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Fixed broken headphones but sound quality has plummeted

My headphone wiring got messed up at the plug (left headphone works but right headphone doesn't). I recently purchased a replacement jack from radioshack for 3.99 and i've cut the wires, soldered them onto terminals, etc but the sound quality is significantly worse. Do different jacks effect sound quality or is it because of a poorly done soldering job?

on a side note: i have Bose around-the-ear headphones

should i resolder the wires or purchase a better jack..
where can i find a better jack if thats the case?

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  • rjr62 Apr 17, 2009

    I ahve the same problem. Sound only comes out of one side now, as a small tear developed in the wire near the jack.

  • socampbell May 24, 2009

    I've been looking nfor a replacement jack for the over the ear headphones. The left side wire was torn from the male connector. Tried to replace with the extention that comes with the headphones, but it's a diffent set up with the wires.

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 it sounds as if the wires are wired wrong . yes it is best to solder the wires.all jacks are the same,yours will be stereo i believe. is the braid attached to the earth point, the two other wires attach to the centre of the plug and the other terminal point. these are right and left. 

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