Custom Silver Cables Audio/Digital/High Frequency/GPS





Introduction: Custom Silver Cables Audio/Digital/High Frequency/GPS

About: So what ideas would you like to try?

With many new audio/video mods and new devices, both audio for ipod and now digital for video we must hook up our systems to new devices with more complex cables. Some very expensive...
These are must have components & materials for build projects:

3.5mm Headphone to dual L/R RCA stereo connectors (for stereo Amps)

3.5mm to 3.5mm audio extension cable (CMoy amp inputs)

iPod dock connectors (30 pin) to 9v "snap" connectors (power)

3.5mm audio headphone to 1/4" stereo headphones

pfranc GPS connectors for Garmin and USB/Serial adaptors custom cables from pfranc

Step 1: Parts

I use solid silver cables or wires

Custom audio connectors 3.5mm 1/4" and dock connectors (30pin)

pfranc GPS cables (Purple) POP project cables/connectors.

Techflex covers

Shrinkwrap & teflon conductor covers

Silver solder

Temp controlled solder station

heat gun

Step 2: Prep Work

strip and tin cables or wires

tin connectors

measure and hot knife Techflex

dry fit shrink wrap

Step 3: Dry Fit

Check for length

twist wires or braid

Use pre-made cables or CAT-5 TP

Slide on shrink wrap (all white for iPod)

"fold" Techflex or hot knife ends to 'finish'

Step 4: Solder

30w solder gun

Silver solder for audio connections

Solder Ground, left & right for audio

Solder Ground to pins 29/30 on Dock and V+ power to pins 19/20 for Firewire

Black to black & red to red or any two colors for audio L/R sheilding to ground

Step 5: Fit and Finish

Fit connectors together tight

Hot glue stress points

Slide up shrink wrap

Fit shrink wrap over joins

....glue or cable tie techflex ends


Step 6: Finish

Heat shrink wrap, flame or HOT hair dryer

Cable tie loose ends

Step 7: Test Connections and Solder

Use a meter to confirm joins again...

Attach and enjoy!



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    i hate how every audio connector is just for the iPod when it will work fine with any mp3 player, or CD player. you go to the store and now all they have is "iPod connectors", or "iPod ready" cables.

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    This is got to be the most blatantly biased apple fanboyistic comment I have ever seen.. ever. And I guess you use the white earbuds that came with it and rave about the excellent quality of the sound coming from it? Probably. The 2GB capacity doesn't matter to you either because you only have 6 flavour of the month songs you recorded off speakers with a mobile phone and transferred at 16kbps. This coming from the owner of an iPod, by the way.

    I'm sorry, that comment was clearly quite rude and upsetting. I realize now that Instructables is a community for creative, cool projects to have fun and play around with. I actually never use my iPod anymore, and is broke. I listen to all of my music on a 4GB SDHC card in my HTC Mogul. Usually rip CD's at 192kbps and listen to mostly hits of the 70's and 80's. By the way, I'm also 14 years old.

    lol two years almost to the day.

    Two years is just a blink of time....geological speaking.

    Well, anyway, you're on instructables, fix it! :D also, put rockbox on it for more fun.

    dude get an mp3 u dont have 2 pay for music or get limewire or anything. mp3 is the standard format for most things

    P2P is perfectly legal. Applications/uses of the product can be illegal. E.g., downloading copyrighted material or illegal files.

    but he specified not paying for music on it.

    lol iPods can play mp3's, wav's and just about everything else with the exception of wmp, and anyways who likes windows anyway

    Cant play ogg or alot of other stuff. iLinux

    Yeah, preferably I would get a format like that but the Touch doesn't have rockbox so I'm stuck with MP3 as of now.

    Yeah i would have to agree that iPod linux and Rockbox take the cake when it comes to everything with DAPs, I mean honestly it offers so much more stuff than apple, and I even experience a much more stable OS with rockbox (can't say the same with linux) compared to apples on my 5.5G video.

    I just wish apple (along with other big companies) would release their source code for the puposes of debugging by us devolpers (not that ms-windows needs any debugging) lol, Also with the release of the source code Rockbox would be able to fix its only fault, lower battery life when playing music.

    The only advantage of iPods is that some come with hundreds of gigabytes of storage. If 4GB is enough, a sansa fuze will do the job just fine... for less (about $90?)

    idc that this is an old post lol-- look:)


    By ouplay you mean what exactly? In every response to that question there is a better player out there. ~also an owner of a 2gb ipod nano.

    quite true. Ipod merely marketed well. doesn't mean it will "outplay any mp3 player" (in all caps)