Why does one side of my headphones keep dying?
February 22, 2010 9:06 AM Subscribe
My headphones keep running into the same problem: after several months of use, one side stops working. Why does this happen, and how can I fix them?
posted by WalterMitty to Technology (16 answers total) 9 users marked this as a favorite
I currently use a pair of US$30 headphones with my computer, the Plantronics .Audio 355
. I got them about 3 months ago after the first pair I had failed and Plantronics replaced them (for free and quite painlessly) under warranty. Prior to this I've had at least three pairs of headphones (mostly Sennheisers, about US$30-40) with the same problem, i.e. one side of the headphones begins to cut in and out depending on how the wire is moved.
I'm guessing that there's a loose connection of some sort in the headphones. What puzzles me is why it happens with such annoying regularity. Also, is there a way I can fix it, and is it possible to prevent it from happening?
Another thing: will using more expensive headphones help alleviate the problem? I've been using cheaper ones primarily because the problem keeps cropping up, but if I can avoid it by using a model with better build quality, I'd be happy to upgrade.