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Headphone Dissection: Magnets

What's Going on Here? A Lesson in Magnetics

So the other day PetSugar was explaining to me how she lost the top to her earbud and was peeved because she couldn't listen to her tunes at work, when suddenly something happened — her earbuds picked up a paper clip from her desk! Was it due to Mercury being in retrograde? Was it because our office is haunted and the ghost was messing with us and our electronics? Or was there some other reasonable explanation?

I dove into the subject, and it didn't take me long to find the answer. To see what it is, just


Since I am not too versed on the inner workings of sound transmission, I wasn't aware that there are magnets inside all headphones! Magnets help the wire coil inside all headphones stay balanced and produce sound waves, which in turn, gives you your music!

So I guess the next logical question would be, "Is this harming my brain?" From what I can tell, no. In fact, magnets have been used for centuries to help relieve pain, circulatory problems, and even baldness. So next time you find your earbuds picking up a paper clip from your desk, you'll know why!

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burkhart77 burkhart77 8 years
Duh. Remember this when standing next to your friends huge stereo while talking on your iPhone... All speakers have them.
angelinemarie angelinemarie 8 years
yea they all do that
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