayton Bichsel - Reply

I got the cover off, there is sticky tape or something. My only problem now is removing the battery itself

Clayton Bichsel -

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