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Audio Technica ATH-AD700 cable getting very stiff at the top

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I have a pair of Audio Technica ATH-AD700's that I have had for about 3 years. My wife has been using them and when I used her computer last I noticed that the wire that goes into the headphones is getting really stiff. Up towards the top it is almost rigid. I don't want to even try to bend it because I fear it would break the wire. It seems like it gets softer after getting about 6 inches down the wire. They wire doesn't feel completely normal until about a foot down though. Any ideas on what is causing this or how to fix it? I may have to re wire them but I have never done that before. 

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I would hold off on recabling them until the cable stops working. I've never heard of a cable getting more stiff, only softer and looser. Strange. Is it possible that it has been that way the whole time and you just didn't notice? 

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So... I'm necro-posting in this very old thread just so future search engine users who find this page will get an answer to the questions that brought them here. I too have a pair of these and experienced the hardening of the cable near the top.

 

At first I thought it was work hardening in the copper cable. It is not. It is the rubber shell itself. You can tell this by *gently* biting the cable near where it has become stiff and then again where it is still flexible. Only the outer shell becomes stiff, the inner copper conductors are fine. My theory is that there is a reaction of this plastic/rubber with the oils from human skin and/or deodorant. This fits in nicely with the position the cable becomes stiff along.

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