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My Poor Headphones

My precious Grado SR-80's needed some emergency surgery a while back, resulting in this disaster. They still work today, in the sense that sound is still emitted from them, but in terms of aesthetics, the situation has rapidly deteriorated. I've got bare wire and sticky electrical tape hanging all over the place. Also I'm probably one good yank away from snapping the wires off again.

If anyone reading this has a good tutorial or information on re-wiring a set of headphones, it'd be appreciated. I've never soldered anything in my life. I don't know where to acquire the wires; I imagine any wire will do, but I'm clueless when it comes to such things. I think I might like to do something like this mod and run the wire up over the top, to prevent the inevitable twisting from destroying the wires in the future, but I'm uncertain I could pull it off without complete destruction.

(At least I know enough about these things to cringe when people start talking about the "performance" of their headphone wires. $400 for a hunk of wire? Wow.)

This post is related to Crap... I fixed them
April 02, 2009 @ 4:45 AM PDT
Cateogory: Hardware


Quoth ph0enix on April 02, 2009 @ 8:04 AM PDT

I'm in the same boat as you. Once you successfully solder the wires back and have a working headphone, I'll have the courage of doing the same to mine.

I have bought all the necessary equipment, soldering iron, some solder and wick to cleanup. I have seen countless videos on YouTube that show you how to solder miscellaneous equipment (laptop parts, radio etc), but I still can't get the steady hands required to do the work :(

Quoth david.hilton on April 05, 2009 @ 11:23 AM PDT

Have you looked at

Quoth Brian on April 06, 2009 @ 10:10 AM PDT

Yep, that's a good site. A lot of it is over my head though. I need something suitable for amateurs.