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.

<p>Nice instructable!</p><p>The cable on these headphones is terrible. In mine the sheath split and came away a multiples places, and with the thin wires exposed and twisting I eventually lost sound on one side. I also never liked the cable coming out of both sides.</p><p>I fixed mine with the cable from a pair of super-cheap earphones. There was a cylindrical piece where the earphone wires split that was just perfect for wedging into the hole where the wire exits the headphones, giving a tidy finish.</p><p>As noted, a lot of cable is needed to run around the headband, much more than it seems, and take into account the extension of the ear pieces. I also made an indentation on the bottom edge of the pieces holding the headband on for the wires to exit the headband.</p>
<p>The cheap earphone cable soon broke. For a more substantial fix I got a length of 3.5mm jack to RCA cable from eBay and rewired the headphones again with this. The cable is much thicker and I don't expect any more problems.</p>
ic ic..<br><br>I have changed mine to quite a thick cable. and it had been OK since the day i fixed this, which till today it is 4 years already!!!! <br><br>the problem i had with my new thick cable is that i bought this 3.5mm male jack at local cheap shop (dollar shop in your country perhaps) the 3.5mm male jack doesn't really 100% fit on all female. everytime i pluck it in to any player, i need to make a slight twist in order to work perfectly.<br> <br>the other problem is that the cable is thick but the hole to get the wires out from there is bigger, so there will be a 2mm gap between the wire and the headphone cup. <br><br>for the past 4 years, i don't have any major problem with the modification. in fact, it is a lot more convenient for me to put on and off my headphone compared to 2 sided wired headphone it used to be.
<p>ah... amazing work my friend. can i ask if your headphone can's cushions are replaced? it seems yours still had those leather, mine are completely fallen off after 2 years of usage. </p>
<p>I have had the headphones for around two years. The cushions are in pretty good shape, and are the originals. However, the thin vinyl covering is generally cracked, and I can see it is starting to flake.</p>
<p>aiks... i guess it happened to every single HD201 .. :S. as for today .. i have been using it for 7 years already(WOW... TIME FLIES).. the cushion actually soften and becomes less 'spongy' .. :( </p><p>years ago the flakes fall off from the cushion, and stick to my skins whenever i wear it. and i hv to use cilophone tape to tape out all the flakes.. </p>
<p>You can get replacement pads, including those for other models (which may improve the sound quality), for as little as 5 pounds</p><p><a href="http://www.head-fi.org/t/565482/hd-201-velour-pad-mod-squeeze-the-value-out-of-those-20-headphones" rel="nofollow">http://www.head-fi.org/t/565482/hd-201-velour-pad-...</a></p><p>On the other hand, maybe it is possible to make some new pads!</p>
<p>i had asked my country's authorised sennheiser distributor, and they do not have replacement pads for order. :( </p><p>besides, i believe it will be extremely costly for me as well. I had recently purchased HD280pro, so this 201 would be my spare headphone .. :)</p><p>there is 1 person who diy-ed the cushion pads..</p><p><a href="http://www.google.com.my/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%2Fimg442.imageshack.us%2Fimg442%2F1808%2Fphones2.jpg&imgrefurl=http%3A%2F%2Fhollilla.com%2Fthreader.php%3Fthread%3D1106299&h=600&w=800&tbnid=p7psoX-T7_dafM%3A&zoom=1&docid=29Prm7gpw4lK6M&itg=1&ei=vWlkVO79Ac6gugTpjYKoDw&tbm=isch&ved=0CD4QMygcMBw&iact=rc&uact=3&dur=912&page=2&start=16&ndsp=23" rel="nofollow">http://www.google.com.my/imgres?imgurl=http%3A%2F%...</a></p><p>the original pics had been deleted. not sure if u're able to see this in google's cache. </p>
<p>I like the DIY pads. I think I have a dressing gown made of the same material!</p><p>I recently upgraded my headphones to the Samson SR850 (with velour pads). They only cost around 50% more than the HD 201, but the difference in sound quality is incredible.</p>
<p>Here is a photo showing the indentation I made, with a hot skewer, for the cable to exit the headband.</p>
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?
it depends on your liking actually. <br><br>but this pair of headphone really lacks of bass sound, if u prefer heavy bass sounds then this would not be suitable for you..<br><br>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.. <br><br>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.<br><br>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?<br><br>
well.. i think u can just go for the headphone your friend had... since u liked it... :D <br><br>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. <br><br>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...<br><br>205 is slightly more expensive than 201... since you love the sound so much. i think u can jst go for the 205... :)
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<br><br><br>
wow... do you have a picture of ur headphone? can i have a look?
The &quot;cups&quot; are called cans btw<br>
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.<br><br>Earpiece is almost universally understood.
yeah, cups and cans and earpiece... they are all the same stuff depends on regional slang... <br><br>:)
fail, and BTW, both wires in a headphone cable are Enamel coated
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.<br><br>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.
nitrox027: oh.. i didnt know both the wires are coated.. i thought only the colored ones..<br>ac-dc: this headphone cost rm110 in my country, its almost the cost of 22 meals... hehe..

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