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1/8" male audio jacks

Discussion in 'Electronic Components' started by j, Mar 3, 2005.

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  1. j

    j Guest

    Hi
    Does anyone knows what is the stuff the thin stripes on 1/8" male audio
    jacks are made off ?

    Thanks a lot!
     
  2. grerge

    grerge Guest

    Plastic.
     
  3. mc

    mc Guest

    And in the 1960s, Bakelite or some such material.
     
  4. If they are metal, brass colored and springy, then it's phosphor bronze.
     
  5. j

    j Guest

    Thanks for your answers guys! I guess it must be plastic in my case. I was
    asking this because I have an headset that one of the 1/8" plug has a kind
    of small hole in one of the stripes causing the voice in songs (center
    channel I think) to not be there. Anyone knows if there is a way repair that
    without having to cut off the jack and put a new one ? Thanks again.
     
  6. mc

    mc Guest

    Cutting off the plug (not "jack") and replacing it is the normal way to fix
    it. This requires some soldering skill.

    You say the "center channel" is disappearing. It sounds like you are
    actually losing the ground connection so that your headphones are then in
    series rather than in parallel, and you are hearing the difference between
    left and right.

    That means the lost connection is on the sleeve of the plug (the longest
    segment), not the ring or the tip. (The 3 parts, from end to body in order,
    are called tip, ring, and sleeve.)
     
  7. Jerry G.

    Jerry G. Guest

    You have to change the connector. These are not very expensive. You will
    need good soldering skills and a good soldering station to a nice job at it.
    Most TV service shops would charge only a few dollars to put on a connector.

    --

    Jerry G.
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    Thanks for your answers guys! I guess it must be plastic in my case. I was
    asking this because I have an headset that one of the 1/8" plug has a kind
    of small hole in one of the stripes causing the voice in songs (center
    channel I think) to not be there. Anyone knows if there is a way repair that
    without having to cut off the jack and put a new one ? Thanks again.
     
  8. j

    j Guest

    Okay. Thanks.
     
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