Why do my headphones keep breaking?!

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  1. Natural
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    So I bought these Uniden Pro3000 Series Headphones for about 11 dollars from Dollar General and now barely a week later they seem to be breaking.

    When I move the cord sometimes the volume gets lower and I can hear static. The cord looks perfectly fine though. Also, when I touch/move the jack the same thing happens. :/

    I don't even feel like buying headphones anymore after this.
     
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  2. Sonic Angel Knight

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    Well no offense but it could be cause the headphones was $11:unsure:
     
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    Get Axent wears.
    Or get proper ones for ~50 quid.
    Phillips SPH-2700 is a good one tho.
     
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  4. Sonic Angel Knight

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    I'm sorry.... 50 WHHHAAATTTT????:blink:
     
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  5. Jao Chu

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    I know the problem.... It's a set of 11 dollar headphones....

    Try spending $200 or more on a set of sennheiser's, easier said than done, i know, but whats more convenient? Paying $200 once for a quality set, or spending $11 eighteen times for a low quality set?

    I've had my sennheiser's ($400 Australian dollars) for years and years, they're still going strong. They get a regular thrashing too (I'm a DJ)
     
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    Sounds like a wire has come lose or snapped inside it -- if there is a weak connection the resistance will be higher hence the lower volume and also noise as you are possibly shorting something else out or making and breaking connections many times a second). Moving the jack can also be a signal of the socket in the speakers/player/laptop/whatever is in need of some attention (usually it is dirt inside it, can be something more though) but if it does it in multiple devices then it is less likely to be many failed sockets.

    Heaphone wise the usual suspects are crappy build (11 dollars is very much in that price bracket), abuse (do you pull them when you move on your chair or anything?) and dodgy design ( http://static.bfads.net/size/250x25...-Pro-3000-Headphones-Ass-BFAds-1382709236.jpg does not look the best I have ever seen).

    That it happens when it is near the jack is not unexpected as it probably has less strain relief and a better fixing than the other end. You can chop a bit of the wire off and put on a new one if you want (or replace the whole thing), do note that if you are soldering headphone wire then they are usually enamel coated so remember to get rid of it (I prefer fire, if you are boring and want to clean your soldering iron then you can also try solder (put it in a molten blob, lose the solder after that and use fresh) and if you have fine grade sandpaper (800 min) you could try that).
     
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    Is there a noob friendly dictionary for what you just said?:wtf:
     
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  8. sup3rgh0st

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    Cheap headphones are cheaply made and break easily.
     
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    Welcome to Temp, where you can meet people from all over the world.
    People that do not speak American English.

    Exactly that.
    They work, if you keep them in your room and don't move when wearing them.
    Actual quality products just cost more.
     
  10. Sonic Angel Knight

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    I know is not your job to educate me but some help in understanding would be appreciated.
     
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    I hate to be mean but, we've got a thing called google and common sense.
    It's not hard to figure out certain words.

    Anyway, here's the explaination of a quid
     
  12. Feeling it!

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    You could have a bad headphone port on your PC.
    I sat on mine and used super glue and electric tape to repair the wiring and now they work fine when they wouldn't at all.
     
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    I've got myself a 50 bucks Sony Headset last year. Still working perfectly, and using them daily.

    Pay more, expect durable products.
     
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    Just make sure you don't buy overpriced headphones like Beats. You can get a better pair from other manufacturers such as Sony and Sennheiser at the same price or less.
     
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    Wire go snip. Sound go bad. Fix wire, sound good.
     
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    If you don't want headphones that break, get these https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00I9UKKS0/
    even used ones will be nice, and the chance of breaking these are really really slim.
     
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    If I buy wired, I make sure the cord detaches and is replaceable. That, or I go Bluetooth. I love my Synchros S400BT JBL headphones. $99 pretty-much anywhere, and they sound phenomenal.


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    Last year I got one off those cheap beats style headphone's (20 bucks) for my wife becase she love music.
    4 weeks ago the left got broken, a bad connection in the cable was the problem, so I order one off those Bluedio T2 wireless headphones for 26 euro inc shipping.
    They works very great. My wife is also happy. If my wife is happy with it, then i'm also happy to. becase then I can drink beer (Leffe Blond) and playing Witcher 3 without any problems ;)
     
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