Stereo Headset Conversion
replacing my favorite headset, I figured out how to do a
stereo headset conversion. It
was a lot easier than I
it would be. About
$20 worth of parts, a
soldering iron, and a little time was all it took.
I had previously
my headset to Active Noise
Reduction (ANR). So
I started my
stereo conversion by comparing the directions for converting mono to
discovered that all I needed
to do was run one wire, replace the plug, and add a second volume
I bought a new rheostat
for the right earcup, and a new
stereo plug. I
drilled a small hole in
the right earcup for the control.
clipped the green wire and connected the ends to the two terminals of
Next, I clipped the wire
indicated by the arrow and made
sure the remaining wire on the volume control was still covered. I then ran a new wire up
the length of the audio/mic
cable, fished it through the hole into the left earcup, and connected
it to the
wire I had just cut.
I then cut off the old
plug, stripped the wires and
connected them to the new stereo plug.
I soldered all the
connections and made sure they were all
covered with heat shrink.
I installed the rheostat
into the right earcup and replaced
the rest of the electronics and foam.
is the final product. It
works perfectly and cost a fraction of what
a new headset would have. All
left is to find a handle for the new rheostat.
I didn’t realize when I bought it over the
internet, that the handle
I was testing it
out to see if it would work, I didn’t want to spend extra money for
aesthetics. But now
that I know it works,
I may go back and buy a new stereo audio/mic cable with the plug
rid of the white wire and
having matching plugs would really dress the entire thing up.
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