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Has your Bose Around-ear Headphones broke?

Recently the arm to the left ear cup broke off leaving the left cup floating and only attached to the wire. Has this happened to anyone else and if so, how did you fix it?

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blainegeneral

I have repaired these headphones over 4 times and they are still going strong. Both sides above the hinges have snapped off on three separate occasions. The original headphone jack is history but I have repaired it thanks to radio shack and some solder. The key to repairing them is a little patience "Gorilla Glue" and a popsicle stick or two.
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ArmpitOfDeath

They're plastic, and yes, if you do what a lot of people do, which is to stretch the headphones way out as your putting them on your head, they will break eventually. While you could say they could design these better, it's a problem experienced by many similarly designed headphones.

I have a pair from early 2007, and it has yet to break - however, it hardly gets a rough workout. They're only really my winter portables when using the in-ears gets unfeasibly cold.
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werner357

If you call Bose, even if they are out of warranty, they will have you ship your broken pair to them and they will ship you a brand-new pair for $60. Not the best deal but better than paying retail. They will offer you a pre-paid UPS label for $5. It is a good deal, because when I returned mine using UPS packaged in a small box and the slowest service was $12.
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Hmcashan13

wow same thing happened to me and my friends have experienced the same problem and i had to just get a new one...but you could try to glue it or something
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rgersmrk

Have had my Bose Around-ear Headphones since 2004 and still work great.
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Chicago

The sheathing for the wires coming out of the headphones came off, so I gave it to my brother.
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NightMiles

This happened to me years ago. First the left cup broke from the head band. I repaired it quickly with some duct tape and that held up until the right cup met the same fate about a month later. Tragic.
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Jacky

Haha I broke mine as well. It was in my bookbag with a textbook in between the headband... I pulled it up with the right cup and it ripped off. Theres a small cap that I can't get to stick back on (but I will try with some super-glue).
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EvilFurby

I was thinking about trying to use super glue or mighty putty. I rather find the head band part and just replace the broken part.
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Jsullivan

Mine broke today. I repaired them with a paperclip and some electrical tape.
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GolfProRM

Mine broke where the headband splits to meet the ear cups. Some JB Weld worked perfectly to fix the break, and since JB Weld is black, it's very difficult to even see the break. Has held up quite well for 6 months - considering putting some in as reinforcement for the other ear to help avoid problems on the other side.
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Tbrooks

Hehe mine broke between the headband and the cup as well so i broke the other one off and used a sweatband from then on to hold the cups on
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Carniphage

Mine broke. Sharp metal broke out through the plastic.

This is a really really bad design.

I emailed Bose to complain. And they added me to their mailing list.
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martinroyds

this happened to me, i wrote to bose a number of times and got no response, was very disappointed and have since moved over to bang and olufsen.
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stmpjmpr

Mine broke like this too. Haven't contacted Bose yet.
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dan325013

Yeah mine broke at the wires that connect into the earcups. I didn't think they were that dinky for 150 bucks.
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guscost

mine broke at the cup/headband screw joints, i just put a little super glue in the broken screw threads and held it together- good as new.
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TgD

Mine haven't broke and I keep them in my backpack irresponsibly jumbling around with other things. I expect them to eventually break, but thanks for the tip werner357!
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jonathonc

Mine also broke a few months back. I certainly won't be buying another pair.
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EvilFurby

werner357, You are right. I just discovered this fact for myself a week or two before your post. I went into a local Bose store and paid $60 USD for a brand new pair. Since Bose is a research company, they have this sort of deal with all of there products.
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BoojieBoy

I just saw this string and joined gdgt solely to comment. Seriously, everything I have ever had from Bose has broken. iPod dock that won't play. Two pairs of stupidly expensive headphones that were always kept in the original case. Buy Monster or Sennheiser or even Skull Candy, but stay away from Bose! All smoke, no fire.
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paradisewaits

The connector plug on mine broke and after soldering still no left channel - right was always fine. They're past warranty but I'm sending them in and they're going to ship me new ones for half price. Call the 1-800 number at www.bose.com­/controller­?event­=VIEW­_STATIC­_PAGE­_EVE.... They are helpful and I was going to pay 120 for em but now I only have to pay 60.
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brett

Ear cup broke off of my roommates pair. That connection is really crappy and it's cheap, brittle plastic. We tried all kinds of glue and tape to fix them but to no avail.
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kiratoy

Yep had this happen and since it was under warranty they promply sent me a new one which I then sold on E-bay. I've always gotten great support from Bose but the headphones don't handle a beating too well. They need more metal and less plastic IMHO. I've seen the same fate befall the Dre line of Beats headphones.
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Deedubau

Mine broke after about a year. I've been using other headphones since (currently using the logitech G35s) and haven't looked back!
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dan325013

I've gone through two pairs of these, both lasted about 5-6 months, maybe 7. I trashed one of them because I didn't think I could get it repaired, but I'm hearing that you can take it into the Bose store to get it replaced/fixed. Is this true?
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Mikeydoes

I ran the wire over with the Vacuum and the left ear ripped off and sucked all the way to the Vacuum. The vacuum stunk up the whole house and the headphones ruined the belt on it.

Since the ear piece ripped off I managed to use them for a couple of weeks, when I got home I super glued them. Haven;t had a problem since!
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