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Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 9:20 am:   

Let me start off be saying I have an integrate-into-the-motherboard soundcard Creative labs 128 I believe (bear with me....I don't know jack about soundcards. I could give further details if necessary). Anyway, it does the job.

About a year ago I bought some speakers with a mic on it. All went well till about 3 months about. One side of the headphones started not working. It only worked if I twisted the cable (and sometimes myself) into certain positions. Since the headphones had suffered from a lot tossing around, hits and the cables were twisted like hell, I figured something must have broke inside. So I went to buy a new 50$ pair that seemed quite alright and durable. Up until 2 days ago it worked the same side stopped working again on the new headphones. I must now do the same routine (playing with the cables position and my own to get sound on both sides). Oh, I tried the headphones on different things too (TV, stereo), and it still doesn't work properly.

The headphones are practically new, the cables are not twisted, heck everything is fine. Could it be that my soundcard is destroying my headphones? That's the only explanation I can think of. But I when I plug my normal computer speakers, both sides work fine. Like I said earlier, I don't know anything technical about soundcards and headphones....but does anyone have an idea on why it does that? and how could I prevent it from happening again?

Thanks in advance!
Posted on Thursday, January 15, 2004 - 10:14 am:   

Bad wiring in headphones happens all the time.
I have been successful repairing broken ends on several occasions by replacing the stereo plug end with aftermarket type solder on plugs with strain relief you can purchase at Electronic shops or Radio Shack. 50 dollars is a lot of money to spend just to have it break after a few days of use. If you can I would take them back and get a replacement.
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 1:28 pm:   

First of all, thanks for your help!

I went to the store and got a replacement. But, even if it was a headphone wiring problem, I'm still wondering if a soundcard could create problems like this on headphones. Could it be possible by a long shot, or is it physicaly down-right impossible?
Posted on Saturday, January 24, 2004 - 7:04 pm:   

Generally not a sound card problem more than likely a quality control problem at the headphone manufacturers end.

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