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How long usually a good pair of IEM going to last???

post #1 of 38
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say tat care had been taken...how long would a good pair of IEM usually going to last?
post #2 of 38
Provided that you keep them in a case and don't pull them out by the cable, I'd say maybe 2 or 3 years. Of course, on head-fi that rarely happens because people upgrade every month
post #3 of 38
Skullcandy/ random unknown chinese manufacturer - 2 weeks
Anything else - a LONG time with good care
post #4 of 38
Two or three years is the correct answer, I think, based on what I've read in threads about, for example, why manufacturers won't recast custom 'phones.

There's a reason why the warranties never exceed two years, however expensive the IEM may be.
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Two or three years is the correct answer, I think, based on what I've read in threads about, for example, why manufacturers won't recast custom 'phones.

There's a reason why the warranties never exceed two years, however expensive the IEM may be.
icic! meaning to say dramatic or amature drivers only last 2 to 3 years???
post #6 of 38
When I've seen that figure myself, it was always in reference to armature driver phones, and the issue was their fragility. I don't know whether dynamic drivers, being larger, might be less fragile and hence have greater longevity. Someone who actually knows what they're talking about will be along momentarily to help you.
post #7 of 38
I feel like my HJE900s are going to last forever(dropping nozzle filters notwithstanding). Removable cables and almost-as-hard-as-diamonds body is nice XD.
post #8 of 38
agreed.
replaceable cable, tips, etc. makes for much better longevity.
don't personally dig IEMs myself, but have some experience with them.
i'd say the "angel hair pasta" cord is the first thing to go.
if it can be replaced, that's a win.
post #9 of 38
Armatures are a susceptible to damage via impact, so don't drop them or knock them around. Their lifespan when taken care of should be around 5 years, less the more you abuse them. Dynamics do not suffer the same weakness, but if you take care of your armature earphones you'll likely have something else fail before the actual driver does.
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agreed.
replaceable cable, tips, etc. makes for much better longevity.
don't personally dig IEMs myself, but have some experience with them.
i'd say the "angel hair pasta" cord is the first thing to go.
if it can be replaced, that's a win.
yeah replaceable cables, tips are better cos can be replaced when damaged!
post #11 of 38
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Armatures are a susceptible to damage via impact, so don't drop them or knock them around. Their lifespan when taken care of should be around 5 years, less the more you abuse them.
What armature driver IEM have you had, which you used on a regular basis, consistently over its life span, which lasted five years?
post #12 of 38
replaceable cable depends. it could be a good thing or a bad thing. having replaceable cables means one additional connection could go bad

I would say 2-3 years is a good estimate but I have never had an iem break on me except the cable splitting by a shure iem. If you take good care of them you should be fine. I would imagine that a cable or plug or something else would go wrong before the BA drivers die however.
post #13 of 38
From a few months to 10 years I would think. Depends on how are you handling them/using them, taking tips on and off, how tight you wind up the cables, putting in your pocket or in a case, leaving in a hot or cold car/storage, dropping, pulling on cable, humidity, dirty ears, etc, etc.
post #14 of 38
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From a few months to 10 years I would think. Depends on how are you handling them/using them, taking tips on and off, how tight you wind up the cables, putting in your pocket or in a case, leaving in a hot or cold car/storage, dropping, pulling on cable, humidity, dirty ears, etc, etc.
I take good care of my IEMs and also my MP3 players and when not in use, I would store them in my Otterbox.

post #15 of 38
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What armature driver IEM have you had, which you used on a regular basis, consistently over its life span, which lasted five years?
I never said I had one that lasted 5 years, in fact I have only had an armature IEM for approximately 2 weeks in the past, though that will change when my new IEMs arrive.
I read that the armature itself has an approximate lifespan of 5 years from something quoting Jerry Harvey, so I do have a valid source. I specifically said that other components will likely fail before the driver itself fails.
It doesn't matter what's actually inside, your external parts are what you need to worried about. If you have an armature IEM with rock solid build quality (or customs) only then would the armature having a lesser lifespan be a factor. So if you plan on keeping your IEM for a while, take care of it and all should be well if it has good build quality.
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