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All wire headphones are so c*appy and worthless?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

Hi!

So I had Sennheiser HD201 headphones for some time. I didnt use it very often past 2 years. And then come time when I use id everyday I was on PC. After few months there were problems with one aer pod and then another. Basicly cable was failing, but headphones was fine. Eventually i got frustrated with fixing this cables every week and exchanged them for some cheaper ones. All was good for first 3 months and today noticed that left ear pad starts to loos signal when i slightly move a cable.
 

So this is my question. All wired HP are so crappy? I was planning to buy some SteelSeries Siberia HP, but after breaking my sec wired heeadphones over 3 months I start to reconsider it. I wont pay 60$ or more for a headphones that will be screwd after few months just because of stupid cable that is this times thinner and thinner which make it easier to break.

 

I wondered about some wireless ones, but hear that they got some latency and wors sound quality due compressing? What about 60-80$ price range(looking for gaming HS with microphone)? Sound quality on those is also bad? But my main goal is durability. Wireless are durable? Since there is no cable there should be no disconnects, but maybe problems with baterry dieing quicly?

post #2 of 12
So - you buy two cheap headphones and from that you decide that all wired headphones are cr@p? rolleyes.gif
post #3 of 12
Thread Starter 

No, I just use them a lot. And I heard from other people(like Kripparian) which also use HP much often they have similar problem everyyear, no matter what kind of product they use. All that matters is the same issue. Crappy wiring. Does wireless have any durability issues too?

post #4 of 12

My world would be very different if headphones were crappy cos they're wired :)

 

Got to say though, quite a lot of headphones have not so great/reliable wired designs, especially if one's going to put it through rough times.

Get a wired headphone that allows for user replacable wires.There are quite a few in the $50 price ranges. 

 

Wireless will have it's own problems in the reliability sector, I'm sure of it!

post #5 of 12

My opinion to this: No, not all wired headphones are crap. But if you buy an 30 bucks headphone, you get exactly this: a 30 bucks headphone. Nothing more.

 

You want a good quality? Look into Beyerdynamic dt 770/880/990 models. I know bunch of guys, who have been using them for 20-30 years now.

 

Quality costs money. You will not, and will never ever find 30 bucks headphones who are even close to the build quality of a 150 bucks headphone.

 

-> Buy good products, and they wont break. And even if they do, you can just get cheap spare parts, replace the broken piece, and keep using that.

post #6 of 12

The beyers really are tanks. I'd say my Sennheiser HD280Pros are pretty tough as well.

post #7 of 12
I have a set of headphones with a cable that is 34 years old and still work fine. I have sets of IEMs that are 5 to 15 years old and the cables still work fine. I suspect the issue is in how you treat the headphones, not the headphones.
post #8 of 12
Thread Starter 

Ok, so what headphones would you recommend in price range of 50-100$, with good sound quality, microphone and exchangable cable? Main purpose entertainment(games, movies, music).

post #9 of 12
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Originally Posted by Gazi View Post
 

Hi!

 

So this is my question. All wired HP are so crappy? 

 

I wondered about some wireless ones, Sound quality on those is also bad?

 

If you want to see rainbow,you gotta put up with the rain.

 

P.s.:

 

Every headphone has wires in it, no?:D

post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by Gazi View Post
 

Hi!

So I had Sennheiser HD201 headphones for some time. I didnt use it very often past 2 years. And then come time when I use id everyday I was on PC. After few months there were problems with one aer pod and then another. Basicly cable was failing, but headphones was fine. Eventually i got frustrated with fixing this cables every week and exchanged them for some cheaper ones. All was good for first 3 months and today noticed that left ear pad starts to loos signal when i slightly move a cable.
 

So this is my question. All wired HP are so crappy? I was planning to buy some SteelSeries Siberia HP, but after breaking my sec wired heeadphones over 3 months I start to reconsider it. I wont pay 60$ or more for a headphones that will be screwd after few months just because of stupid cable that is this times thinner and thinner which make it easier to break.

 

I haven't really broken any cables on my headphones without knowing how I did it. When I broke the cable on my Shure SE115, it was because I suddenly had to get up and rushed in throwing it into the carrying case...then snagged the cable when I closed the zipper. When it was the stock cable on my HD600, it's because I jumped up to grab my tablet (Skype call) and accidentally stepped and pulled the cable. The only other head/earphone cables I broke were when I was in high school using Sonys (stock and some aftermarket units) and basically just tossed them around and only took care of the Discman/MD player.

 

There could be something in your habits that probably wears them down faster. For example most people for example wrap earphones around their iPod while still in the jack, stressing it near that as they bend the cable too far, and they're all usually surprised when told not to do this, so even with the headphones staying at your desk you might be ignoring certain habits that are wearing them out faster. In any case, you can just get a headphone that has a detachable cable.

 

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I wondered about some wireless ones, but hear that they got some latency and wors sound quality due compressing? What about 60-80$ price range(looking for gaming HS with microphone)? Sound quality on those is also bad? But my main goal is durability. Wireless are durable? Since there is no cable there should be no disconnects, but maybe problems with baterry dieing quicly?

 

For all you know the same habits you have with the wired headphones can still wear out the wireless ones. Not to mention that these have circuit boards in them, so one accidental drop high enough will probably kill a wireless headphone where a wired headphone might otherwise survive similar circumstances.

 

In any case the most durable cables I know of are Grados, but then if you tend to not mind how you handle them, you might break the assembly - anywhere the earpieces are connected to the headband.

post #11 of 12
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Ok, so what headphones would you recommend in price range of 50-100$, with good sound quality, microphone and exchangable cable? Main purpose entertainment(games, movies, music).

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post #12 of 12

Stop buying badly made headphones. Or treat them better.

I used my HD429 for a year and a half, probably 3+ hours a day. 3 days a week I'd throw them in my backpack and take them to school. They still work perfectly.

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