Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › the life of a headphone does it start losing its crispnes or quality ?
New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:

the life of a headphone does it start losing its crispnes or quality ?

post #1 of 6
Thread Starter 

hey guys just wondering say, do the hd 650 over the years maybe like 10 years start going down in quality just from use ?

post #2 of 6
Thread Starter 

bump

post #3 of 6

 

 

 They shouldn't, when drivers go, they just go 'pop' and that's that.

 

 A good example would be the aging cellulose drivers in the famed Sony R10 ~ they're literally

 disintegrating before the owner's eyes - read: pricey!!!

 

 Certainly any headphone's drivers cannot be compared to let's say a dying vacuum tube for example

 that occasionally can draw out a lengthy wonky period before finally dying.

 

 That said, it's a different scenario to a driver developing an early issue like say a crackle, that

 tends to happen very early on. Human hair is also a big culprit.


Edited by Gwarmi - 1/15/12 at 3:46am
post #4 of 6
My Pioneer Monitor 10 and Sony Z6 still sound fantastic, and they are from the '70s.

I think the answer is no, unless they've had very bad environmental exposure to things that would destroy the driver.
post #5 of 6

At some point yourcans will begin to sound totally different - either too lean or too flabby, and they don't fit right. That means you should get new pads.

post #6 of 6

Lots of things change over the years with pads -

 

Foam disintegrates ... Sennheiser, Koss, Sony, Grado, etc.

Pleather flakes and tears (Sony is very bad about this.)

Koss' fluid-filled pads become as hard as a rock.

 

You need to keep an eye on the foam and pleather.  If the pleather is thick it will last longer, but eventually crack.  It the pleather is thin (Sony), it may go in a couple of years.  Foam will disintegrate eventually in every case.

 

New Posts  All Forums:Forum Nav:
  Return Home
  Back to Forum: Headphones (full-size)
Head-Fi.org › Forums › Equipment Forums › Headphones (full-size) › the life of a headphone does it start losing its crispnes or quality ?