Fractal Design R4 Headphone Jack Repair (USB-70A AZALIA)

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Fractal Design R4 Headphone Jack Repair (USB-70A AZALIA)

2 min read

I’ve been using the Fractal Design R4 PC case for a number of years now. I love the design but the placement of the headphone jack leaves something to be desired. It is oriented vertically meaning that pulling on the headphone cable can easily break the port which unfortunately happened to me. Removing the front panel of the case reveals a small circuit board labeled “USB-70A AZALIA REV: A1”.

The circuit board with damaged headphone jack
Not designed with toddlers in mind

A quick search showed me that it’s not easy to find a replacement for this part so I decided to write up how it can be repaired.

The board consists of two headphone jacks and a pin header. The broken headphone jack needed to be replaced. The first step is finding the correct replacement part. Some searching reveals the CP1-3525NG-ND on Digi-Key. I always order inexpensive parts in multiples of 10 to get the price break and because it’s good to have spare parts around for future projects.

A handsome array of headphone jacks

Using a soldering iron, heat up and remove as much of the solder around the pins of the headphone jack as possible. I didn’t have much luck with soldering wick but a soldering vacuum worked well. A trick is to add a small amount of solder to the tip of the soldering iron to help quickly heat the solder in the joint.

After removing the solder, gently remove the old headphone jack.

PCB after removing the broken headphone jack

Solder the replacement headphone jack into place. Heat the pin using the iron and apply enough solder so that it flows into each via.

I ended up replacing both jacks because the replacements have a metal ring that looks more sturdy than the original.

PCB with replacement headphone jacks

Both my headphones and a microphone worked great after putting everything back together. I was initially worried that the pinout of the replacement jacks might be different than the originals but they turned out to be an exact match.


  • Jochen September 14, 2021 at 12:54 am

    I finally made it! After soldering 3 wrong types (normally closed) I found the correct one. It is PJ-31080 You normally can only get them in sets of 1.000, but I found a supplier that sold me a set of 100 – with shipping they costed me 43 USD, but still cheaper than replacing the case.

  • daneel February 10, 2020 at 2:14 pm

    Just tried this and while your mic and headphones will work, the detection of a mic or headphone jack being plugged in will not work!

    I tested out the old plug and when I plug in my headphones the middle pins in the bottom are connected (checked with multimeter).

    This is not true for the CP1-3525NG-ND linked here! As a result, when I plug in my headphones sound comes out of both my speakers AND my headphones.

    Fractal Design will ship you a new board with the two jacks for free if you pay shipping (like 8 bucks); just e-mail their support. It seems hard to source a replacement jack at retail quantities so I went with this option instead.

    • Takaitra May 2, 2020 at 5:01 pm

      That’s good to know about the support option, thanks. In my case I was using a soundcard where I manually switched the output to the headphones. This must be why I didn’t notice the lack of headphone detection.

    • Tom F June 2, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      Hi, just adding to this.

      I tried the replacement 3.5mm jack, and couldn’t get it to work at all. The continuity on the pins is completely different to the original part (you have continuity between almost all of them on the new part described here, while the other ones were seperated and did not have continuity).

      Anyway, I also tried emailing Fractal support, and unfortunately they told me they no longer have anymore of these bits in stock. Sad day, but I guess I’ll have to live without a front headset!

  • Artur June 25, 2019 at 3:25 am

    Hey. Your description of the problem is interesting. Unfortunately, I have a little different plate on which there are jack sockets. Can I still ask for photos or description of cable colors in the white socket (8 pin) and on the other side of the cable in the Audio HD (mainboard) plug?

  • Twist June 21, 2018 at 1:21 pm

    I’m really grateful for the guide. But I ordered the same parts, had the same revision board and it turned out the pinout was all wrong once I installed it. It’d only recognize the headphones or microphones on the way out all four times I tried just in case I had faulty ones 🙁 I had to swap the old ones back in and just change them around. Just a heads up if anyone else has trouble.

    • Takaitra July 27, 2018 at 4:00 pm

      I’m sorry for the trouble. I don’t have an explanation as to why the replacement jacks worked for me but not in your case. If you get a chance you could try touching a multimeter to the different pins and connector rings to see where the pinouts differ.

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