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Head Phones a waste of money?
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With a mobile device (IPhone), I use the speakers if there is no-one around (home) and headphones if I am in any sort of public area. I have not had any trouble with with wired headphones, but I treat them well and don't really use them often anyway.

With my PC, I mainly use my receiver and surround sound system. I have wireless headphones for playing games with friends and use them when watching/playing something late at night, so as not to disturb the apartment neighbors. I have gone through a number of wireless headphones, that either were poor quality or died on me. But, my current headphones are great. I have had them for quite a while now. The sound is great and the batteries last for hours. They are the Logitech wireless G930.
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Mine take quite a long time to break. And obviously cheaper headphones will break quicker, no matter how much you care for them.
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Hmmm. Like others have said/suggested, you should really choose them to suit the primary use. If you're out and about listening to music, I know the recent trend is to buy a fat pair of conspicuous Beats by Dre or Bose noise isolating over-the-head cans, but to me this just seems cumbersome (and overpriced for the quality of the audio you get). Honestly, I'd go with a set of mid-priced (i.e. £35/$60) earphones/earbuds. As long as you aren't screwing these up into a tangled mess and stuffing them in your pockets when not in use, you'll be fine. There are a few out there that come with extended manufacturer warranties, so even if you develop an issue with them, they'll replace them for free. On that front, I'd totally recommend the range made by RHA -- a Scottish-based independent manufacturer. Not only are they reasonably priced, the audio quality is excellent, and the company guarantees them for three years!

If you're using them at home / with a computer, studio headphones are definitely the way forward. I've had no problems with the classic range made by Sony that come with the curly flex cord (kind of like the old-style cord that was attached to landline phones in ye olden days). Provided you can get genuine ones (there are lots of fakes on the web), they'll last you a long time. The MDR-V6 came out in 1985 --- there's a reason why they still make 'em, and why people still buy 'em!

I did have a pair of Sennheiser wireless headphones for a few years. These relied on radio signals and a base unit that you had to plug into the audio source. The range was amazing, although they were prone to interference. These are for indoor use only, as the base unit has to be plugged into the mains.

Bluetooth wireless headphones are fine if you don't mind compromising a bit on fidelity.
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I only use headphones when traveling or when playing games on a portable device (e.g., Nintendo 3DS XL or PS Vita). When at home and playing console games or watching anime, I prefer to use my 7.1 system.

I take care of my earbuds / headphones so issues have come few and far between. In recent years, I recall only one pair of Beats by Dre Tour buds that had the wires fray near the connector. After that I decided to check out other brands and now I'm a huge fan of Ultimate Ears. The sound quality is fantastic and their designs are quite catchy as well. Right now I have a pair of Ultimate Ears buds (UE600vi) and a pair of over-ear headphones (UE6000). I highly recommend either. They're priced very competitively but they sound like they should be more expensive Sometime this summer I'm going to purchase a pair of UE900s (have to set some money aside as they cost $400).

For reference, here are images of each:

UE600vi



UE6000 (priced at around $87 right now on Amazon.com as it has been discontinued by the manufacturer)



UE900



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I have had bad luck with headphones ever since the good Zune earbuds left the market. Those would last me a year of heavy use of even using the cord as a tether to pull the ZuneHD out of my pocket and generally treating the cord like a chain on a pocket watch. The most recent are Bluetooth/wireless headset for 80 and the switch broke requiring a precision screwdriver to flip the switch after a few months, the switch took a surprising amount of effort to switch from Bluetooth to wireless when I bought them. I had a stand I would set them on while charging and them getting knocked off on the carpet a few feet is enough to damage the micro USB connection requiring to delicately adjust them to charge. Otherwise I have gone trough JBL, Kicker, skullcandy, Sennheiser, Turtle Beach, Sony, and Logitech now since I am looking to replace them with either Tt, Steel series or Razer.
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It doesn't matter.
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Posted 4/6/14
I have ear phones and headphones.
I keep my hp on a hook
and my ep in a pocket.
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I have a pair of Logitech UE600's (Someone already posted an image of them above :P) and the wire broke after about 4 months, though I'm not the most careful person in the world.

I have a pair of VSonic GR07 Bass Edition's that have an amazing wire, had them for about 7 months and I haven't noticed anything even starting to break on them.
Posted 4/6/14
OMG such an annoying thing . you have no idea how many times I replaced my phone earbuds.Like million times already and it always the wires the fu**ing wires ALWYAS ..I got tired from this issue because it doesn;t matter if you buy a good one or a cheap one it will always the same.but I still replace it from time to time because I can't live without listening to the same playlist in my phone while going out to college/work
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I don't tend to bring my headphones around with me but I spent $100 on mine and I never once thought that they weren't a good investment
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I generally get a new pair every year or two, depending on how well they break in. I've only had a couple set break on me, but those were when I use to buy turtle beaches. I had a pair of astro A40s for 2 years (gave away), steel series for another year (gave away), and I've had my sennheiser 363 for about 6 months. I treat them well enough, only using them at my computer though I do sleep with them on.

BTW, I noticed a lot of you are having trouble with your cords. Cold weather is the death of cords, so if you're wearing your headphones outside in cold weather expect that to be the end of them. Might be fine once or twice, but the cords become brittle and you'll end up replacing them a lot. Expensive headphones are for home, cheap ones on the road (at least in winter).
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Posted 4/6/14
Wireless/Bluetooth headphones should resolve your issue hopefully.
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I think earbuds are a waste of money personally (but I mistreat them (I wrap them around my ipod so...) but I think headsets are worth the money for desktop computers if they're not meant for travelling because I have a gaming headset and they're terrible for traveling/going mobile so I just keep them by my desktop
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I love Skullcandy's lifetime warranty. I haven't had to pay for a pair of headphones in a few years now, and I usually go through four pair of earbuds a year.
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i think if you get a cheap pair and they last 6 months then you've got your money's worth.
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Just bought a pair of beats and I love them even though I have seen numerous people saying they are a waste of money. I listen to so much music that justifies the amount I spend on headphones. They are like an extra accessory to me. Too much swag lol.
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