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AKG K550 Cables cut. Any recommendations on where to get them fixed?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 

Hello everyone.

 

Due to some unfortunate circumstances and a very bad roommate at my university, my AKG K550 headphone cable was cut.  Attached is a picture of the damage. If there a place I could send my headphones to be fixed? I would not like to spend a lot of money to fix them because I simply do not have the money. If anyone can give me any suggestion I would truly appreciate it. 

 

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post #2 of 10

Since you're in a university, is there an EE program there? If there is, and I'm in your situation, I'd get one of the students to fix it for beer and pizza. You might have to get a replacement run of cable online though, or if one section of that is long enough (and the cable on that is very long) you can just use that, solder at either end as necessary. The only real problem with this plan is whether they can take the headphone cups apart properly.

post #3 of 10
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I go to a University with a huge Engineering department so that idea could be possible, and the headphone cord is pretty long as well so I could just shorten the cable as well. Why would they need to take apart the headphone cups to fix the cable?

post #4 of 10
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Originally Posted by kylepotts View Post
 

I go to a University with a huge Engineering department so that idea could be possible, and the headphone cord is pretty long as well so I could just shorten the cable as well. Why would they need to take apart the headphone cups to fix the cable?

 

Because I wouldn't just attach a broken cable at the point it broke. That will just break again too easily - it will not be like your bad roommate breaking it, then you can reforge it into Anduril, the Flame of the West, and strangle him with it like Aragorn defended Minas Tirith then marched to Mordor with a reforged sword. When it does break again if you just reattached them like that, you risk - and + wires touching, shorting the headphone or whatever it's attached to. Ergo, if the cable still on the headphone is shorter (or too short), you'd have to take the cup apart, remove the short cable, then resolder the longer cable.

If the part that's still attached to the cup is longer or long enough, you can just solder a new plug onto that.

post #5 of 10
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Originally Posted by kylepotts View Post

Why would they need to take apart the headphone cups to fix the cable?

-Because you really want the cable to be re-soldered onto the terminals inside the cup, rather than having it spliced externally. It will both look better and be a lot more rugged.

Good news is, as far as repairability goes, AKGs tend to be pretty decent.
post #6 of 10
Thread Starter 

ah I see. Thanks for the explanation. If I can't find a person on at my university to help me, is there anyone within the head-fi community that does headphone repair? I am willing to spend a bit of money (under $50) for a fix. 

post #7 of 10
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Originally Posted by kylepotts View Post
 

ah I see. Thanks for the explanation. If I can't find a person on at my university to help me, is there anyone within the head-fi community that does headphone repair? I am willing to spend a bit of money (under $50) for a fix. 

 

I'm sure you can find someone here who can do that, just not sure who. Make sure you ask first if he's busy or something, every forum has had its fair share of someone who took on too many jobs and some people just asked for their gear back (and at times they didn't get them back at all).

 

I'll start by asking in this thread if anyone's up for this kind of job; they might at least redirect you to who might, if none of those in that thread is up to it. BTW, still check with AKG - for all you know it might still come out under or around $50.

post #8 of 10
You can get the entire cable replace by BTG. Other head-fi'ers have done it just to get a detachable cable (costs $40). Insist that your roommate pays for it:

http://www.btg-audio.com/


Edited by rwpritchett - 4/16/14 at 9:56am
post #9 of 10
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Originally Posted by OddE View Post

-Because you really want the cable to be re-soldered onto the terminals inside the cup, rather than having it spliced externally. It will both look better and be a lot more rugged.

Good news is, as far as repairability goes, AKGs tend to be pretty decent.
Yes, soldering to terminals is more reliable (and looks better). As an idea, you could get a headphone extension (female to male cable) after the fix is made. This would help restore the original length, at it would give you an additional disconnect point. Such cables should be dirt cheap, too.

However, I do think that an inline splice at the break point will still be fairly rugged. Again, not as good as fixing at the terminals, but it should still work.

On a related note, get a better roomate.
post #10 of 10
Thread Starter 

Yeah the whole roommate situation is a long story, but I am now living alone and getting him to pay will probably be even more difficult due to the fact that he has been kicked out. But thanks everyone for your solutions. I am looking at them now and I will try to evaluate the best option for me. If there are any options please feel free to tell me about them.

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