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On Oct 29, 2017, at 2:04 PM, Jesse Allain <jesse@awcatv.org> wrote:
Hello Mister Patchbay,

I have a pair of stereo headphones with 3 wires inside the cable. They are red, gold and green and appear to be some type of colored copper wire that is both insulating and conductive at the same time.

I have soldered a new TRS connector on the end and attached red to tip, gold to ring and green to sleeve but I only get audio from one ear instead of two When I insert the plug in to the tip only I get both channels.

Do you know what I should do to rewire this? Thanks in advance for your help.

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Jesse Allain
Access Coordinator
Certified Audio Engineer, SBE
Member, Audio Engineering Society

Hey Jesse,

Sounds like a good choice on your wiring. Since it is not working correctly, I would try swapping the gold to the sleeve and the green to the ring. It has to be one of the nine ways three wires could be connected.

Bob

On Oct 31, 2017, at 8:49 PM, Jesse Allain wrote:
Hi mister patchbay,

This is Jesse, you gave me advice on wiring a new connector on stereo headphones the other day. Your suggestion worked out very well and I think that the color scheme is gold wire = shield, red wire = right channel and blue wire = left.

At first I was getting confused with the blue wire because it looked bluish green to me (maybe I’m colorblind) so I though of the old “green is ground” adage from AC wiring.

Anyway, thanks again for all of your help, you’re a really great resource and have helped me out a lot.

Thanks,

Jesse
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Jesse Allain
Access Coordinator
Certified Audio Engineer, SBE
Member, Audio Engineering Society

You are welcome sir. Anytime you need help, just ask.

Bob
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