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#1 goodtyneguy

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Posted 04 December 2013 - 07:55 PM

Hi folks,

 

I have been doing some research on buying some head phones to listen to music on my Lenovo notebook (please see my sig for spec) however as I will probably be using skype in the near future I thought it would be better to buy a headset. The one I like the most is this one here, among other things I like it has a detachable mike. The problem is that it comes with two 3.5mm jack plugs and my notebook has only one 3.5mm aperture which I am currently using to connect speakers. The aperture is described as a combo plug in the user guide.

 

My questions is, does it look like a wise choice and if so how to a get around the problem... an adapter or should a be looking at another model with a single jack plug?

 

Any help and advice would be appreciated. 


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Posted 04 December 2013 - 08:34 PM

The problem is that it comes with two 3.5mm jack plugs and my notebook has only one 3.5mm aperture which I am currently using to connect speakers.

 

The audio output for laptops usually comes with one 3.5 mm audio port and a mic input for voice/video calls. The audio port is an alternate usage for headphone/headset and speakers.


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Posted 05 December 2013 - 10:09 AM

 

The problem is that it comes with two 3.5mm jack plugs and my notebook has only one 3.5mm aperture which I am currently using to connect speakers.

 

The audio output for laptops usually comes with one 3.5 mm audio port and a mic input for voice/video calls. The audio port is an alternate usage for headphone/headset and speakers.

 

Thanks for your reply.

 

So are you saying that full functionality of the headset can be achieved by plugging in just one of the two jack plugs? 


Edited by goodtyneguy, 05 December 2013 - 10:10 AM.

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Posted 05 December 2013 - 12:34 PM

I think you're out of luck using the jack.  You'll have to check your manual for how the combo jack works.  You would need an adapter to connect something with a speaker and microphone jack.

 

I'll give you a couple of other options:

 

1.  USB headset

2.  Bluetooth Headset

 

Either of those options should work fine for you.  I've owned three Emerson EM510 Stereo Wireless Headsets.  I use them with my iPhone, but have also used them with my computer.



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Posted 05 December 2013 - 06:27 PM

I think you're out of luck using the jack.  You'll have to check your manual for how the combo jack works.  You would need an adapter to connect something with a speaker and microphone jack.

 

I'll give you a couple of other options:

 

1.  USB headset

2.  Bluetooth Headset

 

Either of those options should work fine for you.  I've owned three Emerson EM510 Stereo Wireless Headsets.  I use them with my iPhone, but have also used them with my computer.

RKilroy, thank you for your very helpful reply with recommendation. 

 

I had considered bluetooth headset but was put off by a sales assistant after a phone call to my local PCworld (a UK chain store) when she told me bluetooth was not very reliable. Mind you, she did n't sound to like the sharpest tool in the box.

 

Anyway you've given me some alternatives to think about, thanks again.


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Posted 06 December 2013 - 10:43 AM


I had considered bluetooth headset but was put off by a sales assistant

 

I don't see the issue with bluetooth as lots of people use them for their cell phones.  I use mine mainly to listen to my podcasts and audio books, but could use them for the phone portion also.  I used them on Ventrilo playing WoW. 

 

Depending on your need for privacy you could go with a boom mic for your voice and use the computer speakers to hear the person you're talking to.  I bring the up because I just used the mic portion when playing WoW and route the other sound through the computer speakers.






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