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Open a monitor speaker to remove stuck jack connector
Old 9th August 2019
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Open a monitor speaker to remove stuck jack connector

Hi,

While pulling a jack cable out of a monitor speaker, the connector broke and remained stuck in the plug.

I think I could easily remove it by opening the speaker with a screwdriver, but there is a warning message near the volume button which says: "warning, do not open, risk of electrical shock!".

I'm crap at fixing stuff (even Ikea furnitures turn me mad haha), so I'm wondering if there is really a risk to open this speaker? Is it simple inside? Do I jeopardize myself by opening it without any experience?
Old 9th August 2019
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Remove the power chord. There are capacitors on the amp board that can be charged, stay away from them. Then you should be fine.
Old 9th August 2019
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It will also be worth saying some jack housings are sealed to stop dust, so you might not be able to get to the bit that broke from inside. A trick I have used where a headphone jack has broken off is to get a pencil, small dab of superglue on the flat end, pop it in leave for an hour and remove with hopefully broken bit attached to pencil....
Old 9th August 2019
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It will also be worth saying some jack housings are sealed to stop dust, so you might not be able to get to the bit that broke from inside. A trick I have used where a headphone jack has broken off is to get a pencil, small dab of superglue on the flat end, pop it in leave for an hour and remove with hopefully broken bit attached to pencil....
I think I'll try your solution first! Thanks for your advices!
Old 9th August 2019
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If you glue the pencil into the socket you're f*cked
Old 9th August 2019
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So I've eventually opened the speaker, the jack plug is welded to the electronic circuit and the stuck connector remains unreachable. The super-glue trick doesn't work. I'm screw*d.
Old 9th August 2019
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Don't panic... Could you take a photo so we can help further?
Old 9th August 2019
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Don't panic... Could you take a photo so we can help further?
I'm fine . Unfortunately, I sent the speaker to a repairer, so I won't be able to take a picture at the moment. However, here is a picture found on Google which is quite close to the position of the jack plug:



As you can see, the jack plug is welded to the electronic circuit (it's the grey box on top of the electronic circuit), and I can't access the stuck connector. I think the repairer will have to remove it, and weld a fresh one.
Old 9th August 2019
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Ok thanks for the picture. TBH looks like all the other type of jack sockets around so your repairer should have no problem desoldering and replacing it.
Old 10th August 2019
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Good to hear! So now I have to work during a week with one speaker only, and this lead me to my last question: is it safe for the remaining speaker and my computer to plug one rca connector in it while the other remains in the open air? You know, any contact on a unplugged rca or jack can sometimes cause a big saturation.
Old 10th August 2019
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Good to hear! So now I have to work during a week with one speaker only, and this lead me to my last question: is it safe for the remaining speaker and my computer to plug one rca connector in it while the other remains in the open air? You know, any contact on a unplugged rca or jack can sometimes cause a big saturation.
It's no problem. Just leave the unconnected rca free floating (not touching anything). I would suggest putting a stereo to mono plugin on your output bus to work in mono
Old 10th August 2019
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Thank you so much for your help !
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