You have found your way here, O’ weary traveler because your earbuds have died on you. The ever-annoying problem of your earbuds going dead in one of the earpieces have forced you to look for salvation. And salvation you shall find!
Cursing your forefathers is not going to help you. Your dead earbuds are going to stay that way, no matter what ritual you perform. But what you can do, is be forewarned about your future purchases. And you can start by reading the five commandments provided here. Now then, let’s begin.
How are earbuds constructed?
Usually, earbuds consist of one or two earpieces, cables, a plug and joints for cables on the exterior. The plug is typically a metal connector which can be inserted into an appropriate 3.5 mm jack or a socket on your device. The cable connects this jack to the earpieces, and the joints are where the cables attach to either of them. The earpieces, which house the drivers, sit in your ear and are supposed to deliver the sound.
Most earbuds are hardy in construction and can bear quite a lot of wear and tear. But the cables and joints are most delicate and prone to malfunction at the earliest. The next component which is susceptible to damage is the housing of the earpieces. The plugs are quite strong because it is common knowledge that they have to be pulled in and out of jacks on a reasonably regular basis.
Okay. So what?
What you need to know before looking to buy the best durable earbuds?
Here is a list of few of the things that you need to consider to look into to ensure that you have the best earbuds experience.
- If you love to travel, does the earbud offer anything extra?
- Can the earbuds withstand your long travels for a long time?
- How quickly can the earbuds break and what is its warranty?
- Can you buy or replace one of one of the two earbuds does get damaged?
These few considerations, apart from the fact as to whether your earbuds sports noise cancellation is essential when it comes to making the right choice.
The Top Steps to Choosing the Best Durable Earbuds
Manufacturers are aware of the yanking issues and dead earpieces for a while now. They have come up with novel ideas and innovations in the design and use of materials to counter them. And here’s how you can take advantage of these innovations.
1. Earpiece Housing Material: – Accidentally sitting on your cat is one thing. You might get a few scratches and a yell. But sitting on your favorite earbuds and have the housing crack under your weight can be quite a disheartening experience.
There is every possibility that you may not be able to enjoy your favorite music from either of the earpieces. Or worse, both.
Which is why checking the material of the housing should be your first priority in choosing durable earbuds.
Usually, budget-friendly earbuds have earpieces made of plastic, which is sadly not strong enough to bear the weight of your bum. What you should be looking for is earbuds with earpieces made of metal like titanium or aluminum alloys.
These are almost unbreakable and are resistant to rust. Also, make sure that these have a silicone wrapper to have them go easy on your ears.
2. Cables: – These are your next, and the most notorious culprit. Getting yanked is their job other than delivering signals.
Which means that they should be resistant to any kind of stretching.
Cheaper variants use rubber or plastic; both horrible choices as insulators to the internal wiring. But nowadays, braided cables are appearing on the market. These can make sure that you don’t become half deaf while listening to Taylor Swift’s ‘Look What You Made Me Do’ in full glory. Be on the lookout for earbuds with Kevlar reinforced cables, as they are extra sharp.
3. Wireless Earbuds and removable cables: – As an alternate solution to the yanking problem, you could always opt for wireless earbuds which operate on Bluetooth technology. No cables, no yanking, no tangles, no hassles. Pure bliss. Or, you could go for detachable cables and keep your natural urge for tugging on your earphones under control.
4. Joints: – Joints are reinforced enclosures which make sure that the cables attach to the plug or earpieces correctly. This is an improvement over the older models wherein the cables just entered either end through a single hole with flimsy solders on the inside.
Check the earbuds for 10-15 cm joints with a flexible sleeve for adequate protection against yanking.
5. Plugs: – Although these are very hardy, there have been incidents where the L-shaped plugs have had their casing cracked open, or they put on rust. Either situation is bad. Accidental tugging is always a problem in the case of these L-shaped plugs as well. You can opt for straight plugs to reduce this problem. If you blow some more money on it, you can have gold plated plugs which are even more resistant to rust and corrosion.
Getting yourself the right deal
You wouldn’t want to try and buy earbuds anytime soon so why not do it right the first time? Just check what you need and whether your choice fits the bill.
Armed with this knowledge, it will be straightforward for you to choose your ideal earplugs which can last you for years. Pricier earbuds do not necessarily mean durable earbuds.
If you are hell-bent on getting your money’s worth, then follow these five commandments. You will be able to squeeze out more happiness from the misery of dead earbuds.