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Muse #310 - if in doubt, simplify
I am a sucker for well-built products and simple technology that just works. On and on and on.
Like my still trusted Sony Extra Bass wired earbuds. They just work. I don’t have to charge them. Be worried about the vagaries of a Bluetooth connection. And I have a few in different colors lying around the home to use whenever I want to. Each of these now has an added headphone jack-to-lightning converter in order to connect to my current iPhone(s)
A few weeks ago my Bose Soundtrue wired headset had a problem. The on-ear pads started wearing out. These were bought in 2015 (thanks: to my order history on Amazon.com) and have worn well for wear. They are light at around 100+ grams and a joy to feel and listen to. It feels very lightweight and delivers excellent noise isolation and sound quality for the sub $100 price paid when bought. I do have other Bluetooth headphones available but still wary of throwing these away. A dilemma therefore on whether to fix them or recycle them.
And finally, I decided to fix it and keep it. There is nothing from Bose available anymore. Every one of the headphones and earbuds is wireless. A sign of the times. So I went ahead and bought the replacement $25 earpad cushions from Bose. It was a real challenge to replace them, but I finally figured them out. I found that a pair of tweezers helped in installing them after a lot of trial and error. I have a good pair of headphones once again after its 7 years of service.
Perhaps it will go on another 5 years. And the bonus was the Bose by mistake shipped me two pairs of earpad cushions. So, I ended up with a spare set as well. Thank you, Bose. This might make me even keep it for 10 years or more.
Will I be able to connect it and use these wired products with any devices then? It is a whole another question. So, will wait and see.