Why do I keep breaking my IEMs?
Jul 15, 2014 at 9:47 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 14

Alpina

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Hi, so I bought Vsonic gr02be just for gym, and after 3 weeks of usage cable broke near the jack (when it moves, sound in one earphone disappears). Then I thought whatever, and took my gr07 mkii to gym and after 2 weeks they also broke in exact same place. So I got replacement for both of them, and not after month of usage of my new gr02be they again broke in exact same spot.
 
I am 95% sure that it's my fault but at the same time Vsonics are very very bad quality in that regard. Because how I use them, is I take player from my pocket, switch the track (which happens like 100 times per day) and put my player to my pocket, so I think the cable keeps bending in that place and eventually breaks. Is it most likely what's happening? Even if that's the case, it's just 2-4 weeks and they are dead, it's ridiculous. How can they possibly last 1, 2 or more years I can't imagine..
 
Any insight on the case?
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:17 AM Post #3 of 14

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Buy a higher quality headphone jack and that should do the trick.
I bought something like this for my old denons and it did the trick:http://m.ebay.com/itm/261246859851?nav=SEARCH

I don't know what you're using for playback but if your device supports it, re wiring your headphones to work with an inline controller would mean you don't need to pull your phone out to change songs.

Edit: nice avatar, great movie.
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:34 AM Post #4 of 14

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if's a L-shaped plug turn the L so the wire is flush with the top of the player and doesn't stick out at a weird angle. and you can tape that area where it always break for reinforcement.
 
...or you can buy nicer earbuds :) glhf
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 5:21 AM Post #5 of 14

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My jack looks like this:

And it always breaks near the connection of cable with plastic itself. So is if possible to fix it somehow, or should I get replacement again? Also if I reinforce them with tape, then they will probably break at the point where the tape ends.
 
I think from now on, for gym I will be using some cheap 5$ iems from local food store.
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 6:24 AM Post #6 of 14

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if you can get a free replacement go for it! hahah
 
my suggestion would be to NEVER pull on the wire ever and to unplug via grasping as close to the 3.5 plug and detaching there.
 
but yeaaa, your headphones sound like insanely terrible quality. maybe get a pair of sennheiser such as these:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-365-Earphones-Blue/dp/B005920DVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+mx
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-680-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0035JKJ40/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-3&keywords=sennheiser+mx
http://www.amazon.com/Sennhesier-Adidas-Sports-In-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0094R4PBU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-2&keywords=sennheiser+mx
 
I used to have sennheiser mx 560s and they lasted me forever until I lost em. gl
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:21 PM Post #7 of 14

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  if you can get a free replacement go for it! hahah
 
my suggestion would be to NEVER pull on the wire ever and to unplug via grasping as close to the 3.5 plug and detaching there.
 
but yeaaa, your headphones sound like insanely terrible quality. maybe get a pair of sennheiser such as these:
 
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-365-Earphones-Blue/dp/B005920DVA/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-1&keywords=sennheiser+mx
http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-MX-680-Discontinued-Manufacturer/dp/B0035JKJ40/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-3&keywords=sennheiser+mx
http://www.amazon.com/Sennhesier-Adidas-Sports-In-Ear-Headphones/dp/B0094R4PBU/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1405592570&sr=8-2&keywords=sennheiser+mx
 
I used to have sennheiser mx 560s and they lasted me forever until I lost em. gl

Thanks sir. But is it worth not getting just some cheapo IEMs? I don't feel like paying so much for earphones.
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:38 PM Post #9 of 14

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Almost all stock IEM cables are quite thin and easy to damage, and I actually look forward to them dying so I have an excuse to switch to 25-28 AWG cables and studio-grade plugs. Anyway, if you can solder or know someone who can, you can get very good quality 3.5mm TRS male connectors like Neutrik, Canare, or Furutek from ebay. I don't know what's the best option though, but the metal housing 3.5mm plugs I've seen like Neutrik and Canare are really really sturdy, like run over with a piano as many times as you like and no problem sturdy.
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:41 PM Post #10 of 14

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  You get what you paid for.  If you don't want to pay more for iems expect them to keep breaking or solder on a replacement jack etc....

What are you even talking about? GR02 BE are regarded as one of the best IEMS in its price range, how is it justifiable to them to break in few weeks? Also, if you read my GR07 mk2 also break in few weeks, so 170$ is not high price for you? Your post sound really stupid for me.
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:45 PM Post #11 of 14

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  What are you even talking about? GR02 BE are regarded as one of the best IEMS in its price range, how is it justifiable to them to break in few weeks? Also, if you read my GR07 mk2 also break in few weeks, so 170$ is not high price for you? Your post sound really stupid for me.

 
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I think from now on, for gym I will be using some cheap 5$ iems from local food store.
 

Remember typing this?  Yeah, using cheap $5 iems "from local food store" isn't the solution.  You should probably just buy some beats in ears, actually.
 
Also, how does repairing the jack yourself sound stupid?
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 4:53 PM Post #12 of 14

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  Remember typing this?  Yeah, using cheap $5 iems "from local food store" isn't the solution.  You should probably just buy some beats in ears, actually.
 
Also, how does repairing the jack yourself sound stupid?

Fixing jack itself is an option. But I just don't understand how are you saying that 30$ iems are not expensive enough to last long time. My first better IEMs I had were Klipsch s3, and they lasted over 2 years for me, for the same price range.
 
  Almost all stock IEM cables are quite thin and easy to damage, and I actually look forward to them dying so I have an excuse to switch to 25-28 AWG cables and studio-grade plugs. Anyway, if you can solder or know someone who can, you can get very good quality 3.5mm TRS male connectors like Neutrik, Canare, or Furutek from ebay. I don't know what's the best option though, but the metal housing 3.5mm plugs I've seen like Neutrik and Canare are really really sturdy, like run over with a piano as many times as you like and no problem sturdy.

I have no clue about soldering or anything like that. But I'll make some research on this topic :)
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 5:04 PM Post #13 of 14

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Have you considered wireless headphones? If your problem is jack plugs breaking, then the best idea may be to get some IEMs with no jack plug :) Look up someone like Jaybird for bluetooth IEM sets, most commercial companies do a token pair of wireless headphones too. I believe Sony and Sennheiser both do, or did, make some nice wireless pairs.
 
Hope this helps :)
 
Jul 17, 2014 at 7:42 PM Post #14 of 14

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I don't recommend soldering yourself if you don't even know about soldering, better to let someone who knows how to solder to do it. You'd want it done very well so that it is nice and sturdy with good resistance to damage from pulling and stuff.
 
Agree with NawiLlih, bluetooth wireless headphones may be a good idea for gym use, but they can be very expensive and bad sound quality. If you want a relatively cheap one just for gym use I'd take a look at these
 
http://www.monoprice.com/Product?c_id=108&cp_id=10823&cs_id=1082708&p_id=8582&seq=1&format=2
 
They also have a silver version of the same model which is a few bucks cheaper, and some other bluetooth headphones that aren't meant for exercising.
 

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