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HD800 Connectors: Are you !@#$% kidding me!?

post #1 of 40
Thread Starter 
Just received a set of HD-800 connectors this evening in the hope of building a cable for a friend.

I knew the connectors weren't all that big to begin with, but once I pulled it apart, I was rather taken aback by what I saw inside.



THIS tiny little thing is what the geniuses at Sennheiser came up with for their full-size, $1,400 statement headphones?

Are you !@#$% kidding me!?

No wonder their stock cable only uses something like 28 gauge wire. That's all you'd ever be able to get to fit in the pins' solder cups.

What a !@#$% joke!

se
post #2 of 40
can you take a macro close-up of it? I've never seen one (yet).

btw, is the connector also spray-on silver?

post #3 of 40
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Originally Posted by linuxworks View Post
can you take a macro close-up of it? I've never seen one (yet).
Not with the camera I have at the moment, no.

I can give you dimensions if you'd like.

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btw, is the connector also spray-on silver?


se
post #4 of 40
Looks easier to work with than HD600 connectors, at least these look like they have solder grooves.
post #5 of 40
seems easy guess you never done custom iem cable
post #6 of 40
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by FallenAngel View Post
Looks easier to work with than HD600 connectors, at least these look like they have solder grooves.
Yeah, for 28 gauge wire.

Seriously, five of these HD800 pins would fit in the ass end of one of the Cardas HD600 type connectors.

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Originally Posted by momomo6789 View Post
seems easy guess you never done custom iem cable
No, but I have worked with similarly sized plugs/jacks before.

Point is, pins of this size are what one WOULD expect to find in an IEM connector, not on a full size hadphone.

se
post #7 of 40
I agree, very disappointing connector, totally sucks. What a joke.
post #8 of 40
They make it that small so you've got a great sense of accomplishment when you manage to pull off the impossible by soldering reasonable wire to it. They are thinking of you, you just don't know it.
post #9 of 40
That plastic(?) looks cheap. Whole thing looks fragile, especially the pins
post #10 of 40
It's still easier to solder than the iPod dock's pins.
post #11 of 40
Hmm Looks like we've finally found a manufacturer for UE IEM pins.....
post #12 of 40
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Originally Posted by Menisk View Post
They make it that small so you've got a great sense of accomplishment when you manage to pull off the impossible by soldering reasonable wire to it. They are thinking of you, you just don't know it.
Didn't look at it like that. I feel thpecial now!

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Originally Posted by Seamaster View Post
That plastic(?) looks cheap. Whole thing looks fragile, especially the pins
Actually the plastic is PEEK, a rather expensive, high-end plastic.

But yeah, it's just so small it's laughable.

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Originally Posted by Lil' Knight View Post
It's still easier to solder than the iPod dock's pins.
Rather cold comfort, that.

se
post #13 of 40
what flabbergasts me is the fact that they cost $40/pair (unless someone can point me to a cheaper option)
post #14 of 40
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Originally Posted by Koyaan I. Sqatsi View Post
But yeah, it's just so small it's laughable.
that's what she said

is it even possible to solder wire >28awg to it if you deform the cups ? do you have a closeup of the cups ?
post #15 of 40
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Originally Posted by El_Doug View Post
what flabbergasts me is the fact that they cost $40/pair (unless someone can point me to a cheaper option)
the Cardas are a bone job at $30 as well. at least my AKG K271 has mini-XLRs and cost less than 1/2 of the Cardas.
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