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How hard is it to blow your headphones drivers

post #1 of 5
Thread Starter 

Hey guys,

Have this question thats been bugging me. How difficult is it exactly to blow the drivers on your headphones? I have a pair of superlux hd 668b's that I absolutely love and sometimes I can hear a faint buzzing sound but if I turn the music down like one or two clicks on my laptop it goes away. Have I accidentally blown my drivers? Or is that like wicked hard to do? Any and all advice is appreciated!

post #2 of 5

Just because it has distortion now doesn't mean it's blown - continue doing that, assuming it is distortion, will blow the driver. There is no rule of thumb on how long before that happens because each individual part in every driver has different tolerances. For example in some dynamic midwoofers the coil will separate, in some the cone will break, in some the surround will break, even though you are using the same Bass 305 test track to destroy them.

 

However there is a possibility that there is some debris on the driver and when you go louder the driver moves out more, and hence, only hits the debris at louder volume. Most of the time this is just hair (or fur) on the driver.

post #3 of 5
Thread Starter 

Looks like I'm gonna be listening at a lower volume then. What does a blown pair of headphones actually sound like though?

post #4 of 5

If you blow out a driver wouldn't it just stop producing sound?

post #5 of 5

It can stop producing sound immediately, or even at low volumes it can be heavily distorted, even crackling, before it stops producing sound. Really best if you open it up and check.

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