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Hello I've had these for awhile now and the left ear stopped working. So I'm thinking instead of going out and buying another pair that I could get a new cable and fix them. So I'm pretty new to messing with headphones I know how to solder and such just haven't ever tried to fix them. so What kind of cable do I get and where could I get it from? Thanks
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Out of warranty?
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Just double-checking: have you tried going over all of your mixer & volume settings? I had a weird left-can problem this morning [after months of use] and discovered it was due to my sound card software.
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Yeah its out of warranty. I'll check out my x-fi panel i usually dont touch much on there but the EQ, but they dont work in either pc i've tried the one side that is.
post #5 of 12
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So I was thinking I could get this cable and a cable mount. Does re cabling them not guarantee it'll be fixed? Thanks for the help so far.
http://www.redco.com/shopexd.asp?id=505&bc=no Mogami W2893
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If you're going to rewire them i'd get:
  • Neutrik NYS231BG plug
  • Mogami W2893 cable (more flexible and easier to work with than W2534)
  • Be sure you get 1/2inch 3-to-1 heat-shrink-wrap also.

Either you have (1) a break in your wire, (2) The left-side positive wire became disconnected either at the plug side or the can side, or (3) the left-side can somehow blew out or got damaged (unlikely).

Try these steps respectively to the above:
  • 1a: Move the cord (ie, move and bend the cord systematically while listening to your headphones, if you hear crackling or sound intermittently, then you most likely have a break in the wire. This isn't a conclusive test but it's usually quick.
  • 2: Open the headphones up and check the connections. Make sure the left-side positive wire is securely soldered.
  • 1b: At this point you can use a Multimeter if you have one to check for a break in the cord. Touch one end to the exposed left-side positive wire attached to the cans and the other end of the Multimeter to the tip of the 3.5mm jack. If this test fails (ie, there's a break in the wire and/or a lose solder), then rewiring should fix your headphones.
  • 3: If 1b passes (ie, there's no breaks) then your cans are probably broken and rewiring won't fix them.

Edit: Forgot to mention, like the above posters said, you might have jacked up your left-and-right balance in either the default windows configuration or through your sound-card software.

For windows: Right click the speaker icon in the lower-right, go to playback devices, select your default sound device (usually called speakers), click properties (lower-right of that menu), go to levels tab, then go to balance for playcontrol and make sure it's even between left and right.
Edited by SeanPoe - 7/25/11 at 7:15pm
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I would just contact Audio Technica and ask them how to fix it. If they're nice, you'll most likely get some free parts out of it.
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I have had very good experiences in the past with Audio-Technica's support department. I have always received accommodating, well-written answers as well as the invitation to continue the issue until I felt it was resolved.

They have phone support too. 330-686-2600.

I hope it is okay to post that for you and others here in the forum.
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I just did those tests and I realized its the right not the left ugh does that make a difference? Guess I'll have to open it back up and look at it.

What about the wire thats going from the left to the right when I rewire do I just try to leave that where it is? Thanks for all the help so far. I'll check and see if I got a multimeter. I did the 1a test didn't hear nothing and checked my windows audio settings and their fine.
Edited by FatPirate - 7/25/11 at 10:44pm
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