Audio Adapter

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Introduction: Audio Adapter

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I built this audio adapter so I could couple my headphones that have a 1/4" plug, to the 1/8" jack of my computer. I have these super sweet headphones that cancel outside noise phenomenally, the problem was is that they require a 1/4" jack - and I just wanted to plug them into my computer so I could listen to sweet tunes. 

I know I could have easily gone to the store and purchased an adapter, but we had the parts lying around the shop, and I knew it would take me less time to make one than it would to go to the store and back. 

Step 1: Materials & Tools

For this adapter I used the following items:
  • 1/8" plug
  • 1/4" jack
  • wire
  • solder

You will need these tools to re-create this part:
  • soldering station
  • snips
  • wire strippers
  • handy hands (which is my favorite name for a tool, ever.)

Step 2: The Plug

After unscrewing the plug from the metal housing, I was able to solder three short lengths of wire to each terminal of the stereo plug. When all of the solder joints were cool, I made note of which wire was which, and snipped the excess off the through-hole terminals.

It's important to remember which terminal each wire is connected to when you are soldering the other end of the wires to the 1/4" jack.

Step 3: The Jack

I slipped the 1/4" jack casing over the 1/8" plug's housing. When the casing was nested over the plug, I took the jack and soldered each wire to the corresponding through-hole terminals on the jack. When the solder joints were cool, I trimmed the excess wire, and screwed down the 1/4" casing on to the threads of the jack.

BAM! Done. Now I could use my ridiculously oversized noise-canceling headphones with my computer, and dance it out while I work. 

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    nice job, especially nice when most people have these parts around if they look for them in junk drawers or corners of workbench.

    nice, use shrink wrap to protect wires and keep them from eventually breaking.