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post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Starpig View Post

Hello everyone!

 

I'm grieving for the premature death of my beloved Vsonic GR07's.

 

Right now i'm overwhelmed by distress and sorrow and asking myself existential questions... :((

 

 

The same sort occourred 3 times to my old Sennheiser IE8, wich have been repaired while still in warranty the first two times.

 

So now, while ordering a new pair of GR07 BE, i'm asking myself, what am i doing wrong?

 

I've always took care of my iems, putting them in their pouch for transport, but the drives continue to die! The cables are perfect!

 

Have some of you experienced the same problem? What can be the cause?

If it happens 4 times, it's definitely your fault, so let's change that so you can enjoy your earphones.

 

You need to take much better care of your iems. From your description (which is all we have to go by), the problem is thinking a pouch is enough protection. Use a hard case such as an otterbox. You can order one easily enough. It's worth it. There may be other things you are doing which you haven't mentioned.

post #17 of 20

Don't know if Starpig has posted and disappeared, but so many people (my own sons included) don't realize there are tiny metal wires in those earphone cables, and metal does not like to be bent.  Many people leave the plug in the player, then wrap the earphones around the player very tightly, causing a sharp bend at the plug.  This will kill and earphone in a short period of time.

 

As several people have suggested, unplug the earphones, and wrap them loosely around your hand and store them in a pouch or harder case.  I have several soft pouches for my earphones, including my ER4, but those pouches go into stiffer/harder cases with my Cowon player.  They don't lay around to get picked up and thrown about by someone else (or worse a curious dog or cat, etc).

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by kmhaynes View Post

Don't know if Starpig has posted and disappeared, but so many people (my own sons included) don't realize there are tiny metal wires in those earphone cables, and metal does not like to be bent.  Many people leave the plug in the player, then wrap the earphones around the player very tightly, causing a sharp bend at the plug.  This will kill and earphone in a short period of time.

 

As several people have suggested, unplug the earphones, and wrap them loosely around your hand and store them in a pouch or harder case.  I have several soft pouches for my earphones, including my ER4, but those pouches go into stiffer/harder cases with my Cowon player.  They don't lay around to get picked up and thrown about by someone else (or worse a curious dog or cat, etc).


For a pair of IEMs over $100 though, you would expect better build quality. My IEMs are all very durable, they have all been through the washer, all dropped on the ground, some of them stepped on, all of them sat on. The cables get tugged a lot also. I think he is just having some bad luck, or less likely, a troll.

post #19 of 20

Buying headphones with an L-style jack will also help to drastically improve the life of the headphone in comparison to a straight jack. I have a pair of sony ex50s with an L-jack still running strong after 2 years whereas my FX3X with a straight jack just blew after 6 months

post #20 of 20
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 Thanks everybody for help.

 

To give an answer to everybody:

 

- I do not listen at really high volumes; i rarely go to full volume on my iphone 4, usually to compensate with low volume recordings...

 

- On the GR07 the driver brutally stopped to work. On the Sennheiser IE8, the drivers still worked, but with a much lower output power.

 

- I've never bent the cable, i'm very careful about that. The cable isn't the problem, as it's the first thing i've changed after the problem...

 

 

I really think i got a faulty GR07, cause when i opened them, the driver, without pulling, broke in two parts: the coil and the membrane at one side, and the magnet on the other. Probably it haven't been glued so well, and a little hit sufficed to broke them. :((

 

 

From this experience, i can say some things:

 

- I'm really disappointed with sennheiser production quality and support.

 

- The cable on the GR07 is waaay better the the cable on the IE8.

 

 

Right now i'm waiting for a new pair of GR07 (Bass edition this time), hoping for a longer life this time.... :)

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