How to choose the correct headphone plug for your device!

How do I know the correct headphone to use?

Check out our guide to headphone plug types.

Headphones in the classroom connect to computers, PC’s, tablets ,smartphones and other audio devices.

Its critical to use the correct headphone for the job!

Curriculum directors will confirm whether a microphone is also required for language learning or testing applications.

This will affect the plug type on your headphones – so you can determine the correct headphone or headset to use on your particular device.

The most common plug types are summarized here.

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TRRS

Extremely popular.

The majority of tablets and many computers have this single 3.5mm headphone jack that allows you to simply plug-in and use.  A solution for listening and talking-for example- online assessment testing.

TRRS means : Tip Ring Ring Sleeve – 4 conductors allowing stereo audio plus a mono microphone input.

DUAL 3.5mm

Typically found on desktop computers and plugs directly into the sound card.

Ensure the mic and stereo left and right cables are correctly connected!

 

 

USB

Connected directly to your computer USB port.

Microphone capable as well as stereo audio for listening.

Once plugged in- your computer will recognize your USB headset as the listening device and keep drivers automatically updated.

A popular education choice for language learning and State testing assessments – eg.TELPAS , WIDA , PARCC

Single 3.5mm (TRS) Stereo

For listening only and same as TRRS without microphone capability.

Extremely popular!

Quarter inch Jack

A precursor to the 3.5mm TRS connector.

For listening in mainly mono applications now, for example : (English Language Learning / ELD, language labs, speech pathology.)