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 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 4:01 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

I have this pair of Sony MDR-W08 headphones I got from a friend. They're great little headphones for what they are and I'd hate to just trash them, especially as they don't make them anymore and the price for a new pair is just fucking stupid (litterally, well over a hundred dollars -- at BEST they're a $15.00 pair of headphones).

I've lost sound in one side. I went about finding advice on how to repair them, using Yotuube videos, however, I cannot seem to fidn the problem. The plug is clean and works no matter what I plug it into and if I jiggle it.

I ran a finger and a thumb along the length of the chord, like described, with a bent, to see if I could find a break in the wire, but I was not able to detect one (though that doesn't necessarily mean there isn't one).

I popped open the housing (which meant breaking it, because it's not designed to remove the actually speaker) and both wires are still soldered to the speaker.

Now what?

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 4:50 PM   
 By:   mastadge   (Member)

Usually when I have this problem it's with the wire fraying where I've pointed the arrow; sometimes it's where the wire enters the casing. Try plugging them in and kind of moving the wire around at those joints to see if you can get a connection; if so, some tape or glue and careful handling might keep it in place for a while.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 5:53 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Tried both to no avail already.

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 8:49 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Justin: Sorry, can't help you, but you bring up a point that I had been tempted to post here myself. Years ago I went to a sort of Consumers Report site (maybe cnet), looking for good but economical headphones, and they recommended a pair of partially over the ears Koss that cost me about $48 to $50. They were very comfortable and sounded great, but one day I lost audio on one side and liked 'em so much that I ordered another pair. About 6 months later I was in my house, listening to my iPod with them, and suddenly swiveled my head all around to one side, instantly losing audio in one channel. Two down. Then a friend gave me an even more expensive pair of noise canceling headphones, and I would eventually lose audio in one channel of them too. I think I have FOUR fairly good pair of headphones, each of them without audio in one channel, and keep hoping to find some electrical genius with the ability to correct the problem with ALL of them. As you know, it can be sooooooooooooooooo frustrating!

Hey Justin, still enjoying the wonderful Bill Conti you sent me!!!

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 9:32 PM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)

Ron, the bright side is your problem may be a simple one for each pair; search headphone repair videos on Youtube for step-by-step guides on how to do the fixes yourself (provided you have the tools necessary).

 Posted:   Jun 28, 2014 - 10:20 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Justin: Good suggestion -- would particularly be glad to find a solution for the 3 pair of Koss headphones, which, while fairly cheap, I've always liked (and miss!). But, like what you wrote earlier, they seem to be sealed in such a way that it's next to impossible for a layman to open them!

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 5:42 AM   
 By:   Rexor   (Member)

Now what?

You might have to find a new pair of headphones to use. I use to have the Sony MDR-Q22LPS and MDR-Q23LP headphones, which use to cost about $20, but, sadly, these are no longer in production and a new pair would cost at least $100.

Now, I use $15 headphones made by Audio Technica (ATH-EQ300M).


 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 6:33 AM   
 By:   CinemaScope   (Member)

We just don't live in a repair world anymore, something goes wrong you replace it. I remember taking hi-fi's radios, all sorts of things to be repaired, but there's no where that does it now. Such a shame.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 7:35 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Planned obsolescence.

I think it was mainly cassette decks that I took in for repair the most often, once my massive Kenwood receiver back in the 1970s, and, in the 80s and 90s, a succession of self-destructing VCRs. Equipment seems to me to last longer these days ... but just long enough that when it DOES break down you automatically replace it with something bigger or better. The same for computers and probably cellphones, although I don't excitedly follow the latest craze in phones.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 11:37 AM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)

I really like this style of head phones. I don't know why we can't have them back.

There are a couple of possibilities-

-The 1/8" connector
-the attachment at the driver
-anywhere along the wire

To start-
Plug in the phones and start systematically jiggling stuff. Start at the connector and move the wire around to see if you can make any changes then work your way up to the drivers

1/8" connector:
Cut off the old one and solder on a new one from Radio Shack. Mind the L & R leads.

The Drivers-
Open up the ear pieces (if you can- it is possible to destroy the phones trying to get into these clipped-and-sealed assemblies). Check everything is still connected and soldered securely.

-Anywhere else along the wire
Open up the drivers assembly and replace the entire wire and connector. The trick is to find wire comparable to the factory original.

The last option is that you have blown a driver. That would entail opening up the driver assembly and replacing the blown driver. Good luck with that unless you have an identical pair to scavenge for spare parts AND the L/R drivers are identical (even if the enclosures are not).

The trick to anything like this is figuring out how to get inside, then being systematic and working from one end to the other to find the weak point.
Good luck and good soldering.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 1:00 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

What's "soldering"?

Just kidding. Probably more complicated than what I want to deal with -- I'd just like to find a friendly repair shop with someone who knows what he's doing -- like the Korean lady at the dry cleaners who does simple alterations for me at a fairly decent price.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 1:26 PM   
 By:   Rozsaphile   (Member)

Planned obsolescence.

Perhaps, but this can also be explained by simple economics. The parts for these things are very cheap, but skilled labor is expensive. That is the price we pay for our high standard of living. In Cuba, for example, I'll bet you could get the phones repaired, just as they've made a practice of keeping 1950s automobiles on the road. It works for them because parts are unavailable and labor is cheap.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 2:54 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)


Today only, highly-rated Sony MDR-V6 headphones---$54.99.


 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 3:21 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)


You're killing me! I have SEVERAL pair of perfectly fine headphones, and yet I couldn't resist these.

My name is Ron Hardcastle and I am an addict.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 3:30 PM   
 By:   Bob DiMucci   (Member)

I've used headphones for more than 40 years, and I've never had one go bad on me. That's probably because I've generally used them with extension cords, since my couch is just beyond the reach of a typical headphones' cord. Consequently, I've had a number of extension cords go bad over the years, usually losing audio in one of the channels. Based on that, my suspicion is that your problem is likely in the cord or its connecting points at the plug or headset.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 3:35 PM   
 By:   dragon53   (Member)


I bought the MDR-V6 on "sale" at Amazon many years ago---but for $10 more.

 Posted:   Jun 29, 2014 - 3:40 PM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)


I mentioned that in my case at least 2 pair of Koss and a more expensive pair of noise canceling headphones lost a channel, and I blame the fact that I usually tossed them into my bike bag, which was often roughed up -- I would routinely tightly hook a bungie cord across the bag, sometimes smashing some of the contents. But one time I simply but abruptly swung my head around and instantly lost a channel of one of the (then practically new) Kosses, and there went about $50 down the drain. When I bought my far more expensive Sennheiser HD598 I also bought a pricey hard plastic case for them, but it took up so much room in the bag that I rarely used it, plus I prefer to keep the more expensive headphones at home and use them with my stereo system mainly because they feel too big to use when I'm on the go.

And dragon53, re I bought the MDR-V6 on "sale" at Amazon many years ago---but for $10 more.

So that's supposed to make me feel better that in addition to the $300 pair of Sennheisers and $125 pair of something else (I've forgotten at the moment) and the 2 pair of Sonys that I should feel better that I just spent $54.99 for yet another pair of headphones marked down $10? Well, thanks for the gesture ... but I'm sure I would probably do it again! That's how addiction works! Keep feeding me suggestions and you'll see Pavlov proven again and again!

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 12:11 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

I received the Sony MDR-V6 as well as a Blu-ray I ordered with them today, July 4th. I guess Amazon was making deliveries on the holiday.

 Posted:   Jul 5, 2014 - 1:36 AM   
 By:   Justin Boggan   (Member)


Today only, highly-rated Sony MDR-V6 headphones---$54.99.


I got punched in the wallet about two weeks ago, so I'm out of extra cash until I possibly get any for a Christmas gift. Even if not, $55 and shipping would make me a rich man!

But I appreciate keeping me in mind anyway. :-)

 Posted:   Jul 6, 2014 - 9:22 AM   
 By:   Ron Hardcastle   (Member)

Re: the Sony MDR-V6

As I mentioned, mine were delivered on the 4th of July. I was busy with Wimbledon and Showtime's marathon of "Masters of Sex," but when I went to bed in the wee hours this morning I used them to listen to the glorious Rachmaninoff Symphony #2 with Andre Previn and the Royal Philharmonic, and while the MDR-V6 may not be as full as, say, my Sennheiser HD598, the latter cost me about five times as much money. So I'm glad I bought them and look forward to playing some soundtracks when I go for a walk (am listening at the moment to the Zubin Mehta/NY Phil recording of the 1947 version of Stravinsky's "Petrushka" with the late great Paul Jacobs on piano, which sounds wonderful). I may use these new Sonys a lot while sitting here at my Mac.

Follow-Up: Been playing lots of Mancini and Maurice Jarre ("Ryan's Daughter") and the MDR-V6 have a very nice and smooth sound, and, as I pointed out with the Rachmaninoff and Stravinsky, handle full-bodied classical pieces effortlessly.

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