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Earbuds failing

2439 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Oct 22, 2010 2:29 PM by LunarKnight RSS
swearydad Calculating status...
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Oct 15, 2010 5:59 PM
Can anyone give me some advice on Apple earbuds? My ipod is the classic 160gb and the earbuds that came with it gradually got worse on the right side until they were so poor I had to replace them. I bought some supposedly identical buds from an independent site and although they came in an Apple box with the relevant instructions, the box had been opened. I kept them anyway as they were cheap and looked genuine, and they worked. Unfortunately the same thing has happened again with the right side gradually getting worse over several weeks. Could this be two pairs of faulty buds or could it be that my ipod is causing the damage? I don't want to buy another replacement pair from Apple as they have extras like the mic which I don't need.
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  • sallenmd Calculating status...
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    Oct 16, 2010 1:35 PM (in response to swearydad)
    Buy a better brand like Sony or something.
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  • deanromero Calculating status...
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    Oct 20, 2010 5:17 PM (in response to swearydad)
    I would take your device back. It sounds like it may be shorting something out in your earbuds. It would be too strange for this to happen with two separate sets of earbuds and both in the same ear. I would also pick up a pair of earbud covers when you get your next set of Apple earbuds. Don't get the garbage foam or silicone kind that fall off immediately. Get some the the type that encapsulate your entire earbud. I work for a company called Brepps that makes a quality product and they are extremely inexpensive. The one thing most people don't realize is that moisture and dust can get into your speaker and easily damage it. These covers will repel most things including sweat, so they will keep your earbuds more functional for a longer period of time. You can find them at
  • sallenmd Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
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    Oct 20, 2010 9:57 PM (in response to deanromero)
    Given how junky the Apple earbuds are, I'm not sure it's so strange that two would fail, even on the same site. The short-out theory seems stranger to me because I find it hard to believe that there's enough energy in an iPod battery to do that. Nice looking product, BTW.
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  • LunarKnight Calculating status...
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    Oct 22, 2010 2:29 PM (in response to swearydad)
    The shorting out theory is a little too far-fetched. Apple earbuds aren't exactly the highest quality to begin with, and it could simply be a coincidence that the same side failed on both sets of earbuds.

    I'd suggest a completely different set of earbuds.

    Message was edited by: LunarKnight
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