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How to recable my ATH ES7?

post #1 of 4
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Hi Guys,

I need your help. The cables from both sides of the driver housing has come loose. I can no longer hear any audio.

Does anyone know if it is possible to get these repaired in London? Also, any idea of costs?

Is there any step by step guide for a DIY attempt?

 

post #2 of 4

Usually it's just opening the up the casing and soldering the cables back. How difficult it is to get inside the headphones is another topic. It depends on the manufacturing process and how they are put together. If you have no expreience whatsoever with opening up technical products, find someone who does. The same thing applies to the soldering part.

 

Good luck :D

post #3 of 4

Got bored so decided to recable my ES7 using 18awg hi grade spc
18awg for headphone is the usual recommendation
so this is a simple guide which generally most headphones can follow
disclaimer - this guide only for those who dare cos u may damage ur headphones driver or any other things

laying out the 4x18awg 1.2m wires, notice one of the white sleeve is marked with a masking tape to differentiate left/right signal, while black wires are both return
http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1113.jpg

clamp at one end for easy braiding later
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1114.jpg

marking where wires should split (30-45cm fr headphones would be enough)
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1118.jpg

mount on sth abt your height or lower so easier to braid (your choice of braiding litz or chain)
i used a variation of chain braiding so wires dont end up flat
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1122.jpg

done up with monster cable splitter for deco, u can use heat shrink instead
if u are making for earphones dont forget to insert ur cable management here too
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1124.jpg

the patient before transplant
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1125.jpg

remove the earpad
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1128.jpg

this was taken from a senn hd25 -1 so got extra foam
remove all will reveal screws
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1129.jpg

unscrew both other earphones may be diff - notice tt right signal (red) left signal (green) copper return
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1134.jpg[/img]

easiest way to ensure which is signal mark the side with a marker
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1136.jpg

unsolder and remove the strain relief (easier for smaller wires)
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1139.jpg


solder the 3.5mm jack remember which side is left and right and set it accordingly
should have used canare f12 cos wires are too thick but manage to fit in
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1140.jpg
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1146.jpg

wires are too thick so have to remove the rubber grommet to fit in
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1147.jpg

solder the wires in
here do be careful and make sure all things cool down as the glue on the driver is soften and may break away from the driver rendering ur headphones useless.
something i learnt the hard way so carefully put it back in place be paitent

i also used a cable tie +heat shrink as strain relief
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1153.jpg

done and ready to be enjoyed
a nice black and white theme
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1159.jpg
[img]http://i1200.photobucket.com/albums/bb329/nekatrall/es7%20mod/IMGP1165.jpg

sounds much better and bass department improved although for this headphone is marginal as the impedance only 32ohm for higher impedance headphones will likely be much better
only bad thing is heavier hahaha
 


Edited by nekatrall - 4/30/12 at 11:28am
post #4 of 4

Just edited your post to include the images. Makes it easier for everyone :) :

Quote:
Originally Posted by nekatrall View Post

Got bored so decided to recable my ES7 using 18awg hi grade spc
18awg for headphone is the usual recommendation
so this is a simple guide which generally most headphones can follow
disclaimer - this guide only for those who dare cos u may damage ur headphones driver or any other things

laying out the 4x18awg 1.2m wires, notice one of the white sleeve is marked with a masking tape to differentiate left/right signal, while black wires are both return

 



clamp at one end for easy braiding later

 



marking where wires should split (30-45cm fr headphones would be enough)

 



mount on sth abt your height or lower so easier to braid (your choice of braiding litz or chain)
i used a variation of chain braiding so wires dont end up flat

 



done up with monster cable splitter for deco, u can use heat shrink instead
if u are making for earphones dont forget to insert ur cable management here too

 



the patient before transplant

 



remove the earpad

 



this was taken from a senn hd25 -1 so got extra foam
remove all will reveal screws

 



unscrew both other earphones may be diff - notice tt right signal (red) left signal (green) copper return

 



easiest way to ensure which is signal mark the side with a marker

 



unsolder and remove the strain relief (easier for smaller wires)

 

 


solder the 3.5mm jack remember which side is left and right and set it accordingly
should have used canare f12 cos wires are too thick but manage to fit in

 


 



wires are too thick so have to remove the rubber grommet to fit in

 



solder the wires in
here do be careful and make sure all things cool down as the glue on the driver is soften and may break away from the driver rendering ur headphones useless.
something i learnt the hard way so carefully put it back in place be paitent

i also used a cable tie +heat shrink as strain relief

 



done and ready to be enjoyed
a nice black and white theme

 


 



sounds much better and bass department improved although for this headphone is marginal as the impedance only 32ohm for higher impedance headphones will likely be much better
only bad thing is heavier hahaha
 

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