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  1. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk Well-Known Member
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    Hi All,

    I tried my headphone jack today, actually tried it using a stereo mini-jack cable connected to a Bose Wave's aux input. Same cable as used on computer sound cards. Did this because the Bose aux port quit working and was wanting to see if it was the other device or the Bose. The fit in the phone was very sloppy and the phone speaker did not "mute" when the cable was plugged in. No sound from the Bose, but that could be the sloppy cable fit.

    So, is the socket on the LG6 "special" or is it designed for a standard stereo headphone/cable?



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  2. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    There would be no point to a "special" socket: they want it to fit the user's headphones, after all.

    Are you sure your cable was the right one, i.e. standard 3.5mm plug and not the smaller and more uncommon 2.5mm (which would technically be a "sub-mini")?
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  3. mikedt

    mikedt 你好

    I'm sure that's what it is. For some reason some Bose audio devices use a 2 5mm sub-mini jack for their aux or audio in jacks. My QC35 headphones have a 2 5mm jack that plugs in when using them in wired mode. And the supplied cable has a regular 3.5mm jack on the other end.

    And if the OP is trying to plug the wrong end of the Bose cable into a phone jack, that's why it's sloppy and won't work.
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  4. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk Well-Known Member
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    The Bose Wave uses the same "plug" as every other piece of stereo and/or computer gear I've ever owned. It's not a Bose cable, just a standard PC audio cable (The Wave does not even come with a cable). For years, I ran this exact same cable from a Win7x64 mini-tower to the aux port on the Bose so I could listen to MP3's. Last week, the music died. Upon further investigation, it appears the aux port circuitry on the Bose is the culprit. I just wanted to test the port one more time with another device, my phone being the only other device handy. The PC cable inserted into my phone's jack port is too sloppy to even be recognized as inserted (i.e. it does not mute the phone's speaker). So without further means to test, I'm gonna have to make two assumptions:
    • The Bose aux port is, indeed, DOA.
    • The headphone jack on my LG6 is garbage.

  5. svim

    svim Extreme Android User

    The 3.5mm jack and port is a common industry standard and has been for decades. if your phone came with a set of earbuds that's the plug they'll have, as do all Android devices that have headphone jacks. You may consider your LG 6 headphone jack to be garbage but it is the standard sized port that all other consumers have been using for many years now. Most consumer headphones will have 3.5mm plugs too, your sound card is more of a unique one if it does have a 2.5mm port.

    Pick up a 2.5mm to 3.5mm adapter:
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  6. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk Well-Known Member
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    The problem is, a standard mini-jack plug is TOO LOOSE in my LG6, so an adapter is not gonna fix anything. I did find a set of buds for my old Sony Walkman, tried them in my phone, works - if - you press the plug sideways in the phone's jack and hold it. Turn the phone upside down and the plug falls out. Don't think that's by "design". Also tried the buds in the wife's LG6, same thing. Both phone's jacks are too sloppy to work w/o forcing the plug to one side. First time I've tried a cable or buds in either phone, obviously the next phones we buy will be fit tested in the store!

  7. rjdrivers

    rjdrivers Newbie

    I thought the same thing when I first got my G6. Turns out the hole in my case was not allowing the headphone plug to fully seat itself. Took off the case and it worked fine, and I have since carved out the hole a bit to fix that. And it does mute the music. There's not a lot of room for error with that jack, so for that you can criticize LG, but unless you got a defective one, this could be the issue.
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  8. scott2RM

    scott2RM Newbie

    I think that the best headphones should always have had wireless option of connection and 3.5mm jack as well. Talking about headphones, what do you think about model Philips Audio Fidelio X2HR for gaming purposes? I found this article few days ago, and they say that it is the best option for gamers. What do you think?
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  9. RASelkirk

    RASelkirk Well-Known Member
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    Apologies for taking so long to reply, what I've found so far... I have two earbud sets, one fits and plays fine, the OD of it's plastic jack surround is 0.225", the other bud set is 0.265 (have not tried this set for fit). The problem I had was using a M-M extension cable. I didn't check the diameter on it, but it looks to be closer to 3/8" so no way it's gonna fit with the phone in the case. Seems I'll either need to find a cable with specifically smaller ends or grind the excess material off the one I have.


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  10. Hadron

    Hadron Smoke me a kipper...
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    Define "best"?

    If your definition of "best" includes "must have wireless" then this is a truism. If it's based on pure audio quality then wired and wireless are unrelated: wireless uses a different codec and a DAC and amp in the headset, wired uses the analogue output of the device you plug it into, so these are entirely different signal processing paths. At present a merely good set of wired headphones will still beat the best wireless headphones on quality, though a non-enthusiast may not notice or care.

    In any event what is a "good" sound depends on the listener's tastes: if everyone were an audiophile certain leading brands would be out of business within a month ;).

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