Headphones not working properly with cable extension?

Discussion in 'Sound Science' started by notalefty, Apr 6, 2014.
  1. NotaLefty
    I just bought a pair of AKG K545's yesterday. The included cables are only 3 feet, so I picked up a 6.5 foot extension to use with my computer. When the 545's are used with the extension, the vocals disappear, and the rest of the sound is crackly and sounds like it's underwater. The cable works fine with other headphones. What is the issue here?

    Not sure if this is posted in the correct location.
  2. bigshot
    Sounds like the connector on the extension isn't working properly. Try jiggling the plugs and see if it makes a noise.
  3. NotaLefty
    The extension works fine with other headphones. I contacted AKG and was told that the 545's can't be used with extensions exceeding 6 feet. I tried using a shorter cable and it still wasn't working properly. 
  4. bigshot
    Could the cable connector on the headphones be shorting out? I doubt that just 6 feet more of wire would make that much of a difference. There's a problem with contacts in a plug somewhere.
  5. NotaLefty
    The headphones work with anything they are plugged into, but stop working when any sort of extension is added to the equation. The extensions work with every other headphone they are used with. 
  6. bigshot
  7. ab initio

    The website says they come with two detachable cables: one with a controller and trrs plug, another withtlout a controller and trs plug.
    Which cable are you using? Id expect the extension will function best with the cable without the controller.

    Cite/Site: AKG

  8. bigshot
    Ah, that link explains the problem. These cans don't have regular stereo cables. Both of the supplied cables have built in microphones for use with a phone. The plug configuration must be tricky to allow for the mic and the cable extender is too dumb to work with them.

    I would return the cable extender and ask if they have an extender that works with headphones designed to work with mics and smartphones.
  9. asmakhan99
    A lot of users complained that their headphone not working on windows 10. This is the very frustrating moment for the user. Now here are two possible options that may headphone not working or may your PC have some hardware problem. So, to confirm the issue, you must check your headphone on other PC. If Your headphone not working the probable issue in your headphone but if it's working it's the hardware problem. If you found a hardware problem then you can fix it to follow the given method.

    1) Update the driver: Sometimes due to the outdated driver, we face this problem. So, just update the driver to fix it. Write devmgmt.msc on the Run box > Device Manager > Expand the ‘sound, video and game controller’ section > Right click on your audio device, and select ‘update driver software > Make sure internet connection should be available to update the driver > Then Select 1st option Search automatically for updated driver software > After waiting a few minutes, Latest drivers installed automatically.
    For further detail, You may follow https://appuals.com/headphones-not-working-on-windows-10/ where you can find more possible solutions.
  10. bfreedma

    Good advice, but I find that most headphone "problems" are a simple as the user not going to the Sound panel in Controls and selecting the correct input and output devices. I'd at least confirm that is set correctly before updating drivers.

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