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:
- Mogami W2893 cable: This flexible wire is perfect for our project.
- Rean Neutrik Stereo 3.5mm connector: Choose a 3.5mm connector that suits your preference.
- CESS TA3F 3 Pin Mini XLR connector: Alternatively, you can use a Redco connector.
- Type III Paracord: Pick a color that appeals to you. It works best for a single-strand, non-braided cable.
- Weller WLC100 Soldering Station: An affordable and dependable soldering station.
- Weller ST7 Needle Tip: Ideal for soldering small wires like these.
- Helping Hands: This tool will assist you during the soldering process.
- 2:1 heat shrink tubing: Make sure you have various sizes on hand.
- Multimeter: An essential tool for testing connections.
Creating the Cable:
- Cut lengths of paracord and Mogami, ensuring the paracord is slightly longer than the Mogami. Remove the strings from the paracord.
- Gently remove the rubber sheathing from the Mogami using a knife. Be careful to avoid any injuries.
- Unravel the shielding from the Mogami, revealing four thin wires, which we’ll use.
- 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.
- 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).
- Ensure you assemble the components in the correct order on the Mini XLR side: Boot, heat shrink, wire clamp, and connection cover.
- Strip the paper covering from the Mogami wires and remove one of them, as we only need three for this build.
- Carefully strip the colored sheathing off the wires using a knife.
- Apply a thin layer of solder to both the wires and the cups of the connector using your soldering iron.
- Assemble the Mini XLR side and slide another piece of heat shrink onto the boot.
- Proceed to wire up the 3.5mm side. Take your time and be patient while soldering these small connections.
- Test your connections before final assembly to ensure everything is working correctly.
- Stretch the paracord before assembling, then secure the strain relief on the jack tightly.
- Use heat shrink tubing to cover the connections, giving the cable a polished finish.
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!