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Old 26th March 2010, 02:41 AM   #1
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Default earbuds that wont break in 3 months

Just want some recomendations for earbuds or IEM's that won't short out
after a month or two, have tried sony, skullcandy, v-moda, and several others, they all got crappy wires. I don't care
about SQ since these are used for biking and other outdoor stuff, good bass is a plus but overall SQ isn't realy that
important since there used with my blackberry for mp3 and slacker radio. All I'm after is wires that will last more than
a couple months with my hard core bike riding (mostly super fast road but some montianbike too) I am prety crazy on a
bike... LOL

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Old 26th March 2010, 03:25 AM   #2
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I don't know about the individual brands, but you could try to strengthen a specific design.

Perhaps some heat-shrink tube over the wire for the first 30 or 40mm outside the driver enclosure, and abutted directly to the enclosure, perhaps with a touch of some type of glue / bonding agent. The idea would be to stop relative movement of the wire and housing where they meet.

If the problem is inside the housing then consider opening a failed unit and diagnosing where it has broken. If there is the possibility to add some form of strain relief (...some form of flexible bonding material or 'gloop'...) then practice on the dead one with a view to applying the fix to a new pair right from the off.

...this is all just theory, because I've never had my hands on any so they might be impossible to open... but it's worth a try!
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Old 26th March 2010, 04:14 AM   #3
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The Shure models seem to hold up well. I've only gone through two pairs of E3's in 7 years.
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Old 26th March 2010, 06:09 PM   #4
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I need buds with a mic, there for a blackberry, just something that's built
like a tank. The stock buds were nice but they did the same thing all the others did.
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Old 11th April 2010, 11:24 AM   #5
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I forked out a small fortune for Shure e2c, they lasted but two months!(wires are crap, SQ is good though) Never again. Get the opposite of Shures then I think.
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Old 11th April 2010, 11:55 AM   #6
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i have one pair of jvc, more than half a year now, and the wire is fine, its pretty thick yet flexible, more importantly they sound good
i can see what model is it
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Old 11th April 2010, 07:16 PM   #7
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I recently bought some cheap auvios from radio shack, they sound like crap,
but they have a mic that works with my blackberry, the cord on them has this weird fabric woven over it, kinda like old
school guitar cables... Ill know after a while how well they hold up, the sound is OK at best, I would not recomend them if
you care about SQ, they have too much bass that sounds like a monotone boombox in some kids car, midrage is
good and smothe though, vocals, guitars and symphonic music is there high point. Treble is like daggers... Its awful, very
harsh and piercing like a fried crossover. Its nice to be able to take a call without disconnecting. The built in mic was the
main reason I got them, less wear and tear on my headset jack. If it was for my home stereo, I'd get some AKG 701's or
something simular... But these are just for thrashing about on my bike or scooter. As long as they hold up good ill
be happy.
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Old 12th April 2010, 01:20 AM   #8
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I don't use them out-and-about these days, but when I did I used to use some JVCs and they seemed very durable.
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Old 16th April 2010, 02:10 PM   #9
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I would whip out a soldering iron and make your own set using parts from the old ones.

I don't know what you need for the mic wire, but for the others you could use a thicker(flexible) RCA cable for the earbuds.
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Old 16th April 2010, 08:25 PM   #10
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The set i bought from radioshack seems to be holding up well, and they sound prety darn good now that there broke in, still a lil too much bass though, but the treble isnt harsh anymore. the mic works really good too, people can hear me loud and clear on phone calls now
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