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    headphones compatible with metal detectors?

    I am going to buy a Garret Ace 250 online later today and I want to get some headphones that will work with it. I have head phones lying around the house that I really like with a standard headphone jack. I am noticing that there are specific headphones for metal detectors, so are metal detector headphones the only ones that will work with metal detectors or can you plug any pair of headphones into a metal detector?

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    If a normal headphone Jack just buy an adapter, I use earbuds. Look for something with volume control.

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    At Meijer's I bought a kit of stuff that had the adapter you need along with a really long headphone extender, am airline jack. A iPhone to iPhone I don't know what it's for, a Mobil phone adapter and a headphone splinter it was only like 10 or so too

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pepperlizard View Post
    I am going to buy a Garret Ace 250 online later today and I want to get some headphones that will work with it. I have head phones lying around the house that I really like with a standard headphone jack. I am noticing that there are specific headphones for metal detectors, so are metal detector headphones the only ones that will work with metal detectors or can you plug any pair of headphones into a metal detector?
    The size of the headphone jack on the Ace series metal detectors and most other metal detectors is the larger 1/4 jack also known as 6.35mm. You used to see these in old headphones form the 70's ect.
    The size of the common headphone jack today is known as 3.5mm. or 1/8 and found in most handheld electronic devices like iPhones and MP3 players ect.
    If you use the newer smaller headphones or earbuds it will most likely have a 3.5mm plug on the end.
    What you need to convert it is inexpensive, it is just a jack converter (stereo not mono) and you also will need some kind of inline volume control. You can find these in Radio Shack or online at Amazon.com
    here is a picture of them.

    Amazon.com: 3.5mm Stereo Jack to 1/4" Stereo Plug Adapter black: Electronics
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    http://www.amazon.com/Koss-155954-VC...volume+control
    http://www.amazon.com/Stereo-Extensi...volume+control
    Last edited by Ace350; Jun 18, 2012 at 11:31 AM.
    One must be smarter than the equipment they are working with!

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    Yep, same as I use for earbuds.

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    Though most headphones will work you should always try to match the impedance of the headphones to the output of the detector. This can effect both the sound your hearing and the battery life. Best to try some out in your local detector shop or at a club meeting as comfort is also so important and it can make a real difference if you pick the wrong shape of plug (straight or 90 degree). Jack convertors tend to be the device of the devil and soon start to sound off as you swing the detector. Detecting headphones seem expensive but will stand up to wet weather/damp without the sound going to pot.

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    I find for myself the earbuds from "Rockcandy" work fine and my whites has a volume control so I can use it at the right level. My adapter for Stereo works both buds. I think the mono might just work one side so you have to get the one which works both Left & Right.
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    The old standard for headphones was !/4" plug. Now some are 1/8" plug. Adaptores are plentiful, Radio Shack, etc. The old headphones were not stero they had one seperator ring. The newer ones are stero like those in post#4. Most headphones will work with most detectors. Headphones go by resistance ratinge. Most of the old ones were 8 ohms. This is how it works. If you put 16 ohm headphones in place of 8 ohm headphones, the volume will be about 1/2. A Volume controll only decreases volume unless there is also an amp in the unit. If I were you, I would try what I had first and save the bucks. No headphones will hurt the detector.Name:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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    Quote Originally Posted by Frankn View Post
    The old standard for headphones was !/4" plug. Now some are 1/8" plug. Adaptores are plentiful, Radio Shack, etc. The old headphones were not stero they had one seperator ring. The newer ones are stero like those in post#4. Most headphones will work with most detectors. Headphones go by resistance ratinge. Most of the old ones were 8 ohms. This is how it works. If you put 16 ohm headphones in place of 8 ohm headphones, the volume will be about 1/2. A Volume controll only decreases volume unless there is also an amp in the unit. If I were you, I would try what I had first and save the bucks. No headphones will hurt the detector.Name:  hand print-2_edited-3.jpg
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    what do you mean hurt the detector?? itself or the person ? lol sorry for being confused

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    Take note that 99% of metal detectors use the typical 8 ohm headset, seen in 99% of headsets. Avoid earbuds and cheap crap for headphones. Stick with good quality headphones made for tectors, or even good quality headphones you would use for your home stereo. It's really that simple. Really. NOT TRYING TO BE FACETIOUS. Regards, gleaner.
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    805, No headphone will cause damage to your detector or you. Got it this time?
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Size:  39.7 KB and get the same results with a detector. The frequency responce is so narrow they all will work. The difference in internal resistance will cause different volume outputs. Some of the real high quality expensive head phones are 16 ohms which will give you lower volume.
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    Been there, done that, best to stick with 1/4" jacks..
    As always...Love Silver...but going for the Gold!

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    Itís really great posts.
    Last edited by Svverwter; Aug 26, 2014 at 09:44 AM.

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    If you use headphones, you are going to get some blasts from large or close-to-the-top items. I am now in my 6th year of having tinnitus. The ringing does not go away. And it was caused by me wearing headphones when detecting. Oh, I found some very old coins, buried at depths where the sound was just a whisper in the earphone. I would never wear them again, unless I got the ones that I could adjust the volume. But, adjust the volume down, and the whispers go away. I have heard that there are some that blunt the very loud sounds. Those might work. But, be careful. You only get one set of ears. No cure for tinnitus.
    Also, if you decide to use Bluetooth, then FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS. I didn't. I turned on the earphones when setting them up.....they reprogrammed my detector to only work when using the phones.....and then the phones broke. Live and learn.
    Good hunting.
    Can't find it if you're watching tv at home, your machine isn't on, and the head of your detector is pointed up!!

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    I've hunted for years without headphones...? never damaged any detector I ever had or me..
    am I missing something here?

    unless your saying a person would be a better MDer using headphones, then I'd understand.
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