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Headphones fix help!!!

Discussion in 'Monitoring / Headphones' started by superiorinferior, Jul 11, 2011.

  1. superiorinferior

    superiorinferior Active Member

    Ok so I've had some Beyerdyamic headphones which I really like. The one problem is that I accidentally broke off the tip of the trs. In order to fix it I have to swap the the entire cable, which the company could do it for $50. I was wondering if anyone knows of how or where to find out how to fix this myself as opposed to shipping them off and paying a hefty price for such a simple fix. They are the DT770's

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  2. Boswell

    Boswell Moderator Distinguished Member

    I would go to a hardware store and get a new TRS plug for the end of the headphone cable. If you feel that soldering the plug on to the cable is too daunting a task, then you may be able to get one of the guys in the store to do it for you. I don't know the hardware stores in Nashville, but Google throws up several.
     
  3. dvdhawk

    dvdhawk Well-Known Member

    If you're really interested in learning how to fix this yourself - RadioShack has everything you need for soldering on a new connector. (although the quality of the connector might not be as good as the Switchcraft or Neutrik you'll find a your local music stores.)

    Do you use the 1/8", 1/4" or both on the DT770?

    Nashville is rife with 1/4" connectors, music stores, and guys with soldering irons. They are less likely to have 1/8" (3.5mm).
     
  4. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    It's simple cheap repair. Buy a new connector (a couple bucks), cut off the broken connector, strip out the end of the wire and solder the new connector just like the broken one. You can leave a little wire on the old connector and then open it up to see where each of the conductors went. There's basically a shield and two colored wires in there. Shield is the ground or (-) side for both speakers. Connect that to the long tab of the connector (sleeve) and the other two wires are for left speaker (+) and right speaker (+) which are the two smaller tabs (tip and ring).
     
  5. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    The circuit is simple. Dealing with the tiny wire can be hell.
     
  6. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Agreed...some of these cables have extremely fine conductors with plastic and cloth woven wrapping. Using something to melt the sheathing from the conductors is an easy safe way to strip if you're careful with the heat. A well gauged set of teeth is another way Hehe...not recommended though unless you're used to doing that!
    If you have the benefit of a thermal stripper even better, but those can be pretty pricey...
    Just take your time and use a delicate approach to stripping...you'll be fine! If at first you don't succeed...try, try again....there's usually plenty of length to get it right...and you will feel good that you fixed it yourself!
     
  7. superiorinferior

    superiorinferior Active Member

    Thanks guys for the help. I'm doing an intern at a company that should have all the proper equipment. I just wanted a little more knowledge on how exactly to go about it so this definitely helps.
     
  8. bouldersound

    bouldersound Real guitars are for old people. Well-Known Member

    And some of those wires have some sort of coating that makes them shed solder like water off a duck's back. Try it. If it goes easy then you're good. If the wire starts giving you trouble save your sanity and send it in.
     
  9. djmukilteo

    djmukilteo Well-Known Member

    Yes sometimes there is a lacquer coating on the wire which again can be removed with heat, solvents or a light gentle scraping.
     
  10. billjames

    billjames Member

    The wires are very thin and break easily. It can be fixed.
    here's a step by step tutorial
     
  11. RemyRAD

    RemyRAD Well-Known Member

    Bill, I would imagine within six months he's fixed it? Check your dates before you post unless you think it's extremely relevant.

    Remy Ann David
     

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