Headphones, your favourite music companion. Never do they play something you dislike. You travel, eat, walk and sleep with your cans. Getting over a breakup or rejoicing over exams getting over, it is always there for you. Want that happiness to last? The best you can do is care for and maintain them.
Electronics have a tendency to last as long as possible. But like pretty much everything, they have a life and can bow out when their time is right.So, a little TLC (tender loving care) goes a long way in making sure your companions of happiness last and perform a lot longer than they would, without much care. There’s a lot you can do to make them stay longer. If you're wondering about the ‘How?’ then let’s look at a few ways for your to look after your beloved headphones.
The term quality might mean different for different folks but it doesn’t take a genius to understand that quality lasts longer. When investing in a pair of headphones, go for the best that you can, period. Now best doesn’t necessarily mean that you buy the most expensive one. There are a host of worthy options available across the various price ranges that exist. Take time out to decide what you’re looking for in a pair of headphones. There’s no hurry. Talk to people or read up a bit if you have to. Need help, head here. A headphone you buy will be your best buddy for at least the next couple of years. Better build and quality materials yield a longer life. How’s this a part of headphone care, you ask? Well, how does a building stand tall if its foundations are strong? We say.
In-ears or Over-ears, housings made of wood or metal are always better- sounding than plastic. Nonetheless, many premium headphones have plastic housing, and they sound great. Make sure to check reviews about the pair you’re eyeing online before buying. When it comes to cables, avoid plastic and prefer hard rubber, fabric or braided cables. There is a well- built headphone for every budget. If you’re still feeling overwhelmed, call us. Our headphone gurus are always there for lending a helping ear.
Ahem. So yes, use protection. If you’re done giggling, try to understand that it’s always advisable to get a protective case for your cans. There are soft/ hard cases and pouches available in innumerable options. These help protect your headphones from the elements, or during commuting and even from dust.
Caring for your headphones starts with you. Right from the moment you remove it from its protective case/ pouch, to untangling it (if it’s wired), to the way you put them on and take them off and even the way you wrap them up and put them back in the case - caring goes a long way in increasing the life of your headphones. Your headphones are built to take a pounding. But that’s not an excuse for you to try and test the claims of their toughness. No need to be overly dainty while using them but just make sure adequate care is taken. Never tug on the cable or pull it, especially when dealing with tangles in the cable. The audio jack sees the most damage as most folks just yank it out of a device using the cable. NEVER DO THAT! Always grasp the head or the part closest to the plug-in point and pull gently yet firmly.
Plugging into your phone or laptop? First turn down the volume level. Some cans might get damaged when exposed to the system suddenly, courtesy of the volume being already on a high setting.
Pro-tip for bundling your cable: If you have noticed, professional microphone cables come wrapped around in shape of continuous 8. Folding cables in such a way cancels the possibility of them getting tangled.
Nature is never beneficial to electronics. Avoid taking your headphones near water and highly humid places. Don’t go pool-partying wearing your cans. Duh. Unless of course, they’re water resistant or waterproof. Understand the difference first - Waterproof means you can probably dunk your headphones underwater till a very specific depth and duration whereas water resistant probably means that if it’s raining, your cans can take it. Look out for the “IP” rating (or Ingress Protection if you wanted to know) is a measure of how water resistant or proof an electronic device is.
Lastly, quit throwing your headphones around after you get home. Cleanliness is next to audio godliness. Headphones aren’t clothes. On second thought, don’t even throw clothes on the floor to begin with.
Earphones being small in size are more than portable. When not in your ears, it is best to keep your in-ears in their case. As these buds go into the ear, cleaning the ear as well the eartips is must. Silicone eartips can be sterilised by rubbing alcohol and water once in a while. Check again for their water resistance before doing so. For example, Comply foam eartips can be washed and dried without applying much pressure.
Reasonably priced earphones tend to have plastic and thin rubber cables. Whenever they get soiled, use wet wipes or tissues to clean them.
In-ears are mostly used with mobiles and laptops, thus they tend to have low impedance. Thus, avoid plugging in your earphones into a high power player or source unless you are sure of their impedance and that they can handle the power.
For IEMs having detachable cables, avoid detaching the cables from the earpieces frequently. This tends to loosen the socket.
Over-ears and On-ears have ear cushions that comfort us while we tune into music. Made of leather, velvet, rubber or velour, these earpads need to be wiped clean using light cloth.
Headphones, in spite of their size, sometimes tend to be fragile. It is always beneficial to store them in their original cases or custom bags. Remember to switch off your wireless buds when not keeping them active. If your headphones have detachable cables, exercise caution (as mentioned while removing the headphone jack).
As mentioned, little care goes a long way. It’s a long way to the top, if you want to rock and roll...
So be it the highway to hell or stairway to heaven, make sure your headphones are there for you, throughout.