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PhillyGuy 06-29-2008 12:52 PM

Bose in-ear headphones & 8120
Anyone tried the Bose in-ear headphones with the 8120? I only get mono sound. I've tried the Seidio adapter and that doesn't work, either. My cheap Sony work fine with or without the adpater.

Any thoughts?

NickfromIL 06-29-2008 01:09 PM

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MBW 06-29-2008 01:24 PM

Do they get stereo plugged into other gear?

Sounds to me like a Bose connector issue - either a broken wire or a strange geometry

PhillyGuy 06-29-2008 03:26 PM

The Bose work fine in my Zen mp3 player and with my old 8100 and the Seidio adapter.

MBW 06-29-2008 03:36 PM

Then it probably has something to do with the way the jack & plug mate - or possibly in either the handset's audio configuration (not sure what to do about that) or perhaps the music was only transferred on one channel.

Assuming the music is on an SD card, try listening to it on a computer.

If you hear both channels on a different player, you may have a bad connector, a firmware glitch or a blown audio pre-amp or amplifier channel on the handset - may be time to see about a warranty replacement

PhillyGuy 06-30-2008 06:55 AM

The music is fine, as other headphones play in stereo. As other headphones work fine with or without the adpater on the 8120, I have to assume the pre-amp is fine, too.

Maybe it's just the way the adapter and the Bose connect.

When I get a minute (an hour actually) I am going to upgrade to 4.5 OS this week. Maybe that will help.

MBW 06-30-2008 08:27 AM

It's likely to be an issue with the specific configuration of those metal sections on the Bose plug not quite aligning with the little springy V contacts in the jack.

My recommendation is NOT to try doctoring the BB - find somebody adept at stripping & soldering & replace the plug with one from Radio Shack

PhillyGuy 06-30-2008 11:15 AM

That's what I figured. For some reason the Bose headphones and the 8120 just don't connect.

I'm not going to spend time or $ trying to correct. Just live with it.

dario99gst 06-30-2008 12:04 PM

This might sound dumb but are you plugging it in all the way?

I was having a similar issue and I finally realized that you have to almost force it to go all the way in.

PhillyGuy 06-30-2008 12:50 PM

No that's a good question. Yes, I am pluging it in all they way. I have a Seidio crystal clear hard case and it does slightly impede plugging in headphones.

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