Questions tagged [headphones]

Headphones are a pair of small speakers that are held close to the user's ears. They typically have a wire leading to each speaker (although there may only be one); they may also be wireless. Either way, the speakers receive a signal from it's source.

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How does my Selfie Stick take a picture using the *headphone socket*?

I just got a selfie stick, and it connects to my iPhone via the headphone socket. Clicking a button on the stick causes a picture to be taken. I'm wondering how that actually works. If the headphone ...
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The headphone jack on my MacBook Pro just stopped working. How do I fix it?

The headphone jack on my MacBook Pro stopped working. It was working fine, then just spontaneously stopped while I was using external speakers plugged into the output jack. Now, neither speakers nor 3 ...
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MacBook Pro won't recognize my analog audio jack headphones. Help?

Periodically, my MacBook Pro 17" stops recognizing my headphones. No amount of unplugging and replugging seems to help. The sound settings never show headphones as an output device. How can I fix this?...
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How to always use macbook microphone with Bose QuietComfort 35?

I have noise canceling headphones (Bose QC 35), that also have microphone built-in. If the microphone is active, noise canceling doesn't work, they just pass through ambient sounds (this is by design. ...
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How can I make earphones with full inline controls work with VLC/Spotify?

I have a set of earphones with full inline controls (mic, play/pause, vol up/down) but they only seem to work with iTunes (and I'm not sure the mic works at all). How can I make them work with VLC/...
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Use macbook to cancel ambient noise

I don't own noise-cancelling headphones, but I do own a macbook (which has a microphone) and a pair of headphones. Is there a way for me to use this set-up (some macOS app or such) to cancel noise in ...
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Connect two bluetooth headphones for audio sharing (Music, and Movies)

I am trying to connect two Bluetooth headphones to a MacbookPro. The main purpose is to stream audio in two devices simultaneously. Is there a MacOS feature that would allow me to do this? Also, I ...
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Can I use non-apple headphones with an iPhone?

Is it okay to connect non-Apple headphones to an iPhone (a 5s, in this case) or do I need to use apple branded or authorized headphones for some reason?
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How can I keep my iPhone headset untangled?

When I pack away my headset, I loosely loop the cable around my fingers and then stuff the headset in my jacket pocket. When I retrieve the headset later, it has inevitably turned into a little bird'...
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Silica Gel stuck in headphone jack

I have an unusual problem: I have a small ball of silica gel stuck on my Macbook Air headphone jack. Any ideas how I might get it out of my headphone jack?
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Can I set the volume on my iPhone lower than the slider goes?

I have an iPhone 4S and some V-Moda in-ear headphones. The headphones have great volume and isolation, which is good when I'm listening to something quiet. But it's a problem on my iPhone. When I ...
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Headphone play/pause button controls iTunes only

Finally upgraded my MacBook Pro (Unibody late 2008) from leopard to snow leopard, with a view to go to Lion when it finishes downloading. I've now noticed that hitting the single button on my Etymotic ...
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Internal Mic Option Disappears when using Apple Earbuds

Does anyone know of a way to use my macbook pro's internal microphone while using my Apple "Earpods" for sound? When I look at the Sound Prefpane without my earbuds in the internal mic option is there,...
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Left headphone have significantly lower volume than right one - Macbook Pro 2012

After upgrading SSD and traveling with my Macbook Pro and traveling while low temperatures outside (I don't know if this is relevant). When I connect headphones the sound on the left one is ...
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Is there a way to make Siri listen properly?

When writing a message using Siri, the software will stop listening for the message at the slightest pause. For example: Me: Send a message to John Siri: Okay, what would you like it to say? ...
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No sound MacBook Pro 2016 13" touchbar macOS Sierra 10.12.2

My new macbook laptop keeps losing the sound, anyone knows anything I can do besides restarting or logging out? Last time It fixed itself automagically, it's a macbook pro 2016, 13" with touchbar I ...
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How can I get the mic sound feedback in my headphone?

I bought a noise canceling headphone yesterday and it works perfectly. The only problem I have is that when I myself talk, I cannot hear my voice correctly. I'm wondered if it is possible to enable ...
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What can be done when the headphones won't stay seated in an iPhone?

Recently, my iPhone 4's headphones won't stay seated in the jack. I'll push them in firmly, and then a few seconds later (without touching the phone, the headphones, or anything else), they'll pop ...
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What's the little plastic clip on the headset good for?

On my iPhone headset (the one that came with the device, as well as the in-ear buds) there's a little piece of plastic that slides on the cable to one earbud, and can clip onto the other cable. It's ...
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Apple headphones on a Mac: make play/pause button work in Spotify [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Headphone play/pause button controls iTunes only How can I make earphones with full inline controls work with VLC/Spotify? I have a retina MacBook Pro and I noticed that ...
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What is the impedance of the line/headphone jack on MacBook Pro Retina?

I want to buy headphones that I will primarily use on my MacBook Pro Retina. I read that I should not buy headphones with high impedance because the volume will be really low. I want something I can ...
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How can I make my Macbook Pro's headphone jack stop “humming”?

Switched recently from a Lenovo PC and one thing on my mac bothered me. Headphones plugged into my Macbook pro 13" (latest version) "hum" with static when there is no audio playing. Then after a short ...
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Bluetooth headphones disconnect a few seconds after connecting on macOS

When I pair my bluetooth headphones (Bose QC 35) to my MBP running macOS Mojave, they sometimes disconnect a few seconds later. I try turning them off and on again, turning off bluetooth on my phone (...
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How does the Lightning to 3.5mm adapter DAC compare to the internal iPhone DAC?

This question is in light of the new iPhone 7, but is relevant to older iPhones as well since the adapter works with all Lightning iPhones running iOS 10. Since the Lightning port is digital-only, ...
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MacBook Pro creates soft hissing sound through headphones

Recently I got a quite nice pair of in-ear headphones which block noise very well (with a very tight seal, not noise cancellation). Before that, I used Apple earbuds. With these better headphones, I'...
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system sounds coming from thunderbolt display, all else through headphones

I've got my headphones connected, and I've checked system preferences to make sure they are the audio output device. Most sound comes out through the headphones, like Spotify and YouTube. But, ...
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Lion and later: Stop auto launching iTunes on Bluetooth headset connect?

iTunes has an annoying habit of auto launching upon connecting a Bluetooth headset to Mac. Pre-Lion, you could go to System Preferences -> CD/DVD Settings, and disable an option for auto launching ...
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MacBook speakers off, red light coming from the headphone jack

This morning, I was using my Late 2008 MacBook when I found that audio wasn't working. The volume icon in the menu bar was grayed out and System Preferences said that my output was set to Digital ...
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Default Output Device is always wrong

Since updating to Yosemite, whenever I plug headphones into my MBP, it selects Soundflower as the default output device. I then have to manually change it everytime. Anyone know why this is happening, ...
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Minimum volume is too loud when using Plantronics Bluetooth headphone

I have this problem using an iPhone 6 or iPhone 5s with either of two sets of wireless headphones - Plantronics Backbeat Pro and Plantronics Backbeat Sense. The volume over bluetooth is much higher ...
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Soft switch for Mac sound output

When I'm alone, I unplug my headset and let the sound output from the load speaker of my iMac, and when there are other people around, I plug in the headset in order to not bother people around me. I ...
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Headphones Jack not pluggable into Macbook-pro retina socket

I tried plugging in my apple headphone's jack into the socket, but I wasn't able to. Barely 70% of it goes in and the rest doesn't. There is no red-light coming out of the socket, but in the 'Sound' ...
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Headphone symbol when headphones not in use

On my iPhone 5s I see a symbol for headphones next to the battery usage symbol. This only appears when the headphones are NOT plugged in. Also I am unable to get a sound notification for mail or ...
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Why doesn't my headset microphone work?

I got a SteelSeries headset for Christmas and I plugged it into my MacBook Pro. The audio output works fine, but I am having issues with the audio input. I saw this post which talked about some power ...
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bt headphones call ended on connect

I recently bought Sennheiser Momentum 2.0 bluetooth headphones and I use them mainly with my imac. After a bit of fiddling I figured out to force aptx via the bluetooth explorer and disable the ...
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How can I use my iPhone 7 to take photos remotely?

I am using my iPhone 7 Plus for taking work photos and I am finding the timer option unsuitable and using wired earphones isn’t practical. So I’ve been experimenting with Bluetooth headphones to try ...
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No sound (speakers/jack) + microphone's dead after spilling water

Sadly, yesterday I've spilled some water on my MacBook Pro (El Capitan). Before you yell at me - it was closed, turned off and it wasn't a lot of water, the laptop was wet only on the top and under - ...
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How can I use AirPlay to watch on the television, but audio through my headphones?

I have been using Netflix (for example) on my phone with headphones, but then I realized I would have a better experience watching it on the TV, but keep the audio on the phone. Is there any way to ...
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Double-clicking my Apple earbud remote brings up Siri [duplicate]

With macOS Sierra pushing Siri as a very cool new feature, the behaviour of my (wired) Apple earbuds has changed. When I give it a single tap, the music will pause or play, which is normal. However, ...
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iPhone headset mic button not working

The little button that sits on the microphone of my iPhone headset stopped working. Normally, pressing the button will pause a song, go to the next song if you double-click it, and go to the ...
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Recommendations for headset (+ mic ) for macbook in 2012

I'm looking for a stereo headset and not simply in-ear headphones for Skype at affordable prices. From past experience, I own a dual-jack headset Logitech from my PC. Sound came out but the mic never ...
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Second monitor turns blue problem

I have recently upgraded to an iMac (Retina 5k, 27-inch, 2017) that has High Sierra (OS version 10.13.3) installed. I have an Asus monitor that I used with my old iMac and had no issues. Ever since ...
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Control Macs volume with headphones

I have the Bose Quitcomfort 25 headphones for Android and on it there are 3 buttons (volume up, down and play pause toggle). I was able to get the Play Pause toggle up and running by installing ...
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How can I protect headphone jack from heavy cable?

So far I have ruined the headphone jack of one iPhone and one iPod with the the trauma from the frequent yanking of the heavy cable of my Sennheiser HD280 Pro headphones: I think the damage mostly ...
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macOS Bluetooth headphones connection

I use a set of Bluetooth headphones (Bose QC35) that can connect either with good audio or with a microphone and some distortion. This works well with my iPhone usually in the audio mode, but switches ...
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Accidentally plugged in earphone jack into USB port!

So I wanted to plug in my earphone jack into my Mac but I was not seeing so I accidentally and gently without that much force I put in my earphone jack into my Mac left usb port but it did not touch ...
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Can I force external microphone detection after mic is plugged in

Background: I use a Henge Dock for my MBPr with a headset for things like Skype. Because the Henge Dock uses an extension cable to make the audio 'Combination Output' (TRRS) port accessible, the ...
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Headphones not detected when connected to MBP

When I plug headphones into output of MBP (15-inch Early 2008) with Mavericks - nothing changes, sound comes from internal speakers, nothing in System Preferences too. SMC reset, NVRAM cleared, sleep/...
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Why does iPhone Voice Control turn on when I wear headphones while working out?

I listen to music on my iPhone 4 while working out on stair master. After about an hour, voice control turns on by itself. I turn it off but it comes back on. Then the iPod is paused then skips couple ...
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Multiple headphones on one computer

At my workplace we pair program and sometimes need to get on a call with a remote team member. We also have quite a noisy office. We have USB headsets for these reasons. We, of course, use macs. In ...

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