Do Headphone Adapters Change the Sound?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by matante, Feb 2, 2013.

  1. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Quick question: Does anyone know if using a 1/4" to 1/8" adapter will change the sound in a noticeable way?

    I'm considering buying some headphones that are 1/4" but my equipment has the 1/8" jack, so I'll need the adapter.

    It's probably not a big deal but I just want to make sure.
  2. tastybasslines

    tastybasslines Banned

    May 9, 2010
    Los Angeles, CA
    I use one all the time and can't tell any difference.
  3. Jim Nazium

    Jim Nazium Supporting Member

    Jun 19, 2007
    Takoma Park, MD (DC)
    It's half the size - only half as much sound can get through
  4. BassyBill

    BassyBill The smooth moderator... Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    Mar 12, 2005
    West Midlands UK
    Most phones come with the adaptor supplied. It won't have any effect on the sound at all (and although Jim's just kidding in the post above, in the crazy world of audiophiles there'll undoubtedly be someone daft enough to believe that they can really hear a difference).
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  6. DerHoggz

    DerHoggz I like cats :| Banned

    Feb 13, 2009
    Western Pennsylvania
    Well, there will be some degradation, which is inherent in any system. But it won't be noticeable unless you chained like 20 together, maybe.
  7. groooooove

    groooooove Supporting Member

    Dec 17, 2008
    Long Island, NY
    if you made a chain of 8 of them, you'd notice. i'd imagine weaker subs and less glassy highs.

    just one to change the plug? not an issue.
  8. Buy Grado SR80i, forget about needing the adapter and have great headphones.

  9. kanonfodr

    kanonfodr Supporting Member

    It depends. Gold sounds different than Nickel, and plain Steel is the worst of all. I have a solid Gold adapter that I can sell you, it's got less than 0.1 dB signal loss across the spectrum and sounds absolutely PIMP!

  10. DWBass

    DWBass The Funkfather Supporting Member

    SMH at some of you guys! NO, there will be no change in sound.
  11. Marketing director at Monster/Beats?
  12. sloasdaylight

    sloasdaylight Banned

    Feb 4, 2009
    Tampa, Florida, US
    I lol'd.
  13. bongomania

    bongomania Gold Supporting Member Commercial User

    Oct 17, 2005
    PDX, OR
    owner, OVNIFX and OVNILabs
  14. Yes. will you notice? Probably not
  15. Got2SadowskyNYC


    Dec 5, 2012
    Nashville, TN
    Artist: Sadowsky, Bag End, Visual Sound, Pedaltrain, George L
    Monster. The king of cable mumbojumbo.

    No. Nearly all headphones come with an 1/8 inch plug AND an adapter up to 1/4 even the $1000 jobs.
  16. matante


    Nov 3, 2003
    Los Angeles
    Thanks fellas.
  17. megafiddle


    May 25, 2011
    Check the 1/4" plug on the phones before you buy an adaptor.

    Some unscrew to expose an 1/8" plug.

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