Earphones, why can’t they last for a longer time?

Hi and welcome to the modern group of answers to the headphone questions. Ever desired to find out about something headphone, earpiece or receiver linked? Now is your opportunity. Due to a great amount of questions we’re so often asked, you’ll find we’ve reached into our mailbag and selected the nine most important (and most frequently submitted) inquiries. Enjoy.

Oh, by the way, in case your question isn’t here, then just send us an message and come back in a few… you could find it featured in the later series. Thanks.

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

Headsets are a vital part of modern music. During the terrible old days, headsets were attached to stationary turntables and the only portable music emanated largely from ‘Ghetto Blasters’, which a style of portable tape player, such as one that incurs the wrath of Mr. Spock in Star Trek IV, the one with the whales.

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

Nowadays, as any peep out of the nearest window should inform you, pretty much everybody is listening to music unnoticeably and comfortably with the use of iPods, MP3 players and what-have-you. But, your headsets, the source of your auditory pleasure (see what I did there? nyuk nyuk) are much like your outfits or your vehicle in that they go universally with you and sometimes want some TLC to keep them running for longer.

Damage could be the main killer of headphones (unless, like me, you park yourself on them when they’re within your bag whilst at work…D’oh!) and as such, you need to be aware to those following dangers.

1) Winding: wrapping your earphones around your MP3 player might look like a good way to stow them, but take care of winding it up too tightly. If yo happen to wrap the cables too tightly or firmly, you are prone to tear the silicon wiring within, this will cause irreversible damage to the wires, giving you damage to quality or total lack of sound altogether.
2) Fluids: Your headphones could seem water resistant, but in fact, they’re not. The speakers absorb fluid, this can warp them enduringly, distorting all potential sound. Rain you can cope with, but be cautious of sweat when jogging or working out and, obviously, watch out for spilled drinks.
3) Heat: For the similar reason that fluids are terrible (but also with an added threat to the wiring) unwarranted heat is an incredibly bad thing for earphones. Stay away from leaving them in the path of direct sunlight for very long, or attempting to microwave them whilst drunk.

Caring for the earphones is a relatively simple task, but if your music gets distorted, its sometimes a good suggestion to clean out the speakers with a dry cotton bud, just dabbing away on the grease or make up which could develop in there. If the matter persists, run the cotton bud under some lukewarm water and try washing out your ears. That sometimes works.