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Head Phones a waste of money?
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27 / F / Washington
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Posted 4/6/14
I always carry my headphones around when Im traveling or bored.
But I always have the issue of headphones ruining after a couple of months. Like sound only comes out of one side.
I thought it was just because I bought the cheap ones for so long, so I invested in some SOL Republic headphones which were the HD version about a year ago. They are completely interchangeable headphones, from the wires to the headband and so forth.

But I still feel frustrated that the wires break easily even if I'm careful.
they cost like 20 dollars to replace the wires.
Do you guys see this as an ongoing issue or do you just use your computers speakers normally?

Are headphones even wireless?
Posted 4/6/14
yes you can get wireless headphones...


I have the same problem with my headphones... and I have expensive ones... like Sony and Bose. But I admit, I treat them very badly... like I drop them, bunch them up with laptops inside my bag... so naturally they break due to mistreatment.


if you want to prolong a headphones life, get a headphone case and wrap the wires properly... I never do that even though Bose gave me the case for free
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M / Buttermilk
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Posted 4/6/14
There are Bluetooth headphones that are wireless. Give those a try
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25 / M
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Posted 4/6/14
Same thing happens to me. I've been thinking about doing this.


Buy 2 pairs of the same kind of ear buds I like at the same time off somewhere I can get them cheap, like amazon. (headphones with warranty)

Set up the warranty for both of them online, and then when one breaks in a few months just send it back and use the other pair for the time being.

Repeat.

I think it could end up being a pretty solid idea actually.
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20 / M / Hampshire, England
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Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
Headphones are always better than speakers if you're the only one listening. I've had headphone cables twist, tangle and then break after a few months of using them, just try not to touch them and they'll last longer.

As for wireless headphones, they exist but they're really expensive, lower quality, require charging and sometimes interfere with your computer's wireless. When I had a pair it took several minutes to open a web page.
Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
I serenade my headphones.

I sing to them Hold on we're going home and Nothin' on you, LOL
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Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
I got fed up of my earphones breaking all the time and bought a set that advertised themselves as being extra strong.

Since then they've been routinely stepped on, hurled across the room, twisted in knots and crushed. 11 months of that and the only noticeable difference from the day I bought them is that the angle of the bend just outside the headphone jack is now about 85 degrees rather than 90 (with no difference in sound quality).

Of course, I've had other things get broken by the earphones, but that's another matter entirely.
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31 / F / Millersville, Mar...
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Posted 4/6/14
Yes, they are a waste of money, but not for everyone.
I can't live without headphones. I even sleep in my headphones.
Headphones and hats are personal attachments and now parts
of my physical look, all the time. Because of this, I go through them
like they are going out of style. I buy a 10$ set of earbuds every month.
I buy a nice set of headphones every 3 and I have to replace my wireless
headphones every 6.
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26 / M / GA
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Posted 4/6/14
I have the same issue, but between working out with them in, using them any time I'm on my computer, and sleeping with one earbud in, it's inevitable. Once in a blue moon JBL does a $5 grab bag deal (something random from their shop). Last time they did it I got 3 pairs, I think something like $180 worth of headphones, for under $20.
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Posted 4/6/14
Well, considering I bought about 6-8 pair of headphones last year, they really cost me money. Really hate it that the sound always goes off. I have no problems with the wires anymore though, since as long as you treat them right they'll last.

Are they a waste of money though? Depends on who you are.
For me headphones are something I can't live without. I can't stand having to listen with my laptop speakers.
Only moments I have them off is when I shower and when my friend's over. Other than that they never come off.
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20 / M / Netherlands
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Mine constantly break as well, usually I just buy pretty cheap ones. They'll last a few months but then I can just buy them again since they don't cost that much anyway... But it is really annoying I agree.
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26 / F / Overlord's Castle
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Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
You don't take good care of them thats why. My headphones last at least a year before I have to buy a new one. Heck the ones I am using now I bought 3 years ago. Just be careful about the cords and don't bend them or wind them up and they will last.
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Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
Depends. As someone who practices voice work and makes music my headphones are incredibly important since the only other sound output I'd have is from my computer screen which sounds terrible. I've had my pair of headphones for about 2 years now and I've never had a problem, but it depends on what you're doing with them. If you're travelling with them a lot, well, from what I've heard a majority of headphones aren't made for travelling, they're for use in studios, homes, etc. I've only ever killed one wire and that's only because it received some rather hard tugs and yanks over its short life so I don't know what you're doing to yours that could be killing them. I actually plan on buying some more expensive headphones for my birthday (Sennheiser HD 558 for anyone interested). From what I've heard there are indeed wireless headphones, but I can't recommend anything specific other than doing some searching around the internet.
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25 / M / Inside Lorreen's...
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Posted 4/6/14 , edited 4/6/14
I'm a gamer, so head phones give me a better feel to the game, I think at least, so no they are never a waste of money. My Razer headset lasted nearly 5 years and the only reason I had to replace them was my cat eventually just shredded the cords. My new ones are still perfect and feel like new after nearly 6 months now. But I take extreme care of any of my electrical devices, it's a pet peeve of mine I guess. I honestly take better care of my technology than I probably do kids I have babysat over the years.


Of course thinking about it now, matters what type of headphones we are talking about... since there are so many types. There are cheap travelling versions, like ear buds, that only have like a life expectancy of probably a year, if that. There are a bit pricier headphones, any of the over the ear headphones, that if used properly and probably not for travelling, can last a few years. After that the huge price sticker headphones split after that into ones specifically meant for like music production and such stuff like that with the other group being gaming headphones. These can last for 5+ years to, if you are really careful with them and only using them for what they are meant to be used for, probably 10 years.
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22 / M / Fraxinus
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Posted 4/6/14
One: it depends on what headphones you buy. A pair of cheap earphones for £7 are of course more likely to break down quicker. Two: it depends on how you treat them. If you swing them around, yank them or whatever, of course they're more likely to break down quicker. My earphones cost me about £15 (can't really remember) and they've been going strong for almost a year. Previously my even cheaper earphones would barely last half a year. Now, with headphones, mine are £20 and are also going strong with great sound quality. At any rate, whether they're a waste of money or not, I can't imagine listening to music by myself without them. It's just much better sound quality. Hell, my past two phones headphones sockets have both failed faster than my actual headphones have.
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