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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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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.

Mine has gotten a bit worse since I posted this. It's pretty stiff a solid foot down the cable now. My wife uses these at her computer and she has long hair and the part of the cable that has gotten stiff is always touching hair when she wears them. You may be right. I wonder if it is the oil in her hair or a reaction to some form of hair product she uses. 

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It's been another year and my cable problem has become significantly worse like yours did. It is now extremely stiff, like a solid rod, for almost a foot and a half down from the attachment point. It is starting to become a usability issue. The stiffness of this section of the cord has caused tearing in the stress relief tube where it attaches. I'm pretty sure if it keeps going like this the cable will break soon.

 

Additionally, due to this stiffness and change in surface hardness the cord now generates significant cable noise whenever it slides over a surface or hits and edge of the table, etc.


Edited by superkuh - 4/10/16 at 6:40am
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I've have this happen to me twice one on ATH IM50, and another on a pair of SR60e. But even so the cable from my MA100 is perfectly fine, maybe it's the texture of the cable also affect this? The Grado and AT kinda feel similar. When I got my IM50's cable recabled, the stiff part just falls apart, it's hard to work on those, so its decided to just change all of the wire and zombie the connector from the old one. Is there any way to mend this? Or is periodic cleaning with alcohol and microfiber the only thing we can do?
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I've had cables going stiff on a pair of Beyerdynamic dt 770, and my first pair of Future Sonic Atrio MG7 IEM's. My second pair is slowly starting to harden up aswell. Maybe i've just been unlucky, but i always thought it was normal that the rubber hardened over time.

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Well its really no surprise to me as im the type that sweat a lot after even a bit of strenous activity, and i did wore the SR60e outdoor on occasion.
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