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Mp3 player and headphones malfunction

The mp3 player only plays the right side of any set of headphones, even my computer speakers, regardless of what volume it is set on, or which song, all sound comes out of the right side, please help Runnik

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Re: mp3 player and headphones malfunction - iLO (2 GB) MP3 Player MP3 & Digital Media Players

Replace the player - the jack is bad

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I purchased this mp3 on 11th devmber. the music is not getting through to the headphones - can you help? is it powered by a battery & is one included as standard?

Hi mharrington9,

You may want to post the make and model of your mp3 player. Someone may have solved the same problem with the same player, and would then be able to give you a more specific answer than this one;

I assume you have replaced or re-charged the battery first, and that full power to your player did not help. If so, it is likely to be a problem with the headphones, the headphone receptacle, or the amplifier inside the mp3 player;

1) Headphone problem?
Get a different set of ear-bud headphones, and try them out. If the alternative set works but your headphones do not work, it's the headphones.

1a) Large headphones, small player?
If your headphones are large, but the power of your MP3 player is small, the player may not have enough power to drive the headphone speakers. If you run your MP3 player through an additional amplifier, you may then have enough power to get sound out of your headphones.

1b) Broken wire in ear bud jack?
Most of my broken ear-bud sets have failed because one or more of the wires has broken, usually at the plug-end. There are 3 thin wires; If you break the left-channel or right-channel wire, only one earbud goes out. If you break the ground wire, both earbuds stop working, or you may hear a very faint sound at full volume. If you like to solder things, it is possible to get a new plug, cut off the old one, and solder in a new one. But it may be easier to get a new set of earbuds.

2) Broken Receptacle?

Plug your ear-buds into a different, working MP3 player. If the ear-buds work, then
Plug your MP3 into a computer through the data cable, and try to play something through the computer.
If the MP3 works through the data cable, something is wrong with the receptacle for your ear-bud plug.
You may be able to get your MP3 player replaced under warranty, since the purchase was recent. Or, if no warranty and you feel adventurous, take the back off and try to re-solder or replace the receptacle-- Though this usually ends in irreparable damage to the MP3 player :-\

3) Broken MP3 player?
If you can't get any music to play through the data cable or the computer, something is seriously wrong with the guts of the MP3 player. Try for a warranty replacement if you can.

Best of luck, mharrington9

Dec 12, 2010 | MP3 & Digital Media Players

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My Sansa will only play through the right speaker/headphone unless you jiggle the cord and hold it in the perfect spot, then it will play through both speakers/headphones. Is there a way to fix this...

This is a common problem, it is the lead in the headphones get a new headphone set that will sort you,IF it is the actual jack, soldered onto the motherboard, this then will required to be resoldered. I think, however just replacing them will work fine.

Apr 01, 2010 | SanDisk Sansa e260 MP3 Player

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I Have The Same Problem Only Mine Doesn't Even Work With My Computer Speakers

Feb 26, 2009 | SanDisk Sansa Clip MP3 Player

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Only playing music on the right speaker

Its the headphones, It happened to me a new set of headphones worked.

Feb 23, 2009 | RCA M4208 MP3 Player

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Posting solution to mark this as solved (even though poster already found solution):

Go into Settings menu, select Audio, and speaker output settings. The best is Auto, which will use the built in speaker only if headphones are not plugged in.

Dec 28, 2008 | Sears GC-1020 MP3 Player

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Headphone Malfunction

It's probably the jack inside mp3 player who needs a little bit of solde on his contact.
open it and good luck

Dec 20, 2008 | MyMusix PD-6070 MP3 Player

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Mono Sound Playing through Headphones

Simplest solution, from experience: make sure your headphone jack is pushed all the way into Zen 3.5 output jack. Sometimes it will feel like it's clicked in but you need a little extra push to get it all the way in.
Another thing to look at: I pretty sure the is a preference setting that controls right/left balance (my son has my Zen right now). If you can find  this control, it could be set all the way to one or the other side.
Give it a try, or see if resetting zen helps.
Good Luck.

Jun 10, 2008 | Creative Labs ZEN V Plus MP3 Player

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Just get new heaphones obiously the one side of headphones are blown. Try it

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