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post #12511 of 15044
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

We got 2 different things here. Troll is saying the one on the left, is the left channel, and wje is saying the one of the right is the left channel. Hmm. 

 

The solder contact being labeled by wje as left is probably right instead, the left usually is smaller in order to fit through the right with insulation between them as they both lead to the TRS contacts.

 

And if that plug is going to be used for the headphone end of an HD558 cable, it is far too big.

 

Edit: compare the proportions: link

Damn.

post #12512 of 15044
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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Damn.


Oyaide makes the plug that you need, alternatively, I would improvise with one of these: link

You strip the molding off of the plug and remove the cable, then attach your own and make a new molding using epoxy putty and sand it down to the right fit, then paint it.  A lot of work.

I thought about recabling HD558 when I had it, then decided not to because I am too lazy to do it.  I ended up trading it away anyway.

post #12513 of 15044
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Originally Posted by Mad Max View Post

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Originally Posted by wolfetan44 View Post

Damn.


Oyaide makes the plug that you need, alternatively, I would improvise with one of these: link

You strip the molding off of the plug and remove the cable, then attach your own and make a new molding using epoxy putty and sand it down to the right fit, then paint it.  A lot of work.

I thought about recabling HD558 when I had it, then decided not to because I am too lazy to do it.  I ended up trading it away anyway.

I guess I'll see what I can do.. 

post #12514 of 15044

HD380Pro is a similar hassle.  =\

post #12515 of 15044

This looks pretty darn good: link

 

DIY ATH/Sony/Denon plug, relatively: link

post #12516 of 15044
Hey wolfetan44!

Here is the answer right here, you can't build this for $16...

Or at least you can reuse the plugs. biggrin.gif
www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Replacement-Audio-upgrade-Cable-For-Sennheiser-HD598-HD558-HD518-Headphone-/261255113290

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post #12517 of 15044
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Originally Posted by TrollDragon View Post

Hey wolfetan44!

Here is the answer right here, you can't build this for $16...

Or at least you can reuse the plugs. biggrin.gif
www.ebay.com/itm/NEW-Replacement-Audio-upgrade-Cable-For-Sennheiser-HD598-HD558-HD518-Headphone-/261255113290

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So much more fun to build it yourself though beerchug.gif

post #12518 of 15044

Presenting my second good quality DIY cable. I call him Mikhael.
Specs: 

  • Milloit braid
  • #26 AWG SPC teflon wire (navships)
  • Heatshrinked y-split and terminations
  • Sleaved in 325 gray paracord
  • Cardas quad eutectic solder
  • Terminated with Amphenol 3.5 mm and HifiMan SMC connectors

 

Things I learned making Sascha and Mikhael:

  • DIY cables are not as easy as everyone makes them look and sound.
  • Solder flux is magic... if you're new, THIS IS A MUST. ($3 Home Depot).
  • Get a helping hands tool, you don't need anything fancy ($7 ebay).
  • Tin everything, it makes for clean joints and you barely have to use more solder.
  • Use as little heat as possible. For me, a 25W pencil was more than enough with flux and cardas quad eutectic solder.
  • Braiding is hard.
  • I didn't and I regret it, but if you use heatshrink MAKE SURE IT'S ADHESIVE LINED.
  • In my opinon, paracord SUCKS! Use tech flex, if you must sleeve and you don't want to emotionally and physically exhaust yourself trying to work with paracord. I was advised here to buy type I paracord for #24 AWG conductors; the eBay type I 1.18 mm paracord was too small. Then, I went to Michael's and got some 550 (type III I think?) paracord; it was to big to sleeve the individual conductors, but too small for the 4 wires braided. So for my #24 AWG braided cable I just used 1/8" tech flex! It's great and easy to use. For my #26 AWG cable I was out of tech flex, so I went back to Michael's and got 325 paracord. This time the paracord easily fit the whole #26 AWG braid, but it was such a PAIN to work with. The wires were too thin and needle-like so they would snag on the inside of the paracord and cause it to fray internally, which then made the outside look like it had a bunch of holes in it. I finally got the paracord on by blunting the end of the cable with heatshrink so it wouldn't ruin the paracord, but even then, I must say paracord sucks: it's hard to work with, it's not durable and it frays all over the place.
  • If you're new to cable DIY, and feel confused or have any questions I encourage you to ask me. PM is ok. Take it from a newbie like me

Edited by Omark12 - 8/2/13 at 11:21pm
post #12519 of 15044
Some great info there. There are some tricks to working with paracord to make it a little easier. In general it's a bit of a pain though. But I do like the finished results with it.
post #12520 of 15044
I try and use adhesive lined heatshrink now, it's much better.
post #12521 of 15044

Your mileage may vary, I loathe adhesive-lined heatshrink so hard. Made my first cables with some, and never again.

post #12522 of 15044
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Originally Posted by Kamakahah View Post

Some great info there. There are some tricks to working with paracord to make it a little easier. In general it's a bit of a pain though. But I do like the finished results with it.

I would love to know what they are?

post #12523 of 15044

I just love the giving of names to cables and things!

Too Fine!

post #12524 of 15044
You guys should help me name my cable wink.gif
post #12525 of 15044
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Originally Posted by Omark12 View Post

Presenting my second good quality DIY cable. I call him Mikhael.
Specs: 

  • Milloit braid
  • #26 AWG SPC teflon wire (navships)
  • Heatshrinked y-split and terminations
  • Sleaved in 325 gray paracord
  • Cardas quad eutectic solder
  • Terminated with Amphenol 3.5 mm and HifiMan SMC connectors

 

Things I learned making Sascha and Mikhael:

  • DIY cables are not as easy as everyone makes them look and sound.
  • Solder flux is magic... if you're new, THIS IS A MUST. ($3 Home Depot).
  • Get a helping hands tool, you don't need anything fancy ($7 ebay).
  • Tin everything, it makes for clean joints and you barely have to use more solder.
  • Use as little heat as possible. For me, a 25W pencil was more than enough with flux and cardas quad eutectic solder.
  • Braiding is hard.
  • I didn't and I regret it, but if you use heatshrink MAKE SURE IT'S ADHESIVE LINED.
  • In my opinon, paracord SUCKS! Use tech flex, if you must sleeve and you don't want to emotionally and physically exhaust yourself trying to work with paracord. I was advised here to buy type I paracord for #24 AWG conductors; the eBay type I 1.18 mm paracord was too small. Then, I went to Michael's and got some 550 (type III I think?) paracord; it was to big to sleeve the individual conductors, but too small for the 4 wires braided. So for my #24 AWG braided cable I just used 1/8" tech flex! It's great and easy to use. For my #26 AWG cable I was out of tech flex, so I went back to Michael's and got 325 paracord. This time the paracord easily fit the whole #26 AWG braid, but it was such a PAIN to work with. The wires were too thin and needle-like so they would snag on the inside of the paracord and cause it to fray internally, which then made the outside look like it had a bunch of holes in it. I finally got the paracord on by blunting the end of the cable with heatshrink so it wouldn't ruin the paracord, but even then, I must say paracord sucks: it's hard to work with, it's not durable and it frays all over the place.
  • If you're new to cable DIY, and feel confused or have any questions I encourage you to ask me. PM is ok. Take it from a newbie like me

 

Type-III 550-lb. Paracord rules, it is better-looking, more resistant to fraying than Techflex multifilament, and is even more resistant to heat as well.  Only good for 4x24awg cables or smaller, though.

How are you doing your braids that you find it difficult?  It shouldn't be troublesome, just time-consuming.

Some of my heatshrink is adhesive-lined, some not, so I improvise with a thin coat of hot glue for the adhesiveless heatshrink.

 

It's better to use painter's tape instead of heatshrink to help yourself sleeve cable.

 

 

 

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You guys should help me name my cable wink.gif

 

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