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Audio cable braiding

post #1 of 13
Thread Starter 
Couple questions. I'm making my own pair of headphones tomorrow, and am going to make my own cable for it too.

How do I actually braid a wire? It's going to have either 3 or 4 wires coming from the headphone jack..

Standard Stereo Phone Plug - RadioShack.com

(I'm thinking either 3, where in the left earcup I just solder another wire to the ground, and pair that with the right earcups signal and go through the top, over the headband, and into the left earcup, or 4 wires from the jack, with the two ground wires joined right from the jack itself)

I don't know which will produce the cleanest results, if any difference.
post #2 of 13
i think you can figure 3 wires out

for 4 wires

a. Take the leftmost wire and cross it OVER its TWO neighbors.

b. Take the rightmost wire and cross it OVER its ONE neighbor.

c. Take the leftmost wire and cross it UNDER its TWO neighbors.

d. Take the rightmost wire and cross it UNDER its ONE neighbor.
post #3 of 13
Thread Starter 
Hmm I may need to practice.. I may do 3 wires for the sake of keeping the bundles small..

Though, I've never braided at all so even with 3 i'll probably have problems.
post #4 of 13
na a child could do three L over R over L over R over do four looks much nicer for longer runs of wire
post #5 of 13

YEP

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Originally Posted by momomo6789 View Post
na a child could do three L over R over L over R over do four looks much nicer for longer runs of wire
Momomo is right! If you're going to do it, Do It Up Right!!! The look and IMO the sound will be a tad cleaner, But then again I'm a cable believer....
post #6 of 13
Then foil + braid shielding... bound to be win.
post #7 of 13
Thread Starter 
I want it to be the easiest to make though too.. I had my step sister show me how to braid it, and I got a good 3 wire braid..

I'm thinking about for style, put heat shrink tubing every 2 inches that is about 2cm long. Hmm.
post #8 of 13
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Originally Posted by mmd8x28 View Post

I'm thinking about for style, put heat shrink tubing every 2 inches that is about 2cm long. Hmm.
That sounds fugly, no offense. I've always liked the look of a nudie cable, though.
post #9 of 13
Thread Starter 


Practiced on a spare wire..
post #10 of 13
Sorry to say but heatshrink isn't as attractive as it sounds. It's more attractive than frayed ends or where two materials meet, which is what it's mostly used for.
post #11 of 13
Thread Starter 
Well I'll see how it looks when I get it all put together. If it doesn't look good I'll leave it out of the plans.

Thing is, I got red tubing, not the normal black stuff..
post #12 of 13
Good job mmd8x28 looks and I hope sounds great!!
post #13 of 13
hope your not using lighter for heatshrink will probably burn the red heatshrink.
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