Originally Posted by mkmossop
Hi thanks so much for your reply! I've done a whole bunch of reading and found as many pics as I can to help and think I'm ready to start.
I have a few more questions before beginning soldering though. I've attached a pic of what I've done so far... basically just unsheathed the cable above the y-split, braided the wire, and heat-shrinked them.
I'm not sure how I know which wire goes where though. Can I just randomly choose which colour attaches to what, and then connect appropriately to the plug? For example could I solder the red wire to the left driver and the black wire to the left ground, and the blue wire to the right driver and the clear wire to the right ground... then on the plug solder the red wire to the left connection, the blue wire to the right connection, and twist the black and clear wires together and solder to the ground?
Does that make any sense? Or do I need to use a multimeter? Is the multimeter just used to figure out which connection in the can is ground and which is the driver?
Lastly, do I unsheath the Mogami cable below the y-split or leave it? Or is this just personal preference? My plug screw cap won't fit over the Mogami cable so I guess that means I have to unsheath it...
Oh ya... you say not to overheat any components... is there any specific temperature I should solder at? My iron goes up to 900 F, but I bought silver bearing solder (I assume silver is good?) which melts at 430 F. Is 430 too high?
"Can I just randomly choose which colour attaches to what, and then connect appropriately to the plug?"
Yes you can. It does not matter what color you solder to what connector, only matters that you connect that wire to corresponding connection on the plug. So the two ground will actually be joined at the ground, the left drivers positive wire goes to left on plug (usually at the center) and the right goes to the only other connection point left, likely the protruding connection to the right of the center, but could be configured otherwise depending on the plug you are using. A multimeter would be used to test the connection, you can use it to test the connection say from the tip of the plug to the left drivers positive terminal, or middle to the right drivers, ground to either ground on either driver.
You want to leave the cables insulated, only take off a small amount of sheath at the point where the wire connects to driver or the plug, you should not take it off anywhere else. Remember you do not want any bare wire touching any other wire. The exception to that is the two grounds can touch, but this should only happen at the connection on the plug. If you find your plug will not accommodate your wires, it might be best to pause and find a plug that will. Now if you are talking about taking off the main insulation jacket (the outer ring), yeah you can do that, the inner wires will have another layer of insulation. Just remember, no bare wires touching!!
As far as soldering temperature, keep it as low as you can. I believe I have my iron set at 350C, which equates to about 662F. If you research this a bit you will find some good answers.