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Old 06-03-2011, 02:01 AM
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Default Cables too long when traveling. What do you do?

How do you deal with cables that are too long (portable gear especially)? Specifically you. I'm looking to do something else than what I've been doing:
Put the spare wire into a twist tie or zip tie
wrap it around the headphone speakers (on one side)
wrap it around an mp3 player (can't do it with my Clip lol)

What do you do to deal with it?
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:01 AM
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If i have to i use these:



But they wreck cables on headphones worse than wraping it around your player. I personally don't use cans portable that have long cords, mine are all short or coiled so its no prob.
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Old 06-03-2011, 03:28 AM
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I shorten headphone cables with a small rubber band. Cheap, quick, can always find another.
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Old 06-03-2011, 04:02 AM
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I usually make round small circles with the cables and wrap the ends between the coils.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:15 AM
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Cut the cord and solder on a new 3.5mm jack like this.
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Old 06-03-2011, 05:59 AM
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I second doing it the proper way(as WalkGood has suggested).
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Velcro cable management ties are great.

Try Meritline.com for inexpensive deals--right now, US$1.39 for 8 cable ties including shipped worldwide (how do they manage those prices?!?).

http://www.meritline.com/cable-marke...--p-35483.aspx
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^Velcro ties.
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Velcro ties: Too bulky, too slow, get caught on sweaters and fleece jackets.
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Eh, velcro ties are pretty minimal, actually... I don't see how you can get a lot smaller or faster. True, it can get caught on things, but it's by far cheapest and easiest.
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With a thin IEM cable, where you're wrapping up maybe 12-18" of extra cable, even a very small velcro tie can be 5X as bulky as the cable that it wraps. Makes sense with thicker cables or longer lengths.
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Anything works really.
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^ True that. I just usually try to avoid making severe bends with my cables.

I travel a lot so I bought a nice flexible hardsided case a little bigger than the dimensions of a thick fantasy paperback book - I can stick almost all of my techie stuff in there: USB cables, a teeny multicard reader, power adapters, USB keys, secondary pair of IEMs, etc...

The cables are all spare sets, not the ones I use I home, and are dedicated to on the road use. When I am not traveling the entire package sits in my carry-on luggage so I always know where that stuff is. Plus having spare sets means I never have to go through the hassle of disconnecting the cables I use I home.

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With a thin IEM cable, where you're wrapping up maybe 12-18" of extra cable, even a very small velcro tie can be 5X as bulky as the cable that it wraps. Makes sense with thicker cables or longer lengths.
Mine are no more than two to three inch strips wrapped around the end of the cable. That is not bulky by any means. And as long as the Velcro is rolled up with the hooks on the inside they never get caught on anything.
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With a thin IEM cable, where you're wrapping up maybe 12-18" of extra cable, even a very small velcro tie can be 5X as bulky as the cable that it wraps. Makes sense with thicker cables or longer lengths.
Just trim the tie's length.

My favorite velcro tie attaches to the cable first (by looping thru a slot in the tie), so it's always there, ready to go.
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