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Recablng DBA-02 mki

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So. A friends cat got to the cables, but from what I can tell the drivers and shells are fine.

Would it cause any problems if I were to cut the cables an inch or so below the shells and replace everything below that? Just patch the new cable to the old and shrinkwrap it?
post #2 of 9

It may not be pretty, but if you solder it right and it's electrically sound and insulated, the sound will be just fine.

post #3 of 9
Thread Starter 
I ws planning to use a black cable, with a new 3.5mm plug, and have the shrinkwrap extend all the way to the shells from where I patched the cabling together
post #4 of 9

Are you sure you dont want to try opening the shell and re-soldering from the terminal?  would look better and be a bit more durable imo.

post #5 of 9

Recabling iem is hard. It's tiny and hard to see. Anyways, you'll need steady hands and good soldering iron. Also, be careful not to break the shell. 

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I'd like to open the shell, but i'm unsure as to how, and that said, I don't have very steady hands, or that good of eye sight. I know the end result would be more durable, and look much better, but I'm afraid I'm going to mess something up horribly, and have to go buy a new set of headphones.

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BTG Audio did a fantastic job recabling my DBA-02's, with a Westone-type socket instead of hard-wired cable. I love 'em with the Westone EPICS cable (includes mic and single button remote)! Price was quite reasonable, and turn-around time was excellent. Brian has done several sets of DBA-02 Mk I this way.

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

Your original plan to cut the wire below the body and splice a new cable would be relatively easy, but I think the total recable or sockets would be nicer, more comfortable, and beneficial in the long run - you would the have replaceable cable!
Edited by dfrost - 5/4/13 at 4:17pm
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Originally Posted by dfrost View Post

BTG Audio did a fantastic job recabling my DBA-02's, with a Westone-type socket instead of hard-wired cable. I love 'em with the Westone EPICS cable (includes mic and single button remote)! Price was quite reasonable, and turn-around time was excellent. Brian has done several sets of DBA-02 Mk I this way.

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

Your original plan to cut the wire below the body and splice a new cable would be relatively easy, but I think the total recable or sockets would be nicer, more comfortable, and beneficial in the long run - you would the have replaceable cable!

By reasonable, how much do you mean?

Edit: Sorry, should have just checked the site myself. Thank you for the recommendation though!


Edited by mabus627 - 5/5/13 at 8:51pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by dfrost View Post

BTG Audio did a fantastic job recabling my DBA-02's, with a Westone-type socket instead of hard-wired cable. I love 'em with the Westone EPICS cable (includes mic and single button remote)! Price was quite reasonable, and turn-around time was excellent. Brian has done several sets of DBA-02 Mk I this way.

http://btg-audio.webs.com/

Your original plan to cut the wire below the body and splice a new cable would be relatively easy, but I think the total recable or sockets would be nicer, more comfortable, and beneficial in the long run - you would the have replaceable cable!

Alright I've placed an order with him, for my DBA-02's and my Custom 3's which have desperately needed recabling.
That said, I've found everything I need but the connector for Westone sockets. I've seen people saying that some, UE connectors will workf or westone sockets, but I'm baffled as to if what I've found will. :x
I've come across 3 different connectors each from different sellers.

One(two ?) from Toxic cables:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Westone-WR-W4R-UM3X-RC-JH-UM-UE-DIY-Pin-Connector-Plug-Pair-Black/110967415933?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=001&category=112529&cmd=ViewItem
http://www.ebay.com/itm/Ultimate-Ears-UE-TF10-SF3-SF5-5EB-DIY-Cable-Pin-Connector-Plug-Pair-R-L/121003448512?ssPageName=WDVW&rd=1&ih=002&category=112529&cmd=ViewItem

 

This is one of the things that has me confused ^

Two from Luna Shops:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/261175594059

 

And another from someone i came across in a general google search:
http://www.ebay.com/itm/High-Quality-UM-Westone-pins-Connector-Plug-with-Shell-/321123967400?pt=US_Headphones&hash=item4ac47ae1a8#shId

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