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I may sound stupid, but anybody else use headphone extensions?

post #1 of 10
Thread Starter 
Does anybody else notice a signifigant drop in quality as they use a headphone extension?? I used my extension with my eggo's today and they got all fuzzy and crappy sounding. anybody else find this?
post #2 of 10
A lot of people use extension cords from some of the premium cable makers. They probably sound markedly better than something you pick up at your local electronics store.

But, yes, an extension cord will degrade the sound, even if it's to some very small extent. That's just the sad reality of long cables.

kerelybonto
post #3 of 10
The headphone jack/amp also matters greatly in quality of transmission over the long headphone extension cord.
post #4 of 10
so what is a good 1/8" cord extension?
post #5 of 10
If you do a search, you'll find a thread on headphone extensions buried in this forum somewhere. The good extensions are almost all 1/4 in, so you'll need adapters to use 1/8 in jacks. Grado makes a good 1/8 to 1/4 in adapter to use at the amp side, and many headphones that use 1/8 in plugs come with their own 1/4 to 1/8 in adapters.
post #6 of 10
What source were you using, tbdoah?
I don't notice any quality drop with my eggo extension cord...
post #7 of 10
Thread Starter 
the extension supplied with it styler. You got yours from Sefu and MDAustralia, right??? Did yours come in a box or that el-cheapo plastic wrap?? Mine came in the plastic and was dented horribly. That might be the cause of it.
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Originally posted by Hirsch
If you do a search, you'll find a thread on headphone extensions buried in this forum somewhere. The good extensions are almost all 1/4 in, so you'll need adapters to use 1/8 in jacks. Grado makes a good 1/8 to 1/4 in adapter to use at the amp side, and many headphones that use 1/8 in plugs come with their own 1/4 to 1/8 in adapters.
I believe the StefanArt comes either way on both ends (I.E. any combination).
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Re: I may sound stupid, but anybody else use headphone extensions?

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Originally posted by tbdoah
Does anybody else notice a signifigant drop in quality as they use a headphone extension?? I used my extension with my eggo's today and they got all fuzzy and crappy sounding. anybody else find this?
The symptom you describe may be, in addition to using a so so quality extension, RFI. All wire acts like an antenna, and the longer your wire, the more RFI you can potentially pick up. You may want to locate an extension that has sheilding or is braided to reduce RFI.
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Originally posted by tbdoah
the extension supplied with it styler. You got yours from Sefu and MDAustralia, right??? Did yours come in a box or that el-cheapo plastic wrap?? Mine came in the plastic and was dented horribly. That might be the cause of it.
Came in that plastic molded box.
Wrapped in layers of bubble-paper though.
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