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Topic # 95551 7-Jan-2012 21:07
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Hi guys I'm in need of repairing service I broke my Favorite headphones trying to fix them... yeah the irony -.-

One of the wires inside had snapped near the headphone plug so i was getting sound from only one ear and if I moved the wire in the right position id be able to get it working normally again.

I thought it would be easy to fix by just stripping the wire and connecting color to color but it proved not to be. im not sure if im doing it wrong but could really use some advice or it'll end up in the bin :(




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  Reply # 565897 7-Jan-2012 21:23
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You can buy solder on replacement plugs from Jaycar, and other electronic parts places



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  Reply # 565898 7-Jan-2012 21:31
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gregmcc: You can buy solder on replacement plugs from Jaycar, and other electronic parts places


Hiya so all i need to do is solder them back together? might pop down to a jaycar and ask for there advice then. thanks alot :)

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  Reply # 565901 7-Jan-2012 21:40
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I had the same thing happen to me. Mic wire broke at the plug of a steelseries 5Hv2. Unfortunately on the side which is hardwired to the headset so I couldn't simply replace it with a new extension cord. The point where the cable enters the plastic surrounds of the plug appears to be rather vulnerable to bending and breaking. The wires looked way too tiny for me to attempt a repair so I ended up upgrading to a new set.



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  Reply # 565907 7-Jan-2012 21:50
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Jarno: I had the same thing happen to me. Mic wire broke at the plug of a steelseries 5Hv2. Unfortunately on the side which is hardwired to the headset so I couldn't simply replace it with a new extension cord. The point where the cable enters the plastic surrounds of the plug appears to be rather vulnerable to bending and breaking. The wires looked way too tiny for me to attempt a repair so I ended up upgrading to a new set.


Badluck man I'm hoping that isn't the case with this, since its just by the plug area and not the actual headphones.

These are the steelseries siberia neckband, behind the head earphones. I bought them with the intention of using them for my xbox360 but it was a nightmare trying to hook it all up for the xbox. they ended up becoming my Ipod earphones haha they are great sounding headphones and also very comfy its just that the way it was supposed to hook up into an xbox was just ridiculous, had wires everywhere.



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  Reply # 565911 7-Jan-2012 21:51
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NzReborn:
gregmcc: You can buy solder on replacement plugs from Jaycar, and other electronic parts places


Hiya so all i need to do is solder them back together? might pop down to a jaycar and ask for there advice then. thanks alot :)


Don't solder them together, it will look as ugly as sin and fail soon after that, spend a couple of bucks, pick up a new plug from jaycar and fit it.



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  Reply # 565913 7-Jan-2012 21:54
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gregmcc:
NzReborn:
gregmcc: You can buy solder on replacement plugs from Jaycar, and other electronic parts places


Hiya so all i need to do is solder them back together? might pop down to a jaycar and ask for there advice then. thanks alot :)


Don't solder them together, it will look as ugly as sin and fail soon after that, spend a couple of bucks, pick up a new plug from jaycar and fit it.


Ohhh sorry i misread your first post. but awesome sounds simple will pick up one tomorrow on the way to work and tell you how it goes :)

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  Reply # 566426 9-Jan-2012 11:07
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Jarno: The point where the cable enters the plastic surrounds of the plug appears to be rather vulnerable to bending and breaking. The wires looked way too tiny for me to attempt a repair so I ended up upgrading to a new set.


This seems to be quite a common issue for consumer grade earplugs / headphones. There is some flex on the plastic tail of the plug, but where the actual wires exit from the tail is still prone to relatively sharp bending, and after a while will fracture the copper wires inside the insulation. Especially those users that wrap excessive cordage around their MP3 players ...

I usually size up a 50-70mm length of heatshrink to fit over the plug, but before shrinking down to size, liberally smear a good layer of silicone sealant over the plug tail and lead, then slide the heatshrink on, twisting it as you slide it on - twisting seems to stop the heatshrink from pushing out the sealant as you slide it on. Once all in place, gently shrink the cable end of the heatshrink first, then once that end is sealed, proceed along the rest of the heatshrink towards the plug. The heatshrink doesn't need to be fully shrunk. An additional layer of heatshrink can be used, depending on how much flex on the exit you require.

What you are aiming for is to allow the exit cable some additional gentle flex, rather than a sharp exit from the plug tail. 




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  Reply # 567027 10-Jan-2012 18:16
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Check that the wires arent covered in some sort of coating. I had a pair of logitech headphones that the dog decided would be a good chew toy and chewed through the cable... I had a hell of a job joining the wires back together because of the coating.

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