iPod Headphones are low quality mics!

Discussion in 'Audiophiles: Headphones, Earphones, etc.' started by Sunrisemoon, Oct 17, 2009.

  1. Sunrisemoon

    Sunrisemoon New Member

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    ....I call shen.
  3. Andy Huang

    Andy Huang Retired Moderator

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    Earphones and mics are essentially the same thing, though, they're typically very poor quality of the other.

    The general idea is that the circuitry in the device converts "digital" (not really, just electron flow with specific instructions) data to "analog" (vibration of a piece of paper / other suitable material) to produce enough vibration to produce noise, or vice versa. Because the parts are essentially the same, and you're either feeding data to it from the "digital" end or the "analog" end, it'll behave the same and just perform the opposite behavior.

    You can actually plug any earphone into the mic jack on your computer, and try to record from it, but you'd have to bump up the volume a lot after you've recorded it. Alternatively, you can also plug any microphone into the earphone jack on your computer, and try to play sound from it... granted it'll sound like crap and probably cause damage to the mic itself, it'll still work.

    in order for it to work on iPod Touch, it'd require iPod Touch to have an input jack, which the original version lacks. For the new version, you will need to modify the plug (the pin that sticks itself into your device), as there are only 2 outputs and a ground on the standard headphone (any, including higher end ones), and newer iPod touch wants a 3rd input for the audio input data (which you don't have). If you do some wire snipping, and re-solder the wire back to the third input of a 2 output + 1 input+ground plug, you'll lose the audio out capability, but it'll work as a microphone... crappy one at that, but it'll work...
  4. Sunrisemoon

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    Eh...Too much work for a low quality mic..

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