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Hi! I have had these Bose IE2 earbuds for over a year now, and I love them to death.... quite literally. The cord is now fraying very quickly, as in the plastic covering the wiring has now begun to peel open and it's becoming quite the large gash. I have tried electrical tape, heat shrink, and duct tape to try and fix the issue, but I can't get it to stop. How can I fix this? I was thinking of taking some paracord, like the stuff you use for sleeving a psu, and sleeving the wires, but the issue with that is I don't know if I can get the paracord over the earbuds themselves, at their widest they are 1.5 cm and I don't think paracord can stretch that much :/

Suggestions?

Edit: just to clarify, the headphones work 100% fine, the wire is completely infect. The protective plastic itself it a bit funky, as it's a very loose plastic "sleeve" over the wiring itself, not like a normal wire that has the plastic melted onto it so to say. This "sleeve" is what is breaking and exposing the inner wires, but the inner wires are not hurt what so ever. So i'm just looking for a way to patch these holes in the sleeve or add additional protection, as the electrical/duct tape has not worked, neither heatshrink.
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You could just rewire them yourself, there are plenty of guides on how to do it.
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Hi! I have had these Bose IE2 earbuds for over a year now, and I love them to death.... quite literally. The cord is now fraying very quickly, as in the plastic covering the wiring has now begun to peel open and it's becoming quite the large gash. I have tried electrical tape, heat shrink, and duct tape to try and fix the issue, but I can't get it to stop. How can I fix this? I was thinking of taking some paracord, like the stuff you use for sleeving a psu, and sleeving the wires, but the issue with that is I don't know if I can get the paracord over the earbuds themselves, at their widest they are 1.5 cm and I don't think paracord can stretch that much :/

Suggestions?

You could just recable the suckers completely.

watch these two videos

http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=N-Lpkikdo3Y&feature=fvwp

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhnXUQRQ4u4
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You could just rewire them yourself, there are plenty of guides on how to do it.

The wires are fine, it's their protective sleeping that is falling apart.

Edit: I sort of understand what you mean better thanks to the above poster's videos. Replace the whole wire with one already sleeved? I would like to avoid that, as it's a bit messy and I'd rather not risk botching this as I don't have the money for another headset should I break this one. Is there any kind of sleeving of the soft I could purchase to put over the wire, just to protect it better?
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The wires are fine, it's their protective sleeping that is falling apart.

even so I would still rewire them. Often times it can improve sound quality (9 times out of 10, companies use really crappy wire) and you would be improving the over all strength of the wire as well.

Otherwise it seems like you are doing all that you can do. Maybe some hot glue on the area in question might help it?
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You could buy some sugru and stick it on: it works great, and its flexible too!

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even so I would still rewire them. Often times it can improve sound quality (9 times out of 10, companies use really crappy wire) and you would be improving the over all strength of the wire as well.

Otherwise it seems like you are doing all that you can do. Maybe some hot glue on the area in question might help it?

I appreciate the rewire idea, and I can see how that can make things much more durable and possibly increase sound quality, but to be honest it's awfully risky and I already love the sound quality on these as is. But hot glue... might be a possible fix. Hmm...


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You could buy some sugru and stick it on: it works great, and its flexible too!

Sugru? I'll look into, never heard of it before.
    
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I appreciate the rewire idea, and I can see how that can make things much more durable and possibly increase sound quality, but to be honest it's awfully risky and I already love the sound quality on these as is. But hot glue... might be a possible fix. Hmm...
Sugru? I'll look into, never heard of it before.

Sugru http://sugru.com/us/buy
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Cut off the wiring with the offending split casing, resolder, then its as good as new.
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