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post #16 of 23

My 7506 cable is messed up at the headphone jack end (its my portable set) and I want to use a detachable mini-xlr cable (secure fit and exchangeable with my AKG's); how hard will it be to get a connector like this one to fit inside the shell? I saw this thread where someone did it with ATH-M50's which are fairly close in size so I know its possible.

post #17 of 23
Hey Sony V6 users, I had my V6s about 13 months and stupidly I dropped my tablet and bent the headphone jack, it cracked a tiny bit on it so 1 side didnt work. I saw this mod ages ago but never really had reason to try it until my ones broke. I got the same jack as HiFi1972 off ebay but I found one slightly cheaper and surprisingly in the UK. Next I got a soldering iron with some solder plus as stand for 6.99 also on ebay. Note its my first ever time soldering or modding headphones though I have done little wiring things in the past. Heres what I did -

Open right headphone, cut wire just outside cup untangle from plastic things and pull out, remove wire cover and remove little rubber thing from hole.

I then got some of that green builders sandpaper and rolled a small bit up then I sanded inside the hole where the wire comes through until it was loose enough for me to screw the jack in but tight enough for it to screw in securely, also I just used my finger to snap off the plastic tab closest to the hole but I left the other.

I decided I would unsolder the old headphone wire and instead I used some speaker wire I had laying about, first I soldered the wires onto the jack and screwed it into place, then I desoldered and resoldered the new wires 1 by 1 as I took them off as to not get one in the wrong place, make sure the wires long enough to reach the driver without making it arkward but not so long as it might be harder to fit in.

Tested at this point and yes it works!! Pop driver bit back onto cup and screw back on!! Good luck to anyone attempting this, I am a total novice but it was stupidly easy, and so much better than it was even before I think, sound quality is not compromised at all.











Excuse the crappy image quality from my tablet and also my ghetto makeshift earpad for until my others arrive, too bad they have to come all the way from the far east and Im not spending 20 quid on the Beyerdynamic ones.
post #18 of 23
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Originally Posted by smokeweed View Post

Hey Sony V6 users, I had my V6s about 13 months and stupidly I dropped my tablet and bent the headphone jack, it cracked a tiny bit on it so 1 side didnt work. I saw this mod ages ago but never really had reason to try it until my ones broke. I got the same jack as HiFi1972 off ebay but I found one slightly cheaper and surprisingly in the UK. Next I got a soldering iron with some solder plus as stand for 6.99 also on ebay. Note its my first ever time soldering or modding headphones though I have done little wiring things in the past. Heres what I did -

Open right headphone, cut wire just outside cup untangle from plastic things and pull out, remove wire cover and remove little rubber thing from hole.

I then got some of that green builders sandpaper and rolled a small bit up then I sanded inside the hole where the wire comes through until it was loose enough for me to screw the jack in but tight enough for it to screw in securely, also I just used my finger to snap off the plastic tab closest to the hole but I left the other.

I decided I would unsolder the old headphone wire and instead I used some speaker wire I had laying about, first I soldered the wires onto the jack and screwed it into place, then I desoldered and resoldered the new wires 1 by 1 as I took them off as to not get one in the wrong place, make sure the wires long enough to reach the driver without making it arkward but not so long as it might be harder to fit in.

Tested at this point and yes it works!! Pop driver bit back onto cup and screw back on!! Good luck to anyone attempting this, I am a total novice but it was stupidly easy, and so much better than it was even before I think, sound quality is not compromised at all.

 

Are you sure it wasn't the left side you did?

 

You wouldn't happen to be able to answer my question posted above (3-pin mini-XLR)?


Edited by kid vic - 11/20/14 at 3:57am
post #19 of 23
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Originally Posted by kid vic View Post

Are you sure it wasn't the left side you did?

You wouldn't happen to be able to answer my question posted above (3-pin mini-XLR)?

Indeed it was, my bad lol.

Im not exactly a pro, this is the first time Ive ever done anything like this so maybe Im not the best person to ask but I would say it looks a bit big, theres a surprising amount of space inside the cups you can use but the mini xlr looks a bit thicker than the 3.5mm jack I used so I think you would have to remove a lot more if not all the plastic from the hole and you would need to screw it from the outside in if you get me. My one the screw was on the jack end so I put it inside and screwed it in so the hole was facing out the bottom.

With the lenght of it Id say there would be no worries but Id be a bit worried having to do too much work to get it too fit nicely but I suppose it depends how much you willing to do and if you willing to potentially destroy them if you try it and it wont fit as it would be hard to put a smaller jack on after youve already made it too big.

Personally I think the 3.5mm jack is better just as its a minimal amount of work to do and its pretty simple, I wouldnt be too happy about removing that entire bit of plastic around the hole or actually cutting the metal cups, what is the benefit of using mini XLR over 3.5mm anyway?
post #20 of 23
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Originally Posted by smokeweed View Post


Indeed it was, my bad lol.

Im not exactly a pro, this is the first time Ive ever done anything like this so maybe Im not the best person to ask but I would say it looks a bit big, theres a surprising amount of space inside the cups you can use but the mini xlr looks a bit thicker than the 3.5mm jack I used so I think you would have to remove a lot more if not all the plastic from the hole and you would need to screw it from the outside in if you get me. My one the screw was on the jack end so I put it inside and screwed it in so the hole was facing out the bottom.

With the lenght of it Id say there would be no worries but Id be a bit worried having to do too much work to get it too fit nicely but I suppose it depends how much you willing to do and if you willing to potentially destroy them if you try it and it wont fit as it would be hard to put a smaller jack on after youve already made it too big.

Personally I think the 3.5mm jack is better just as its a minimal amount of work to do and its pretty simple, I wouldnt be too happy about removing that entire bit of plastic around the hole or actually cutting the metal cups, what is the benefit of using mini XLR over 3.5mm anyway?

Hahaha just read your username.

 

For me the benefit is that I could use the same cables as all my AKG headphones and that they are solid when connected but easy to pull off (just press a button) as opposed to using a 3.5mm which is just friction. I'm considering making it inline instead (i.e. about an inch from the driver as part of the cord).

post #21 of 23
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Originally Posted by kid vic View Post
 

Hahaha just read your username.

 

For me the benefit is that I could use the same cables as all my AKG headphones and that they are solid when connected but easy to pull off (just press a button) as opposed to using a 3.5mm which is just friction. I'm considering making it inline instead (i.e. about an inch from the driver as part of the cord).

Haha, ah I see that makes sense, Ive just got to say I was worried about the same thing (plug pulling out easily) but its actually really tight and secure. I think Im more likely to pull the plug out of my device or pull the headphones right off my head before it actually comes out of the headphones themselves. I think it could be as this plug is so small it must be made to quite a degree of accuracy and the size of it theres not really not room for it to be loose lol. I guess Ill see how it fares over time but I cant see it becoming loose anytime soon.

 

Either way good luck and post up a few pics of how it goes, doing it inline would definitely be a lot easier though I wasnt too sure about soldering those headphone wires, plenty of people say its easy but I didnt want to risk ruining my  part if it didnt work. For putting it actually in it Id want to look at the jack and really work out properly how I was going to go at it, then theres a possibility of getting it and it being too big but at least you havent already destroyed your headphones. Remember the 5 Ps lol. Good luck.

post #22 of 23

Yeah, I should really get on ordering the parts hahaha :S

post #23 of 23
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Originally Posted by afxdave View Post
 

Hey all,

 

Here's one a did a few years back. Mouser sells some decent 3.5mm connectors that fit securely:

 

http://www.mouser.com/ds/2/253/KC-300961-196008.pdf

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wow! nicely done it looks like an original manufacturer design.

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