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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by W. Watson, Nov 27, 2006.

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  1. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    I'd like a 3-4' audio cord between my headset and PC. Anyone know where I
    can find one. Most at 6'. 1/8" dia.

    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
     
  2. Martin

    Martin Guest

    When I ran into this problem, I bought some wire, plugs, and jacks from
    Radio Shack and soldered up my own to the custom length I wanted.

    you could also cut a piece out of a premade one and solder the wires
    back together,
    but the wire in the premade ones often does not solder easily.

    Martin
     
  3. W. Watson

    W. Watson Guest

    I may need to do that. Of course, RS will put a preminum on each of those parts.


    Wayne T. Watson (Watson Adventures, Prop., Nevada City, CA)
    (121.015 Deg. W, 39.262 Deg. N) GMT-8 hr std. time)
    Obz Site: 39° 15' 7" N, 121° 2' 32" W, 2700 feet
     
  4. I tend to compromise, buy cheap cables (I buy them at the drugstore
    where they are even cheaper than at Radio Shack), cut them to use
    the ends, and then solder new conenctions to the cut ends. That
    way there's no bare connections in the middle of the cable that
    need insulating (electrical tape works, but it has a tendency
    to eventually come off).

    And those cheap cables use moulded connectors, so there's no
    way to get the connector apart to solder the wires directly.

    Michael
     
  5. Baron

    Baron Guest

    You could salvage some miniature co-ax from the video lead from a scrap
    monitor. Thats about 2mm dia, but you would need two runs for stereo.
    Maplin do the plugs and sockets.
     
  6. Rich Grise

    Rich Grise Guest

    Why not just bunch up the first 2' of cord? Just loop it over your thumb
    and little finger, maybe in a figure-8, and wrap a couple of rubber bands
    around it?

    Good Luck!
    Rich
     
  7. jasen

    jasen Guest

    with a sharp knife and pliers they come apart ok, they just don't
    go back together so well. A few layers of heatshrink can make a
    workable plug body, but it may be cheaper to buy a plug.

    Bye.
    Jasen
     
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