How to Fix Headphones

23 Jul 2017

It’s really a horrible feeling when you see your headphone is broken and you don’t need to rush to the nearest store to order for a new set of headphones. Try to identify the issue and see if it can be fixed by yourself or whether you need to take it to the service center. But for most of the problems that occurs in your headphones can easily fixed by yourself, if you identify the problem and have the proper tools to fix it. Let’s look at some tips and suggestions on how to fix broken headphones.

Identify the Issue

The first thing you need to do is identify the problem why your headphones are not working. Ask yourself the following questions about the state of your headphones and you’ll have all answers to your question on how to fix headphones:

Did your headphones dropped to the ground which may cause it to stop working?

It means that some parts in the earpiece may have loosened up a bit

Does one side of the earpiece works, whereas the other side is not working?

This means the wires connecting that side of the earpiece is disconnected or broken

Is the problem permanent or just occurring occasionally?

If it is an occasional issue, that you can hear sound sometimes means it is not entirely broken, but a connection is only broken somewhere and may be the wires are touching occasionally

Is the plug got loosened up a little bit?

Try inserting the plug again and see if the sound appears and if so then there is loose lead in the plug which needs to be replaced.

Do you listen some sound when you bend the cable?

This means that you need to fix the cable

Fixing the Cable

One of the common problems seen with headphones is your cable getting disconnected, so let’s take a look at the solution on how to fix apple headphones or how to fix broken headphones:

Things You Need

For this project to replace the new cable, you need some things as listed below:

  • A new cable
  • Sugru self-setting rubber
  • A Solder tool and soldering iron
  • Sandpaper
  • Wire strippers
  • Clippers
  • Screwdrivers

Step 1: Disassemble the Headphones

The first step is to disassemble your headphone and the process can be little bit different for each model. For some models, you can just use your fingers to remove the ear cups by applying a little force to pull them out. Some models do require to remove some screws to get into the internals. But nothing is difficult in this step, but one thing that needs to be considered is it is delicate and care should be taken, so that you don’t damage any of the internal circuits, which may become irreparable.

Step 2: Remove the Old Cable

If you are not sure which part of the cable is not working, it is always better to replace the entire cable. Always make sure to have an idea or picture of how things were originally in the internals before removing the old cable, as it will help while you are attaching the new cable.

Now use the clippers to snip the cable from where it is soldered on to the headphone. Take care not to apply heavy pressure on the clippers as it could break the headphones. Now gently remove the cable and use the soldering iron to remove the existing solder by heating it till it bubbles out. Make sure to do the same process in all the four contacts.

Step 3: Prepare the New Cable

Now it is time to prepare the new cable to be attached to the headphones. Just take the new cable from the package and check if it was designed to be connected with high end headphones. If that is the case, take your clippers to clip the jacks off and also strip the outer casing to expose the internal wires. Most of headphone models comes with two types of wires, a colored wire (red or green) and a copper wire. Make sure separate the two strands of wires and then twist them together. Also trim the insulating strands found in the cable by using a sandpaper to the remove it from both ends of the cable, so that when you solder it into the headphone it gets a good connection.

Step 4: Attach the New Cable

Now that we’ve prepared the cable and have the cable ready for attaching it onto the headphones, it is time to attach it. Now remember how it was connected originally in the headphone. It is always better to take a picture before removing the old cable, so it is easier to fix the new cable in the same way. If you have the picture, then you can insert the correct color with the right contacts with the headphones and now solder all the contacts and connect first the colored wire to a contact and then connect the copper wire to the other contact.

Now all soldering is done, let it cool for some 5-10 mins and then check if your headphones are now working. If it is not working, there is some problem with the soldering process and redo it again. Still if the problem exists that you can’t hear the sound again, then you need to take it to a nearby service center to get it fixed or identify the problem again and try to fix it yourself.

Step 5: Final Touches

If the headphones are working great, then now you need to reassemble the headphones back again and seal every contact. This is where Sugru can come handy as solder, as solder comes with very little mechanical strength. After you re-assemble your headphones, check if it works properly.


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