One pair of headphones into 2 devices?

Discussion in 'Digital Audio' started by Jborkdugan, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Jborkdugan macrumors newbie

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    Oct 6, 2009
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    Hey guys,

    I have a pair of noise-canceling headphones I plug into my Macbook, but unfortunately I sometimes can't hear my phone ringing right across from me, which is pretty annoying
    Is it possible to plug one pair of headphones into two devices, so that it will receive audio from both my macbook and phone? I don't really know how the wiring works but are there splitters that go from 1 female plug to 2 male plugs?

    Thanks
     
  2. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    Redondo Beach, California
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    A simple y-cable will not work very well. The simplest thing that can work is a "passive mixer". These are just some jacks and a few resistors. But they cut the sound volume
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/SplitMix4

    The ideal thing would be a "real mixer" Mixers allow you to plug in multiple sources and set a volume for each of them and then monitor the mix using headphones. I used this setup to practice electric guitar and listen to a metronome. I plugged the guitar mini-amp into the mixer and the metronome. What a mass or wires but it works
    do NOT buy a cheap mixer, audio quality is not good and they will have a lot of self noise (hiss) one of these is not bad.
    http://www.sweetwater.com/store/detail/402VLZ3/

    But wouldn't it be easier to set the phone to flash or vibrate?
     

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