Headphones, why won’t they last longer?

Hello and welcome to a new group of responses to the earphones questions. Ever wanted to learn about something headphone, earphone or headset related? Now is your chance. Due to the large amount of questions we are so often asked, we’ve dipped into our mailbox and picked up the nine most important (and most often submitted) questions. Enjoy.

Oh, by the way, if your question isn’t here, then simply dispatch us an email and come back in a few… you may find it featured within the later series. Thanks.

Part One: How can I make my headsets last more time?

Earphones are a vital part of modern music. During the dire old days, headsets were close to stationary turntables and the one portable music emanated largely from ‘Ghetto Blasters’, which a style of transportable tape player, such as one which incurs the wrath of Mr. Spock in Star Trek IV, the one about the whales.

This fundamentally meant that if you ever desired to listen to some music whilst out and about, (and lets face it, who doesn’t?) everyone else in the immediate vicinity had to listen to it also.

Nowadays, as any peep out of the closest window must inform you, basically everybody is listening to music discreetly and comfortably with the use of iPods, MP3 players and what-have-you. However, your earphones, the source of your audio enjoyment (see what I did there? nyuk nyuk) are a lot like your clothing or your vehicle in they go everywhere with you and sometimes require some TLC to keep them running for longer.

Wear could be the main killer of earphones (unless, like me, you sit on them when they’re within your pocket whilst at work…D’oh!) and as such, you may need to be aware to those following risks.

1) Winding: wrapping your headphones all-around your MP3 device might look like an effective way to store them, but be aware of wrapping it up too tightly. If you wrap the cables too tightly or rigidly, you are likely to tear the silicon wiring inside, it will cause irreparable damage to the wires, giving you damage to quality or whole damage to sound completely.
2) Fluids: Your earphones may seem water-resistant, but in reality, they’re simply not. If the speakers soak up fluid, this will warp them permanently, distorting all future music. Rain you are able to cope with, but be wary of sweat when running or exercising and, of course, be careful for spilled drinks.
3) Heat: The similar reason that fluids are terrible (but also with one more threat to the wiring) extreme heat is a very poor thing for headsets. Keep away from leaving them in the path of direct daylight for very long, or attempting to microwave them whilst drunk.

Caring for the headphones is a comparatively simple task, but if your music gets distorted, its from time to time a good idea to clean out the speakers using a dry cotton bud, just dabbing away on the grease or make up that may build up in there. If the matter persists, run the cotton bud under some warm water and take a look at washing out your ears. That sometimes works.