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Fixing my headphones - can't identify the leads Answered

I am trying to fix my headphones - the connection to the jack got a little damaged from using it over time. so i cut the existing jack off of the cable. the cable is stranded wire, so i'm having an awful time identifying which is left, right and ground. i will try to post a picture soon. 

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mrtunes
mrtunes

8 years ago

hello! i've tried working with the alligator clips, and i wasn't finding much success

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crapflinger
crapflinger

Reply 8 years ago

not finding much success how? based on your description there are 3 wires? (there really should be 4 for stereo headphones). they should be someone separated so that you can tell which ones are pairs. either by color, or by proximity. unless you've just got some extremely crappy headphones of course.

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mrtunes
mrtunes

Reply 8 years ago

originally i thought there were three wires, but then i separated the two cables and i found the four. anyways in my more recent comment i mentioned that i think i found the cause of the problem - that i was hooking alligator clips up to the coloured shielding, and not the cable itself.

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crapflinger
crapflinger

8 years ago

hook them up temporary like and see what comes out of where. or use a multimeter (though this would require you to open up the headphones end)

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mrtunes
mrtunes

Reply 8 years ago

ok i think the part that i've missed is that the two "blue wires" are actually not the wire, just a coating that i need to sand off. this should get me sorted.

https://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Fix-or-Repair-Headphones/