Demevalos’ Guide to Building Audio Cables

In this easy-to-follow guide, we’ll walk you through the steps to create a personalized headphone cable using basic tools and materials. With a little dedication, you’ll have a cable that’s tailored just for you.

Materials You’ll Need: Before we start, let’s gather the things you’ll require:

  1. Mogami W2893 cable: This flexible wire is perfect for our project.
  2. Rean Neutrik Stereo 3.5mm connector: Choose a 3.5mm connector that suits your preference.
  3. CESS TA3F 3 Pin Mini XLR connector: Alternatively, you can use a Redco connector.
  4. Type III Paracord: Pick a color that appeals to you. It works best for a single-strand, non-braided cable.
  5. Weller WLC100 Soldering Station: An affordable and dependable soldering station.
  6. Weller ST7 Needle Tip: Ideal for soldering small wires like these.
  7. Helping Hands: This tool will assist you during the soldering process.
  8. 2:1 heat shrink tubing: Make sure you have various sizes on hand.
  9. Multimeter: An essential tool for testing connections.

Creating the Cable:

  1. Cut lengths of paracord and Mogami, ensuring the paracord is slightly longer than the Mogami. Remove the strings from the paracord.
  2. Gently remove the rubber sheathing from the Mogami using a knife. Be careful to avoid any injuries.
  3. Unravel the shielding from the Mogami, revealing four thin wires, which we’ll use.
  4. Begin threading the Mogami through the paracord. Use the “snake-and-pinch” method for smoother progress. This involves gently pushing the paracord back and forth while pinching the wire inside.
  5. Once threading is complete, congratulations, you’ve made the cable!

Putting Together the Connectors:

6. Test the Mini XLR side with a multimeter to determine which hole corresponds to each function (Tip – Left Channel, Ring – Right Channel, Sleeve – Ground).

  1. Ensure you assemble the components in the correct order on the Mini XLR side: Boot, heat shrink, wire clamp, and connection cover.
  2. Strip the paper covering from the Mogami wires and remove one of them, as we only need three for this build.
  3. Carefully strip the colored sheathing off the wires using a knife.
  4. Apply a thin layer of solder to both the wires and the cups of the connector using your soldering iron.
  5. Assemble the Mini XLR side and slide another piece of heat shrink onto the boot.
  6. Proceed to wire up the 3.5mm side. Take your time and be patient while soldering these small connections.
  7. Test your connections before final assembly to ensure everything is working correctly.
  8. Stretch the paracord before assembling, then secure the strain relief on the jack tightly.
  9. Use heat shrink tubing to cover the connections, giving the cable a polished finish.

Conclusion:

Congratulations! You’ve successfully crafted your very own headphone cable with custom connectors and paracord. Enjoy your one-of-a-kind creation and elevate your audio experience. Happy listening!

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