Headphone jack really tight?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Primetime89, Mar 16, 2011.

  1. Primetime89 macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Just got my 2011 15" MBP 2.2Ghz w/ Antiglare screen. I noticed the headphone jack is really really tight. I plug in the Apple earbuds and it takes quite a bit of force to remove.

    Does anyone else have this issue? Is it supposed to be this tight? I feel like pulling on the earbud wires this tight could be damaging something...
  2. lbro macrumors 6502a


    Jan 22, 2009
    Is this your first mac? I have a 4 or 5 month old mbp and the headphone jack is really tight also.
  3. Primetime89 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Upgraded from a Black Macbook. Did not have this problem with it.
  4. Kyzelios macrumors 6502

    Mar 6, 2011
    I've always found the headphone port on the MacBook Pro line to be a bit tighter compared to other notebooks (even the plain MacBooks); perhaps it's because it offers both optical and digital audio output via one jack therefore making it physically different?

    Just a guess.
  5. Primetime89 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    I believe the Black Macbooks also had optical audio built in too though.

    I really don't think it should be this tight...
  6. tresnotas macrumors newbie

    Feb 27, 2011
  7. Primetime89 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Hoping to get replies of people who actually don't have this issue.

    I'm debating whether this is worth going in to get serviced.
  8. LadyK8 macrumors member


    Mar 9, 2011
    The headphone jack, and the USB ports seem tighter than what I'm used to (Acer user), but I'm okay with it as long as it works. I've gotten used to it already.
  9. dp729 macrumors newbie

    Mar 24, 2011
    I just got mine 2 days ago and Im having the same problem, I'm worried that I'll damage the headphone, or the jack itself. Are there any specific brands of headphones maybe that fit easier into the jack? I wouldn't mind investing in some if its gonna insure that it doesn't damage the actual computer
  10. babyt macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2009
    It's normal Mroogle it.
    Mines been tight in both machines I've had. It's not even a serious issue. I would rather the jack be tight then loos and falling out e(which I have experienced on other non apple laptops)
  11. HBOC macrumors 68020

    Oct 14, 2008
    My early 08" wasn't as secure as my new MBP is. When I first got this one, I thought something was wrong with the speakers, but realized that the plug will "snap" into place, which I like.
  12. Reticent macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011

    Yes, surprisingly tight. I couldn't figure out why my headphones weren't working and I realized that I needed push harder to get the jack in there. Likewise, it does take quite a bit more than I expected to get the jack back out. So I'd say normal.
  13. /user/me macrumors 6502

    Feb 28, 2011
    Well most things are really tight when you stick something in them the first time. What i've found is that over time, and with more use, they loosen up and aren't as tight as they were when you started.
  14. Reticent macrumors member

    Mar 18, 2011
    wow. I was just waiting for something like this.
  15. kuwisdelu macrumors 65816

    Jan 13, 2008
    Mine's pretty tight. Personally, I like it that way.
  16. spazma7ik macrumors 6502a

    Sep 12, 2009
    You should never pull the buds by the cord to get them out.. That's what that little dongle on the end is for, use that to pull them out and you'll never have an issue.
  17. akicebear macrumors newbie

    Dec 25, 2009
    Both the audio and USB ports were snug on mine for the first few days, but seem normal/smooth now.
  18. QuarterSwede macrumors G3


    Oct 1, 2005
    Colorado Springs, CO
    My white MB does so you're correct. I don't think it's an issue though. The headphone jack on my iPhone 4 is tight and snaps with a really satisfying *click* It's one of my favorite parts actually. Makes me think that feel was Jobs created.


    I knew I wasn't the only one thinking that.
  19. Primetime89 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 16, 2011
    Interesting to see this thread revived.


    This actually happens to be true with my MBP too now. The jack is tight but not the point where I feel like I'm damaging the headphones now.
  20. makinao macrumors regular

    Dec 27, 2009
    I've experienced this three times already.

    First, on my wife's original MBA. She hardly ever uses the earphone jack. But it was tight, and got broken when our school technician plugged in a stereo mini-phone plug to the sound system for a class presentation. Strangely, I use the same plug on my 2009 MB white, and have never had a problem.

    Second, the earphone jack on a friend's new MPB 15" was similarly tight, and broke the first time she plugged in her headphones. The service center said the had to replace the entire system board.

    Third, my daughter just got a new i7 MBP 13", and her AudioTechnica ONTO headphone plug won't go in for the last 2-3 mm's. I tried three of my other headphones (Sennheiser hd201, hd414, and hd280pro) and only the 280's went in. I don't want to force it in for fear of breaking it, even if it is under warranty because of the hassle of having it fixed.

    I looked in the Apple support forum, but couldn't find a thread about it. How "known" an issue is this?

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