Re: Headset Hack

>> I am addicted to my telephone headset, and I like using a corded phone

>> for the sound quality and privacy. Caller ID is a must, and phones >> that have all these features (headsets, wired, and Caller ID) tend to >> be more expensive business models. >> This is the hack I thought of to let me use a cheap Wal*Mart wired >> phone with a headset. Simply wire a connection between the coiled >> handset cord and my headset. There are 4 connectors on the coiled >> handset cord, one for talking, one for listening, and a ground each. > That "ground" is a return current path, but may not be at ground > potential. There is a reason, at least sometimes, why the mike and > speaker do not share their "ground" wire. >> My headset has a 1/8" male stereo jack at the end. The part >> furthest from the tip would take both the ground wires, and then I >> just have to find which is the mike, and which is the earpiece. > Is there a reason why you don't want to remove the stereo jack and > replace it with a 4P4C modular plug like the telephone handset uses?

That seems like a good idea. I'll try it when I have some time.

> Then I have to find out what the 4 wires in the coiled handset cord >> are and connect them correctly. Is there any reason this won't work? > The speaker part will probably work fine. The microphone part may be > more troublesome if the mike in the headset is a different type than > the one in the original handset. You could wind up losing all the > voice quality that was one of your original objectives.

The speaker did work fine, but I wasn't able to get the mic to work. Also, connecting it decreased the sound quality of the speaker, possibly due to combining the "grounds".

Thanks for the reply.

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