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Headphone wiring

So I was trying to do some wiring with headphone jacks, and i must be doing something wrong. I have a speaker that the cord ripped from, and I wanted to attach a new jack, I cut off and stripped both wires, so there was a copper one and a colored one, why dont they work when they touch each other?

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AmereKarim6 years ago
What if your trying to change your USB headphones to a regular jack how do you rewire it?
tguy AmereKarim5 years ago
Well your head phones have two completely different wires. Like he said you might want to strip the wire from the USB and then I don't think that after that anything will be different. Now there should be a spot where it goes from a regular headphone wire and switches to split to be a USB. Now you'll want to cut the wire about an inch after it splits to make sure you are working with the traditional jack wires. Then like he said solder them together and you should be set. Now when you are finished and don't think it looks great. Don't try to flatten the wire out! This could lead to the wire breaking and you would have to go through the process all over again. It sucks. Now I tried taking some rubber material to fill the gaps up. But if you are good enough you won't have any gaps. If you do just practice and you'll get it after a couple times.
tguy AmereKarim5 years ago
Well your head phones have two completely different wires. Like he said you might want to strip the wire from the USB and then I don't think that after that anything will be different. Now there should be a spot where it goes from a regular headphone wire and switches to split to be a USB. Now you'll want to cut the wire about an inch after it splits to make sure you are working with the traditional jack wires. Then like he said solder them together and you should be set. Now when you are finished and don't think it looks great. Don't try to flatten the wire out! This could lead to the wire breaking and you would have to go through the process all over again. It sucks. Now I tried taking some rubber material to fill the gaps up. But if you are good enough you won't have any gaps. If you do just practice and you'll get it after a couple times.
VERY IMPORTANT! Some headphones will use wire insulated with rubber, which is what is dealt with in the previous comments. Some headphones will use ENAMEL COATED WIRE instead. This is sometimes called "magnet" wire. It typically appears as colored wire - it looks as if the metal itself is colored. In reality, there is a very, very thin enamel coating on the wire instead of rubber. The purpose is to provide insulation while keeping the overall wire diameter very small. In order to make a connection through the enamel, you have two options: 1. Scrape the enamel off with a knife very, very carefully. In 95% of cases, the wires are probably going to break off when you try this. 2. (recommended) You will need to actually solder the wires together. Make a pool of solder on a flat spot on the soldering iron, and dip the connection in the solder bath. Drag it back and forth. The enamel coating will burn or melt off in the soldering process and you'll be left with an excellent connection.
I just fixed a pair of Shure's thanks to Jace's advice. The cord for the right ear had been accidentally pulled to hard and came apart where they put a know it in. I was stumped that the old "twist together" method wasn't even close to getting sound through. I looked it up and found this.

I used the 'pool of solder' technique he described & they are back in full force, worked perfect & I suck at soldering!

All who have this issue, I encourage you to read and follow his instrucs'; solder the insulation off of the coloured wire.

Big thanks JacePriester!
connorfgt6 years ago
thanks for the suggestion, i was mcgyvering a pair of soundless headphones and couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.
cyfus6 years ago
Take an aspirin and put in on a folded wet towel. Place your headphone wire on the aspirin then take your soldering iron and melt the aspirin into the wire. The burning aspirin acts like an acid and dissolves the enamel on the wire, you can now solder it!
curez7 years ago
uh, a little over two year old post. but anyways. i ran into this page when trying to fix a tape adapter cause for some reason the plug blew up in my car or someone chewed on it. took an hold pair of head phones an the tape deck. stripped both so each the tape deck and headphones had the regular red/copper + green/copper. so i just kind of unwound each of the four until they were kind of all flaky(?) twisted each of the wires together according to the color, used a lighter to burn off whatever that coat that was mentioned earlier. it works. just becareful with the lighter. it kind of seems like it won't stop burning. so just blow it out when you think it's good. sorry if this doesn't make sense.
Weissensteinburg (author) 9 years ago
burning it sounds like the most fun :D
just did it with a lighter, works like a charm. Goddamn rabbit chewed through most of the earphone wire.
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