I listen to music alot and I use my CD and MP3 players. But every 6 months or so my headphones lose function in one of the earpiece (usually my left one), and eventually lose function to both. Why is that? I had to constantly switch headphones.
hitssquad said:Usually the connector wires break. The wires are made of copper and copper cannot stand infinite bending. Every time you bend your headphone cord a little bit, you are bringing the copper wires inside that cord closer to the breaking point. If you ever yank on your cord while it is plugged in, you are bringing the wires inside to the breaking point very quickly.
One idea for preserving your headphones would be to reinforce the headphone cord near the point where the connector is. This is usually the point where headphone cords fail. What I do with some of my cords is wrap a rubber band around the cord near the connector. This acts like a rubbery cast and help keep the cord straighter at that delicate point. Headhones also tend to fail near where the cord or cords enter the earphones. It might be helpful to reinforce those points as well.
Another idea would be to buy better-quality headphones since they usually come with the weak points in the cord reinforced. Also, some professional headphones allow the cords to be changed.
I have been using my professional-grade Sennheiser HD-280 headphones for many hours a day for a couple of years now. I haven't had any problems with them and I never bothered reinforcing them. (I did have a power supply cord to my laptop break, though, at the point where it enters the laptop. When I got a new power supply, I reinforced the cord at that weak point by wrapping a rubber band around it.)