Post Reply Can headphones be damaged by soda?
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Posted 6/7/16 , edited 6/7/16
Like I was wearing my new 7.1 surround sound Corsair headphones around my neck and then I trying sipping soda and the tip top of it spilled out in the left cuff onto the speakers but it dried fast when I tended in less than 60 seconds.
Would the Sound quality diminish?
Everything sound exactly fine but is there something I'm not noticing and any way to test it?
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Posted 6/7/16

AzuroHeart wrote:

Like I was wearing my new 7.1 surround sound Corsair headphones around my neck and then I trying sipping soda and the tip top of it spilled out in the left cuff onto the speakers but it dried fast when I tended in less than 60 seconds.
Would the Sound quality diminish?
Everything sound exactly fine but is there something I'm not noticing and any way to test it?

How much soda are we talking about? What kind of soda? Was it Coke/Pepsi? Diet or regular? Cola, for example, when spilled on a computer keyboard might "corrode the circuitry over time." See this story:

- Diet Coke on a MacBook Pro keyboard: The horror!
- http://blog.chron.com//techblog/2010/06/diet-coke-on-a-macbook-pro-keyboard-the-horror/

Though it sounds like the guy in the story above spilled way more soda on his MacBook then you did so I doubt you'll have any problems (especially right away). I've spilled stuff on my keyboards and other electronics and they've survived for years. I think you'll be fine. If it was small amount, it shouldn't hurt anything.

Good luck.

Those headphones sound awesome, btw.
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Posted 6/8/16

Hairbelly wrote:


AzuroHeart wrote:

Like I was wearing my new 7.1 surround sound Corsair headphones around my neck and then I trying sipping soda and the tip top of it spilled out in the left cuff onto the speakers but it dried fast when I tended in less than 60 seconds.
Would the Sound quality diminish?
Everything sound exactly fine but is there something I'm not noticing and any way to test it?

How much soda are we talking about? What kind of soda? Was it Coke/Pepsi? Diet or regular? Cola, for example, when spilled on a computer keyboard might "corrode the circuitry over time." See this story:

- Diet Coke on a MacBook Pro keyboard: The horror!
- http://blog.chron.com//techblog/2010/06/diet-coke-on-a-macbook-pro-keyboard-the-horror/

Though it sounds like the guy in the story above spilled way more soda on his MacBook then you did so I doubt you'll have any problems (especially right away). I've spilled stuff on my keyboards and other electronics and they've survived for years. I think you'll be fine. If it was small amount, it shouldn't hurt anything.

Good luck.

Those headphones sound awesome, btw.


Like a "Sip" amount or like a kinda like wen you fill a soda bottle cap.
I don't notice anything different but I just got these T.T
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Posted 6/10/16
I would unplug it and rinse it with isopropyl alcohol.
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Posted 6/11/16
The real question is, did any of the soda get inside?

All sodas are acidic to some degree, that acidity can damage delicate circuitry over an extended time frame. This is made worse by the sugary syrups that make your soda so tasty, the water evaporates the rest stays behind as a sticky, acidic, dust attracting residue. The sticky residue holds the acids in your soda in place, they don't evaporate at room temperature, allowing them to eat away at the copper in the speakers inside your headphones.

If it did get inside, follow Sir_jamesalot's advice, just be sure you use 91%, anything less pure will leave behind a lot of impurities that will stink for months and be just as bad on the speakers. Even with 91% it's gonna have that smell for a bit. Also, air needs to be warm for the Alcohol to evaporate after your done, 60F at least.
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