I've been thinking about building this little Altoid tin headphone amp kit
for listening with my Sennheiser 555s.
Granted, the point of building the kit is, well, building the kit--but given the limitations of a (cheap) kit-built design and the fact that I listen exclusively to mp3s on my iPhone or Mac, will there be a perceptible improvement in sound from the cans? Is there more to the sound of my mp3s that I might not be hearing just driving the Sennheisers with the juice from the iPhone's or Mac's headphone jack that would merit stepping up the signal with the little amp?
posted by Admiral Haddock
on Jan 28, 2014 -
I am looking for a 3.5mm to 3.5mm male to female audio cable extension where the male end would fit into an iPhone audio jack through a case. (So the male end should be roughly similar to the end of a pair of default iPhone headphones.) The female end would attach to, say, speakers or maybe a Square card reader. I would prefer if the male end is at a right angle to the rest of the cable. [more inside]
posted by Korou
on Nov 26, 2013 -
I want to buy a new car stereo, but have no idea how to google for the features I'm looking for.
What I really want is a double din stereo that has a usb port on the front where I can plug in my iphone 5 and play it through the stereo. Now comes the hard part, I want to control the iphone from the iphone. Not through the stereo interface. In otherwords, I want to use the USB port as an Aux out. [more inside]
posted by bswinburn
on Oct 21, 2013 -
Are there any good alternatives to the SONOS system that would let me control music across my entire house from my iPhone? [more inside]
posted by ZackTM
on Oct 10, 2013 -
I listen to a lot of audio books on my iphone while driving and working. I also like listening to music in between for short periods, but still need to keep my place in the book. Right now I am using the bookmark app to keep track of the audio book, which seems to be the best app that I have tried so far. But the problem is that whenever I want to switch back to my playlist of music, the iphone music app defaults to the audio book that was last played. Is there any better way of switching back and forth so that the music app can remember that it is supposed to play a playlist and the audio book app remembers to start where I left off in the book? [more inside]
posted by photoexplorer
on May 16, 2013 -
Smart phone question: Is it possible to be directed to a website and have a sound play on loop automatically (I suppose through Flash or HTML5). [more inside]
posted by cloeburner
on Jun 4, 2012 -
I have conflicting needs driving me towards either the new Nexus phone or an iPhone 4S. Which will be better? [more inside]
posted by invitapriore
on Oct 25, 2011 -
How can I set up a simple audio system at home that plays music from my iPhone and also acts as TV speakers? [more inside]
posted by pravit
on Oct 23, 2011 -
Does anyone make an audio cable w/ a high-quality mic (w/ noise canceling?) for use in the car w/ a mobile phone? [more inside]
posted by reddot
on Jul 20, 2011 -
Starting a podcast (spoken word) and suddenly have the opportunity to interview the exact people I really shouldn't be "practicing" on. I'm a radiophile, want decent sound, but have no time to learn the technical side of sound recording before my interviews in a few days. Can I spend a little up front to make decent sound or do I just need to spend more? [more inside]
posted by lotusfeet
on Mar 20, 2011 -
I have been taking video with my iPhone 4 recently, but it's been windy so I get a lot of wind noise. What's the best way to go about reducing the wind noise, and/or how can I make a microphone cover/windscreen for the iPhone 4?
posted by Korou
on Jan 23, 2011 -
What are the best reasonably-priced earbud-style headphones? I need a good set for use with an iPod and am looking to improve on Apple's white earbuds.
posted by killdevil
on Sep 20, 2010 -
How much could the speakers built into iPhones be auditorily improved if price were no object? [more inside]
posted by Joe Beese
on Aug 26, 2010 -
Thanks to the easy new web-based jailbreaking tool, even an idiot like me was able to jailbreak my iPhone4. I've been enjoying it for a few days, but there are a few functionalities that I'd love to add to my phone, that I can't seem to find on Cydia, etc. I'm pretty new at this, so can anyone help me find an easy way to tweak my phone in the following ways [more inside]
posted by ericbop
on Aug 10, 2010 -
I just bought a second-hand iPhone 3G on eBay. It works fine, except that no applications (other than the built-in phone facility) get any sound input from either the built-in microphone or the headset microphone. Using Skype, the Voice Recorder or Shazam just gets silence. However, the microphone works perfectly when making phone calls. I have tried power-cycling it, resetting it and reinstalling the OS (upgrading it to the latest 3.1.3), but to no avail. Any ideas on what the problem could be?
posted by acb
on Mar 4, 2010 -
Audio/mobile phone idea/question:
I was at my kid's band concert recently, trying to record some of it for Grandma. I only thought of it after we got there so I was using my iPhone. Not a bad recorder, but it's hand held. It picks up me moving in my seat, people fidgeting, etc. Why isn't there an app/service where I could record the concert on my less-than-professional-equipment, and a bunch of OTHER Dads and Moms record the same thing from other vantage points (with other noise!) then put 'em all together subtract the noise and end up with a beautifull, clear, stereo recording. With the iphone's bluetooth/wifi/gps the iphones should be able to figure out where they are relative to each other.
Is the doable? Am I nuts? Does it already exist?
posted by davereed
on Nov 20, 2009 -
I have a substantial amount of anime that I'd like to watch, but a less-than-perfect system for doing it. Pretty much all of it is in .mkv files (h.264 video and AAC audio) with subtitles, and I'd like to transcode them to a format that's playable on either my iPhone or my PS3 with subtitles intact. I've tried both handbrake and VLC, and I either get 1) no subtitles in handbrake or 2) encoder errors in VLC. So, hive mind, what am I doing wrong here?
posted by Oktober
on Oct 23, 2009 -
Anyone know of an aftermaket car stereo head unit that will play nicely with the iPhone 3gs? I looked at the previous question related to this, but didn't see any specific model recs...various google searches and Crutchfield have led me to believe that the 3rd gen iPhones are having charging issues with some (or all?) models of aftermarket stereos. I'd love to hear if anyone has any first hand experience lately with buying a new stereo for use with a newer iPhone. I probably would spend up to $400 for something cool. Thanks in advance.
posted by katocolon
on Sep 3, 2009 -
I want to plug my iPhone 3G into my car stereo using the data port, not the headphone jack. I would also like it to charge the device. [more inside]
posted by DrDreidel
on Sep 10, 2008 -
Looking for the best aftermarket iPhone headset I can afford so I don't have to keep switching between the standard white set and the over-ear headphones I use at work. I'd be willing to spend about $100, more if they were exquisite, but I'd love to stay around $50. [more inside]
posted by inkedmn
on Aug 30, 2008 -
I, like many others, am trying to get the perfect setup for my iPhone in my car. Are there any solutions? [more inside]
posted by jpcody
on Feb 5, 2008 -