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How to wire a headset to stereo phone jack.

I need to wire a headset with mike to a stereo phone jack.  So we have a common ground, a wire for the mic, and a wire for the mono speaker.  Which one gets soldered to the shaft, which one gets soldered to the ring, and which one gets soldered to the tip? Is there a standard for this or does it vary by manufacturer?

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    wiring diagram for headset and stereo jack



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the table shows u what u need i think

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I believe the ground goes on the shaft/sleeve, the mic on the ring and the speaker on the tip.

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How to connect the mono headset

If you're trying to convert a STEREO output to feed MONO headphones, the best is to use a resistive splitter network as shown.
There are adapters out there that simply short the two L/R signals from the stereo, but you run a risk of overloading the output stages of your amp.
The resistive network places a current-limiting resistor on each stereo output in series, so eliminating shorts and overload.
If using a mic-enabled headset, the jack has 4 connectors, the back one nearest the plastic case being for MIC.
Mono: Tip, Sleeve.
Stereo: Tip, Ring, Sleeve.
Incl Mic: Tip, Ring, Sleeve, Mic.
Tip is Left, usually Green.
Ring is Right, usually Red.
Sleeve is common GND, usually bare copper or black.
Mic can vary according to manufacturer. Seen striped colors, white, red, purple.
These thin shellac-coated wires are sometimes difficult to solder, so here are some tips:
Using a combination of fine emery paper, craft-knife and flame, try to burn/scrape/clean about 5 mm from each wire.
Copper should be shiny without shellac color showing at end.
To burn the shellac off, best hold the wire 5 mm or so back with pliers or fingers. The shellac varnish may ignite the whole wire if you don't block it first.
Diagrams and drawings should help to clarify the text.
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Hi Cathy.. it sounds like you might be connected to the wrong jacks instead of the output that the headphones need.

Most high quality stereo headphones have a single 1/4" stereo plug that would readily plug into a 1/4" jack on the front of the stereo labeled "PHONES" or HEADPHONES".

Many lower quality "computer headphones" or headsets have two 1/8" plugs. One is often black or red and is for an included microphone that may be a boom type (shown below) connected to one of the speakers or an "in-line" type built into the cord itself. The headphone speakers in the headset get their signal from the other plug - which is usually green; but could be any color really. There should be 3 metal parts on the stereo headphone plug. The tip, the middle ring and the bottom ring. Many times the mic is mono (not stereo) and only has only a tip and a bottom ring on the plug. You can see stereo headphone and microphone plugs he picture below:

Computer Headphones or "Headset" with mic and phone plugs.

Your Yamaha stereo will probably NOT have 1/8" jacks to directly plug the headphone into. You can buy an adapter that you would plug your headphones into and then plug the adapter into the 1/4" jack on the stereo. One is pictured below:

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A 'mono' plug will have a tip and barrel connection only.

A stereo plug would allow a mic and head phone connection ujsing a 'common' for the return.

A mono plug would allow either a mic or a headset, not both.

If you could peer into the jack inside your computer, you could tell if it privides for three wire (stereo) or two wire (mono) operation.

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