Last year I saw this Reddit post of a custom headphone cable and decided I must have one. I also wanted a shorter 4 ft cable vs the 8 ft stock cable. I browsed some online sites that made similar ones and they were all pricey $80+. I ended up buying the parts to make it myself. It costed less than half of what the sites were charging, so that was a bonus.
The longest part was threading each wire through the paracord. I had issues with the wire snagging inside the #275 paracord, so I switched to #325 which worked better for me. I made the mistake of starting with a lot more wire than I needed for a 4 ft run, because I really didn’t know how account for how much over 4ft the braid would use. This made braiding it very difficult as I had to keep stopping to untangle it. Wiring the mini-XLR connectors were a bit difficult since you had to connect the wire to two different pins each for an unbalanced configuration, but I was probably overthinking it.
Did it improve sound quality?
No, probably not.
Does it look cool?
Hell yeah, but that might just be me. I made it, so I’m bias.
Would I recommend this project?
Yeah, it doesn’t require any hard to obtain skills. Soldering was very straight forward and braiding wasn’t difficult after you get the sequence down.
2x Redco TA4FB - $3.50 each
10ft of Canare L-4E6S - $5
50 ft of #325 Paracord - $5
1x ViaBlue SC2 Splitter - $10
1x ViaBlue T6s 3.5mm Jack - $11.50