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.