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How long do your IEMs last?

post #1 of 35
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I need to get new 'phones after my second pair of PL50's have started to lose sound in one earpiece (the first pair got replaced under warranty). It has also recently happened on my second pair of Koss KE29's (lifetime warranty is a good thing for backup 'phones), and even my KSC75s at work after i turned around with them still on my ears. This has happened on just about every headphone I have owned, including my Senn HD545s that have never left the apt., and certainly every portable set (JBLs, Sonys that came with my Walkman, etc.).

 

I'd say I get less than a year out of most canal phones (which is why I will not spend more than about $50). I'm curious how long other people's portable headphones generally last. I am pretty hard on mine since I live in a city and keep them shoved in my front pocket while walking around and commuting, but I still get annoyed whenever that inevitable intermittent sound loss out of one earpiece starts, which means the end is near.

 

[edit: I should have written "IEMs" instead of "portable headphones", since that is what I'm really asking about - edited title.]

 

***As a request, can you please state how you carry them also? ***


Edited by tman1 - 8/29/11 at 8:56am
post #2 of 35

My hd280s have gotten beaten around for about a year now, still working fine :)

post #3 of 35

More than 5 years.

 

Well, that's how long I have had my Future Sonics Atrio's and they still look and work like they are brand new.

post #4 of 35

For-evvver

post #5 of 35

I dont think the HD25 are failing on me anytime soon, and I'm not precisely babying them.

post #6 of 35
Grado SR80s going on 15 years
post #7 of 35

my m50 for 6 months still work fine.

post #8 of 35

OK, I've had Sony IEMs last me 1+ years (I only upgraded cause I wanted something new :p), 2 of them lasted around 2+ years (one of which went through the wash+dry).  I've also had some other pairs crap out after 6 months.  Recently, I have had my ADDIEMs last for well over 8 months and counting, my RE0s died after 4. 

post #9 of 35

My ibuds died after 7 month, it eventually lead me to head fi, now my wallet hates me atsmile.gif

post #10 of 35
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

My ibuds died after 7 month, it eventually lead me to head fi, now my wallet hates me atsmile.gif



My iBuds lasted me 3 years...  Then I lent them to a friend and he used them for 2 months and blew them...  It's funny how it lasted 3 years in its wrapper still :p

post #11 of 35

Not very long. I will never buy iems for more then $50 either. But I haven't had a full size pair break on me other then a pair of Sony MDR V150s and a pair of Skullcandy Lowriders.

post #12 of 35

Well to be honest, the ibuds haven't really died. Its the ring of rubber that came off due to me using them right after shower. That made them extremely uncomfortable. 

post #13 of 35
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Originally Posted by Parall3l View Post

Well to be honest, the ibuds haven't really died. Its the ring of rubber that came off due to me using them right after shower. That made them extremely uncomfortable. 



LOL, I never wore mine to begin with :p

post #14 of 35
My white PX100s (1st gen) have lasted for about three years now. My black ones had the headband crack open, but I taped them up because they still work. biggrin.gif
post #15 of 35

I can say that it took three washes + drys over a span of 6 months to finally kill my $25 Koss walmart earphones, along with going another 6 months before that free of washing. Not on purpose of course. Don't see my HD25s dying on me any time soon, though I've had it for only like two or three months.

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