How To Fix Headphones

Need to know how to fix headphones? Whenever you find yourself with a pair of headphones that aren’t working properly, you may want to save some money by fixing them instead of buying new headphones. This is better than simply getting rid of the headphones as fixing an old pair will help you cut down on wasteful spending. Fortunately, it isn’t very difficult to fix headphones, either.

To fix headphones, you will need:

  • Another set of headphones
  • Electrical tape
  • A new jack (“connector”) for your headphones
  • Soldering supplies
  • Two-part epoxy
  • A knife
  1. Plug another set of headphones into the device to make sure that they really are malfunctioning. You may be surprised to learn that a lot of times it is the device itself that isn’t working. So, check on this before you go any further.
  2. Look at the entire length of your headphones to see if you can find any exposed wire. Inspect any exposed wire that you find to see if it is frayed. If it is, you will need to replace your headphones. Otherwise you can simply wrap electrical tape tightly around the exposed wire so that it will work again.
  3. Look at your headphone's jack. If it is really scratched or bent, it will need to be replaced. This won’t be worth doing if you have a cheap pair of headphones since it will cost you some money.
  4. Get a new jack. Make sure that it is approximately the same size as the one that you already have. The standard is 35mm.
  5. Use electronic scissors to cut off the original jack at the wire. Strip everything down to the bare wires for approximately an inch from where the jack is.
  6. Solder on the new jack. It may take you some experimenting to figure out which wire goes where, so don’t solder everything together until you know where it all goes for sure. Usually the blue wire gets connected to the shortest terminal; the red wire goes to the middle terminal and the wire that doesn’t have any insulation goes to the ground terminal.
  7. Encase the soldering that you did on your headphones in a protective layer of two-part epoxy. If you don’t do this, then you may find that your headphone connection is looser than ever.
  8. Wait for the epoxy to dry. Now you will be able to shave it down so that it is small enough to fit the screw-on connector.

All it takes is around five dollars in supplies and an hour’s worth of work to fix headphones. That price is a lot better than having to spend a hundred dollars on a new set of good headphones. This should be music to your ears, in more than one way of course.

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