Long-Term Headphone Storage
Jul 16, 2007 at 9:43 PM Thread Starter Post #1 of 15

AudioDwebe

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Is it better to store headphones long-term like this:

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Or like this:

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Sorry for the sideway view of the last two photos. Tried, tried and re-tried but couldn't get the damn things rightside up.

I made the hanger-type headphone holder a while back, but was always on a lookout for a drawer-type that would hold the headphones. I just picked up the drawer today and like the way it looks, but am now a bit concerned about storing headphones long-term laying on their sides, as opposed to hanging by the headband.

In the past I've just put my headphones in a cloth sack of some sort and threw them in a drawer (but that's when I really didn't care much for/about headphones). Now that I'm kind of into them I don't want to risk any damage to the headphones.

What do you think?
 
Jul 16, 2007 at 9:58 PM Post #2 of 15
There should be no difference whatsoever. If a headphone is durable enough to withstand daily use, it's more than durable enough to be stored in just about any sane fashion.

I would advise plastic bags though, to keep out dust and moisture.
 
Jul 16, 2007 at 10:50 PM Post #3 of 15
When not in use I keep my headphones in cryonic storage, in order to maintain that balance between burned in fully and diaphragms gone wobbly with age happy medium.

PS, I like the hanger stand, but it is let down by the narfness of that yellow foam. I vote dye it black or just hang them on the wood.
 
Jul 16, 2007 at 11:03 PM Post #4 of 15
when not in use, sell them to another head-fier. =)
 
Jul 16, 2007 at 11:39 PM Post #7 of 15
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Originally Posted by catscratch /img/forum/go_quote.gif
There should be no difference whatsoever. If a headphone is durable enough to withstand daily use, it's more than durable enough to be stored in just about any sane fashion.

I would advise plastic bags though, to keep out dust and moisture.



Except the AKGs. They should not be hung by their leather bands. It wears out the elastic and you don't want to have to order replacements from AKG unless you like to wait. If you hang the AKGs hang them by the metal bands.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 2:23 AM Post #9 of 15
I use 1-gallon ziplocks. Fits everything but my floats - even my Stanton Dynaphases.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 2:24 AM Post #10 of 15
I use drawers just to keep them out of sight in case someone breaks into my house, but when I'm home I usually hang them on my desk hangers.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 2:05 PM Post #11 of 15
Option 2 is better.

Hanging them stretches the elastics on AKGs and leaves indentations on the Senns.
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I store mine in air-tight plastic boxes like these.

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Allows me to organise them neatly while keeping them dust and moisture free.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 3:04 PM Post #12 of 15
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You should at least lay your grados pads down.


I did that with my SR-80s, and i'm pretty sure it contributed to the pads wearing out (and getting too squishy for my liking) much faster than if i'd hung them from the headband. As always, YMMV, and if you like the pads to be squishy ( I happen to like the pads new and firm) then go for it.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 5:23 PM Post #13 of 15
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Originally Posted by Rav /img/forum/go_quote.gif
I did that with my SR-80s, and i'm pretty sure it contributed to the pads wearing out (and getting too squishy for my liking) much faster than if i'd hung them from the headband. As always, YMMV, and if you like the pads to be squishy ( I happen to like the pads new and firm) then go for it.


I listened to Grados for the first time at a meet over the week end and the only ones I could stand having on my ears were the ones with the squishiest pads, so definitely YMMV.
 
Jul 17, 2007 at 7:46 PM Post #14 of 15
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Hanging them stretches the elastics on AKGs and leaves indentations on the Senns.
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Not if you hang them like this:

 
Jul 17, 2007 at 8:14 PM Post #15 of 15
proper storage ?

probobly a tupperware or a wooden box, a couple of packets of silica gel inside, and the cable wrapped and tied with one of those plasic twisters they use when you get them,

silica gel is a material designed to absorb humidity, you might find them in new clothing in small paper packets filled with small balls, this will prevent humidity from degrading the headphones, and they should last awhile unless you live in the middle of the amazon,
 

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