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3.5mm speaker cord problems

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  1. Samus27

    Samus27 Thread Starter

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    So I have a 2.1 setup of really rather nice speakers that are functional, very loud, very high-quality. However, the 3.5 mm standard audio cord, the tip of it has shoddy wiring and I have to tweak it to get the circuit to connect.

    I know that with standard ethernet cables- RJ45, CAT5s, etc, you can snip the end off and crimp it to add a new tip when the old one is dysfunctional, or to rearrange the wires to change the type of cable it is....

    Can a similar thing be done to a standard 3.5 mm audio cord? Can I snip the end off of it and reattach a new tip on the end of it with some tool or other?
     
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    You can not replace part of the plug but you can definitely buy the entire plug. Most, if not all, require some careful soldering to three terminal points.

    Soldering requires stripping the wires inside the cable. Some cables that are designed to be extra flexible may have very fine copper wires interwoven with plastic fibers and require more work to get a reliable connection.

    If it is a cord with plugs at both ends, you may find that it is easier to replace, than to attempt a repair.
     
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    Replacements for all of that type of connector can be bought at Radio Shack or similar. The soldering can get difficult and is best done by someone who has done a lot of it in small places before.

    As mentioned (by someone who clearly has had the headaches that these things can cause), the plastic fibers may need to be separated out and removed before soldering, and only copper (or steel) is solderable, not aluminum wires.
     
  4. Samus27

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    Thanks guys.

    The cord unfortunately doesn't have a plug at both ends. Go figure. The speaker end of the cord is permanently fixed into the speaker itself, otherwise I would have just replaced it long ago.

    My plan is to snip the end off of the cable attached to the speakers, and use a new plug I got at radioshack, snip an end off of that one, strip back the plastic from both ends of each, and solder them together. Sound like it would work?
     
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    It would be a matter of how easy it is to strip the three wires of each piece down to just metal.

    You also need to make sure you pair them up correctly.
     
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