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Can I connect a TRRS cable to a TRS plug?

post #1 of 5
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Hello,

 

Two simple questions, as per the title.

 

I have some Re-Zero headphones and the TRRS plug has a loose connection, I do not use a balanced audio source and so the TRRS functionality is redundant for me.  I want to replace the faulty TRRS phono plug with a TRS one so that I do not have to use the bulky adapter.

 

  • Is it possible to rewire the TRRS cable (which I assume is R+,R-,L+,L-) to a TRS plug?

 

  • Is is as simple as twisting the R- and L- cables together and soldering to the ground source?

 

Thanks.

post #2 of 5

Yes its possible. 

No I dont remember the order of the connections. Its on head-fi somewhere. 

 

Yes it is as simple as twisting the R- and L- together and soldering to ground. 

BUT you must strip the enamel off of the wires first. 

post #3 of 5
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Originally Posted by akuaku View Post

Hello,

 

Two simple questions, as per the title.

 

I have some Re-Zero headphones and the TRRS plug has a loose connection, I do not use a balanced audio source and so the TRRS functionality is redundant for me.  I want to replace the faulty TRRS phono plug with a TRS one so that I do not have to use the bulky adapter.

 

  • Is it possible to rewire the TRRS cable (which I assume is R+,R-,L+,L-) to a TRS plug?

 

  • Is is as simple as twisting the R- and L- cables together and soldering to the ground source?

 

Thanks.

 

I hope you haven't done anything yet as it is NOT R+,R-,L+,L-.

 

HifiMan balanced TRRS is L+, R+, L-, R-.

post #4 of 5
Thread Starter 

Thanks nikongod and CleiOS,

 

I found a photo at the link below which shows the connections.  I guess what I need to know now is which physical wire connects to which terminal but presumably if I disect my current TRRS head I'll be able to tell which wire goes to which terminal?  I guess it would be fanciful to imagine there are industry standard colours for such things!? 

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/497427/balanced-trrs-connector-on-future-hifiman-iems 


Edited by akuaku - 1/23/13 at 7:15am
post #5 of 5
Thread Starter 

Job done.  Easier than I thought.  For anyone wanting to do this:

 

The two ground cables were both copper coloured, the left was blue and the right red.  

 

I used a multimeter to work out which connector on the new TRS connector represented the Tip (Left), Ring (Right) and Sleeve (Ground), I suspect most connectors are the same.  The large connector in the center was ground, the middle one left and the bottom right.  I cut the cables, removed the enamel insulation with a cigarette lighter and soldered the wires to a TRS connector I bought for a couple of quid.  

 

My headphones live on to another day and I don't have to cart about the RE-ZERO TRRS-TRS adapter anymore.  

 

I recommend this fix to anyone; it's a bit fiddly because the cables are so small but it's not difficult and there's few things that can go wrong as you can always cut the wire and start again.  You need: a new 3.5mm TRS phono connector, cigarette lighter or some fine sandpaper (to strip the insulation from the wire), soldering iron and a pair of scissors or a sharp knife (to cut and strip the wire).  Takes about 10 minutes if you haven't done it before.

 

http://cdn.head-fi.org/0/04/04b1b6c5_RE-ZERO+Plug.png 

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