How to Attach a Headphone Jack to a Speaker Wire


Using headphones is a great way to fully experience audio, while keeping your listening experience private. After considerable use, your headphone wire may fray and break. If this happens, it is possible to repair your wire. A person may also do this if they would like to wire their own external speaker. Wiring a headphone jack is the first step in accomplishing this task. Speaker wire is used because it is the most reliable and flexible material available.

Things You'll Need

  • Soldering Iron
  • Unscrew the body of the headphone jack and look behind it. You should see two prongs. These represent the "positive" and "negative" terminals. Hold on to the body, you will need it later.

  • Strip away about 1/4 inch of protective coating from each of your speaker wires.

  • Slide the body that you unscrewed over the wire, back-ways first. This will allow you to put it back on once your jack is soldered.

  • Melt a bead of solder on your soldering Iron. The amount will vary depending on how thick your solder is.

  • Touch the soldering iron to one contact on your jack. This is to warm it so that the wire will adhere properly.

  • Touch a wire to this and gently lift your iron just enough to coat the wire with solder. Remove your iron.

  • Repeat with the remaining contact and wire.

  • Reassemble the jack body.

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