Headphone repair

Old 04-30-03, 07:11 PM
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Headphone repair

I have some headphones that only play out of one ear. Is it possible to repair these? How do I go about it? Or do I have to chuck them and buy new ones (Nooooooooooo)!!!
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8 times out of 10, what happens is that the wire connection breaks right where the cable comes into the headphone body. It's notoriously tricky to resolder, and the other times, the wire has managed to break inside the cable. Unless they are really high end head phones, it's rarely worth the hassle.

It can be done, I've repaired a couple when I was in the Navy and a long way from the next chance to buy new phones.
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Yeah, I've repaired a few myself. The trick is to find where the wire is broken. Once you've done that, the actual repair is simple, just reconnect/resolder the wire. Depending on the brand and size of the headphones, the wires could be as small as a 24 or 26 guage though. That can be extremely hard to work on successfully. If you find it's the plug end that is the problem, you may be better off getting a new one from Radio Shack and just cut the wire back a little and rewire a new end on.

If you can't find the problem, buy a new set.

Good luck!
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HeadPhone Repair

Depending on the location of the break in the wire, you may open the actual headphone and use a clip to hold the wire and resolder the wires (usually touch the end of the wire to the soildering gun and melt awat the sheild coating away, dip in to flux and then to the mini board.)

if in the wire, carefully slice (lengthwise) into the wire (use any extra wire you might have to reconnect the old) then split electrical wire to seal the old wire. The Use the extra to secure the hold.

Usually this will work 98% of the time.. 2% is mutiple breaks due to trying to find the original break in the line.
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I'd imagine since the question was asked 5 years ago that he's probably gotten new ones by now.
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One more example of why locking topics to new posts after a year of inactivity is a good idea.
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Yeah. That's why I brought it up in "General" topics a couple weeks ago. Nobody seems to care.

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