How to Make a Headphone to Phono Cable

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How to Make a Headphone to Phono Cable
A headphone to phono cable can be created with old parts. (phono plugs 2 image by PeteG from Fotolia.com)

A headphone to phono cable can be purchased at an electronics store, but it is possible to create one by using old cables that may be lying around in the house or garage. The process involves cutting and soldering wires in a specific way so as to let the audio signal pass without distortion or interruption.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Wire with 1/8-inch headphone cable end
  • Wire with left- and right-side phone cable ends
  • Wire cutter
  • Wire stripper
  • Soldering iron and solder
  • Electrical tape

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Cut the 1/8-inch headphone connector off an existing cable.

  2. 2

    Use the wire strippers to remove 1 inch of insulation from the cable.

  3. 3

    There will be three wires exposed; a white one, a red one and one with no insulation. Strip 1/2 inch of insulation off the red and white wires.

  4. 4

    Cut the phono connector off an existing cable.

  5. 5

    Again, use wire strippers to remove 1 inch of the outer insulation.

  6. 6

    There will be a red wire, a white wire and one wire with no insulation. Remove 1/2 inch of insulation from the red and white wires with the wire strippers.

  1. 1

    Twist the red wires from each cable together and solder the connection.

  2. 2

    Twist the white wires from each cable together and solder the connection

  3. 3

    Twist the two remaining wires with no insulation together and solder the connection

  4. 4

    Use electrical tape to wrap each individually soldered connection. Ensure that bare wire from each of the three connections does not come in contact with any other wire.

  5. 5

    Use electrical tape to wrap all finished and wrapped connections together into one cable.

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