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6 Ways You’re Using Your Headphones Wrong

Let me guess: You don’t spend much money on headphones or earphones, because they always break, and you end up buying a new pair every year or so. Variations on this theme are regularly presented to me, often as an excuse for not buying a decent pair.

It’s time for some tough love. The headphones don’t break—you break the headphones! Luckily, there are a number of ways to avoid the early demise of your headphones and get far more than a year’s worth of life out of them. Here’s what you’re doing wrong and how to fix it.


The most common way to destroy your headphones is by mistreating the cable. The real tragedy here is that the drivers inside the headphones are likely doing just fine—all they need is a cable to deliver the audio. But in models that have hardwired cables, that kind

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