Drilled Headphone Jack

gceo

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Jul 13, 2007
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San Diego, CA
Has anyone tried this? I've got access to a mill, and since covers are now available, I was thinking.... wtf, I should try it unless anyone already has and it didn't work....
 

gr8tfly

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Oct 29, 2006
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There's not enough metal left between the hole and the bezel. I don't think it's a great idea. And, if you wanted to change the back, it's not a trivial thing to do.

You'd also be losing some of the strain relief benefits of having the hole support the plug - rather than stress put on the connector inside.

You can find Apple adapters on eBay, or get the Belkin one. I ordered some of the Apple adapters and they're perfect.
 

gceo

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Jul 13, 2007
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San Diego, CA
I ordered some of the Apple adapters and they're perfect.
You're kidding right. :) I need a permanent solution.

I run with an iPod crowd, and everyone has a open input just waiting for some sounds, and I've been denied too many times with the iPhone. I have the adapter... silly little thing. It stays in my car, not in the phone (works great in my car btw, but I travel way too much). I actually 'whittled' the mini phono jack in the company van. (shhh...)
 

gr8tfly

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Oct 29, 2006
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Well, no, I don't think I was kidding... :rolleyes: maybe... no.

Take a close look at the housing - there's a barrel which meets with the jack itself. (some pictures here)

I'm too lazy to go get my caliper, but my "calibrated" eye says the barrel would end up paper thin. I obviously don't know your experience with metal working, but I've done some as an engineer, aircraft maintenance, various hobby and Amateur Radio projects (housings, antenna, etc.), scale aircraft, etc. It just doesn't look like a good idea - it'll most likely end up tearing the back up, or, like I said, leaving it weak and flimsy.

You seem to care how it'll look, as you don't really want something hanging out of the jack. But, an adapter is bound to be nicer (especially the Apple one) than what could happen to the back.
 

DaftUnion

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Feb 22, 2005
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Wisconsin
I just ordered one of those adapters off of eBay with that link. Even though it doesn't solve the whole deal with having a mic to talk to people, it's great that I can finally use my Etymotic ER-6i headphones with my iPhone. Those stock Apple iPhone headphones included with it just don't cut it for me sound quality wise.