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My headset is garbage. It's the first headset and Razer product I've had, and so far, all I have learned about it is that Razer has design flaws. I have owned a total of two of these headsets after RMAing the first headset for not hearing out of the left ear, and after I got my second headset, the same problem occurred.
The problem is with the volume control casing. After 6 or so months, I can't hear out of my left ear unless I move the wire next to the casing to a very strange angle. I assume that after use, the contacts that control the volume become loose, and the wire has to bend an extraordinary length to get the left channel working again.

This is the volume control casing.
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And this is my ghetto solution to fix the problem for the last week or so.
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Yes, that is scotch tape. I can barely hear out of the left ear now, the angles are more picky now...


What are my options?

I can't RMA because I already RMA'd my first headset - and the one they send back is a white box and only comes with a 90 day warranty (I'm at least 6 months too late).

I'm thinking about completely cutting out the volume control casing, but my father (electricity dude) said that there would be at least 3 channels (left, right, microphone) and that chances are would be that each channel contained many tiny wires to enhance flexibility. Things may be different where he learned in the old country wink.gif Does anyone have any experience with 3.5mm headphone wires? Could I cut out the volume control casing and wire together each channel?


BY THE WAY, just in case this headset doesn't make it, does anyone have any headset recommendations? Under $100, microphone preferred but not necessary. I have no sound card...
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post #2 of 49
you should be able to pull the volume control apart and re solder the points if they look broken.
    
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post #3 of 49
I can't much help you with fixing the headset, but I can tell you that for $100 the AD700s would probably be the best choice. Even without a dedicated sound card, they'd sound worlds better than the Carcharias.
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I'm thinking more like taking the whole thing apart. I have had waaay too much trouble with this kind of thing, plus, I have no idea how to open the casing.

My keyboard has volume control buttons, I'm golden no matter what route I take.
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Originally Posted by Buska103;13933183 
I'm thinking more like taking the whole thing apart. I have had waaay too much trouble with this kind of thing, plus, I have no idea how to open the casing.

My keyboard has volume control buttons, I'm golden no matter what route I take.


Might I have some problems with resoldering the wires? Are they all separate and color coded? I can solder, but I really don't want to open the sleeved wire only to see hundreds of exposed copper wires! I've never tore down a 3.5mm wire before! >_<</div>

i tired to do this with some old logitechs i had and had no luck. but i also have no experience. you will most likely mess them up if you have no experance. how long ago did you buy them?

if you buy new ones, you can go the ad700 route or [ame="http://www.amazon.com/JVC-HARX700-High-Grade-Full-Size-Headphone/dp/B0013OWPV4"]jvc harx 700[/ame]

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post #6 of 49
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Experience with what?

I can get it soldered fine, but I'm not sure with what is under the factory sleeve covering the cable.
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post #7 of 49
Well isn't this a coincidence.

http://www.overclock.net/13923369-post3.html

I had no problems with the actual wire on the volume control, just the wheel itself. However I did have an issue with the wire right where it went into the left ear cup.

I cut out the "infected" part like a tumor and spliced the wires and attempted to twist them together. Which proved very frustrating because they're so small so I just gave up as I'm buying some studio headphones anyways.

I couldn't get the sound to come back out of the speakers.

There are two copper strands which use very little wires for each twisted together. One white wire. And then red colored strands, and green colored strands (each twisted together into one wire.)

I think the left copper and white wire are the mic, and the right copper and green/red wires are for each ear cup.

Here's a picture of where the wire goes into the left ear cup:
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I broke the white wire off of the solder point.

Edit:
I took apart the volume control just for you <3
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..and as an added bonus it even tells you what's what.

Also I present OCN with my latest creation. The Raze-tronics Carpoorias.

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It sure beats the old ear pads. I just gotta clean the old headset up a bit.
Edited by Khaotik55 - 6/19/11 at 9:37pm
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Buska103;13933631 
Experience with what?

I can get it soldered fine, but I'm not sure with what is under the factory sleeve covering the cable.

small tiny wire soldering lol thats what i had an issue with
    
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Yes you need godlike hands.
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Or you can rewire the whole thing like a pro.
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