I have a strange problem, and I thought maybe the wise folks here would know the answer. If this is the wrong sub-forum, please let me know.
I'm trying to use my earphones (with a 1/8th plug) on some components that have a 1/4th stereo jack. The problem is, when I use a 1/8th to 1/4th adapter, the balance is thrown off. The volume coming out of the left and right sides are unequal, and I have to turn the balance knob about 20 degrees to the left in order to get equal volume out of both sides.
I thought it might be the adapter, so I tried 2 other adapters (made by different companies), and I was still getting the problem.
Then, I thought it might be the earphones, but a) the earphones work fine when I use in situations where I don't have to use an adapter (iPod, PC, etc.), and b) other earphones I tried had the same problem.
Finally, I thought it might be the devices I was trying (A NAD receiver, a Nakamichi CD player), so I tried the same adapter and earphones I was using originally on a Denon receiver and the balance problem was not there.
I think I've tried isolating every variable, but I can't figure out the problem. Any thoughts? Are there different kinds of stereo jacks that require a certain kind of adapter??