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What size wire inside Beats Solo2 headphones?

What size wire do I want to buy, to replace the one that goes through the strap from the left headphone to the right headphone in my son's Beats Solo 2 headphones? [more inside]
posted by wenestvedt on Nov 29, 2016 - 13 answers

Comfortable headphones for large ears?

I've been using my headphones more lately (an old pair of AKG K-44), and the cups are not quite large enough for my ears. I'd like to buy a nice pair that's comfortable for larger ears and won't pinch/press. These are used for listening to music and playing games on my laptop, but I'm not much of an audiophile so I don't need these to be absolutely "YOU CAN HEAR THE UNIVERSE"-level quality (although I'm curious as to what that might be). Any recommendations for brands or particular models I should try?
posted by curious nu on Dec 10, 2015 - 12 answers

Headphone jack dead after upgrade to Ubuntu 14.04

I recently installed Ubuntu 14.04 on a Toshiba laptop and now the headphone jack isn't working. [more inside]
posted by ryanshepard on Sep 22, 2015 - 3 answers

Good USB headphone adapter - or other solution?

I have a computer with a headphone jack on the back. Is there a good way to plug in headphones from the front - USB or otherwise? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jun 9, 2015 - 13 answers

Help me choose new in-ear earphones (2015 ed.)

I'm in the market for new sound isolating earphones. I had Shure SE210 earphones for a few years which did really well (and were chosen on a Metafilter recommendation) but now I need a replacement. [more inside]
posted by tavegyl on May 3, 2015 - 3 answers

Safe(r), effective, non eardrum destroying headphones for bikes?

Has bicycling earphone technology advanced since these old threads? [more inside]
posted by latkes on Feb 17, 2015 - 10 answers

Should I buy a Digital-to-Analog Convertor (DAC)?

Just wondering if this is something I should invest in, or would it be a waste of money? [more inside]
posted by dbirchum on Jun 23, 2014 - 11 answers

Help me case these joints!

I recently picked up a set of these behind-head earphones. The frame is plastic and I'm worried that they might get broken if they're folded up and stuffed in a bag or my pocket. Help me find an appropriate carrying solution? [more inside]
posted by mikurski on Jun 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Square Pin in Round Hole (which happens to be my iPad headphone jack....

Oh nooooo! Square reader connector pin broke off in my beloved iPad's headphone jack It doesn't protrude, I tried tweezers, needle nose pliers, and as suggested by some:bent thumb tack, hot paperclip, Bic Pen refil, everything but glue. Can't loosen it, I think it is really jammed. Others report apple can't/won't fix. PLEASE HELP, thanks
posted by Lylo on Jun 10, 2014 - 8 answers

Is there such a thing as ear buds that fit small ears without leakage?

I regularly use an ipod on public transit and have a tendancy to listen to loud, raucous music. Is there an ear bud that doesn't broadcast? [more inside]
posted by readery on Apr 11, 2013 - 16 answers

What's wrong? jacking mic and headphones for Frankenstein headset

I really want to combine my headphones with my microphone so that I can use it as a headset on my home phone. So I got a 3.5mm splitter and a 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapter so that I can plug the mic and headset together, then reduce it to 2.5mm so it can plug into my phone. It doesn't work. Why? More details inside... [more inside]
posted by cheesyburgercheese on Mar 8, 2013 - 15 answers

Headphone repair - a better way to do it?

Headphone wire repair. Is there a better solution than cutting off the plug and splicing a new one? [more inside]
posted by wongcorgi on Sep 18, 2012 - 5 answers

Please help me improve the sound of my iPod through my car stereo.

The stereo on my Toyota Aygo has an iPod jack, but the sound is AWFUL. If it's loud enough to hear, there's as much hiss as there is music. I've tried every possible volume adjustments between iPod/stereo. Will one of these headphone amps help? [more inside]
posted by cilantro on Sep 6, 2011 - 17 answers

How to get on Guitar Center's good side?

I broke some very expensive headphones that i bought at guitar center... How can I get a refund? [more inside]
posted by sizzil34 on Jul 29, 2011 - 19 answers

Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack?

Hey Audiophiles - Do I need/should get a headphone amp if I already have powered desktop speakers that have a headphone jack? I can't find any specs for the headphone jack on my speakers(is it just passthru?) but i can't find this speak on any others i shop for. I was looking to buy Sound Blaster X-Fi HD or just some nice < $200 computer speakers with a headphone jack? Any suggestions? Am I completely off? FYI - these are for a set of Sennheiser HD595
posted by pharcide on May 14, 2011 - 9 answers

Plug it!

I have a Droid Incredible and the only minijack it likes appears to like are attached to my iPod headphones (not headset). Does anyone know of a minijack-minijack or minijack-RCA cable that would make it happy? [more inside]
posted by ijoyner on Jan 12, 2011 - 3 answers

Let me get this straight...

How can I straighten a cable with many kinks / bends in it? [more inside]
posted by PontifexPrimus on Jul 30, 2010 - 7 answers

iPod headphone jack... of DOOM???

I think my iPod's (5G; 30 GB) headphone jack may be screwy. It seems to make headphones that penetrate it permanently screwy. Am I just screwed? [more inside]
posted by randomname25 on Jul 8, 2010 - 9 answers

Why is my iPhone jack suddenly too shallow?

The headphones for my iphone don't go in all the way. What did I break and how do I fix it? [more inside]
posted by eisenkr on Mar 3, 2010 - 4 answers

Airplanes: Why the silly double headphone jack?

AirplaneFilter: Why do airplanes have such weird headphone jacks (power jacks, too, while we're at it)? What's the benefit of having the double-jack except to require the use of crappy airline headphones or an adapter?
posted by sdis on Feb 20, 2010 - 14 answers

Who knows where to find bizarre headphones?

Today I saw a guy wearing what looked to be a pair of headphones that resembled a half-box on his head. Rather than curved plastic, the headphones met at 90 degree angles. Has anyone else seen these and/or know who manufactures them?
posted by coolguy#1 on Dec 10, 2009 - 11 answers

Motorola S9 Headphones - Hard Case?

I need a hard case for my Motorola S9-HD Wrap Around Headphones. They came with a cloth pouch, but I need something solid to protect the headphones from being crushed while in my bag. [more inside]
posted by intrigued on Oct 21, 2009 - 4 answers

Repairing the iPhone headphone jack fastener?

iPhone 3G: The little silver ring around my iPhone 3G's headphone jack has gone missing, and now headphones don't stay in the jack...they just slide right out. The jack still works--if I press down really hard on the headphone connector, sound comes out of the headphones--but as soon as I let up the headphones come right out. Everything else on the phone works fine. What are my options for getting this repaired? [more inside]
posted by Ian A.T. on Sep 24, 2009 - 9 answers

What is the signature sound of Grado headphones?

What is the signature sound of Grado headphones? Are they ok for listening on an iPod, specifically for electric bass (not rap music). [more inside]
posted by kenliu on Sep 1, 2009 - 19 answers

Seeking bluetooth headset recommendations

Please recommend a Bluetooth headset that's good for both listening to music and talking on the phone. I plan to pair it to both my Mac and my iPhone (not at the same time). In-ear and on-ear are both OK.
posted by adamrice on Jun 5, 2009 - 11 answers

Problems with earbuds

Help me stop destroying my iPod headphones! [more inside]
posted by graventy on May 7, 2009 - 16 answers

Headphone jack Snapped Off Inside Laptop

I have about a quarter of an inch of a headphone jack snapped off inside my laptop due to a manic dachshund. Can you recommend a tool I can use to get it out? I've tried very small tweezers but I can't get in there. I attempted to open it up but stopped when I got to the point I didn't know what I was doing.
posted by zzazazz on Apr 11, 2009 - 36 answers

Dollar Store sucks

Did this cheap POS from the dollar store really just break my computer headphone jack? [more inside]
posted by BrnP84 on Mar 2, 2009 - 7 answers

Save me from the audio snake oil salesmen.

I am a budget headphone audiophile with $250 to buy myself a toy. I do not want upgrade my amp or source at this point, would the AKG 701 headphones be a wasted investment? [more inside]
posted by jlowen on Jan 3, 2009 - 6 answers

playing with myself

need recommendation for headphone amplifier for an electric guitar... [more inside]
posted by jak68 on Dec 26, 2008 - 16 answers

Phone in your answer, please.

I love my Sennheiser HD 580 headphones, but the cord gets tangled around my chair. Could I switch to cordless headphones with no loss in sound quality? [more inside]
posted by Gordion Knott on Oct 3, 2008 - 4 answers

Wireless headphone recommendations for an iPod, please!

Recommendations needed on wireless headphones for use with an iPod. [more inside]
posted by Twicketface on Sep 8, 2008 - 3 answers

Can I fix my Macbook's headphone output?

My Early 2007 Macbook makes a continuous popping sound (through the headphone jack) whenever anything is plugged into the headphone jack. Audio plays normally through the built in speakers, but only the thumping/popping sound through headphones or external speakers. [more inside]
posted by Dorri732 on Aug 28, 2008 - 6 answers

Tell loud headphone users on mass transit to turn it down?

Have you ever been riding on mass transit next to someone whose headphones are so loud you can hear them several feet away? If so, do you ask them to turn it down?
posted by shivohum on May 9, 2008 - 50 answers

Using Ipod Line-Out

I'm an old stodgy audiophile finding myself forced to resort to iPod, but I want to make the most of it. First of all, I'm looking for a solution that will allow me to use line-out audio on my ipod (5th generation), and simultaneously charge via AC. Does such a thing exist? Also, what's the standard audiophile solution for on-the-go listening? Headphones into mini-preamp into dock, I'd suppose?
posted by jimmyjimjim on Apr 11, 2008 - 9 answers

give me stereo or give me death!

easiest way to replace the headphone jack in my iaudio x5 portable mp3 player? [more inside]
posted by yonation on Nov 21, 2007 - 4 answers

Deep in-the-ear earbuds that don't leak sound.

I'm looking for cheap, deep-in-the-ear earbuds for listening to audiobooks. The sound quality doesn't have to be great, because I won't use them to listen to music. I want cheap ones, because I inevitably break headphones, and I don't want to have to spend $100 every month. On the other hand, I'm willing to spend $20 a month if I have to. In-the-ear, because I don't want to keep my wife awake with "leaking" sound. [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Nov 20, 2007 - 22 answers

Does this alarm clock have a headphone jack?

I'd like to find an alarm clock that supports playing MP3 files through a USB drive or memory card. I found this one which seems almost perfect. But does it have a headphone jack? [more inside]
posted by tomwheeler on Nov 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Wanted: headphone adapters that don't resemble crowbars

Can anybody help me source headphone adapters that won't break all my headphone sockets? [more inside]
posted by flabdablet on Sep 18, 2007 - 4 answers

Where do I get foam for my cans?

I need to replace the approx 3" diameter foam discs on my Beyerdynamic headphones - the ones that sit between the baffle and the driver. There's no information on the Beyerdynamic site, and I had this problem with Sennheiser before - these things are damn hard to come by (I know that Sennheiser make spares, but finding the ones that fit your cans is another story). Can I just make my own? Where would I go to buy thin foam that would feel nice pressed against my ears on a daily basis? Any other suggestions?
posted by russmail on Sep 8, 2007 - 3 answers

Good headphones

Help me find some good quality headphones that are small but tough! [more inside]
posted by daninnj on Jul 31, 2007 - 18 answers

Laptop Front Audio Input Concerns

Are front headphone jacks on a laptop computer a real pain? [more inside]
posted by Overzealous on Jul 31, 2007 - 15 answers

headphone amps?

A friend recently gave me a pair of used Sennheiser HD - 600 headphones. Plugged directly into the back of my computer they sound very meh. So I'm guessing they need an amp. What are some of the best at the best price that will work with my computer?
posted by vronsky on May 13, 2007 - 19 answers

headphone hiss

I was listening to a jazz CD on my Linn Classic, through a pair of Sennheiser HD-280s, and am noticing a static hiss when the music goes quiet. Does anyone know if the headphones might be shot, or if there's something to do with the source, or if any way to fix it? I'm guessing the disc wasn't recorded with that much ambient hiss in it, though I could be wrong...
posted by dearleader on Mar 12, 2007 - 8 answers

Ostensibly replaceable component filter

Where can I get a replacement cord for my Sennheiser 497 headphones? [more inside]
posted by moift on Mar 2, 2007 - 8 answers

Tip of Headphone Plug Stuck in MacBook Jack!

I was using the headphone jack on my macbook and moved it around slightly when the sound suddenly cut out. I soon realized that the very tip of the headphone plug had broken off and gotten stuck inside the jack, and the rest of the plug remained intact. I tried using a small refrigerator magnet to see if it would draw the broken bit out, but it didn't, and i didn't want to try a more powerful magnet because I don't know where the hard drive is in the computer. I was thinking maybe getting some pointy tweezers and taking the battery out so I don't electrocute myself while poking around in the jack? any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
posted by hidinginabunker on Dec 22, 2006 - 12 answers

What would ELLIOTT YAMIN do? (for listening to tunes on his iPod)

I've got a similar situation to the American Idol runner-up: My right ear is fully functional, but I am 90% deaf on my left ear. However, my left ear was deformed at birth, so my earbuds don't fit in it. [more inside]
posted by beammeup4 on May 22, 2006 - 13 answers

portable digital audio(phile)

best solution for portable quality audio? [more inside]
posted by andrew cooke on Apr 8, 2006 - 22 answers

swapping headphone and microphone function

Is there a way to use my microphone input as a headphone output on a Dell laptop running Windows XP? [more inside]
posted by pissfactory on Oct 31, 2005 - 3 answers


I need to solder on a new plug for the cable of my stereo headphones. They are not hard-wired; the headphone end has a stereo plug the same size as you'd use for a cell phone. The other end, now that I've clipped off the offending (molded-on) plug, has three colored wires -- red, green, copper. Which colors are left, right and ground when I do the soldering?
posted by banjomensch on Aug 28, 2005 - 8 answers

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