A Twist to Get Better Sound from iPod Earbud Headphones

If you're listening to somebody defend Apple's stock white earbuds, it's safe to say they're a die-hard fanboy who's been drinking the Apple Kool Aid. We're kidding, of course. But there's plenty of web-rant evidence to defend the idea that many iPod and iPhone buyers detest the headphones that came with their devices. If you're not down to buy a better pair, here's a quick twist that can get better sound (and possibly a better fit!) from your little white standbys.

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Sick of tinny sound from your Apple earbuds? So was one Lifehacker Australia reader, who suggested this quick fix for getting better sound from your 'buds:

Basically instead of inserting them in your ear with the speaker facing your ear canal, insert it like you normally would then grab the wire and pull it up 90 degrees so the top of the earbud is facing your ear canal. The end that the wire comes out of should be perpendicular to your head. Give it a little push in and surprisingly it will stick (at least it does for me).

He says that this perpendicular placement gives the bass a boost and helps cut a lot of the tinny treble sound he previously heard through his Apple headphones.

Of course, this won't work for everyone; each of us has very subtly differently shaped ears and what fits snugly for one person will slide right out for somebody else. But if your earbuds have been giving you trouble, you can at least give it a try!


(Images: Flickr member Dano licensed for use under Creative Commons, Lifehacker Australia)

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