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Why Your Headphones Keep Breaking (And What You Can Do About It)

You’re in a car, about to join an online zoom meeting, or simply just looking to wind down and listen to some music, you reach for your earphones that you just bought a few months ago, and they’re not working?!! What could have gone wrong?!

Well, these tips are for you so that as you’re investing in your next pair of quality headphones from Compland, you don’t find yourself in the same scenario a month or so down the line. So here are likely reasons your earphones don’t last, as well as tips that are bound to help you out.

Rolling over the cord

Headphones can have very long cords. For example, the Logitech H340 Headset has a 0.2 m long cord, while some like the Logitech H111 Stereo Headset have even longer cords of about 1.8 m. This is great for when you want to set your listening device on the table or couch across from you. However, it is horrible for when you are out and about and the cord keeps getting in the way. So we get why you might be tempted to just roll up the cord when packing or putting away your earphones , but trust as when we say, that’s a bad idea!

Allowing the Cord to Dangle

Leaving the cord to dangle off the edge of a work area when resting or in use can cause harm, even with the best wired headphones. Once you let your headphone’s line dangle, you are creating not only a trip and tug risk of making a fold in your headphones. If the cord is too long and you wish to shorten it, carefully roll it up in a way similar to how you received them when they were new and fresh out of the box. This will offer assistance to keep the cord secure and help in avoiding undue stretch on it.

Winding the cord into knots 

Remember what we said in the beginning, they come with a cord that can be up to 7 feet long, great for convenience when you’re 5 feet from your device, but can also be annoying. Some people wind the cord as a habit or in an attempt to make their cord a bit shorter, the problem is tight loops and knots speed up the wearing down of internal wires. 

If in doubt, here are the rules of thumb: Never tie knots. Avoid tight loops. Looser is always better.

Pulling the cord, not the plug 

When unplugging the earphones from the gadget you’re using, don’t pull on the plug and yank it out of the gadget. This might not only damage the headphones’ cord, but it may also cause harm to your device. 

Use Headphones That Handle The Output Power

Headphone impedance which in simpler terms means that every electronic device has some kind of resistance. The resistance which is in the driver unit of the headphone is what we refer to as impedance. 

Headphone impedance is ordinarily within the 8-600 ohm range, with most of the consumer earphones having 32-ohm impedance. In case impedance is high in an earphone at that point it requires more control to run and for that, we have to include outside intensifiers to open up the control to the desired levels. Using normal headphones on a powerful power source can quickly burn them out.

Tip: Match your earphone’s impedance to the audio player or amplifier impedance.

For instance, Logitech headphones like the Logitech H600 and Logitech H390  have a high impedance and can be paired with pretty much most devices.

Cheap is Expensive!

In simpler terms, Skimping on the price tag will cost you. Why do cheap headphones break? Because they’re cheap!

Granted, paying more does not always imply a better product, and less expensive items might be well-made and long-lasting, but in general, you get what you pay for.

Invest in quality headphones that will serve you, the quality is unmatched and so is the durability when they’re well cared for. If you are looking to buy quality headphones in Kenya, Compland Shop is the leading audio electronics retailer in Kenya. Buy Logitech, JBL, Harman Kardon and more at affordable rates. 


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