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Philips Headphones SBCHL155

There doesnt seem to be any sound comng out through the right side unless i move the wire around. Could i possibly open up the headphones and solder the wire again??

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    Mieke Drofnad Jul 19, 2007

    Thank You so much.I have opened the headphones but there doesnt seem to be a break in the wiring. However one of the wires seems to be bare, could this have shorted??? Or shall i redo the whole connection??.....so sorry for any inconvenience

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Yes they can be fixed. Hopefully the break is inside and not somewhere in the cord. Remove the foam pad being careful not to tear it. Look for small "phillips head" screws which holds the two halves together. Sometimes the halves snap together. Gentally pry apart. Simply resolder the wires, and put halves back together. You may have to "re-strip" the wires. If you do they are very small gauge wires and delicate. Use a small tip soldering iron.

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  • Jerry Hess Jul 19, 2007

    No troulble at all. Glad to help you. No the bare wire is most likely the ground wire in the circuit.

    The problem you are faced with is locating the "break" which is somewhere inside the wire covering where you can't see it. Most likely (and hopefully) it is a very short distance from where it enters the headset. This is the hardest part of repairing them. Locating the break!

    We opened it on the "assumption" it is a loose solder connection or a wire broke near the solder point. Now we know it is not so now you need to find the break. You have a couple of options here.

    First question I ask is how much did the headset cost? Is it worth it to continue on? I always said, "try to repair it, if you can't repair it you are going to need to get another one anyway." Plus you learn something new.

    You can try to "strip" the wire back about 1/2" from where you "think" the break is and resolder it and hope it works. You only want to cut the wire back far enought so it will reach the solder point and have the covering fit inside the headset. If you have an "Ohm meter" you can check it for continuity. That's the "best" approach. Check the wire for continuity before soldering. Will save you time and energy. Or if it didn't work, you keep making it shorter until it does work.

    Or at this point you can simnply go buy a replacement cord with connector at a electronics store and install it, but you'll need to redo the other side too. Big decision to make if you continue on but you will have an almost new headset.

    Let me kow how it goes.

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My head phones got tangled and i have the ones that can stretch the ons that cost $9.99 right. And theres this meatel part and i want to know how to put it back in. OH an what do u do to the head phones

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