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Audio isn't exactly my specialty, so forgive me.

I have a pair of these, and they've worked for about 4 months now with absolutely no problems. Best earbuds I've ever owned. But recently, they broke. I'll try to explain this as well as I can.

You know the vocal remover filter on Audacity? The kind of effect you get when you unplug headphones slightly, but not enough for them to be registered as 'unplugged'? That echoey sound with no vocals? That's what I'm getting all the time now. (Again, forgive me for my lack of knowledge in technical terms)

I can get it to sound perfect if I tilt the headphone plug slightly, and it's not a problem with the player itself, so I'm guessing this is just a case of loose wiring. What would be the best course of action to take other than using the stock Zune headphones from now on?
    
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Sounds like the plug itself is the problem. It is most likely a broken cable on the inside of the wire.

You can try cutting off the jack and putting on a new one, but it all depends on the wires inside.
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Sounds like the plug itself is the problem. It is most likely a broken cable on the inside of the wire.

You can try cutting off the jack and putting on a new one, but it all depends on the wires inside.
That's what I was thinking. I have no idea how the plug could've gotten damaged though.
    
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That's what I was thinking. I have no idea how the plug could've gotten damaged though.
Just the normal wear and tear. Wiggling it constantly will do the trick
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So I can just cut off the jack and solder another one on there?
    
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probably, but you need to remember headphone wires are usually coated, so you need to use something to clean off the coating on the ends to get a good connection.
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I'm gonna try contacting JLabs first to see if I can't get a replacement. If that doesn't work, soldering it is.

Thanks.
    
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probably, but you need to remember headphone wires are usually coated, so you need to use something to clean off the coating on the ends to get a good connection.
Yea, newer headphones do not isolate each wire separately but rather coat them in non-conductive solution.

You will need to somehow get the coating off and expose the bare wires.


Then you can but a male 3.5mm jack and use that.
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I'm gonna try contacting JLabs first to see if I can't get a replacement. If that doesn't work, soldering it is.

Thanks.
Depends on the headphones, I've tried to fix numerous pairs of headphones via soldering. The only problem is the wires are so thin and fibrous, that too hot an iron (like 25w even) will completely burn up the wire your trying to solder. So you have to move to the drip method which can lead to cold solders and other issues. And no pair of earbuds are wired the same way either. Personally, I would pursue that manufacturers warranty with a vengeance, and probably just buy a nice new pair of cans with a sleeved cable. Or try and fix it, I'd be happy to offer guidance if you needed any. Good luck.
    
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