Ultimate DIY: the 3.5mm 1/8" mini jack plug collection thread

  1. liquidzoo

    No barrel, though I'm sure you can find it, and a little pricey (from Europe, if you're not there already):

    http://www.qables.com/shop/diy-parts-wire-connectors/mini-jack-3-5mm-conn/threaded-3-5mm-mini-plug-e-g-for-ultrasone

    Could probably find one elsewhere, but that's the one I've always looked at. They sell the screw-on 1/4" adapter too.
     
  2. SirIsaac
    Awesome thread,
     
    I was recently given a pair of HiFiMAN RE-400 ear buds. They sound great but the jack needs replaced. Has anyone tried out the ebay cheap 3.5mm jacks? I seen a few people bought them. Are they any good, how are they to work with, any issues?
     
     
    http://www.head-fi.org/products/hifiman-re-400
     
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Gold-3-Pole-3-5mm-Male-Repair-headphone-Jack-Plug-Metal-Audio-Soldering-Spring-/281243011459?hash=item417b63c983:g:k2IAAOxyB9RS0DbC
     
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/Jack-Plug-Connector-Audio-Soldering-3-Pole-3-5mm-Male-Repair-Headphone/291273028664?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140620091118%26meid%3D469a72783f7443cdbaff6b3158e38391%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D1%26rkt%3D6%26mehot%3Dpp%26sd%3D281243011459
     
    http://www.ebay.ca/itm/New-3-Pole-3-5mm-Male-Repair-Headphone-Jack-Plugs-Audio-Connector-Black-DIY-Gift/141812571457?_trksid=p2047675.c100005.m1851&_trkparms=aid%3D222007%26algo%3DSIC.MBE%26ao%3D1%26asc%3D20140620091118%26meid%3D1be8207d7577430ba7ccab168d155ba9%26pid%3D100005%26rk%3D4%26rkt%3D6%26sd%3D371474252976
     
  3. elecen010
    I have never had luck with Amazon or Ebay 1/8 plugs....
     
  4. HiGHFLYiN9
    The only time I go with unbranded connectors is if the plug simply does not exist from a legitimate brand. The quality varies quite a bit, if you order from 3-4 sources, you might get a decent one, but it's a roll of the dice. Even if you find a decent one, they quality can be inconsistent over time. So bottom line, you're probably not going to save any money, just go with Amphenol or Switchcraft :wink: 
     
  5. Paladin79
    Both good brands, I particularly like this series of Amphenol: IMG_11561.jpg
    The rubber grommet can be removed to accommodate larger cable.
     
  6. rikk009
    Got myself 
    1. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/3-5mm-VIABLUE-Male-Repair-headphone-Jack-Plug-Gold-3-Pole-Metal-Audio-Soldering/32627217898.html?spm=2114.13010308.0.55.HbIRf6
    2. http://www.aliexpress.com/item/Unique-L-shaped-3-5mm-3-pole-Stereo-Headphone-Audio-Connector-ACROLINK-plug-2pcs/32614289247.html?spm=2114.13010308.0.73.HbIRf6
     
    Waiting for them to arrive.
     
  7. Paladin79
    Good looking connectors, personally I stay away from the style where you are soldering to a metal piece separated by plastic. I did not see an internal of the straight connectors but they may have the same type of set up. I always try to get connectors with solder lugs for durability and ease of soldering.
     
  8. rikk009
    Hmm...good point. But my options are quite limited here. As I am a first timer your tip is greatly appreciated. Will see how it goes. 
     
  9. Paladin79

    They can be soldered to but not as easily as other connectors and looping a wire through a solder lug and then soldering it is always a stronger solder joint.
     
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  10. Quuz
    I'm looking for a plug for my sennheiser HD25. It should be Threaded so I can screw on a 6,3 mm plug since I almost exclusively use it with
     
    plug.jpg
     
  11. Paladin79

    Those are not easy to find but if I hear of one I will let you know. Are you trying to replace the existing 3.5 mm? If that is the case and you use the 6.3 (1/4 inch) plug almost exclusively, I would probably just replace it with the 6.3 and find an adapter that goes down to 3.5mm.
     
  12. bountyboy87
    does anyone know how coax 3.5mm to 3.5mm work ... i try using normal 3.5mm stereo  but not working ibasso dx90 to mojo
     
  13. Paladin79
    Normal coaxial cable only has two conductors, the center conductor and outside braid. Therefore you can use it for mono connectors but not stereo connectors. Center conductor is hot, braid is ground. Belden makes some quality miniature cable, 1855A that is small enough to use in the body of a 3.5 mm connector and it is very good cable.
     
  14. Bambule
    Hi DIYers. Anybody maybe knows if the switchcraft mini jack fits the QP1R headphone in?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  15. rikk009
    Get normal adaptors along with new cables
     

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