5 Easy Tips to Extend the Life of Your Headphones


 5 Easy Tips to Extend the Life of Your Headphones

Just bought a pair of headphones you love and want to keep them looking and sounding as good as new? Or perhaps you own a pair that can use a boost in the bass or treble departments. Maybe you have excellent earphones, but aren't taking the proper steps to clean them. Whatever the case, you've come to the right place. These basic tips will help you get the most out of your headphones, ensuring they sound their best and remain in tip-top shape for years to come.

1. How to Care for Your Headphones
Before we talk about ways to upgrade your audio and user experience, let’s go over some basics to ensure your audio investments have a long, happy life.

Caring for Headphones With Cables
Now that so many headphones are either wireless or have detachable cables, worrying about wadded-up cabling is becoming a thing of the past. Many included, detachable cables are also just higher quality now than they used to be. There are still hardwired headphones and earphones on the market, though, especially if you're shopping in the audiophile realm.

If you have a pair of headphones or in-ears with a cable that can’t be detached by simply unplugging it at the jack, chances are you’re already taking good care of it, but a simple reminder: Cables should be wound in relatively loose loops that follow that natural coil of the wires on the interior. When you wind a cable too tightly or too loosely, it will likely resist by springing out of shape or twisting and resisting your efforts. Try to find the natural coil by winding loops that stay in place—a fastener of some sort will probably be necessary to keep the loop intact.


For headphones with detachable cables, the same advice applies, and often, included storage cases will have a compartment designed to hold the looped cable in place. Never wad a cable up and it should last you a very long time.


Tangled Cables
Caring for Wireless Headphones
The good news is, whether you use standard Bluetooth headphones or true wireless earphones, you have a lot less to worry about than anyone still using a wire. It’s true that even true wireless models ship with charging cables, but keeping those cables in good shape (or getting replacements) is easy enough that discussing them much here seems unnecessary.

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