Planning to build my first cable, need advise
Nov 28, 2008 at 10:16 AM Thread Starter Post #1 of 5

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Hi, this is my first time posting in the DIY section.
As the stock extension cable for my M-Audio Q40 failed, I figured I might as well build a sturdy cable on my own, which sounds like fun.
I read the DIY cable guide in the stick and visited partexpress and markertek. Hmm.. is there any other websites that sell parts but with cheaper shipping?
I don't want to pay $10 for shipping just for a plug.

For the 3.5mm male plug, due to the design of the Q40, the regular plug wouldn't fit. It requires something like
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a little part which can be screwed into the headphone. I couldn't seem to be able to find one except for that adapter sold on markertek. Can someone point me to one.

I am also new to soldering. Is there anything I should be aware when buying a soldering gun and soldering iron? Those ones on Ebay are fairly cheap.

Thanks in advance. Happy black friday.
 
Nov 28, 2008 at 11:22 AM Post #3 of 5

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The mainly is the 1/8 male plug going into the headphone. The stock cable (shown above) is actually screwed into the headphone.
You can kinda see the helical grove around the headphone jack area.
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That middle section is actually the helical groove that screws in. And that little section is slightly smaller than the base of a 1/8 male plug. I tried it with a plug I already have, doesn't fit in.
 

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