Having players rendered useless due to a broken headphone jack is annoying. As we speak, one of my players is in for repair as the jack got loose and started losing audio on the left channel. The same thing happened with another player last fall when I was working a lot out in the woods and the cable got stuck on every single tree I came across.
There really isn’t that much to do about such a problem once it has happened, but luckily there is something you can do to prevent it. Replug is a range of cables and adapters that are designed to break off naturally if the cable is yanked. I bought their basic adapter to see if it would help save my players. Read on for a review.
Unlike the MagSafe system some might know from Macbooks, Replug doesn’t use magnets on their products. Instead they use a system where the jack simply snaps into the plastic adapter and connects via spring loaded connectors. In the other end there’s a female jack for connecting your headphones, with a rubber part in the middle to make the whole thing bendable.
As far as the general build quality goes it’s solid and the spring loaded connectors should prevent the connection from going bad even if the failsafe triggers at regular intervals. If anything I expect the rubber middle part of the adapter will fail before anything else as the elasticity that makes it bendable also makes it the thinnest weakest link.
It’s far from as big or clumsy as I though it would be and even on a small player like the clip it’s not that much in the way. That’s a good thing, as one of the places you might easily end up accidentally yanking the cord is at the gym with a small player clipped or strapped to you arm.
The important part with this thing of course is whether or not it works. It does. It doesn’t break off too easily, but if the accident happens and you get the cable snagged somewhere it will surely snap off leaving the player intact. It’s a bit more stubborn when it comes to pulling straight out, but at the same time that’s not where the real danger lies with cable yanking.
The version I bought is an adapter but they also have extension cords and interconnects that work the same way. The extension cords should work great with IEMs that come with split cables already and you can of course also use the cables with a laptop or something similar.
There’s really not that much to say about this thing other than “it works”. It’s cheap, small and will save your headphone jack if you like me tend to get the headphone cable snagged in something. If you know that this sometimes happen with you, it’s a nice product that might save you from buying a new player, but if you don’t have a problem with snagged cables you’ll survive without.