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I've pretty much worn out my second pair of headphones so I'm hoping to make a smarter purchase. I've done as much research as I could and I'm still a bit unsure of my new upcoming purchase of some Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 250Ohm which should be arriving on Sunday. This is my current history thus far...

Sennheiser HD555 [January 2010] (Fragile/Broken) ~$80
Audio-Technica ATH-M50 [June 2011] (Deteriorate/Broken) ~$130
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro [April 2014] (New Purchase) ~$180

I'm actually glad my second pair lasted as long as it did considering I use my headphones pretty much everyday whenever I'm home unless I feel in the mood to watch and experience a movie. However, a part of me still feels a bit dissatisfied that I may have to purchase new headphones every couple of years if they are used rigorously. I would really like it to last for quite a number of years like my current computer (a few upgrades here and there but still evolved from the beginning). The new Beyerdynamic seems to have easily replaceable parts when worn down so that's probably one of the best upsides I can see it. Hopefully it will work well from my usage.

Am I the only one to be experiencing the likes of headphones lasting between 1-3 years when used almost all the time? I would like to actually know someone who has headphones that have lasted for over 5 years with the same or similar amount of usage. I'm sure you've all had the similar wear and tear...

Leather degradation on the headband
Unrepairable stretched headbands
Band Locking mechanism not sticking
Ear pads losing its comfort and cushion
Headphones just breaking apart over time
Cords being torn apart and kinked.

Taking better care of your headphones would help it last much longer but you just can't fight the fact that they will lose its drive to put out what it used to when you first got it. Question is how long before it does that and how much can be tolerated. Maybe the physical condition ends up hitting you first? What's your experience?
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My AD-700s are still working, after four years... Although the earpads are pretty ratty. X_x Considering they fall off my head regularly, I'm pretty surprised there aren't cracks in them. So I think they'll last me over five years... Assumign I don't roll over them with a semi-truck.

What kind of stuff do you put your headphones through, anyhow?
Edited by DVLux - 4/18/14 at 3:47pm
post #3 of 11
JVC HA-RX700 jan 2012 still going fine
ATH AD700 Jan 2012 still going fine when I sold them (hated them)
ATH-M50 Going good dec 2012
Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80 (bought used Nov 2013 ) going good use these every day basically since I got them
Pioneer SE-A1000 Nov 2013 also no problems.
Takstar HD5500 Dec 2013 also fine

umm Vintage Akai ASE45 oct ?? maybe last year also good.


I am pretty careful with stuff It is rare (/knocks on wood to avoid jinx) for me to break stuff.) my ATH-M50's travel with me quite a bit they have been admirable in holding up well to numerous trips and going to work / about town with me.
Edited by atarione - 4/20/14 at 11:15am
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My DT770 pro is around 2 years old. I haven't even replaced the earpads and just washed them 2 times (even though new pads can be bought from 5min walk away).
In the Finnish OC community the Beyers are well known for lasting a long time. While the Sennheisers are infamous for breaking down in couple of years rolleyes.gif

I actually know few guys who have 20+ years old Beyerdynamic DT990 which they still use. Only the cables and earpads have needed replacement.
I had a pic of one of them but for some reason the OCN image system has been all wonky for the past week (all images are broken for me)...

Oh, keep in mind that the DT770 is the most popular headphone in the [Official] OCN headphone club (link in sig).
Edited by Tiihokatti - 4/20/14 at 1:30am
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Yamaha HP-1 orthodynamics still going strong after ....40 years.
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Volume on my headphones can be put up pretty tremendously especially when I don't bother unplugging them when I switch to my external speakers. I really haven't experienced (or noticed I should say) that my headphones have lost its will to drive itself. They've sounded like they have when I first bought them...maybe more accurate in sound after that so called burn-in period. When not in use, I pretty much just put them off to the side by my keyboard or my bedside but I often just sleep with them on.

Thanks everyone for the heads up on on your headphone usage and history. Maybe I really do need to just take better care of my stuff even though I'm a very clean and organized person (I don't even let people borrow my things because of possible damage). There are actually other headphones that I've looked into but some ended up being discontinued by manufacturer.

I didn't even realize that the DT770 are the most used headphones on these forums right now. Even the M50 seems to be in second place. I was looking into more but other headphones have been discontinued while the DT770 250Ohm seems to be readily available still.

EDIT:

I think my only problem seems to be headphones (aside from my YLOD PS3) that just goes out the window from extensive usage.

I have to say that these Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro headphones sound beautiful. It seems like the bass is a bit different than my old ATH-M50 but I'm really enjoying what it's putting out. Can't deny that this German build quality seems quite durable and extremely comfortable (full ear cup coverage is probably my thing now).
Edited by pvp309rcp - 4/21/14 at 10:58am
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I've had my SteelSeries Siberia v2 since 2009 and they still work. Ofcourse the leather has degraded but the sound is still the same I think. I use them every day for a lot of hours. They've also been in a lot of bagpacks + fell on the ground approximately like 20 times over the years. Other than that they just sat on my head or on my desk.
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Originally Posted by billbartuska View Post

Yamaha HP-1 orthodynamics still going strong after ....40 years.

Yeah I've got a pair of YH-1 that still sound great, although the ear pads could probably use replacing. The only pair of "headphones" I've had that didn't last was a crappy razer headset.
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From whatever the buy date was... I've never had anything break on me.
 
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ive had these plantronics 780 gamecoms for over 2 years now... no signs of wear and tear and no breakage, kinks, or flaws... the only thing i will say is the "velour" like padding collects lint like no ones buisiness but otherwise no issues.... keep in mind the fiancee uses these two and she has no concept of being easy with headphones lol
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