A number of months ago, back shortly after CES I made a topic about the viability of wearing headphones over the 8KX’s SMAS. That thread proved to be… not all that useful. That being said, we now live in a time where there are customers that have the headset in their possession.
The concern is that the SMAS is too wide to allow typical over ear headphones to fit properly over it and make proper contact with your ears. It was viable on the index as the sides of the head mounting solution are pretty narrow in comparison and the speakers can be removed. I am aware that the speakers can be removed on the SMAS as well. However there is still a protrusion there where the speakers are mounted and on top of that general width of the SMAS seems higher too.
There was an image someone posted in the past where someone was actually wearing one over an 8KX but the headphones were aft of the SMAS speakers and were leaned back. The headstrap part of the headphones was basically on the back of the guy’s head rather than the top and was kept there because the headstrap was resting on the top of the rear of the SMAS. Basically the headphones were in “elf ear” mode. Which honestly doesnt look that promising for people that want to wear headphones properly with the 8KX.
So, for owners of the 8KX/SMAS have you managed to properly wear your headphones under/over your SMAS? What headphones were/are they? If not, what aftermarket replacement for the SMAS is there that works with the 8KX has allowed you to do that?