Use Headphone-Wrapping Methods On All Your Cables

We've shared many headphone-wrapping techniques over the years, but our favourite is still the devil horns method for keeping them tangle-free. Over at Mac-centric weblog Mac|Life, they're using this for all their cables — and it works pretty well.It may seem a bit obvious, but for all the testing we've done with these headphone wrapping methods, we never thought to use them on our other cables too. It may take a bit more patience, since your iPod sync cable or your smartphone's USB cable are probably thicker and bulkier than your headphone cords, but it still does the job quite nicely. In fact, by wrapping all your cables like this, you can probably keep the ends a bit safer from the fraying that comes with bending them in weird ways. Plus, not only are you saving them from getting individually tangled, but from getting tangled with each other as well. Hit the link to see more, and if you've got a different cord wrapping method you're partial to, share it with us in the comments.

How to Keep Your Apple Device Cables Tangle-Free [Mac|Life]


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    The downside (if you use this method) is that your cables are going to end up being useless due to breakages in the physical cables inside due to the sharp coils. The thinner the cable the more likely it is suffer damage

    The best way to store your cables is in coils no smaller than about 10cm. Using twist ties or small double sided velco strips works well.

    @ Stewart Walker, verry much ageed, worked in the pro AV industry and ive seen the hell a badly rolled cable can cause.

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      Monsta Bullshit, go to university and study physics. The marketing people clearly have you brainwashed

        http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/audiophiles-cant-tell-the-difference-between-monster-cable-and/

        Monster Cables are a marketing ploy for people who have more dollars than sense. There is no reason - i repeat NO REASON - to buy them over any other well made hook up cable, and IMHO the best way to go for basic audio is to buy a quality roll cable and ends to suit your requirements and make your own. Obviously this is a little bit tricky for connectors requiring multiple hook ups, but for basic two, three or four core audio, there is no reason not to.
        I mean, you con buy a nice soldering iron and enough cable to hook up a lecture theatre for the price of a surround sound Monster Cable set.

    As a pro lighting and audio guy, I found this article rather erroneous. This method is the best way to damage cables beyond repair. If I caught someone doing this to my cables I would be rather annoyed to say the least. There is a correct way to roll cables, in fact on the net there is a video. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0yPcJD7RVuY

      Here Here Stephen, as a production supervisor I have witnessed people been sacked(or relocated to black box pushing) during pack down for incorrectly rolling cables, ie wraping around the elbow and hand method. The hand under/hand over method is the only way as it eliminates torsional deformation, and makes it very easy to uncoil at a later date. Love your cables and they will love you.

    Cant seem to let this one go.

    "our belief is one thing -- cold hard proof is another, and it looks like a group of 12 self-professed "audiophiles" recently couldn't tell the difference between Monster 1000 speaker cables and plain old coat hangers."

    http://www.engadget.com/2008/03/03/audiophiles-cant-tell-the-difference-between-monster-cable-and/.

    The Saint

    When i tried this, it looks nothing like the posted picture in the article on LH, the article telling you how its done, doesn't show the end result.

    The article doesn't mention tucking in the earbuds, while in the same example, on the lifehacker picture, shows both ends of the cable tucked in.

    I hate to say it as well, but monster cable is a bit of a scam. I have never come across in my many years as an audio and lighting professional in a venue, production company or recording studio. And Monsta Quality your cables will break if not looked after properly.

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