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Airline headphones adapter

DukeNukem 16 10 December 21, 2010 at 01:21 PM
Hi Slickers,

I am flying with Lufthansa and I would like to use my headphones. I read Lufthansa has a three prong headphone port, one port providing power for noise cancelling. Does anyone recommend any two port solutions? I saw one on Amazon, but I don't know whether it will work in Lufthansa flights. Any suggestions from first hand experience?

Thanks,
Duke

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Link to what you saw on Lufthansa? What kind of headphones do you have?

I would start with this website http://www.seatguru.com/ I have never seen a plane with 3 plugs especially one that provides power. That seems like it would be a disaster. After a little googling it looks like the 3rd prong is just a noise canceling audio loop not power. This makes more sense. They say you can just use a 2 prong adapter for just audio.

Personally I have never been a fan of the audio on a plane. It either doesnt work or is really noisy, hard to control the volume levels. Its always better to bring your own device, headphones and content.
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Link to what you saw on Lufthansa? What kind of headphones do you have?

I would start with this website http://www.seatguru.com/ I have never seen a plane with 3 plugs especially one that provides power. That seems like it would be a disaster. After a little googling it looks like the 3rd prong is just a noise canceling audio loop not power. This makes more sense. They say you can just use a 2 prong adapter for just audio.

Personally I have never been a fan of the audio on a plane. It either doesnt work or is really noisy, hard to control the volume levels. Its always better to bring your own device, headphones and content.
Hi LiquidRetro,

Thanks for the immediate reply. I am unable to find a picture of the audio port in Lufthansa, but I know for sure the third port is noise-canceling power supply. So an ideal two port adapter should work like this one: Maxell AA-I Airline Adapter [amazon.com]

But some reviewers in Amazon had mentioned that they did not work with BA for some strange reason, and I was wondering whether there were issue with Lufthansa as well.

Unfortunately, I have a 22 hour flight with layover and I cannot afford to use up my phone batteries as I need it when I land, so I am stuck with inflight.

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Hi LiquidRetro,

Thanks for the immediate reply. I am unable to find a picture of the audio port in Lufthansa, but I know for sure the third port is noise-canceling power supply. So an ideal two port adapter should work like this one: Maxell AA-I Airline Adapter [amazon.com]

But some reviewers in Amazon had mentioned that they did not work with BA for some strange reason, and I was wondering whether there were issue with Lufthansa as well.

Unfortunately, I have a 22 hour flight with layover and I cannot afford to use up my phone batteries as I need it when I land, so I am stuck with inflight.

Cheers
Duke
Still never answered the questions on what headphones you have.
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I've seen 2 "prong" jacks in planes but the headphones they give you ("free") are usually regular headphones that plug into an adapter. I don't know what the different "prongs" do but as I recall at least one was mono and the other was stereo.
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Still never answered the questions on what headphones you have.
Not sure how that matters regarding the question I had, my headphones is Audio Technica ATH-M50. It does not come with noise-cancelling so the third port is immaterial.
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I've seen 2 "prong" jacks in planes but the headphones they give you ("free") are usually regular headphones that plug into an adapter. I don't know what the different "prongs" do but as I recall at least one was mono and the other was stereo.
Dr. J,

Thanks for your reply. On long haul flights I did get headphones with dual prongs. Have you tried using regular 3.5 mm without an adapter?
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Dr. J,

Thanks for your reply. On long haul flights I did get headphones with dual prongs. Have you tried using regular 3.5 mm without an adapter?
jeez I don't recall - if anything I'd only get one channel (e.g. R or L). I don't know why (practically) they make the headphones like that. I have a couple of those things kicking around.
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Not sure how that matters regarding the question I had, my headphones is Audio Technica ATH-M50. It does not come with noise-cancelling so the third port is immaterial.
Right so just buy a 2 prong converter. The 2 outside should be the audio signals and the center is power. Since you dont have noise canceling cans the center pin would be useless.
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Right so just buy a 2 prong converter. The 2 outside should be the audio signals and the center is power. Since you dont have noise canceling cans the center pin would be useless.
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