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You just bought a nice, shiny new pair of earphones. You rush home to find how nice the sound quality is, and how good the bass is. This happiness goes on for a few months until the heartbreaking moment happens. Your listening to your favorite song when suddenly you hear a crackle, and suddenly, you cant hear any sound from your headphones. Your shiny 50$ headphones just turned to a very inefficent paperweight.

Does this sound familiar? It should, as a recent study proved that 9 out of 10 people suffer from their earphones going silent. No longer will you have to live through the silent, dark, cold nights. If you follow my instructions wisly, you can overcome this great struggle and fix those headphones.

Follow me brothers, and join the revolution!

Step 1: Bill of Materials

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Fixing headphones is pretty cheap. You can do this repair for less than 2$, assuming you have solder on hand.


1 x Pair of Broken Headphones

1 x 3.5mm Stereo Jack (Jameco )

Solder (Jameco )

5" x Heat Shrink Tubing (Jameco )( Optional )



Soldering Iron

Wire Strippers (I just used my leatherman to strip the wires)

Heat Gun or Matches (You only need this if you use heat shrink)

genghistron3 years ago
For a slightly more polished look you can use 2 different sizes of heatshrink, so after the first one goes on to hold the small wires in place, a larger tube goes over to seal the insulated cable to the end of the connector.
skalita2 years ago
My earphones used to work well, but now when I plug in my earphones, all I get is a distorted mess. The sound is hollow and not clear at all! Do you think it's a problem with the jack? or could it be something else?
mmessi13 years ago
they're suppose to help you with earphones!!!!!!!!!!!
dombeef4 years ago
Like they say, duck tape fixes everything!
IgnorantZebra (author)  dombeef4 years ago
Its the 8th natural wonder of the world