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Advice needed for Doody troubles ( earphones)

I currently get through about 4 to 5 a year. I use apple ones and I mostly listen to music when I run as its really important to me ( I lurrrrrve music). They just break, die, flake out etc. It may be I am too rough with them - but its not like I go deep sea diving in them or anything like that?

My current ones have lasted 1 month and I am FED UP.

What do you guys recommend? I dont mind spending more if they are guaranteed to last?

PS- my son and I call them Doody's I have no idea why.

Thankyou!!

Juju

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Personally, I'd go the other way and buy really cheap ones, that way you won't be so annoyed when they break, as they inevitably will. My hubby always used to buy pukka Apple ones and complained loudly about them breaking. Now he gets cheapo ones and is much more chilled xx

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The ones i get are cheap I just wondered if there were some really robust panther proof ones that people could recommend!! X

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If you go through them it may not be worth spending too much! Have you tried the ones that hook over the ears? I find they bounce around less so less stress on the ear bud wire which is where mine have gone before.

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I got some £3.99 ones from Lidl and have had them forever.,these replaced the Sony ones which lasted weeks

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Yes, I have the Lidl ones that go round the back of your neck. Have lasted ages and they stay put. May have funny ears but the standard ones just fall out and drive me mad.

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ooooo right I will deffo get some of those. we do all our shopping at Lidl!!

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I had the hook over ones once and they lasted 3 months. I used them for the Brighton marathon but were a bit of a fiddle to remove... I am a bit fussy arent I?!!!!

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That's what I use a ND I love them :) I also reinforce the part that can break because of stress/flexing - where the cord and prong join - by wrapping it with sellotape. Mine have lasted forever -20 bucks at Target :)

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I recently went through same as you, I want good headphones with good soundquality and amazing durability. I am trying the bose (soundsport?) have had them a week or two, some issues already with the in line remote, they were persistantly lowering the volume after I must have got some sweat in there from the gym. Cleared it out with alcohol and they seem fine again, all buttons restored to working order, I put some clingfilm and tape over the remote, this will muffle the mic if I ever actually used my phone to talk to someone but should stop the majority of any sweat/rain getting in.

Sound quality is amazing. Really good! Better than a slightly more expensive on ear sennheiser set.

Durability, the remote seems extremely badly designed, that started after 1 gym session..

The earbuds look like a great design and have no problems with them water/sweat wise. They stay in well and still get ambient sound from surroundings.

A tactic I have employed is to buy amazon insurance on them, when they fail completely I will get another set. Its a one time only thing so hopefully they last some time.

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wow, tons of great ideas, thankyou so much :)

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No problem! Think insurance is a good plan with things like these, mine lasts 3 years, if the headphones last that long I'll be very surprised.

Just for reference, they are indeed the soundsport. You can get an audio only version but it wasnt available, if so that would solve the achillees heel of an in line remote.

Ill let you know how they get on!

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ooo sounds really interesting!! Thankyou :)

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Aftershokz - I recently got some of these from a very kind C25K friend because I was dithering about whether to buy some or not. I haven't had mine for long but when I was asking over on the FB page so many people said they'd had theirs for 2+ years and had run with them in rain etc. with no problems. Mine are Bluez and apparently the Titanium are supposedly even better, though I can't think how.

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wow, I havent ever tried those, i will look them up...thankyou :)

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My 3 quid Lidl jobs are braided, flat leads to protect the wires so,they don't get tangled.

I can hear music through em just as well as the Sony ones that conked after five minutes 🙂

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I had a pair of Sony something wired loop-over-the-ear headphones that lasted from 2012 to a month or so ago in all sorts of weather. Well worth the £40 to £50 I paid for them. When they eventually gave up I splashed for a pair of Plantronics loop-over-the-ear wireless ones. If they last five years as well then I'll be happy even if they were a bit dearer.

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I got these

amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B01...

I was fed up with earphones falling out and not hearing people / cars go past. I've had them since June and I have completed all my runs with them since and love them, they are over the ear and being bone induction you can still hear things which is fantastic doing parkrun etc.

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I have a pair of really cheap Bluetooth ones from Amazon (I think they are by a brand called Zoetouch or something similar) and they are holding up well. Yesterday they were being weird while I was on the treadmill at the gym though, and one kept coming loose (this incidentally caused me to blurt out an indecorous "F*** you!" at the offending item which isn't helping my reputation as that sweary Vatican woman). So I think I'll be looking at ones that book over the ear next.

That said they don't usually cause me problems when I run outdoors and the sound quality is surprisingly good for cheapies. I use them a lot as I walk loads every day and always listen to music as I do so.

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