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Whats the difference between the wiring of ipod headphones and non ipod headphones? Answered

I was trying to make a speaker for an old MP3 player, but the headphones I have wont work...any ideas?

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thegeeke

Best Answer 7 years ago

The only difference: iPods have a 3 ch 1/8 in. jack. Most of the time you are just using 2 ch, but there are headphones made specifically for iPods that have built-in controls. They use the third channel as a control channel. You can use 2 ch in iPods, but you can't always use 3 ch headphones in a 2 ch jack. (at least it doesn't sound good.)

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frollard

7 years ago

headphones = on your ears = very little power = can be driven directly by various players.

speakers = lower impedence = more power = driven at more power by an amplifier.

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NativeSsfrollard

Answer 7 years ago

there is an instructable on how to do it, i just dont understand the difference between the wires on ipod and non-ipod headphones

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frollardNativeSs

Answer 7 years ago

Should be the same as long as the headphones don't have a microphone/button.

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Burf

7 years ago

There is no practical difference between iPod earphones and run-of-the-mill MP3 earphones. If it uses a 1/8" mini-plug, they're interchangeable. If they don't work, they are either broken or something is wrong with the MP3 player.

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NativeSsBurf

Answer 7 years ago

the mp3 player works fine, the wires have no insulator around individual wires... headphones are the only thing I have seen without this. I am unsure what the wires should look like... but if theres no physical difference in the wires then i must be doing something wrong... i will ask the author of the instructable i used.

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NativeSsNativeSs

Answer 7 years ago

I got it, i failed to melt the colored insulator from the wires.... im dense some times lol