Picture of Repair your broken headphones using Meccano
You just broke your favorite pair of headphones and you don't feel like buying a new pair allready? Well that's just what happened to me. A few days ago I found out that someone accidentaly broke my Sennheiser hd201. Where I live (Belgium) these headphones cost €30 in store, wich is about 43.5$, so I decided not to buy a new pair. Instead I tried repairing my broken headphones.
This repair shouldn't take longer than 15 minutes. (That is if you allready have the parts)

Step 1: The parts

Picture of The parts
I used a steel Meccano grinder/strip with 6 holes.
2 Meccano Bolts
2 Meccano Nuts

The tools I used were the standard Meccano screwdriver and wrench, a knive, a screwdriver and a drill.

AlexR195 months ago
Thank you so minx or this. I just cracked my 110$ monster ntune v2's and was afraid they'd never be whole again. You've give me hope I'm gonna go out soon and get te tools and post back wen I'm done. Thanks bro
lucifer121 year ago


voenie (author)  lucifer121 year ago

I guess you should go to the hardware store to find a small strip of metal and two nuts and bolts. You could also try to glue the 2 pieces together, but reinforced by gluing a bit of extra plastic on the back, using some epoxy resin.

Brilliant and simple - I only hope I haven't tossed those broken headphones. Why do headphones ALWAYS break??!! Even if you treat them like they're made out of glass....
hocngiap5 years ago
i owned this headphone model..

after 2 yrs of using it, the leather starts to crack and fall off, and the wires are cracking too, i can even see the wires coming out of the cracked rubber. :(

besides, do you face the wires are like twisted? because, the 2 wires coming out from the headphone speakers are like twisted, i hav no idea how that happened, and i couldln't twist it back... does it happend to your headphones too?
voenie (author)  hocngiap5 years ago
I don't have the leather problem yet. But I know what you mean by twisted wires coming out of the headphones. The way to solve it is to wrap up the wire from the jack to where the wire splits, and then put the wrapped part of wire through the headphones wires a few times. Make sure you do that in the right direction.

I think the leather would last longer if you don't store it in the sun, or make sure they are dry when you store them etc. you can always buy spare parts I believe, not sure where.

Hope that helped.


hocngiap voenie5 years ago
hi voenie,

i have also tried the method of 'wrapping the jack over the split wiires' and it doesn't work even tho i wrap em both ways.. what i guess is that due to age, the rubber wires seemed to have like defecting slowly, could be that over time the rubber seems to slowly  get harden, and 'twisted' itselves.

it says at the cover that this model comes with 2 years warranty, i ever asked the authorised sennheiser dealer in my country, they say only defects they would do repair for us, cause of wearing, damage  by users, they shall not replace/repair ... so i guess my leather issue can't be replaced.

since one side of my headphone's wire cracked, i felt like replacing the wires where it cracked. simply by shortening the wires of the stock's wire... do you know how to remove the cover of the headphone so i could solder the wires to the speakers in the headphone cup?

voenie (author)  hocngiap5 years ago
I'm sorry but I haven't looked in to opening that part of the headphones since I only needed to rejoin the 2 parts. If I find something, I'll post it here.
hocngiap voenie4 years ago
hi voenie, its me again...

i finally rip off the whole thing and changed the whole wire, you may find my instructable here... http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-modify-a-2-sided-wire-headphone-to-1-sided-/

hocngiap voenie5 years ago
alright, thanks!!!!

if my chord is broken, i might try to fix it, i'll let you know if i have any findings as well.... :)
JavaNut135 years ago
Nice use of Meccano, I use one bolt to hold my keys together.. :)
voenie (author)  JavaNut135 years ago
Thanks, but how do you keep you nut from loosening?
I think I will buy some super glue to keep them tight if they start coming off.
There are two types of Meccano nut, one is flat and square (standard), the other is higher, and has a small piece of plastic that allows it to twist but not loosen..

Super-Glue could work, if the joint didn't have to flex..
voenie (author)  JavaNut135 years ago
Then I guess I have old-skool meccano. I only have one type of nuts, that's the standard square ones.