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Broke the wire on the L channel of ATH-ES7. Looking to replace the whole cable, but not sure if I'm on the right track. (pics of damage)

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So let me start out by saying I've only soldered a handful of things in my life, and this is my first headphone repair. But it seems like an easy enough task, and I've seen other people with no experience do it successfully so I think I'm up to the task.

 

With that being said, here is what the damage looks like. I snagged the headphone cable pretty hard and was pretty sure I completely ripped the wires inside when no amount of fiddling/twisting brought the L channel back to life. Cut the cable open to confirm my suspicions and possibly attempt a repair without a full cable replacement.

 

So I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure I need a full cable replacement. The remaining wire at the headphone side of the cable is just too short to makeshift reconnect. No big deal, like I said.. I'm up to the task

 

But the hardest part of all this is actually finding some generic "headphone replacement cable". All I can find is incredibly expensive premium for hundreds a cable, or cables specific to Beats, Sennheiser, etc.

 

So here's what I've come to ask:

 

1. Can I get some cable like this and just clip the two 2.5mm ends off? Will that leave me with the 2 wires on each cable that I need to solder to the drivers?

2. Should I even get a cable like that? Or do you have recommendations for something else of higher quality in the $20 range?

 

Thanks in advance. Can't wait to get these working again.

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You could try looking here: http://www.lunashops.com/category.php?id=12

They have semi-finished headphone wire, like this: http://www.lunashops.com/goods.php?id=4479

Even if you don't use the entire replacement wire, it might be cheaper to cut that one up as opposed to buying a spool of expensive wire.
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Thank you for the reply. That wire is exactly what I was looking for.. I don't know why generic replacement cable is so hard to find! Usually I'm a google master, but I came up completely empty when looking for something like what you linked.

 

Is there any significant difference between something like what you linked and this? Just wondering if I'm going to do this repair if I should do it right by buying a high quality cable, or if it's ike the whole Monster cable thing doesn't really make a difference.

 

If I prefer the look of the original cable I linked above would there be any negative to spending the extra $10 and just chopping the 2.5mm ends off?

 

Thanks again.

post #4 of 4
There are many people that will talk about the difference in sound between silver and copper cables. Many other people say there is absolutely no difference. I stay out of those debates.
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