|Short term electrical tape solution.|
I decided to write my own guide for you, based on if you have the same cable as I have. I bought this cable from tuttoit on ebay. It is cheap, shipping included and it looks ok. I have no idea about the durability yet but I will come back later to comment on that. As usual it took quite a while for it to arrive but that can be expected when ordering things from Asia with free shipping.
As the iFixit guide mentioned above says you need to start by removing the speakers from the frame. You do this by gently pulling them apart. With a bit of force they will snap off from the frame.
Now is also a good time to make sure there is no dirt or hair behind the black cover. That could potentially degrade the sound. If you have had the headphones for a while there will probably be some stuff there. Gently remove it and be careful not to touch the speaker drivers.
The next step is to remove the plastic cover covering the wire. For this you need something pointy, like a flat head screwdriver, knife or similar. Bend gently and it will start coming off.
Take note of how the cables are soldered. Take a picture with your phone or write it down on a piece of paper.
Begin with desoldering the wires to one speaker. Don't do both at the same time. I would recommend trying to be as quick as possible when heating up the joint and removing the cable. The plastic can deform or even melt if you keep the heat on for too long.
|New cable soldered to the connector.|
The last step is to wrap the cable around the pins. This way it is protected in case you would pull on the cable. Put the cover back on and then put the foam pads back on. By this time you have probably forgotten which is right and which is left, but don't worry. It doesn't really matter, just run some stereo channel test track and you can easily figure it out. I used this track on YouTube. Then just push the speakers back in place on the frame you are done.
Estimated time: 10 minutes
Estimated cost: ~40SEK / ~$4.5 / ~€4 / ~£3
Tools needed: Soldering iron, flat head screwdriver or other pointy object