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iPhone users quickly found out that the headphone jack on the iPhone is recessed several millimeters and standard headphones won’t fit in the jack. Belkin Adapter The first company to release an adapter was Belkin, but the adapter is rigid, ugly and looks like a 3″ […]

iPhone users quickly found out that the headphone jack on the iPhone is recessed several millimeters and standard headphones won’t fit in the jack.

Belkin Adapter

Belkin iPhone Headphone Adapter The first company to release an adapter was Belkin, but the adapter is rigid, ugly and looks like a 3″ antennae sticking out of the top of your iPhone. The adapter sells for $10.95, but is getting bad reviews, and I’d recommend looking into other options below.

Griffin Adapter

Griffin iPhone Headphone Adapter The Griffin adapter looks better, as it’s not rigid and doesn’t pose the risk of breaking your headphone adapter by bumping into a wall or door. Still, it’s bulky and very noticeable and is not even available yet.

RadTech Adapter

ProCable iPhone Headphone Adapter The best looking adapter available now is the RadTech Audio Extension Cable. Available in two lengths, 3″ and 4″, this adapter is as sleek as you could expect and is the least expensive, at only $7.95. I highly recommend this adapter, and have bought one for my iPhone.

Shure Adapter

Shure iPhone Headphone Adapter The Shure adapter has a longer cable and includes an inline microphone, so you can still use the phone function while listening to standard headphones. At $39.95, it is the most expensive adapter. I don’t think an inline microphone is worth an extra $30. I want an adapter to use old-style over the ear headphones to get superior sound quality. If I get a call, I’ll unplug them and put the phone to my ear.

Apple Adapter

Apple iPhone TTY Adapter There are more choices than previously, but I am still surprised no one has released a simple, elegant adapter that is as minimalistic as possible. While I was browsing the iPhone Cables cateogry at the Apple Store, I couldn’t help but notice the TTY Adapter by Apple. It’s small and sleek, just like you would expect from Apple. I wonder, if a TTY adapter can be made this small why can’t they a headphone adapter?

  1. Radtech has a coupon code for %15 off right now. use RTPROMO1 when you check out.

  2. Amazingly, Apple used to make the right adapter and you might still be able to find one.

    Its the connector for the 1st gen Apple iPod shuffle Sport Case, see picture:

    fits perfectly.

    http://playlistmag.com/publications/playlist/images/2005/03/sportcasefull.jpg

    i trimmed down my plug before I realized i already owned an adapter that would work.

  3. I would also suggest the Monster iSplitter 200 which flawlessly fits into the iPhone and offers TWO headphone jacks with independent volume dials on each jack. It is a great way to share music on the beach and is fairly light with superior sound quality. I’d highly recommend this, especially since you can use it over and over with pretty much any audio device.

  4. If all you want is a way to get a 3.5mm socket for your standard phones you can go to radioshack what-have-you and pick up an adapter for a dollar or two.

    Why pay $10.95 for this?

    Personally I would cut off the 3.5mm plug off my favourite phones, and solder on a new 2.5mm plug. 50c – job done.

  5. Honza, the plug on the iPhone is 3.5mm, not 2.5. HOWEVER, it is recessed several MM into the iPhone so the plastic around most headphones prevent them from being plugged into an iPhone.

    If you’ll notice the plugs in the photos above are all very slim, but they’re still 3.5mm plugs.

  6. I get it. That’s pretty annoying. Looks like what is needed is a 3.5mm plug without the cover, but sealed with a hot-glue shroud. With care, it could look OK.

  7. Aaron, is there anyway to buy an adapter like the one in the link you provided? I’ve had no luck so far. Thanks!

  8. I purchased the RadTech adapter only to have it short out within the first month. I’m returning it and attempting to purchase the monster iSplitter, methinks…

  9. I absolutely hate having to remember to bring this extra adapter thing around with me everywhere I go. Bleh!

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