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Old May 19th, 2010, 05:31 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Just got my lovely new Desire and very shiny and nice it is too. Just one thing I want - an in-line remote that allows me to use my own 'phones (Shure SE210's if that's of the slightest interest). The supplied headphones and remote / mic are adequate but not a patch on a good sound-isolating pair.

I've seen these on the HTC Website, but only has the call answer / end function and not the media controls I would really like:
HTC: Accessory store: Pocket PC Headsets + Handsfree: HTC Desire Audio Adaptor for 3.5mm to 3.5mm HS U350 (with Stereo Headset + HTC Logo, Retail Pack): Description

There's lots of these out there for a certain fruit-branded smartphone, but not so much for the Desire it seems. Any suggestions gratefully received!

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Yep same here. Ive chopped the old crappy phones off and tryed soldering on a 3.5 jack plug but it doesnt work.

Is there any alternatives because i really want to use my own head phone but to be able to change the track/talk while jogging.
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I had the HTC Hero Wired Remote Control RC E100 with my Hero, which was great, as I could plug in my own headphones. Sadly this is not compatible with the Desire, as it uses a extUSB plug and not the microUSB used on the Desire.

I have just received a SonyEricsson stereo bluetooth headset (HBH-DS200) which also allows your own headphones to be plugged in. It is basic, but appears to work ok. It cost about the same from Amazon as the HTC Wired Headset.
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I have not tried either but Soundmagic MP21 and Creative 630i have both caught my eye.

Does anyone know how well the controls on these work with the HTC Desire?

Edit: sorry Middle, I realised after posting that you were asking about separate inline controls.
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I've been wondering if iphone remotes work in the desire or not. Guess I'll have to plug a set in & see for myself. If not, do the nokia ones? Or ericsson? Someone's remotes must be wired up the same way. Problem is convincing a retail shop to let you open them & try.

Edit: Just remembered I can try my htc phones on my ipod touch. No dice.

Anyone got a 3.5mm nokia set?

In the end, I reckon I'll just get bluetooth ones though.
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Just tried the remote I got with my N95 and the controls don't work :-(

I really need an adaptor for this phone! I use my handsets for playing music when I'm out running, and the convenience of the remote is invaluable! WHY don't they have one of these available yet? I can't stand the earphones that come with the phone, the ones I bought for running specifically are hundreds of times better!

Does anyone at least know which are the best compatible bluetooth wireless headphones? If there are any?
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I really want an inline remote for my HTC desire too.

The one supplied with the nokia 5800 one doesn't work (and beyond not working it actually distorts the audio). I also tried the iLuv one for ipods and sadly it doesnt work either. The volume buttons have no effect, and the centre button can only pause/play and call the last person you spoke to. Still no next/previous song functionality
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Just tried the remote I got with my N95 and the controls don't work :-(

I really need an adaptor for this phone! I use my handsets for playing music when I'm out running, and the convenience of the remote is invaluable! WHY don't they have one of these available yet? I can't stand the earphones that come with the phone, the ones I bought for running specifically are hundreds of times better!

Does anyone at least know which are the best compatible bluetooth wireless headphones? If there are any?
I use the Jabra Clipper (around £35) which works perfectly and allows you to use the headphones/earphones of your choice (although a pair are included).

These look interesting, but I haven't tried them.
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I use the Jabra Clipper (around £35) which works perfectly and allows you to use the headphones/earphones of your choice (although a pair are included).

These look interesting, but I haven't tried them.
This is a problem for me too, I really miss my old headphones / remote combo from my N97.

This Jabras sound great! Can you confirm that all the contols work?
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I am using the Sony MDR-EX38iP In-Ear Headphone with Volume Control for iPhone which i previously used for my iPod Touch now using with my HTC Desire.

They work as a headset
The play/pause/answer/hangup button works
The volume buttons don't do anything
Also the double click for next track and triple click for previous track which features on the ipod doesn't work on the desire either (kinda predictably)

Despite this volume buttons not working they are a credible option if you like in ear headphones. I was curious to see if they would work after seeing that the supplied HTC headset has a similar inline remote. Just a shame the ear buds are such an awkward shape!

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This is a problem for me too, I really miss my old headphones / remote combo from my N97.

This Jabras sound great! Can you confirm that all the contols work?
The controls work fine with the Desire. There are only 3 buttons: +, - and a middle button. The first two (depending on a short or long push) control either volume or forwards/back and the middle one pause/play or on/off. In call mode, they answer, reject or hang up the call. (I confess I haven't used it for calls yet, just playing music).
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The controls work fine with the Desire. There are only 3 buttons: +, - and a middle button. The first two (depending on a short or long push) control either volume or forwards/back and the middle one pause/play or on/off. In call mode, they answer, reject or hang up the call. (I confess I haven't used it for calls yet, just playing music).
Awesome, thanks! Think I'm going to get one.
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The controls work fine with the Desire. There are only 3 buttons: +, - and a middle button. The first two (depending on a short or long push) control either volume or forwards/back and the middle one pause/play or on/off. In call mode, they answer, reject or hang up the call. (I confess I haven't used it for calls yet, just playing music).
This looks great - I too loved the Nokia wired RC (from my N95) and wanted to find something similar that would let me hook up my own choice of headphones but would have the controls (not too fussed about voice, more about being able to skip sings or change volume without taking out my phone).

The only thing that worries me with BT is the amount of usage I'd get out of them before I have to charge them. I can't seem to find any stats on how long these will play between charges (it's all talk time, which I guess will be different because it's also running the mic), do you know how long these will go between charges?

Also, as I'm often listening to music at my desk I wouldn't have an issue with having this plugged in to charge while listening, have you tried this and does it work?
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Just ordered one of these.

Mini Clip-On A2DP Stereo Bluetooth Headset Headphones on eBay (end time 24-May-10 15:33:45 BST) (item number 220610425174)

I'll post what it's like when I get it.
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The only thing that worries me with BT is the amount of usage I'd get out of them before I have to charge them. I can't seem to find any stats on how long these will play between charges (it's all talk time, which I guess will be different because it's also running the mic), do you know how long these will go between charges?
ISTR they are rated for about 6 hrs use. I haven't used them for any more than three, but haven't gotten close to the low battery warning AFAIAA. They use the same USB connector as the Desire, so you end up with a spare charger and only need one if you are travelling.
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THESE work just fine on my Desire. Good sound and full control compatibility. Microphone works although you do have to speak up a bit sometimes (I'm in a noisy office). Excellent battery life (I use them for a whole working day for music streaming between taking calls without issues). The only drawback is the custom charger instead of mini/micro USB.
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Just thought, the radio won't work with these wireless things will it? or can you connect a normal headset to use as an aerial and still use the BT?
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I miss my N95 8gb inline thingy. My Desire one does my head in! I can't fast forward/rewind with it either.
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I miss my N95 8gb inline thingy. My Desire one does my head in! I can't fast forward/rewind with it either.
With the stock HTC music player you can hold down the track skip buttons to seek forwards and backwards.
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Yeah, same problem here. When doing long motorbike trips I used to clip my N95 remote to my jacket. Easy to feel the controls without loosing concentration.
The Jabra does look like a sexy bit of kit, but has one big flaw tho. The Desire chews thru battery as it is. Running Bluetooth and the media player is not gonna get much playtime. I rekon maybe an hour if ur lucky.
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Yeah, same problem here. When doing long motorbike trips I used to clip my N95 remote to my jacket. Easy to feel the controls without loosing concentration.
The Jabra does look like a sexy bit of kit, but has one big flaw tho. The Desire chews thru battery as it is. Running Bluetooth and the media player is not gonna get much playtime. I rekon maybe an hour if ur lucky.
I've listened to music for 3 hours using the Desire and Jabra with the Desire only going down to about (from memory) 60-70% battery life at worst.
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I've listened to music for 3 hours using the Desire and Jabra with the Desire only going down to about (from memory) 60-70% battery life at worst.
Seriously? Thats a hell of a lot better than I would have thought. I guess my Desire setup is still pretty app heavy My battery life has been pretty bad.
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What I did was cutting the original cable and then solder my own 3.5mm jack onto it. It works like charm .

For the ones that can't solder it, go to your local electronic store and ask them if they want to do that for you. Since the copper wires are coated, soldering on these cables does require some skills.

I see that I can order the original Desire headsets on Ebay, if you are really interested, I won't mind to solder a few cables for you guys .
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I used my Belkin ipod shuffle adaptor, again you cant change volume but you can change tracks & pause

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This is some major fail here by HTC. The phone costs 700+ AUD, yet they cant bundle it with a socket at the end of the inline control headphone/earbud control cable.

I think ill do what old mate suggested, and look for some sort of moulded socket and attempt a solder job. /sigh

Everyone should email HTC about this, maybe they will realise that this kind of basic attachment is needed, expecially for one of its flagship devices.
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I would imagine BT headset adapters would reduce the audio quality due to compression. Which is why i wouldnt use these to playback music.
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I've been searching too but not found anything. The back/next control on the stock headphones is gread but the headphones themselves are awful. I tried my wifes iphone headphones (MB770G) and the play/pause button works but not the back/next control so I guess they must be wired differently.

@Banzibarn - I can't get the back/next controls to change the volume if you press and hold, just fast forwards which is a shame.
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I've been using the Jabra Clipper for a week now and really like it.

The controls works with the built in player and Spotify.

Battery life is very good so far and I expect it to improve after some charging cycles, you easily get through a day at the office without charging.

Sound quality is very good in my opinion, when playing stereo music over BT the range is just a few meters but when used for talking the range is comparable with normal headsets.

You can use any earphones with 3.5 jack, microphone and controls are all built in the clip. The clip is a bit too tight, making it hard to fasten.

I can recommend ut.
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I've been using the Jabra Clipper for a week now and really like it.
I just got mine yesterday and I really enjoy it (despite some minor skipping once in a while). I found a "problem", though, that I'm trying to fix. Maybe someone can help.

I have two media players - Cubed (3) and BeyondPod (podcast player). Problem is, BeyondPod overrides the controls. In other words, if I'm in Cubed and hit the Play/Stop button, BeyondPod will play. The ONLY way I have figured out to restore control to Cubed is by taskkilling BeyondPod. I don't really like that method (a bit inelegant, really). Anyone have a solution?

By the way, if you have Locale (and the Variables and Bluetooth Detection plug-in), I made a cool "situation" that will turn off the Bluetooth on the phone. Here's what you do: If Bluetooth is ON, set variable BTon = 1. Then, If Bluetooth is ON and DeviceName is disconnected AND BTon == 1, then turn off Bluetooth and set BTon = -1.

It's a lot easier than it sounds. What happens is, I turn on Bluetooth, turn on my headset and then listen. When I turn off my headset, the Bluetooth turns off immediately. If you don't use the Variable plug-in, things get a bit messy. You could probably achieve the same thing another way, but that's the way I did it.

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Cancel that. I'm returning it. I thought the skipping was part and parcel of using Bluetooth headphones, but my friend let me borrow his MW600 Sony Ericsson's and they work without skipping. I'm returning them tomorrow and buying the MW600. The controls are a bit odd, but I like that they are separate. It's a bit "bigger", but perhaps not (maybe just longer, because it's definitely thinner). I also like that it has a clip rather than the weird slip on that the Jabra had.

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What I did was cutting the original cable and then solder my own 3.5mm jack onto it. It works like charm .

For the ones that can't solder it, go to your local electronic store and ask them if they want to do that for you. Since the copper wires are coated, soldering on these cables does require some skills.

I see that I can order the original Desire headsets on Ebay, if you are really interested, I won't mind to solder a few cables for you guys .
Hi App,
Can I just check what you mean here... You can solder a 3.5mm earphone socket above the packaged Desire connector and remote so you can use your own earphones and the remote still functions?

If so, I would like this very much and will be visiting an electronics store this week.

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Can I just check what you mean here... You can solder a 3.5mm earphone socket above the packaged Desire connector and remote so you can use your own earphones and the remote still functions?

If so, I would like this very much and will be visiting an electronics store this week.

Have no Chinese manufacturers made something like this and released it on ebay yet? They are missing a trick as I think quite a few people would snap them up.
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Sorry to resurrect an old thread but I have been hunting high and low for a pair of decent earphone that has an inline remote that will at least play/pause my htc desire!

Today i tried my friends iphone earphones that have the inline remote (1 click play/pause, 2 clicks skip forward etc) and they worked very well with "mort" media player (free app).

So I am now looking for earphones that are compatible with the iphone with line remote.

Hopefully this is useful for some of you out there.
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Sorry, the adaptor was already posted!

I also tried my n95 remote and no luck before finding this post.
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I'm testing a set of iPhone headphones with Mic: works great for the time being. I'm looking around for a nice set of in-ears with Mic and remote. I'm thinking of Etymotics and Ultimate Ears.

What I've done is: install MixZing as multiplayer. Then it will make the iPhone earphone controls work as usual. During call: click hangs up. When ringing, click will answer. During music play: click is pause/play. Double click: next song. Hold the button a few seconds switches to MixZing app. To return to app you were in before: press Back button.

This is on my Desire with Android 2.1.


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Just got my lovely new Desire and very shiny and nice it is too. Just one thing I want - an in-line remote that allows me to use my own 'phones (Shure SE210's if that's of the slightest interest). The supplied headphones and remote / mic are adequate but not a patch on a good sound-isolating pair.

I've seen these on the HTC Website, but only has the call answer / end function and not the media controls I would really like:
HTC: Accessory store: Pocket PC Headsets + Handsfree: HTC Desire Audio Adaptor for 3.5mm to 3.5mm HS U350 (with Stereo Headset + HTC Logo, Retail Pack): Description

There's lots of these out there for a certain fruit-branded smartphone, but not so much for the Desire it seems. Any suggestions gratefully received!
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I'm testing a set of iPhone headphones with Mic: works great for the time being. I'm looking around for a nice set of in-ears with Mic and remote. I'm thinking of Etymotics and Ultimate Ears.

What I've done is: install MixZing as multiplayer. Then it will make the iPhone earphone controls work as usual. During call: click hangs up. When ringing, click will answer. During music play: click is pause/play. Double click: next song. Hold the button a few seconds switches to MixZing app. To return to app you were in before: press Back button.

This is on my Desire with Android 2.1.
Cool thanks for this info, this means that the £3.99 Griffin SmartTalk Headphone Adapter and Control Mic For iPhone that I got from Amazon will now do next song (only paused with the HTC stock player).
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Hi guys,

Been looking at these and they look very tempting:

Sony Ericsson MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

I like the fact that effectively it makes any set of headphones bluetooth enabled via the 3.5mm jack, which is great as I have some noise cancelling headphones I'd love to use with it.

A built in FM tuner is a bonus too...

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Hi guys,

Been looking at these and they look very tempting:

Sony Ericsson MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

I like the fact that effectively it makes any set of headphones bluetooth enabled via the 3.5mm jack, which is great as I have some noise cancelling headphones I'd love to use with it.

A built in FM tuner is a bonus too...

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Hi guys,

Been looking at these and they look very tempting:

Sony Ericsson MW600 Stereo Bluetooth Headset

I like the fact that effectively it makes any set of headphones bluetooth enabled via the 3.5mm jack, which is great as I have some noise cancelling headphones I'd love to use with it.

A built in FM tuner is a bonus too...

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I have them and they are just GREAT! Go for it!!
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Anyone know, if this works with Sennheiser CX400 + Desire?
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Must do some rewiring... anyone tested this??
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I'm testing a set of iPhone headphones with Mic: works great for the time being. I'm looking around for a nice set of in-ears with Mic and remote. I'm thinking of Etymotics and Ultimate Ears.

What I've done is: install MixZing as multiplayer. Then it will make the iPhone earphone controls work as usual. During call: click hangs up. When ringing, click will answer. During music play: click is pause/play. Double click: next song. Hold the button a few seconds switches to MixZing app. To return to app you were in before: press Back button.

This is on my Desire with Android 2.1.
Can somebody else confirm that? I really want to replace the original headphones with something more isolating and with better sound quality. I also want to ask whether MixZing is the only player which changes next song when the remote is double clicked. What about TuneWiki and bTunes? I'll appreciate your suggestions.
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Mortplayer will do the same as Mixzing, I've been using Griffin Smartalk adaptor (about £5 from Amazon) and I'm using my Sennheisers. I can play/pause, skip tracks and take calls/end calls.
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Thanks, but I don't want to buy an adapter. My idea is to use the inline remote of the headphones, but I'm not so sure it's going to work properly. Most of the opinions I have read say that double click will automatically redial last number.
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MixZing music player's latest update will solve this problem..

I have a HTC Desire, with the single button inline controller, and mixzing now supports the following:
1 press = play
2 presses = skip forward
3 presses = skip back

I can finally put the phone in my pocket or whatever and get enough control so I don't have to keep turning the screen on!!

the App is free with some small adds, or paid version which I now have.
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mixzing is a nice app, can play, skip forwards and backwards, but you now cant make or hang up calls
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If the phone rings when I am playing music, I can still answer the call with a single press.

Making calls doesn't concern me currently.

I still blame HTC for not supplying a decent inline controller attachment.
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Winamp is now out in the marketplace, controls work as above, can end calls, can't initiate a call but I'm not really bothered about that.
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Great news!!! Thank you so much. Now I just have to choose my new headphones with inline remote
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