Headphone/headset adapter with mic/remote/volume control for iPhone 3GS?

Discussion in 'iPhone Accessories' started by bacchuswng, Jun 28, 2009.

  1. bacchuswng macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    Does anyone make a decent-looking adapter so that I can use my headphones and still have headset (microphone) and remote/volume control functionality? I love my older Shure canalphones, but I like the convenience of being able to answer phone calls and control the iPhone remotely.

    I am aware of the Shure Music Phone Adapter MPA-3C, Griffin SmartTalk, Monster iSoniTalk, and FastMac solutions. None of them except the FastMac one have the remote volume control functionality; the FastMac one is pretty big and ugly and is not regarded well by MacWorld http://www.macworld.com/article/132284/2008/02/iphone_adapters.html.

    (I also dislike how most adapters effectively double your headphone's cable length. On the other hand, the iSoniTalk sticks out quite a bit, which I worry may damage the iPhone headphone jack. The ideal solution would be something like Monster's adapter, but with a really short cable instead. Yeah I know, I'm picky.)

    Alternatively, suggestions for good canalphones that have a microphone and volume/remote control functionality are welcome. Note the lack of volume control (unfortunately) removes most Ultimate Ear canalphones from consideration. The only one I know that fits so far is Apple's In-Ear headphones.

    Thanks in advance!
  2. wahoo10 macrumors 6502

    Feb 11, 2009
    Why do you want volume control on the headphones? It's right on the side of the phone...
  3. Ibjr macrumors 6502a

    Jun 29, 2002
    Eastern seaboard
    So he can change the volume without taking it out of his pocket?
  4. bacchuswng thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 15, 2007
    Yeah, that's why a volume control would be nice. I guess I haven't had a volume control until I started using the Apple earbuds, but once you've tried it, you don't want to go back :).

    In the meantime, I found this:

    These guys apparently take Etymotic ER6i or Future Sonics FS1 canalphones and fuse them with the Apple in-ear headphone wire. Pretty neat stuff, although I'd prefer to continue using my Shures vs. paying another $150 for another set of canalphones.
  5. twon macrumors member

    Jul 3, 2009
    You can change the earpieces yourself. There a plenty of tutorials on Youtube. I have no soldering experience at all and was able to do it without a problem on the first try. I'm not sure I would have done it the first time on a pair of Sure's, but I would the second time around. The soldering gun was $15 or so.
  6. Xeijin macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2010
    The Holy Grail Does Exist...

    If anyone is still looking for this, I have found the perfect solution:

    iLuv iEA15 Adapter


    -Volume Up/Down
    -Skip Tracks
    -VoiceOver Support

    Link: http://www.i-luv.com/product_detail.asp?idx=1387

    It basically does everything I needed (plus the bonus of VoiceOver) while letting me use my own headphones. Looks good too!

    (Available on Amazon in the UK, just search iEA15BLK).
  7. Austin M. macrumors 6502a

    Austin M.

    Jul 29, 2010
    Wow, that looks pretty sweet!
  8. wolfe805 macrumors newbie

    May 27, 2011
    Have you tried these? iLuv says the microphone is not rated for iPhone. What have you found?
  9. heisenberg123 macrumors 603


    Oct 31, 2010
    Hamilton, Ontario
    i have the klipsch s4i's although they are the inear headphones with the controlls and mic, not an adapter like your asking

    just out of curiousity how do these adapters work if the headphones say have a 2 foot long cord and then plug into this isnt the mic on the control to far from your mouth to work?
  10. Spitfire411 macrumors member

    Mar 28, 2011
    Stumbled across this thread. I'm looking for the same thing.

    The old Shures actually have a connection right under your chin where the main cable splits off to the earbuds. This really saved me as my connector at the opposite end started shorting out so I was able to just buy another extension cord and save my good buds. Unfortunately it's near impossible to find anything shorter than 6'.
  11. mlongpre macrumors newbie

    Nov 25, 2008
    I'm in a similar situation where I need an adapter that will work with existing inline remote and mic on the headphones. Something like the iluv but without the extra controls and mic. I want to be able to use the already existing remote and mic on my headphones.


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