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headphone jack adaptor

hi - need a 3.5mm to 6.35mm jack plug audio stereo adaptor to use my new headphones with my existing amp/cd player and i was wondering if they are all the same or or some better than others ie gold plated etc? thanks ...

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RE: headphone jack adaptor

They certainly are not all the same. I don't think the gold plating matters as long as the adaptor is good quality. I would advise against an adaptor with a recess where the miniplug goes in, especially the screw-on types that some companies issue. Get an adaptor that's flat on that end with just the hole for the miniplug. I have so many of these I just store them in a box, but if I had to buy one I would expect to pay £5 at least and get a good one.

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RE: headphone jack adaptor

thanks for your reply dalethorn. cos i'm a bit of a thickie, could you link me to the preferred variety of adaptor so I can see what you mean by recess etc. thanks

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Adaptor Headphone

Try Amazon here:  http://tinyurl.com/azxew8h

Or Canford: http://tinyurl.com/b8lwxah

 

 

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I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

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That first link to Amazon with the £3.50 adapter looks right. Although I think the adapters are too short to introduce enough capacitance etc. to modify the sound, I have had a couple screw-on adapters supplied by Beyerdynamic and others which had loose connectivity when screwed down tight onto the 3.5 mm plugs. 

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dalethorn wrote:

That first link to Amazon with the £3.50 adapter looks right. Although I think the adapters are too short to introduce enough capacitance etc. to modify the sound, I have had a couple screw-on adapters supplied by Beyerdynamic and others which had loose connectivity when screwed down tight onto the 3.5 mm plugs. 

That's the one I chose some time ago. It just does what it's supposed to. Haven't used it that many times, but seems durable enough for daily use.

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RE: headphone jack adaptor

Thanks for all your replies. I've ordered one in the first link plus a cheaper gold 'professional' one as well, just for comparison.

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I agree with Daelthorn, although I will add that if your cable has 'Apple controls' you might get issues with the channels not meeting the connectors properly. The V-Moda and default Sennheiser Momentum cables are like this. Their 3.5mm mini jack has 3 connectors rather than 2 and these require a special adaptor. The ones supplied work of course but replacing them could be a pain.

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RE: headphone jack adaptor

I would have thought that the 'perfect' adapter is either silver/rhodium plated for better conductivity or at least be pure copper. 

I had a quick look on Furutechs site, purveyors of all fancy connectors and couldnt find a headphone adapter which is a surprise considering their ADL line makes h/p amplifiers.

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RE: headphone jack adaptor

drummerman wrote:

I would have thought that the 'perfect' adapter is either silver/rhodium plated for better conductivity or at least be pure copper. 

I had a quick look on Furutechs site, purveyors of all fancy connectors and couldnt find a headphone adapter which is a surprise considering their ADL line makes h/p amplifiers.

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Reading your post I felt sure that Oyaide must have a silver/rhodium plated one, seeing as I use Oyaide's silver/rhodium plated banana plugs, but they don't seem to make adaptors, which seems strange to me. That said, I've only ever used the adaptors that come with my headphones.

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MajorFubar wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

http://www.aloaudio.com/alo-audio-lariat-1-4-female-to-male-mini-adapter

There you go....

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MajorFubar wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

 

Or, even better, throw the headphones away and spend £1,300 on some active speakers!!!

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jjbomber wrote:

MajorFubar wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

 

Or, even better, throw the headphones away and spend £1,300 on some active speakers!!!

A little uncomfortable strapped to either side of one's head...

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jjbomber wrote:

MajorFubar wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

 

Or, even better, throw the headphones away and spend £1,300 on some active speakers!!!

Because obviously active speakers and headphones have exactly the same function...

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OneBoxSystem wrote:

MajorFubar wrote:

I'm surprised there aren't 'audiophile' adaptors costing £30+ with some loon somewhere swearing they can tell the difference.

http://www.aloaudio.com/alo-audio-lariat-1-4-female-to-male-mini-adapter

There you go....

Wow yet another product that relies on the hope that there really is one born every minute. :roll: My suggestion of £30+ just wasn't thinking big enough was it. $220 for a 1/4" to 1/8" adaptor? Yeah I'm made of tricks like that lol.

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