How to modify a 2 sided wire headphone to 1 sided wire headphone

I’ve got this Sennheiser HD201 about 3 yrs + ago, and I really love the sound of it. And I have produced all of my tracks with this headphone. You can read about its specs here .

But after few years, signs of wear and tear occurred. First was the leathered cushion started to peal off, follow by the 3 meter long cable starting to crack. 

Previously, I have shortened the cable since the cracked wires are somewhere near the headphone cups, so I just opened up the headphone and shortened the wires. I have done this for the past 2 times, and this time I decided to totally replace a brand new cable.

Step 1: Explainations

In this tutorial I’m going to show u how to replace a 2 sided cable headphone to 1 sided cable headphone.

You will need:
- soldering gun
- solder
- a new 3.5mm audio jack either male to male or male to female, we will be using only 1 side of the male audio jack
- a mp3 player for testing
- pvc tape/wire tape
- lighter
- heat shrink
- screw driver
- pen knife

You will need some basic soldering skill.
* do take extra care when using solder gun, and also pen knife. SAFETY COMES FIRST!

Check out the pictures for some explanation of how headphone wiring works.

Here’s the plan:
We would need to get the right channel of wire across the headband to the left side of the headphone cup, and fix a brand new audio jack cable from the left headphone cup.

Step 2: Removing the parts

First step is to remove the cushion form the headphone. You can simply pull it out of the headphone as it is clipped on.
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cellrune3 years ago
My friend had these headphones and they look beat up as hell, he throws it around, throws it in the bag(literally) and sometimes just lets it hand outside the bag and throws the bag around(not so literally this time) but the freaking headphones lasted him 2 years :)) i definitely want a pair for myself but when i tried his, they are dramatically less loud than I would expect from over ears? is it because its old? or are yours also lacking in the volume department?
hocngiap (author)  cellrune3 years ago
it depends on your liking actually.

but this pair of headphone really lacks of bass sound, if u prefer heavy bass sounds then this would not be suitable for you..

for myself i find this headphone has very nice and crispy high frequencies... i love the realistic of the sounds such as ppl walking on the sand in a movie. it just sounds so real..

but comparing to its price range in the market, i find this pair is the most valuable buy ..
Thanks for the speedy reply! I almost bought one of these just today, but I tried them on, they really do sound so weak (volume wise), but when I tried my friend's headphones, they sound amazingly well balanced given that my surroundings aren't too loud.

Though now, I'm planning on getting the Sennheiser 205s or something of higher quality, I want it to last me 2 years at least, instead of the 4 months my Pioneers gave me :| and now that I tried the 201s, they just don't suite my needs well, any suggestions?

hocngiap (author)  cellrune3 years ago
well.. i think u can just go for the headphone your friend had... since u liked it... :D

my friend used to buy the HD 205, that pair has stronger bass sound, but.. due its small can, the cushion actually placed on top of the ears, while HD201 covers the whole ears, which gives me more comfort... usually when i put my headphone on, it will be like.. stay on my head for HOURS... it will be very uncomfortable if there's something pressured on your ears too long.

its actually up to yourself. go to audio stores and try out those samples you had there. for my country, we dont really have good headphones lying around. the most common ones would be sony and phillips, sennheiser only sold on higher end audio stores... we rarely see pioneer, slanton ... etc...

205 is slightly more expensive than 201... since you love the sound so much. i think u can jst go for the 205... :)
rgale3 years ago
i have the same headphones and i done the same thing a while ago but i used the old wire (mine are not as old as yours) but i routed the wire neater but still good job

hocngiap (author)  rgale3 years ago
wow... do you have a picture of ur headphone? can i have a look?
xanxor3 years ago
The "cups" are called cans btw
hocngiap (author)  xanxor3 years ago
oh... i read from some forums, and they called them 'cups' haha... thanks for the info. :)
I think the cups/cans thing is very much a regional slang thing. Granted cans is fairly pervasive in the US, but more often than not it is only ever used in pleural to refer to whole set, In my recording studio if someone asks for cans someone goes to get beer. Usually John Smith's or Tetley's.

Earpiece is almost universally understood.
hocngiap (author)  celwood13 years ago
yeah, cups and cans and earpiece... they are all the same stuff depends on regional slang...

nitrox0273 years ago
fail, and BTW, both wires in a headphone cable are Enamel coated
ac-dc nitrox0273 years ago
If they work now, != fail, though for sure it's good to think more about the project, I usually disassemble something needing repair and then wait a few days so I've subconsciously thought about issues before they arise.

On the other hand, considering these are only $20 cans and the pads are worn out too, it might be worthwhile to just replace them instead.
hocngiap (author)  ac-dc3 years ago
nitrox027: oh.. i didnt know both the wires are coated.. i thought only the colored ones..
ac-dc: this headphone cost rm110 in my country, its almost the cost of 22 meals... hehe..