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Keep damaging my earphones due to accidents any way to make earphones more robust?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Every now and then, my earphones get damaged due to accidents...just often enough to be really annoying, and usually after the warranty is over.

 

Common sympton : loss of sound in one or both sides.

 

Example of an accident : MP3 player falls to the floor, gets stopped by the earphone cable, cable gets tugged out of the plug, usually a couple of days i start seeing the symptons (loss of sound in one or both sides).

 

Obviously it would be great if absolutely no accidents happened, but that's outside of my control.

 

Is there any way to make a earphone less likely to suffer damage in situations like this, where stress gets applied to the point between the cable and the plug?

 

Also it's funny that my cheap pairs never get damaged....


Edited by Question2 - 7/22/13 at 12:09am
post #2 of 12
Get a lighter source?
Fix a clip to the cable so the tugging point isn't on both ends.
Use over ears or full size.
Use a wrist holder with cable underneath clothes or tape to skin.
Go wireless.
Zipped pockets.


In years of riding bmx i've never managed to wreck earphones.
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

"Fix a clip to the cable so the tugging point isn't on both ends."

 

What?

 

Also i would use wireless if my earphones were actually wireless....

post #4 of 12

Is that supposed to come across as rude reply? 

post #5 of 12
Thread Starter 

No, i just have no idea what you meant by clip.

post #6 of 12

Isn't it kinda obvious? Get an IEM with a removable cable, which is much more present nowadays than in the past. The TF.10 would be my personal recommendation (even over the UE900, which I hated for siblance), but all shures, and westones with the RC designation have user-replacable. Obviously these cables are usually not as expensive to repace. dt880smile.png

 

Otherwise, if your favorite IEM's can't remove its cable, check out BTG audio. Brian can turn most IEM's into removable cable for like $40 (or something like that)
 

post #7 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ive never heard of removable cables before. How does it work and how much does it cost to replace a cable?

post #8 of 12

basically your IEM's have holes in them where the cable goes in and fits. to remove you pull out. shure's replacement cables are around $35, so are the TF10's, while the westone epic RC's are around 55.

 

what earphones are you using now anyways?
 

post #9 of 12
Thread Starter 

I usually use yuin pk2s, although i do have a pair of blox m2c that is pending RMA now.

post #10 of 12

try a shure se215 and see if you like it. it's only $99 and imo is one of the best values on the market. and it has a replaceable cable.

post #11 of 12

For an IEM with replaceable cables, I would also recommend the Shure SE215's. My Crossroads MylarOne Bijou3 IEM just broke down on me day before yesterday and just 20 days after the warranty has expired and they can't fix it. My cheap IEM's lasted longer than this. Wish I could repair it myself as sound on one side gets cutting off but don't know how to do so.

post #12 of 12
Thread Starter 

Thing is, i find IEMs really uncomfortable....also the cost of replacing the cable doesnt really help (its way more expensive than resoldering it to a new plug). Im trying to find a way to avoid damaging the cable in the first place.

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