Cheap and Very Effective cable Upgrade for Sennheiser HD 600
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Recently I broke the left lead on my Hd 600's so I decided to try an experiment.I had been using a Grado Prestige extension cord on my phones.
This cord is about 15 ft long and cost only $40.00 Canadian.It is claimed
to be the same cable used on Grados top headphone models so it must be
a decent cable but it is really affordable.I cut the stock connectors off of
the sennheisers and stripped the insulation off almost to where there was
only a small amount of the stock plastic body left.This required cutting away
some of the stock plastic body but not quite all.I stopped about a 1/16"
away from where the step is on the connector and then stripped all the
insulation off of the wires leaving them about 1/2" long.
I then cut off the plug on the Grado and stripped the casing back about 12"
Do not strip the insulation off the wires.Just remove the casing around them
so that these can go around to your ears.I then stripped about 1/4" from the ends of the wires and separated these.The two blue wires are both ground
and the red is right channel.I then twisted the pairs together.I then soldered
these wires to the stock Sennheiser plugs.The bigger size connector is
ground or negative.I then wrapped the soldered connections with electrical
tape and liberally coated the entire assembly with epoxy.Make sure the
epoxy contacts the original remainig portion of the stock plug as well as some of the Grado wires.Allow to harden for 24 hours and plug em in to your
phones.I was shocked by the improvement in sound.Better bass,wider stage,
more air,more ambience,better midrange clarity.In short your 600's will
come alive.A friend of mine brought his stock 600 cable over so we could
A/B the two cords and he too was convinced.He says the stock cable
make the sound compressed like a bad recording sounds.I did a pair for him
last night two.I will not say that there are not better cables as I have not
heard them,but they are way more money and more yet to get this length.
So you are killing two birds with one stone as the stock cable is only 10ft
long.The total cost for me for this project was $45.00 Canadian.I am not
convinced the aftermarket cords justify there additional expense when this
$40.00 Grado works so well.Try it you will be pleasantly surprised.I know
I was.

Duane Upshaw
Feel free to email me for more details on this.
 
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Sounds like a great idea! I recently purchased some Senn 650's and have been itching to replace the cable but I have no dough.

Can you post some pics?
 
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I'm thinking of doing something similar with my SR-80's, and converting them to single sided-jacked entry.
I also put the cable from my fried SR-80's onto a pair of those ultra cheapies that were getting decent reviews a year ago, and whaddya know, the sound improved significantly.
 
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