Do the very thin wires of headphones have a name? by headphone wires I mean the usually green, red and twisted ground cables, about 0.1 mm thick.

  • \$\begingroup\$ 0.1 could use some units. I'm not sure if there's a universal headphone wire standard, and if there's not, that thickness would help identify the gauge you're looking at. Also, what's your goal? To buy more of the same wire? \$\endgroup\$ – Stephen Collings Aug 15 '13 at 12:35
  • \$\begingroup\$ The following article refers to "acrylic-insulated" wires where each line has several individually-insulated wires, all twisted together: alexwhittemore.com/… — but that isn't really giving the wires a unique name. \$\endgroup\$ – mrb Aug 15 '13 at 12:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ Transformer wire? Enamelled copper wire? \$\endgroup\$ – John U Aug 15 '13 at 13:33
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    \$\begingroup\$ @JYelton It's mm, of course. 0.1 inch [or 2.54mm in free countries] would be a thick wire [about 10 AWG]. In the SI system of units either point or comma can be used as a decimal marker. \$\endgroup\$ – Nick Alexeev Aug 15 '13 at 17:17
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    \$\begingroup\$ I don't think any unit should be assumed. As for the decimal, see: meta.electronics.stackexchange.com/q/1451/2028 \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Aug 15 '13 at 17:45

It's referred to as various things - magnet, enamel or litz wire IME.

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References/examples for the names:

Litz 2
Litz 3 Discussion of name
SE question with comments on headphone wire

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    \$\begingroup\$ Litz wire is, I believe, a bit different from magnet wire, in that it consists of many thin wire strands, individually insulated and twisted or woven together, following one of several carefully prescribed patterns. Magnet wire is more typically a single core wire with thin acrylic / enamel / polymer film insulation. \$\endgroup\$ – Anindo Ghosh Aug 15 '13 at 17:08
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Anindo - yes I agree, personally I would call it something like multi-strand magnet/enamel wire. I was just listing what I had heard folk refer to headphone wire as. \$\endgroup\$ – Oli Glaser Aug 15 '13 at 17:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ @Anindo - I added some links with examples/discussion on the subject. \$\endgroup\$ – Oli Glaser Aug 15 '13 at 17:19
  • \$\begingroup\$ thanks! Sorry for the missing unit and decimal period -1 for me. \$\endgroup\$ – John Aug 16 '13 at 14:33

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