iMac headphone set

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  1. zoran macrumors 68030

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    Is there a headphone set for suitable for the iMac, as far as design and specs are concearned?
     
  2. Tucom macrumors 65816

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    These days Beats are a quality product, even for the price. They sound great and look the part.

    AKG makes some nicely designed headphones, and they're very hi-fi driven, so SQ wouldn't be an issue there.
     
  3. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Actually im looking for something very minimal. Those big headsets are an overkill for me. The only use i will make is for skype calls, so im not really interested in supreme quality, mostly i want something small and handy, that will come on and off easily! Of course i believe it must have to ability to connect using USB so it will combine mic and ear ability!
     
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    If you don't care about stereo sound (VoIP isn't stereo) a BlueTooth headset should work.

    There are some nice BlueTooth Stereo Headsets with mic out there.

    I would say though that Beat's products aren't a good value.
     
  5. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Anything in mind that matches the iMacs styling perhaps?
     
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    It depends on your preference in headphones i.e. earbuds, in ear, on ear. But Amazon or other retailer listings for bluetooth headsets are a good starting point. I don't have any personal experience with headsets.

    If you like single ear, Sennheiser has a couple of really cool options.
     
  7. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Of course i take it that they are usb connected and that they do have a mic, right?
     
  8. Htin macrumors regular

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    i bought the just-mobile headstand + bowers & wilkins P5. its awesome.
     
  9. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    I want it to be as minimal as possible! For example, if there was an option utilizing a small headphone for the ear (one is fine) and a tiny mic for speaking all connected via USB that would be perfect! But is there something like that on the market?
     
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    Check the site innerfidelity.com ~ Click their "Wall of Fame" up on the top.

    The first thing you need to determine is what kind of headphones do you want, in-ear, on-ear, around-the-ear, etc.

    Their wall of fame covers a variety of price points for each type of headphone, and that's a great place to start. Pick one that you think you like, check out the Amazon reviews, etc. You'll eventually get what you want.
     
  13. zoran thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanx spaceball, but i can't figure out where do those in-ear headphones have their mic!
     
  14. spaceballl macrumors 68030

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    They're usually on the cord. Some have them, some don't. Some have a special version with it. For example, I just got the RHA-750i headphones. They make a "non-i" version with no microphone, but mine has the proper mic.
     
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    Thanx guys, the only issue im facing, with headphones that their cord ends to a mini jack, is that they cannot bypass the iMacs mic and that is something i want to happen. If the imacs mic is not bypassed then the person im talking to, will hear sounds coming from the whole room!
     
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    No you can get sound and microphone from the same jack on a Mac (at least I can on my late 2009 iMac) using a headset with microphone.

    You just have to select the correct inputs/outputs from your settings by option+click the sound icon in the toolbar, or selecting Sound in the System Preferences. When you plug a headset in the selection will show "External Microphone" .. When I unplug the headset, it changes back to show "Internal Microphone."


    In the photo below you can see my selection when using my RHA Ma750i in-ear headphones. in the sound level you can see I'm lightly tapping on the microphone in the cord, which the internal mic on the iMac would never have been able to pick up.

    Screen Shot 2015-01-21 at 4.39.53 PM.png


    The other option is just to purchase a splitter to separate the sound from the microphone ..
    http://www.ebay.com/bhp/headphone-mic-splitter


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  18. zoran, Jan 22, 2015
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  19. PsyOpWarlord macrumors 6502

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    It would be External Microphone, not Line In.

    Not all iPod headphone have microphone. In the photo of the headphones you posted I do not see the microphone on that pair so I cannot tell if those would work. If they work on an iPhone for making calls, I believe they should work on the Mac.

    I just don't have different Macs to test. All I can say is it works on mine.
     

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