Headphone repair services

Avoid having to buy new headphones with a professional repair service.

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Even high-quality audio equipment can stop working sometimes. But before you throw out your expensive pair of headphones, it's worth visiting a repairer to see if they can be fixed. Here's what you need to know about headphone repair services.

What is a headphone repair service?

Audio equipment like headphones can fail because of a defect or wear and tear. A repair service will diagnose and fix any problems that are preventing your headphones from working as they should.

Most electronics and specialist audio repair shops can take headphones in for repair. Headphone manufacturers can also offer repair and replacement services.

What does a headphone repair service do?

A repairman will test your headphones and replace faulty or missing parts as needed to get them working again. If a cable or jack is loose or disconnected, they can reconnect them. If they do not have parts in stock, they can track them down and order them for you. If the headphones cannot be repaired, the service can recommend a similar model to replace them with.

How do I book a headphone repair?

You can find a headphone repair service online and book an appointment on their website or over the phone. You can also use a comparison service or directory like Airtasker or Oneflare to find a repair service.

How much does a headphone repair service cost?

The cost of a repair service depends on the make and model of the headphones and what needs to be fixed. Professional audio equipment generally costs more to repair than consumer equipment. Earbuds are more intricate and therefore more expensive to repair than over-the-ear headphones.

If the manufacturer offers a repair service and the headphones are still within the warranty period, they will be able to repair or replace them free of charge depending on the terms of the warranty.

How do I compare headphone repair services?

When comparing repair services, get quotes from a few different companies or shops to find out how much they charge, how they will diagnose the problem with the headphones and how they would fix it. You'll need to provide information about the specific brand and model of your headphones so that the repair company can provide a tailored quote.

You should also look at the experience and customer reviews the service has, to make sure it is reputable and will not risk further damage to your equipment.

How should I prepare for a headphone repair service?

Before using a repair service, clean your headphones to remove any build-up or debris and check the manufacturer's support and troubleshooting documentation. This will help you identify the source of the problem and make it easier for the repair service to fix them.

How long does a headphone repair take?

The length of time a repair job takes depends on what needs to be done to fix the headphones. It can take several weeks to locate spare parts, while simple repairs can be carried out within days.

What to consider when booking a headphone repair

It's best to use a service that is authorised by the manufacturer to carry out repairs, otherwise your warranty could become void. The manufacturer will have the knowledge and experience to fix the problem, although an independent service centre will tend to charge less and can still provide a good service.

Pros and cons of using a headphone repair service

Pros

  • Cheaper than replacing expensive equipment.
  • An experienced repair service will be able to return your headphones to like-new condition.

Cons

  • Can be hard to find a service that can deal with your specific model.
  • The service might be unable to fix the headphones, wasting time and money.

Frequently asked questions about headphone repairs

Can I fix my headphones myself?

If your headphones are not working because of a build-up of dust and debris, you might be able to clean them yourself and fix the problem. There are many online tutorials showing you how to open up headphones and make simple repairs, but a professional service will have the right equipment and knowledge. Trying to fix them yourself could cause further damage and void the manufacturer's warranty.

Can my headphone cords be fixed?

Yes. Headphone cords that are not removable can still be repaired by stripping, cutting and re-attaching them, saving you from having to buy a whole new pair of headphones.

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