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Extension cable reversed my Left/Right

post #1 of 8
Thread Starter 

Hello,

 

I've bought 2 extension cables (3 meters) to use in my home, cables are quality, connectors are firm and there is no sound-quality loss. Unfortunately though, it seems that the cables have wrong wiring where the Left/Right are reversed.

 

Do extension cables tend to do this or did I choose the wrong brand? Do you guys recommend that I cut them and re-wire them manually (although I read before that it's always better to have one solid cable with no cuts as long as audio goes)? Or should I just flip my headphones/speakers and be done with it?

 

Thanks!

post #2 of 8

I would switch the line-level inputs into the amp if possible (e.g. between the DAC and amp). If that's not possible with your setup, just switch the speaker wires. Cutting and rewiring the extension cable seems highly unnecessary. 

post #3 of 8
Thread Starter 

@manbear, Thanks for the input. I suppose when I use the extension for my headphones I should just wear them reversed and as for the speakers, ya it makes sense to just switch the wires.

post #4 of 8
What headphones do you have? I imagine they fit the same either way?
post #5 of 8
Thread Starter 

I'm running some cheapo headphones (which will probably feel ridiculous to all you audiophiles :P) at the moment honestly (genius ghp-410f), But I'm planning on purchasing a decent Sennheiser set soon, most likely the PC 350.

 

And ya they can be used in reverse. Honestly, I've never ran into a headset that can't be used in reverse. Do these exist anyways?

 

Thanks a lot for the help :-)

post #6 of 8

Oh yeah, a lot of higher end headphones have angled earcups or angled pads, so they wouldn't really sit right the other way around. There are plenty that are perfectly symmetrical though. 

post #7 of 8
Thread Starter 

Thanks, I wonder if they're more comfortable than symmetrical headsets.

 

By the way, I just cut one of the cables just before the jack, swapped the wires and soldered. Now the extension cable functions as it should. I just didn't feel like living with a wrongly engineered cable. It felt wrong :-/ Also it's just a $5 cable so no big deal.

post #8 of 8

I think the angling is a comfort thing for some headphones, but it can also affect the sound. It's hard to explain without drawing a diagram, but it depends on what axis the angle is in. For example, some headphones are "tilted" forward such that the pads are thicker behind the ear than in front of the ear. This is supposed to increase the soundstage.

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