Ok to use use "regular" headphones ?

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by arrow201, Oct 11, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Sep 30, 2008
    Sorry if this is a FAQ ...as we all know, the ear bud jack that comes with
    the iphone has 4 bands - left ear, right ear, mic/remote, ground.

    A regular ear bud jack has 3, meaning if you plug this type into the
    iphone your essentially shorting the mic/remote input to ground.
    Is this ok or can this do damage ? ..thanks
  2. macrumors 65816

    Minimoose 360

    Jul 7, 2008
  3. macrumors 6502a

    Jun 20, 2008
    I'm sure it's compatible with all headphones, and the extra bands are there when you need them, but not like you have to have a headphone set that uses all of them. I use standard headphones all the time, even large giant ones.

    Once when I received a call with normal headphones, no Mic, I still heard the call through the headphones and the iPhone used its own mic as if it was in speaker phone mode, so it literally was no different than using headphones that have a mic.

    The whole point is to be able to use any headphone you want, which is one of the best features of the new iPhone having a built in headphone jack flush to the surface.
  4. macrumors 603


    Jun 28, 2004
    Chicago, IL
    I never knew if this worked or not. I'm going to have to try this.
  5. macrumors 68000


    Jul 15, 2006
    They work just fine with any set of headphones you plug in...
  6. macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    If you have a 3G iPhone "any" headset should work; but if you v1 iPhone then you will have to get a jack that is compatible with v1 iPhone. Too many people ended up shaving the headset plug so it would actually fit into the jack...:eek:

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