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#1 Skiver

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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:25

I'm reaching out to you fine people because I am sick to death with headphones breaking! I must easily go through a pair every 4-6 months and it's getting silly.

 

I don't have a limit in mind but I don't really have much money so the lower the better. I use my headphones on two occasions, at the Gym and on my walk to and from work but because of the Gym I don't really want the big over head straps as I can't see them staying on when running and don't want to take a risk based on someone else's experience of them staying on. I'm no audiophile so I don't need the clearest best headphones ever but I do want quality. I do prefer the in hear ones with the foam/rubber keeping them in there.

 

The issue i have with headphones no matter what brand or price always seems to end up the same, one side will stop working. It will start with the odd drop out on one side to eventual total loss of sound from one of the headphones. I don't know if that is a common problem and there is an easy "feature" to look for in the cable quality when I'm shopping for headphones but if someone does know something it would be good.

 

Wireless is a potential option but you I know you end up paying more for that and I'm not sure if its worth it.

 

Ideally I'd also like to stay away from the over-ear clip style headphones (like below), in the past I've always found them uncomfortable or difficult to fit but I'm not completely opposed to them.

 

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Please help me find something that will last more than a few months!!!!




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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:34

I have fancy headphones i use in the house

 

i use these when working on the car and such and they work well and are cheap lol

 

 

http://www.amazon.co...sl_2knux8b8uj_b



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 09:49

I suggest anything by Sony with two drivers. Cheap, durable and great sound.



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Posted 19 September 2013 - 20:21

Either one ear is sweating like a mofo or you are damaging the cable. Likely the latter. The only person who can help you with that is yourself.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 09:31

Either one ear is sweating like a mofo or you are damaging the cable. Likely the latter. The only person who can help you with that is yourself.

It's the cable, and I now know what its because of the way I'm wrapping the cable round my phone when I'm done sometimes. Would love to know if there are "stronger" cables or whatever that would help prevent this. 



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 13:06

It's the cable, and I now know what its because of the way I'm wrapping the cable round my phone when I'm done sometimes. Would love to know if there are "stronger" cables or whatever that would help prevent this. 

They are but be prepared to pay $100-$200 for them. I know someone that had the same problem, so he put a bunch of hotglue where the wires connect together and also hotglued where they wires enter the earphone.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 14:43

Shrink wrap the cable? it might help make it stronger, flexible?

 

I on the other hand, I too go though headphone like no tomorrow, but they are cheap enough to get replacements of, I use mine at the gym and am quite a fan of Sony MDR-G45LP's

 

They probably last about 18-24 months and that is daily gym use for an hour a day, getting rather wet and thrown into the bottom of my gym bag.

So in terms of Life span vs Life Style 18-24 months makes these rather good I think...



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 14:47

I just bought these:

 

http://www.rakuten.c.../252435556.html



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 15:15

They are but be prepared to pay $100-$200 for them. I know someone that had the same problem, so he put a bunch of hotglue where the wires connect together and also hotglued where they wires enter the earphone.

To be honest it seems to be the other end of the wire (at least this time) if I wiggle the end with the 3.5mm jack that goes into my phone i'll get occasional bursts of sound in both ears.

 

Shrink wrap the cable? it might help make it stronger, flexible?

 

I on the other hand, I too go though headphone like no tomorrow, but they are cheap enough to get replacements of, I use mine at the gym and am quite a fan of Sony MDR-G45LP's

 

They probably last about 18-24 months and that is daily gym use for an hour a day, getting rather wet and thrown into the bottom of my gym bag.

So in terms of Life span vs Life Style 18-24 months makes these rather good I think...

18-24 months would be a godsend, mine last months! I'll bear them in mind but i do much prefer in ear.

 

I just bought these:

 

http://www.rakuten.c.../252435556.html

Do you do any running or go to the Gym in those? I really can't picture them staying on with what I class as running :p



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 21:47

^ No, I don't run -- but they do have an insert for a micro SD 32 gig chip.

 

The headphones do fit well over the ears.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 21:58

I recently got a bluetooth headset, now the particular model I got is not good for you as they're large and go over the head so they'd be pretty awful for running, but I'd consider a cheaper bluetooth model if I were you. The quality has improved much over the past few years, and the best thing imo right now is that many come with a usb port. So not only are they incredibly easy to charge, when connected to the computer over the usb cable they serve as a usb sound card and headset so you can use them even while charging. You'd basically never have to worry about the cable breaking again. They work great with the phone as well.

 

This is the one I got, $48: http://dx.com/p/rapo...ey-white-164908 maybe surf the site and see if they have in-ear models as wel.



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Posted 20 September 2013 - 22:10

I would recommend getting some V-MODAs.

 

http://v-moda.com/remix-audio/

 

I have those currently, and have been running with them for well over a year and they still work great! They make all their headphones with actual metal, not plastic, and they reinforce their cables with Kevlar. I have a few other pairs of V-MODA headphones and I've never had any problems.

 

They are more pricey than some other brands, but in my opinion it is so worth it. They sound great as well!

 

If you check Amazon, they have way cheaper prices than VMODAs site a lot of the time, esspecially if you buy an older model.



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Posted 21 September 2013 - 14:59

^ No, I don't run -- but they do have an insert for a micro SD 32 gig chip.

 

The headphones do fit well over the ears.

I use Google Music from my phone for music so yes, I could copy music to an SD card but it kinda defeats the purpose.

 

I recently got a bluetooth headset, now the particular model I got is not good for you as they're large and go over the head so they'd be pretty awful for running, but I'd consider a cheaper bluetooth model if I were you. The quality has improved much over the past few years, and the best thing imo right now is that many come with a usb port. So not only are they incredibly easy to charge, when connected to the computer over the usb cable they serve as a usb sound card and headset so you can use them even while charging. You'd basically never have to worry about the cable breaking again. They work great with the phone as well.

 

This is the one I got, $48: http://dx.com/p/rapo...ey-white-164908 maybe surf the site and see if they have in-ear models as wel.

 

Thanks I'll have a look through them, charging shouldn't be as massive issue as I work at a desk so can always made sure they have a full charge before anything as long as they last 3+ hours.

I would recommend getting some V-MODAs.

 

http://v-moda.com/remix-audio/

 

I have those currently, and have been running with them for well over a year and they still work great! They make all their headphones with actual metal, not plastic, and they reinforce their cables with Kevlar. I have a few other pairs of V-MODA headphones and I've never had any problems.

 

They are more pricey than some other brands, but in my opinion it is so worth it. They sound great as well!

 

If you check Amazon, they have way cheaper prices than VMODAs site a lot of the time, esspecially if you buy an older model.

These I like, I did find some others that talked about reinforced kevlar cables but they seemed to be quite a bit more expensive then these.