So the cable that connects the speakers on my headphones broke. I can tell it's the cable between them because there is jack input on each speaker and they both play well when connected but the other one is always mute.

I took them to a electrical repair shop and they gave me an estimate 60£ for repair. That's a no go for these old phones.

So my question is, is how do I approach fixing them myself? Everything is sealed and there are no screws. What would the pros do?


closed as off-topic by JYelton, The Photon, Matt Young, Daniel Grillo, Leon Heller Dec 16 '13 at 17:59

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    \$\begingroup\$ Repair questions are off topic. If the headphones are old and not worth investing 60£ in their repair, why not put that toward a new pair? \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Dec 16 '13 at 17:00
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    \$\begingroup\$ where on SE cna I ask repair/DIY question? This certainly does not belong to home improvement. \$\endgroup\$ – daniel.sedlacek Dec 17 '13 at 10:38
  • \$\begingroup\$ It's not that we don't like repairs, but there are so many repair-related questions which are difficult to answer because we 1) can't see/touch the item being repaired; 2) don't know the experience level of the person asking; 3) cannot conduct a conversation which promotes an iterative troubleshooting process like "What did you measure on R4?" "3 volts." "Ok, now let's measure R7." etc. If you can narrow it down to a specific electronics problem, it's more likely to get the attention you need. \$\endgroup\$ – JYelton Dec 17 '13 at 17:01
  • \$\begingroup\$ I got it but that is why I have asked "how do I approach fixing sealed consumer product". Someone below already suggested iFixit.com and it is quite helpful answer. \$\endgroup\$ – daniel.sedlacek Dec 17 '13 at 17:13

Sometimes you can prise clips apart with a plastic tool ("spudger" or "pry tool") around the edges between two halves of the plastic shell. Sometimes sealed is genuinely sealed and can't be opened non-destructively.

iFixit.com is also a good resource for this question in general.


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