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All my headphones go bad

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
With every pair of headphones I buy I start loosing sound in one of the sides and then I either have to get new ones or just keep using those until the other side dies. I have had headphones die within 3 months and only one pair of headphones didn't die within a year (which was a pair of sony headphones I had when I was around 14 or 15)

I was wondering if there are any good headphones that are durable enough and have a plugin cord. I listen to a variety of types of music (mostly in Japanese) and need it just for going around.

Thank you to anyone who responds
post #2 of 17
It's possible that the equipment you're plugging them into is frying them. If there is high DC offset on the output, that would do it. Check with a multimeter. Set it to DC voltage and measure.
post #3 of 17
Agreed. This has to be a case of your source outputting too much voltage through to your headphones.
post #4 of 17
I used to have this problem all the time when I was about 12 or 13, back when I used cheap Walmart cans with my portable CD player. Are these the kind of headphones that are breaking? If not I'd agree with the others, it's probably your source.
post #5 of 17
Thread Starter 
It probably isn't the source since I have changed mp3 players/mp3 cd players/portable radios etc. at least 10 times within the last 15 years. I also only use them in portable devices and my last pair were bluetooth and they made a loud noise and died.

All of my headphones have cost around $40 except a couple which were $20 sets and my last one which cost me $60 on sale and were regular about $80 to $90.
post #6 of 17
Great...killer sound waves is all this site needs.
post #7 of 17
I've had both my AKG phones cut out on me, a pair of K240m and K501. In the K501's case it was one of the solder joints where the cable connects breaking, fixed that myself and it was all good. Later both pairs failed because of some odd oxidation in the cable itself. At first one channel would cut then both would just be on and off depending on how the cable was moved, opened the cables up as that was all I could think of and found that almost all of the copper inside had turned into a green sludge (that's inside the insulation all the way down the 9 foot cord). I still haven't replaced the cords, though I'm planning on doing so with some starquad later on.
post #8 of 17
Thread Starter 
I think a lot of the problems I have with headphones is to do with the cord so is there any good headphones with a removable cord?

I am not very good with fixing hardware.
post #9 of 17
More expensive than 80 bucks, but the Sennheiser HD580 and HD6*0 all have removable cords and sound great if I do say so myself.
post #10 of 17
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Originally Posted by guenthar
I think a lot of the problems I have with headphones is to do with the cord so is there any good headphones with a removable cord?

I am not very good with fixing hardware.
Goldring DR150
post #11 of 17
Actually many Senns have user replaceable cables - among the current open models, you can get replacements for HD435, HD465, HD485, HD5x5 (the only ones where replacement is not straight plug'n'play as you have to open the cans, but instructions are provided) and all the better ones. One can also buy replacement cables for various Beyers though I don't know how easily they're swapped. AKGs with these mini-XLR jacks also have replaceable cables.

Now portable cans as needed here typically tend to be inexpensive and do not have a replaceable cord. One could buy something with a sturdy-looking cable, or just buy what fits the musical taste best and hope that there won't be any problems on a quality product any time soon. One could look at a HD280Pro or HD25-SP, of course, both of which have replaceable cables but are near the upper end of the budget (I think you can get the '280Pro for around 80 bucks but they're not like the smallest cans ever).
post #12 of 17

moist

green oxidized cable ends might be a sign of too much moist (too high humidity level in the place where you store or use your cans). It could also explain why the drivers die.
post #13 of 17
Quote:
Originally Posted by guenthar
I think a lot of the problems I have with headphones is to do with the cord so is there any good headphones with a removable cord?

I am not very good with fixing hardware.
HD650/600/580 etc..have detachable cords to the drivers..fyi
You can mod cans too, and add a connector in the enclosure and have the connection point a manual one an the entrance of the driver housing..kramer will know on this matter..and is lurking a mod-worthy ninja right now..
post #14 of 17
Thrill, I had thought of that, but despite, or rather because I live in Florida the AC is on at all times, and thus the temperature and humidity is kept at levels I would certainly hope headphones would tolerate.
post #15 of 17
guenthar, it could be you. My wife kills headphones and hands-free devices more than anyone. At least one every 2-3 months and she is not rough with any of them. She even kills my wi-fi signal when Im on the laptop. Some people are very electrical....
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