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Only One Ear Bud Works

So, when I first bought the earbuds only one bud would work.  So I played with the volume controller on the cord and after some pressure and getting it in the right place I duct-tapped it in place and it was good for about 2 months.  Now, no matter how much I play with the volume controller I am only getting sound into one ear.  Should I just get new ones?

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  • Tinqui Dec 11, 2007

    My left ear bud does not work, unless I play around with the wire, I bought it all excited and only lasted one day with it. Can they be replaced?

  • Anonymous Aug 26, 2008

    I have the same problem. The packaging says they have a lifetime warranty-so I emailed customer service. Of course, I never received a reply. I bought another pair (a cheaper model), but would still like to have my older ones refunded or replaced (preferably).

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It is likely that your right stereo channel has either been severed somehow or there is a severe short in one of the cables. What you can try to do to test this theory is first turn on your music. Then wiggle the cable at the very base of the right earbud. If nothing happens wiggle the cord right where it connects to the stereo jack. If still nothing happens run your fingers along the right earbud audio cable bending and twisting it. If at any point you hear music again then you likely have a short. If it is near the earbud then it is going to be difficult to fix since these earbudfs have a large gauard. If the short is at the stereo jack then the fix is simple. A standard 1/8" stereo jack can be purchased from any electronics or audio store. You can then fairly easily seperate teh old stereo jack and solder this new one in place. Search the internet for tutorials on how to do this if need be. Even if you do not get any kind of sound when wiggling it at the base of the jack this is the most likely culprit since this is where most of the stress on the headphones occur. Be wary though, if you do attempt a stereo jack repair you will void whatever kind of warranty your earbuds may have so check before you try. But, in teh end you may end up saving a 60-100 dollar set of earbuds for 5-8 dollars. Hope this helped.

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