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What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Noam Osband on Jan 21, 2020 at 11:31:08 pm

I have two headphones with jacks that need replacement. I am looking to buy 1/8th inch replacement jacks for soldering and I'll have to buy online since no-one near me has anything. Any recommendations? I dont know the first thing here and I imagine some brands are better than others.


Re: What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Ty Ford on Jan 22, 2020 at 12:43:15 am

Hello Noam and welcome to the Cow Audio Forum.

Those would be plugs. Jacks are something you insert a plug into. ☺

Where in the world are you?

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Re: What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Noam Osband on Jan 22, 2020 at 12:45:29 am

The only dumb question is the one not asked ☺

Thanks for teaching me. I'm in SF. I called two guitar stores who only had jacks. Not plugs. I'd love to shop local if I knew what kind of store to go to.


Re: What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Ty Ford on Jan 22, 2020 at 1:16:49 am

Noam,

Call Phil Perkins in SF. Tell him Ty said Hi!

http://www.philipperkins.com/

Ask him the best place to buy those parts and which makes.

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Re: What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Ty Ford on Jan 22, 2020 at 1:23:54 am

Hey Noam,

Phil just emailed me.

"Electronics Plus in San Rafael, or Al Lasher's in Berkeley.
If there is Fry's ( chain) nearby then try there too, but call ahead
since their stock sucks any more."

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Re: What kind of jack should I buy? Any recs?
by Richard Crowley on Jan 26, 2020 at 8:00:16 am

The traditional US terminology is a male "Plug" and a female "Jack" However in UK/EU they seem to commonly use the term "jack-plug" which is very confusing to us on our side of the Pond.

But, to answer your question. My favorite source of bulk cable and connectors is an online dealer:
http://www.redco.com I have made almost all my own cables for many decades, and Redco is my preferred source for both cable and connectors. They have a very wide varety of 3.5mm (male) plugs which would be suitable for headphone cord replacement:
https://www.redco.com/Mini-3-5mm-2-5mm-Connectors/
Note that there are also 2.5mm connectors on that page, so be sure to get the right size!

I prefer to use "right-angle" plugs, especially on 3.5mm headphone cords. Because the plug is so mechanically vulnerable, using a right-angle version greatly reduces the torque on the shaft of the plug when the cord in under tension.

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