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Old 09-15-2010, 02:17 PM
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My clip+ headphone jack is loose I think. Sometimes the music will only play out of one ear (the right one) and I will have to push the headphone in tighter (or maneuver it around) just to get sound from both sides.

1. Is there a quick fix for this? For example, is there something I can buy from ebay or somewhere that snaps on or something similar. Maybe a rubber band will suffice, IDK. If not then I probably sell it (telling the buyer the problem of course) or throw it away. I would like to get another one but not sure if this problem will happen again.

2. Is this a common problem for the clip+?

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Old 09-15-2010, 02:41 PM
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Are you sure it's the Clip+ and not just the headphones' cable that broke?
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Old 09-15-2010, 04:09 PM
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Thread title (original 'A problem with the clip+') changed.
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Old 09-16-2010, 01:42 PM
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Are you sure it's the Clip+ and not just the headphones' cable that broke?
Yup I'm sure. I tried other headphones and other mp3 players.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:53 PM
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Yup I'm sure. I tried other headphones and other mp3 players.
Ah ok well just to make sure I've had a lot of cables that break at the plug...

I don't think there is a quick fix, it's really a mechanical issue as far as I can tell. If your warranty period is over (I even doubt this falls under warranty..) you can try to push the contact pins (shown here, last two pics) further into the hole so they make full contact again with the plug. The left ear is loose so that would be the front pin, nearest to the casing.

If you would just as well throw it away it's worth a try I guess? Or sell it "as is", like you say.

But I don't think there is anything external you can do about it.
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Old 09-16-2010, 02:58 PM
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Or crack it open and reflow the solder joints. That often helps as well.
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Old 09-16-2010, 05:42 PM
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There are 2 solder points where the headphone jack is connected. What has happened is one of them has cracked/come loose. You can resolder it, like mentioned, but if you don't have the equipment to do such a tiny soldering job, there is an easy solution I used. Just take some tissue paper and ball it up real tight and jam it down in the space where the contact is coming loose....likely the back one. Pack that down in there tight and snap the back of the case back on and this should keep the contact tight so you don't have the loss of the left earphone. I did this and it's worked fine since then. You'll likely scrape up the outer rim of your clip trying to get the case apart....it's really tight and there isn't a good lip to get under. I used a small pocket knife.
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Well luckily there are some people who have actually done this And who know the right pins for the left/right channel.. argh I always mix them up.. sorry about that.
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Tip = left, ring = right, sleeve = ground.
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