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How Do You Make a Y-Cable

post #1 of 10
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Im trying to convert my citiscape uptown from a single sided cable to a y cable.
post #2 of 10
Hi, you would probably have to start with a 4-wire braid, (L, R, and 2 grounds) and eventually split them into pairs at the y-split, running an audio channel and a ground wire to each earcup. Speaking of which, you'll need have to have some method of making a new hole in the earcup that currently has no wire running to it. Some people just melt their way in using a soldering iron tip, but that tends to get messy.
post #3 of 10
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What would you suggest I do?  I was also thinking of melting a hole.

post #4 of 10
Thread Starter 

Must the cable be something like this:


and this connector?:



I can only shop off of Amazon, or maybe Lowes since I have a bunch of money on my amazon account.

Edited by Trunks159 - 5/28/13 at 8:39am
post #5 of 10
The Neutrik/Rean jack you picked out is fine. The cable is going to be difficult because Amazon doesn't really sell bulk cable.
You could try stripping a CAT5E (ethernet) cable and using the conductors in there, I recall that being a somewhat popular DIY option.

Canare L-4E6S and Mogami W2983 are two community favorites for 4 conducter cable if you change your mind and you're able to shop outside of amazon.

I saw this: http://www.amazon.com/NTE-Stranded-Hook-Up-Wire-Black/dp/B003N3HC7A/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1369765545&sr=8-1&keywords=26+awg+wire

You could chop it into 4 equal lengths and end up with a nice 6 ft cable. I have no idea how flexible or suitable it will be as headphone wiring as it's listed as hookup wire, but at $7 a roll it couldn't hurt to try?
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 
Yeah, might as well try. biggrin.gif
Amazon has the l4e6s, for about $25.

I'll try Ethernet cables too.
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
Any way I can combine some of the wires so I don't have wires all over the place?
post #8 of 10

4 wire round/flat braid.  I'll still going to suggest using a drill, it'll look neater once your rewiring job is all said and done.

post #9 of 10
Here's a tutorial for common litz braids: http://www.head-fi.org/t/173896/tutorial-how-to-make-a-litz-braid

You'll want the 4 conductor braid of course.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 
Nice, thanks.
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