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HD25-II recabling; a few questions.

post #1 of 10
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Hey, I've been searching this site for quite a while now about recabling a HD25 but there's still a few questions and problems I couldn't find a definitive answer to and cables seem to be really expensive (easily 1/4 of the price, EU).

I had the stock coiled cable (HD25-II-C) which cracked at the plug end when I dropped it. I need a new cable and I'd like it to be of better than steel quality (SQ wise, I know it's only marginally different). I bought them for portability and the coiled cable was also a bit too heavy.
 

First of, I can't seem to unplug my current steel cable from my headphones (good start...). I'm really using a lot of force and dare not pull it any harder. Is there anything I have to losen first in order to disconnect the cable? People just seem to be able to pull it apart from the cup.. Mhm.

For the actual cable I seem to have two straight-forward options:
- A HD25-13 replacement copper cable which would fit my HD25-II without any modifications (correct?).
- A HD650 replacement cable in which case I need a plug-adaptor because the plug-end is too big, I think it's called 1/4 and 1/8 (correct?). I would also have to turn the cup upside down because they don't fit the headband. Not a perfect solution I think.

For the HD25-13 cable I have trouble distinguishing it from the stock cables of the HD-25.
http://spares.sennheiser.co.uk/pro-audio-headphones/hd-25-13iisvs/hd-25-13-ii-35m-cable-straight-35mm-threaded-plug.html

I think/thought the No. 523875 in the end is for the stock cable (though it says it's for the HD-25-13 HP. How I would I know if it's copper?). The HD25-13 cable on other sites have the Id No. 74532 instead.
Like this: http://www.amazon.de/Sennheiser-Kabel-HD-25-13-74532/dp/B003DLEUDQ
(though, Amazon could be outdated).
UK Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Sennheiser-523875-Cable/dp/B003DLEUDQ/ref=sr_1_14?ie=UTF8&qid=1345536794&sr=8-14

And Thomann.de doesn't have the copper version of the HD25-13 cable.

Regards!
 

post #2 of 10

HD25-II-C, not HD25-1 II, man.

 

Magicpants, you will have to take the cups apart, I think.  A quick Google search revealed nothing on HD25-II-C.  I hope you haven't damaged your headphone yet trying to follow the guides for HD25-1 II.

 

First, you must remove the right channel cable from the headband.  It is inserted in a groove, so it is easy to do.  Then you pull the cups down until the headband comes out completely.  Then remove the earpads.  Then you are going to have to figure it out on your own very carefully from there, sorry.  Hopefully the HD25-1 II recable guides will help give you clues.

 

Forget Sennheiser's cables, go for a Mogami one or a Blue Dragon cable instead.

post #3 of 10
Thread Starter 
Quote: PocketE
Also, if you want to have a cheap solution, maybe you can make the cable on your own

 

 

Quote: Mad Max
Forget Sennheiser's cables, go for a Mogami one or a Blue Dragon cable instead.

 

I have absolutely no know-how on this subject, though, i can see it would be much cheaper than buying a cable and make it fit. Does it require anything to do these things? Is it possible to just order all the stuff i need and follow guides/manuals on youtube? What do you judge? I'm an easy learner and patient. I also have two weeks left of my summer holidays.
It would be the better option.

Thanks for the quick replies.
Regards.

- Quick update. I need a soldering iron and some solder don't i? Guess that's not an option then. :(
And i don't get the prices on these things, a replacement cable for the HD212 pro only costs 12£ where as one for the HD-25-1 II costs 39£. 
It's the same thing with different pins!!


Edited by Magicpants - 8/25/12 at 6:34am
post #4 of 10

IF it's too much to DIY, you might just replace the plug at the end. Much cheaper than a new cable and probably less headache.

post #5 of 10

Here's another option.. If you don't mind reversing the cups (mount them upside down) and going for a Y type cable instead of just one side, you can order a HD600 or HD650 cable.  They're pretty cheap.  That's what I did until I finally broke down and got a high end custom cable.

post #6 of 10

Bumping this thread as I have the exact same problem:

 

I want to recable my HD25-II without buying 300 dollar custom silver-plated hand-made jewellery and without turning the cups upside-down because the cable doesn't fit.

The HD600 & HD650 cables are too thick, is that correct?

 

Any suggestions for a moderate priced copper cable that fits inside the headband?

post #7 of 10
A custom cable made with navships silver-plated copper and a Neutrik plug won't break the bank, should come out to less than $30.
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A custom cable made with navships silver-plated copper and a Neutrik plug won't break the bank, should come out to less than $30.

Should be less than that even. I just grabbed two 25ft rolls of 28awg 19 strand from navships, and 6 Neutrik connectors (4 straight, 2 right angled). Total for that was right at 30$.

I'll see how well it works / sounds. I mostly bought it for practice before making some expensive cables.
post #9 of 10
I have a little leftover navships spc from my first [hideous] practice cables that I made. I've only used a little in the past few months to make a couple of keychains using paracord and mini plugs, lol!
post #10 of 10

Quote:

I just grabbed two 25ft rolls of 28awg 19 strand from navships, and 6 Neutrik connectors (4 straight, 2 right angled). Total for that was right at 30$.

 

 

Well, it would be absolutely fantastic if someone (you?) could make me a cable!

 

I really like my HD25-II but if I want to pair it with an iBasso D-Zero the combination may sound too bright, maybe a new cable can fix that (a little)..
 

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