Hi and welcome to the innovative new series of assistance to your headphone inquiries. Ever wanted to find out about something headset, earphone or receiver linked? Now’s your chance. Due to the great amount of inquiries we are so regularly asked, we have dipped into our mailbox and chosen the nine most significant (and most often submitted) questions. Enjoy.
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Part One: How can I make my headphones last longer?
Headphones are a significant part of contemporary music. Within the bad old days, headsets were attached to stationary turntables and really the only portable music emanated largely from ‘Ghetto Blasters’, which a style of portable tape player, like the one that incurs the wrath of Mr. Spock in Star Trek 5, one about the whales.
This fundamentally meant that if you desired to listen to some music whilst out and about, (and lets face it, who doesn’t?) everyone else in direct vicinity required to listen to it also.
These days, as any peep out of our closest window must inform you, basically everybody is playing music unnoticeably and comfortably with the employment of iPods, MP3 players and what-have-you. However, your headsets, the supply of your aural enjoyment (see what I did there? nyuk nyuk) are a lot like your outfits or your car in they go all over the place with you and sometimes want some TLC to keep them running for more time.
Wear is the main killer of headphones (unless, like me, you park yourself on them when they’re in your bag whilst at work…D’oh!) and as such, you may need to be aware to those following hazards.
1) Winding: wrapping your headsets around your MP3 device may appear to be an effective way to store them, but take care of wrapping it up too snugly. If you wrap the cords too tightly or rigidly, you’re more likely to tear the silicon wiring within, this can cause irreparable damage with the wires, resulting in damage to condition or complete loss of sound altogether.
2) Fluids: Your headsets could appear water resistant, but in fact, they’re simply not. If the speakers take in fluid, this will warp them permanently, distorting all potential sound. Rain it is possible to deal with, but be wary of sweat when running or exercising and, of course, watch out for spilled drinks.
3) Heat: The same reason that fluids are shocking (but also with another threat of the wiring) extreme heat is an incredibly bad thing for headphones. Stay away from leaving them in the path of direct daylight for very long, or attempting to microwave them whilst drunk.
Caring for your headphones is a comparatively simple task, but if your sound becomes distorted, its occasionally a good idea to wash out the speakers with a dry cotton bud, just dabbing away along at the grease or make up that can develop in there. If the matter persists, run the cotton bud under some lukewarm water and take a look at washing out your ears. That from time to time works.