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Westone flexible clear tube

post #1 of 5
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I'm willing to make a cable for my HiFiMAN RE0.

I'm thinking about two 26 awg copper (gonna try to find silver plated) cables twisted for each piece (ground and signal), is that good?

Also I was thinking in improving the over the ear method of the phone placing one of that flexible clear tubes that westone cables have, the problem is, I don't know what the tube is made, where to buy, etc. Do anyone know anything about that?

 

Thanks a bunch (:

post #2 of 5

Are you aware of how difficult it is to take apart and hardwiring an earbud without destroying it?  It's not something I would personally do, ever.  Even if you could get the case pried apart without chewing it up, the drivers are ridiculously delicate and the heat from the soldering iron can travel up the wires to the voice coil and melt the drivers easily.

 

I generally advocate cutting the stock cable half an inch to an inch from the earbud then splicing whatever cable you want to that, then covering the splice with glue-shrink after insulating each solder connection with glue-shrink individually.  

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Originally Posted by scootermafia View Post

Are you aware of how difficult it is to take apart and hardwiring an earbud without destroying it?  It's not something I would personally do, ever.  Even if you could get the case pried apart without chewing it up, the drivers are ridiculously delicate and the heat from the soldering iron can travel up the wires to the voice coil and melt the drivers easily.

 

I generally advocate cutting the stock cable half an inch to an inch from the earbud then splicing whatever cable you want to that, then covering the splice with glue-shrink after insulating each solder connection with glue-shrink individually.  


 

Didn't know that, since the majority of posts about recable are about full size phones, I think I've misjudge the difficult about doing this haha.

Anyway, since my cable broke near the earpiece, I think I'll do like this:
- Cut the cable from inside the piece before the soldering in the driver;

- Take the cable out and make my own cable;

- Solder my cable to the copper that is already soldered in the driver.

 

Do you think this is the best idea to do? I'm a first timer in DIY and cables =S

post #4 of 5

Well, even if you're connecting it slightly more indirectly, the heat from the iron can still easily fry the tiny driver.  Moreover, it's near impossible to open up most earbuds without destroying or marring them beyond all recognition.

post #5 of 5
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I guess I'll have to try it out dude, It isn't a SO expensive phone, so if I screw it up, I'll be able to go for another, and the new edition comes with a better cable as it seems.

From the pulling apart the iem, the two pieces already came apart by usage, I've used wonderglue in ano to get it fixed, but the another is still open, so I think it won't gonna be a pain to open the other wonderglued, gotta try (:

For the clear tube that comes with the westone, do you know the material or name of that thing?

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