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Old February 1st, 2013, 10:35 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Headset volume so loud blew out two earbuds

Anyone have an issue with the headset volume being so loud it blows out the earbuds functionality?

I don't normally use earbuds except for phone calls. I rarely use my phone to listen to music. In the past week I've blown out two sets of earbuds when the volume is full volume, when I'm driving. The sound crackles like crazy for 10 seconds then the earbuds die. If I keep the volume less than full there's no crackling and everything works fine. Granted I have only used $20 buds as I'm only using it for phone communications. I do have a pair of $90 buds for music but I'm afraid to test them as I do not want to lose them as well.

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Don't remember the other model

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Old February 1st, 2013, 01:35 PM   #2 (permalink)
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That's a new one! Wow.

I think your headphones are too sensitive and can't handle the power output of your phone. Here are the relevant specs for your Phillips SHS8105A:
Maximum power input: 30 mW
Sensitivity: 107 dB

Philips - Earhook Headset SHS8105A/28 - Phone headsets - Headphones - Accessories

Here are the specs for a set of Sony earbuds my son got for Christmas:
Sensitivity (db) : 100 dB/mW
Power Handling Capacity : 100 mW

Earbud Headphones | EX Earbuds with Volume Control | MDR-EX58V | Sony USA

The Sony's can handle more than 3X the power output as the Phillips. And I can testify that they haven't blown up at full volume.

I would Google the specs on your $90 pair and compare the sensitivity and max power input. If the specs are more robust than the 8105A's you are probably going to be OK using them.
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Anyone have an issue with the headset volume being so loud it blows out the earbuds functionality?

I don't normally use earbuds except for phone calls. I rarely use my phone to listen to music. In the past week I've blown out two sets of earbuds when the volume is full volume, when I'm driving. The sound crackles like crazy for 10 seconds then the earbuds die. If I keep the volume less than full there's no crackling and everything works fine. Granted I have only used $20 buds as I'm only using it for phone communications. I do have a pair of $90 buds for music but I'm afraid to test them as I do not want to lose them as well.

Have used and destroyed:
Phillips SHS8105A
Don't remember the other model
Did you get a pop-up "Acoustic Warning" when you first plugged in your headset? If you choose to ignore it, the volume exceeds the recommended specs. Not sure how to restore. I wonder if you can disable Play Music, re-enable and reset the audio volume to default?
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Thanks PowrDroid. My new JVC HA-EBR80's are rated at 200mW input. I'll have to keep these numbers in mind.

IHateMyTreo, I did not get any popups.

Wonder what the phones audio output power is?
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Love the loud volume. I do get the pop up warning from time to time. Its loud enough where I have a volume widget and I dont set it to loud unless its night time. I use my phone as an alarm clock. And I dont turn my volume all the way up when I got earphones on.

After using a G Nex...and maybe the Rezound....be glad its loud. And just be careful from now on. I would say this is the loudest phone I have had since my Droid 1 and that huge speaker. And I thought my RAZR was loud...this has it beat.
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