headphone repair: which one is the ground wire?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by quadrogong, Jul 19, 2013.

  1. quadrogong


    Jul 6, 2006
    The tip of my headphones snapped off,
    I'm trying to put a new mini plug on the end of it,
    there are 3 wires, red,green and black,
    is there a standard color for left and right?
    (black and red? like a stereo?)
    I'm assuming green is a ground wire, but wasn't sure..
    is this usually the case?
  2. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    Red-right, green-left and black-ground. Test it with an AA battery to make sure.
  3. hbarcat

    hbarcat Supporting Member

    Aug 24, 2006
    Rochelle, Illinois
    What he said.

    Red is right
    Green is left
    Black is ground

    Ignore any posts that say otherwise. :smug:

    With a TRS stereo plug used for headphones,
    T=tip, R=ring, S=sleeve

    Right and left are tip and ring but can be safely interchanged
    The sleeve is always ground
  4. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Just in case it matters, tip is normally left, ring is right.
  5. 1958Bassman


    Oct 20, 2007
    Megafiddle is right- Tip=Left, Ring=Right and Sleeve=common (ground).

    DON'T use a battery to test headphones- they can't handle the current and excursion the way a larger speaker can. If you need to test each channel, use a multi-meter.