I have a question. Now this all started when i got a pair of Sony MDR NC-50 headphones with the detachable gold 3.5mm/3.5mm M/M cord. The cord eventually got a short in it from all the snagging and tugging and poor storage. So i figured with M-M 3.5mm cords being so abundant, it would be simple to replace. Well first i went with belkin which was silver tipped btw. first problem was getting it to fit into the headphone's jack which had a circular recess that was much smaller than the plug's end-shielding. so i had to melt the sides down a bit to get it to fit in there. now that the connection was nice and snug in teh headphones i went to plug it into my mp3 player. which is a zune btw "yes i know..."
and i noticed that when i walked the left and right channels would drop randomly due to the fact that the plug would move slightly while inside the jack. almost as if the tip sleeve was too narrow. so i had to go ghetto fab and take 2 3.5mm to rca cords with rca extenders in teh middle to the device. making my headphone cord about 12ft and very thick and inconvenient, and also after a walk i noticed it did the same thing. these stereo/rca cords were also silver tipped 3.5mm plugs. so my gf leaves her skullcandy headphones here one day when she went to class and i put the headphones in thinking, this wont help. immediately when pluggin them in I noticed there was NO wiggling at all. it was snug and secure in the player's jack and was able to walk with it with ZERO problems. so i guess my questions are:
1. Is there a size difference between gold 3.5mm plugs and silver 3.5mm plugs? Like maybe a thicker coating?
2. Is there any place to buy Male/Male gold tipped 3.5mm cords as replacements for my headphones? Sony wants like 40 bucks or something (not too cost effective if im tryin to buy many replacements)
3. If i put a thin piece of foiltape around the sleeve of the TRS connector, i know it will fit in there better but will it conduct the same amount of sound clarity?
Reason i ask about 3. is cause its not just the zune that has a problem with snug silver tipped cords. i noticed on like headphone extenders, splitters, etc,
it has less trouble fitting in gold tipped TRS connectors as opposed to silver ones.
I already ordered some new headphones but would like to salvage these Sony headphones, and am very interested in knowing if there is a discernible size difference between the two