How to Make Cheap Headphones Sound Better

“Are you tired of your low-quality headphones? Do they make your ears hurt and sound muffled? Don’t worry, we have the perfect solution for you. All you need is a few household items to turn those old cans into high-quality ones!”

I’m sure you’ve noticed that sound quality is very important in any good pair of headphones. And the better the sound, the less likely it is for you to get bored with your music. But if you’re on a tight budget, chances are finding a high-quality headphone can be difficult. Luckily, there are several ways to make cheap headphones sound better! Here are some tips to help improve your audio experience without breaking the bank. 

How to Make Cheap Headphones Sound Better

1) Check for loose connections between speakers and earpieces

The first thing I recommend doing when trying to fix bad audio quality is checking for loose connections between earpieces and speakers. These parts may have come apart during use or could just be worn out from constant use over time. If this sounds lik ee the issue, simply reattach both parts and test them to see if they work – if not, read on.

2) Clean your headphones with rubbing alcohol

This seems like an obvious solution, but surprisingly enough, most people forget this very simple step before moving onto more serious options. Even though headphones are designed for high-fidelity audio reproduction, dirt and debris could interfere with how well sound gets through to your ears. If cleaning your cans doesn’t do the trick (and it shouldn’t), then move on to option number three.

3) Check how much foam is in each earpiece

Just like how every set of speakers have different sensitivity levels, so does every pair of headphones. To help compensate for this difference in level, headphones have foam padding around speakers to help provide a more even sound level. Over time, the foam could wear out, causing one earpiece to have significantly less bass than the other – this is how most people get tired of their low-quality cans. If you are experiencing this problem, simply replace your old foam lining with new ones. This should solve the issue in 99% of cases.

4) Switch from an on-ear set to an over-the-ear set

On-ear headphone cups rest directly on top of your ears instead of over them like how over-the-ear sets do. By doing so, they cover up part of your ear canal, preventing some sound waves from reaching it which in turn causes you to hear less bass frequencies. While this may seem like a good thing (which it is for some people), the loss in low-frequency sound waves could be what’s causing your headphones to sound muffled and unappealing. If you’re experiencing this problem, switch to an over-the-ear set and see how that works out for you.

5) Try playing songs at a lower volume

This seems to contradict my previous tip, but bear with me here: playing music at loud volumes can cause discomfort and fatigue after extended periods of listening time, which makes sense considering how “loud” sounds are really just louder versions of higher frequencies than those we usually listen to on a daily basis. Now these higher frequencies can cause ear fatigue and cause your ears to feel sore after prolonged use. This is why I recommend trying out  more lower-volume songs – they still sound clear, don’t hurt your ears, and you can enjoy how they sound without worrying about how long you’ll be listening for!

Final Words

That’s it! By following the steps in this article, any old headphones should sound like they’re brand new again. If you have any questions or suggestions of how we could improve, please let us know in the comments below and we’ll do our best to answer them in a future post. Thanks for reading and happy listening!