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For ordinary earbuds like the Apple stock product I repeatedly fold the cable in half until I have just enough length to tie the bundle into a loose overhand knot. (Sounds like heresy, but I learned this technique for storing cables from a "big time" touring concert sound company.) Been practicing it with all sorts of cables for better than twenty years ...


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The best set of earphones might depend upon your preferences, your goals, your budget, and other consideration, so let me focus on giving you some background and explaining how you can educate yourself and make an informed decision. If what you care about is sound quality, I recommend taking a look at Head-Fi.org and Hydrogenaudio forums. You can read ...


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Oddly, not wrapping the cords is the simplest strategy, just crunch it up and throw it in your pocket. The more grippy cord will avoid tying knots as long as you don't go to the trouble to wind things up. If you prefer to wind, then fold in half, twist once, fold and twist one more time. I find this to stay put when in the pocket and you can get things ...


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There seems to be a bug whereby if the headphones are plugged in when the MBP is put to sleep and are not present when it is rewakened, the headphones stop being recognized. The solution is to: Unplug the headphones Put the MBP back to sleep (close the lid; without an external display hooked up) Plug the headphones back in Wake the MBP by opening the lid. ...


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I have this problem happen occasionally with many of my audio "gadgets". I generally follow troubleshooting steps in this order and have always gotten it working again. Step one is plugging/un-plugging headphones. This almost always corrects it (but apparently it has not in your case). Step two is power-cycling the device. For an iPhone, I would ...


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Huh! So I asked an Apple representative, but they didn't know. I also asked Sennheiser and they finally got back to me. Apparently the i300 are exclusive to Apple (as I suspected), and although they look very similar to the MM70i, they're apparently closer in sound performance to the cheaper MM30i. So basically, the Apple exclusive Sennheiser i300 are ...


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I couldn't find the specific details for the new MacBook Pro Retina machine, but these specs are pretty universal across the whole MBP lineup and should help you match a pair of headphones: Line/Headphone Output The line/headphone output is automatically selected for audio output if no external device is detected at the S/PDIF optical digital output ...


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Tough to know for certain, but my money is on an impedance mismatch between the output of the Macbook and your new headset. Or, perhaps more accurately stated, excessively sensitive (low impedance) headphones are revealing flaws in the MacBook audio output circuit. Care to share the model of headphones you're now using? My guess is it's a low-impedance ...


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I believe your iPod’s audio jack might be failing. If you really like your iPod and want to “repair it”, you can. Google for iPod 5th gen spare parts and you’ll find tons. For exmaple: This one has a iPod 5g 30gb Audio Jack for $35. They also have the “right tools”. I have no experience with either, but I know people who has fixed iPhones and stuff like ...


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On new Macbook Pros, there is no microphone input. What you have is a line-level input. Microphones that do not have integrated power and amplification (all cheap computer microphones/handsets) will not work when connected to the line-level input. The connectors are exactly the same, but on the line input there is stereo input and ground, and on the ...


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The Bluetooth profile necessary for stereo audio, A2DP, is supported by OS X since version 10.5 (aka “Leopard”). As you use 10.4 (aka “Tiger”), the answer to the first part of your question is: Bluetooth audio only works in 64 kbit/s mono quality via the headset profile in 10.4. Probably not what you want for music listening, even if the headphones support ...


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Not at all - you should presume the opposite - that all wireless and bluetooth headsets will not work with AirPlay on a Mac or iOS device. AirPlay requires an Apple certified device (you can't just have any old software become an AirPlay destination) and AirPlay goes over a TCP/IP network and generally uses broadcast packets so it won't find speakers on a ...


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I had this same problem with my MacBook Pro 13" (mid-2009) running OS 10.6.8. Somewhere on the internet I found the answer. After plugging in the headphones and looking at the System Preferences/Sound, you may not see (in theis model) the option for Headphones, only for Internal Speaker. (Of course, you must first check that the audio port is selected for ...


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The short nub of the L shaped jack should work nicely to avoid a large lever sticking out of your headphone jack. I actually prefer a different approach to this problem of leverage - a flexible and much shorter adapter that bends like a tree in the wind rather than breaking as a rigid lever must do. The Monster iCablelink adapter is high quality and very ...


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Every Mac with two headphone sized jacks has one for in and one for out as the hardware is specialized for one direction. You don't need to repair the computer to remedy this if you are OK with an external DAC such as the Griffin iMic. The Mid 2009 MBP have identical physical connectors soldered on to the logic board, so even if the jack parts themselves ...


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Yes, they are called 3.5mm 4 pin splitter, they separate a 4pin 3.5mm jack in 2 standard 3.5mm jack (1 for headphones, 1 for mic) as this one: Startech.com 3.5mm 4 Pin to 2x 3 Pin 3.5mm Headset Splitter Adapter - M/F you can read the comments, there are also some mac users that bought this splitter.


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The biggest cause of this problem is fluff! If you store the phone in a pocket or a bag fluff can get into the headphone socket, it doesn't cause any harm but after a while it can build up and block the connectors, when you compress the fluff against the inside of the connector the phone thinks there are headphones inside. The solution first, and easy to ...


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What you are hearing is the intrinsic noise of the Macbook's DAC and output buffers. The output does actually power down when it goes unused for a certain period of time, which is why the noise goes away. The analog output is powered down to save battery. Unfortunately, since the noise is intrinsic to the system, the only way to disable it is to completely ...


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Given that you changed OS's -- to the linux partition -- and still had the same problem, it sounds like a hardware problem. If you did damage the hardware, don't worry -- you're not completely screwed. This may be the best excuse to upgrade your audio hardware with an external sound card. Creative has some great ones that I have used along with Adobe ...


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Yep. Check out this link on Apple's site. I'm actually surprised to learn so many devices support it now. iPhone 4 iPhone 3GS iPod touch (2nd generation) iPod classic (120GB 160GB - 2009) iPod nano (5th generation - video camera) iPod nano (4th generation - video) iPod shuffle (3rd generation) iPad


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A very peculiar question. The rubber ring is often lost and I wonder if Apple does it on purpose. In any case, you will have more luck, searching for earbud caps. For example Full Silicone (designed for iPod headphones). If you google for Earphone Cap or similar, you’ll find a lot of colors/models/alternatives. Usually they are below 5 u$s. Either of those ...


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I faced a similar problem. I had a bluetooth headset and a wired one. Whenever I disconnected my wired one, sometimes the mac tried to connect to the bluetooth headset, and when it was switched off/out of range, the system would hang for sometime. could be something similar. Can you give the list of speakers/headphones configured on your mac and their order ...


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I use the default Blackberry wired headset which I get on Amazon. I wear them only when I ride my bike to talk on the phone (call family on the 2 hour bike ride to work, its a good time to chat on the way home) or listen to podcasts. While they may not be sweat resistant, they are cheap. I buy them on Amazon for $2.85 a pair and the noise cancelling ...


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What I always do, which seems to work okay, is to fold it in half repeatedly until I get something about four inches long. After removing this from my pocket, it's usually a bit tangled, but only in a couple places. It never takes me more than maybe ten seconds to unravel it. If you need a product recommendation (I know this isn't SE-frindly, but I do have ...


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Take a look at Mactracker. You can find the specs for your own Mac by clicking the "This Mac" item in the left-hand pane. From a quick look: On the audio output side, the 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack was added in Mac mini models from Early 2006 and in iMac models from the iMac G5. On the audio input side, 3.5-mm analog/optical combo jack was added ...


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I have a pair of Beyerdynamic 990 PRO 250 Ohm which supposedly use the same drivers as the 770 Pro 250 Ohm. I use these with a MacBook Air (early 2011) and have no trouble driving them at levels beyond what I would think of as comfortable or even healthy (but others may have a different definition of "loud"). On the positive side, if the output impedance of ...


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The thing is, The higher impedance headphones will be much lower quality on a low impedance output such as the macbook. Coming from an audiophile, If you only have a macbook and you dont have the dough to buy a $500 headphone amp, its not worth it! a $150 set of headphones would be better quality than an $800 dollar set without an amp.


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I am having the same exact issue. I have called Apple Care and all they could tell me was to do a soft reset, and a full restore and that the cause would be hardware related. I don't believe it's hardware related since this occurred after the upgrade to iOS 6 so this is clearly a software related problem. They made no other suggestions on how to resolve this ...


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You will need the same type of headset that you use with an iPhone. It will have one 3.5mm plug that carries both the stereo audio and mic input (aka a TRRS plug). Some examples are apple's own EarPods, Sennheiser's PX 200-II i's, and any other iPhone headset.



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