Originally Posted by Gazi
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.
Originally Posted by Gazi
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.