Headphones suited for accidental walk away from pc (Yank-proof-audio plugs idea).

Discussion in 'Audio Equipment' started by Skybuck Flying, Apr 18, 2012.

  1. Hello,

    If you own a headphone then you might recognize the following situation:

    You're "computing" behind your PC or you are in a voice chat with somebody.

    Something happens you need to stand up and you walk away.

    But you completely forgot that you were wearing a headphone.

    The end result is:

    1. You walk away.

    2. You yank the headphone of your head or get stuck.

    3. The cable attachment to the headphone plug gets loose/damaged over time,
    especially if this happens multiple times.

    Another situation is:

    4. Stepping on the cable and janking the headphone with "cable-to-plug"
    damage.

    I myself own a sennheiser HD 590 headphone which has plugs on both ends of
    the cord. One which goes into the headphone and one which goes into my PC
    soundblaster, TV or receiver/whatever.

    Because I was a bit uncarefull as described above the cable-to-plug
    attachment points have become somewhat damaged. This damaged is not visible
    from the outside. I think the cables/connections inside the wire leading up
    to the plugs has become unstable/loose. Which leads to signal loss and
    crackling and me having to push a bit against the cable into the plug to try
    and get the sound back. This is ofcourse somewhat annoying and stupid and a
    real waste of money on an otherwise pretty much perfect headphone at least
    for my purposes.

    So only because a tiny little fraction of cable gets loose the headphone
    sort of loses in value.

    The way creative labs solved this for their gigaworks speaker set is
    interesting:

    The cables/copper wires are simply stuck into holes. And if I trip over a
    cable then it easily pops out without damaging to much. So in a way that is
    a superior design which can withstand damage easy.

    Conclusion:

    The "plug" design for headphones is flawed.

    Therefore my suggestion for the electronics/audio industry if it doesn't
    already exist:

    "Invent a headphone with easy de-pluggable cables/plugless cables as to
    withstand damage/yanks easily".

    This should be pretty easy to invent, simply replace the "plug" design, but
    2 holes and a copper cable with two ends which can be stick into it... and
    some clips which push against it to keep the wire cables in place...

    This will have to be done on both sides. On the receiver side and on the
    headphone side.

    So this means the receiver design will also need to change.

    However changing both might be expensive/impossible/to late to market.

    So an alternative solution could be the following:

    A special plug could be invented which follows the usual/common design, but
    it adds a new design on the other end of the plug where the copper wires can
    be easily plugged in and where they easily pop out if a yank happens.

    These plugs should then exist/be manufactured in all kinds of shapes and
    sizes to match current audio plug designs/holes.

    So conclusion:

    Somebody should invent/design/produce special plugs which are "yank-proof".

    So these could be called: "Yank-proof-audio plugs for headphones and perhaps
    other devices too".

    (Perhaps this already exists ??? I would love to have some of these plugs to
    replace the plugs for my sennheiser HD 590)

    Bye,
    Skybuck.
     
    Skybuck Flying, Apr 18, 2012
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  2. Skybuck Flying

    nuny Guest

    Lose the cable. Infrared headphones.


    Mark L. Fergerson
     
    nuny, Apr 18, 2012
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  3. See Apple's MagSafe power connector design (US 7,311,526).

    Pretty idiot-proof.


    Best regards,
    Spehro Pefhany
     
    Spehro Pefhany, Apr 18, 2012
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  4. Skybuck Flying

    P E Schoen Guest

    "Skybuck Flying" wrote in message
    Look at the Magsafe Power Adapter for the MacBookPro:
    http://www.apple.com/macbookpro/design.html

    I seem to remember a TV commercial about this. The same basic design might
    work for headphone connections. Basically a magnet and a few spring-loaded
    gold-plated mating connectors.

    Paul
     
    P E Schoen, Apr 18, 2012
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  5. Skybuck Flying

    mpm Guest

    Well, they do make BlueTooth headphones....

    But hey, they may be old-fashioned, but I'm kinda counting on those
    wires to help me reach my senior years !!
    Who needs tempermental wireless connections! (Cerainly my blood
    pressure doesn't) :)
    Give me wired headphones any day!

    -mpm
     
    mpm, Apr 18, 2012
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  6. Skybuck Flying

    mike Guest

    It's not rocket science.
    Get yourself an extension cable and tie the cable, not the socket,
    to something stationary.
    Tie your headphone cable to your body.
    Now, when you walk away, the connection is pulled STRAIGHT, no matter
    which direction you go. That will go a long way toward accomplishing
    your goal.

    Or, you could just unplug the damn cable before you walk away....
     
    mike, Apr 18, 2012
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  7. Skybuck Flying

    Guest Guest

    Magnetically secured power connectors were prior art -- the feature
    Apple got a patent on was its ability to be plugged in either right
    side up or upside down.
     
    Guest, Apr 18, 2012
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  8. Skybuck Flying

    hamilton Guest

    This is like Roseann saying, "I forgot to eat" !!!

    Or Saying, "I forgot to go to the toilet".


    Sounds like better training is in order.

    "This is not a technical problem"
     
    hamilton, Apr 18, 2012
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  9. Skybuck Flying

    GMAN Guest

    Tons of bluetooth headphones.
     
    GMAN, Apr 18, 2012
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  10. Skybuck Flying

    GMAN Guest

    It "IS" Skybuck we are talking about here!!!!
     
    GMAN, Apr 18, 2012
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  11. Skybuck Flying

    Guest Guest

    He had never heard of Murphy's Law?

    http://www.aesham.com/murphy.html
     
    Guest, Apr 18, 2012
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  12. Skybuck Flying

    M Guest

    The cable is made that way so it's easy replaceable:

    <http://www.ebay.com/sch/sis.html?_nkw=Replacement+Cable+SENNHEISER+HD57
    0+HD590+HD500+A+cord>

    so buy a new one?
     
    M, Apr 18, 2012
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  13. Yes, it's amazing how such trivial things can be patented.
    The quantity of pompous prose to describe it in the patent
    is flabbergasting. Granted, the usual power supply jacks are
    abominable by contrast.

    Jeroen Belleman
     
    Jeroen Belleman, Apr 19, 2012
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  14. Skybuck Flying

    Guest Guest

    If inline stereo jacks are available, splicing one and a plug into a
    line would be an appealing solution, if that was the weakest link.
    (Neither plug nor jack would break at the computer end.)
     
    Guest, Apr 20, 2012
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  15. Skybuck Flying

    Nico Coesel Guest

    There are special headsets with quick-disconnect plugs for this
    situation:

    http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/encorepro
    http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/cable-2.5mm-to-3.5mm

    Police, firebrigade, etc use these kind headsets.
     
    Nico Coesel, Apr 21, 2012
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  16. Skybuck Flying

    josephkk Guest

    Yes they do. Though wifi headsets are not common and are mostly paired
    with USB transmitters. There are plenty of bluetooth headsets, both
    native and with USB paired transmitters. I have no clue to what Skyturds
    problem really is. Failure to shop maybe?

    ?-)
     
    josephkk, Apr 29, 2012
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  17. Skybuck Flying

    josephkk Guest

    Excuse you, expecting even the slightest kind of responsibility out of
    someone? What planet are you from?

    ?-)
     
    josephkk, Apr 29, 2012
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  18. Skybuck Flying

    josephkk Guest

    Not that i know of. How about just fixing them?

    What is the input interface? What is the transmitter power?

    ASUS make some nice headphones (with mic) that are bluetooth from a USB
    interface.

    ?-)
     
    josephkk, May 4, 2012
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