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Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby Mark6432 » Sat Oct 17, 2020 10:15 pm

I currently teach A-Level Music Technology with a classroom of 11 old (2012-2015) iMacs. We're now looking to avoid students over-using the headphone jacks, and need a way to co-listen to student's work, so am wondering if there is a cost-effective solution. Ideally it would be a USB to two output device, so avoiding headphone jack and providing the required outs for student/teacher monitoring, but realise this isn't possible because of the power required. A central mixer is also undesirable as teachers would be in close proximity to students when discussing work. Also, even a small interface is going to be costly, given the number of individual machines.

Should I resign myself to audio headphone amps and use the jack out?

Any advice or ideas greatly appreciated!
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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby James Perrett » Sun Oct 18, 2020 2:09 am

Can you not use a simple Y cable with two pairs of headphones? Keep the Y cable plugged into the computer permanently to avoid additional strain on the computer connector.
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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby blinddrew » Sun Oct 18, 2020 9:49 am

Or something like a Behringer HA400 permanently plugged into the Mac and students just plug into that? Cheaper than a usb interface (or at least one with multiple headphone sockets) and probably simple enough to be repairable.
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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby zenguitar » Sun Oct 18, 2020 11:00 am

My thought was a Y cable as well, largely as a sacrificial part to save wear and tear on the MacBook sockets.

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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby resistorman » Sun Oct 18, 2020 7:13 pm

zenguitar wrote:My thought was a Y cable as well, largely as a sacrificial part to save wear and tear on the MacBook sockets.

Andy :beamup:

That's what I do, even for things like USB jacks if I plug/ unplug a particular one often.
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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby Mark6432 » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:04 pm

Thank you all. It looks like using a simple Y cable, which we already have a stash of, might be best.
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Re: Multi headphone Out solution for School MacBooks

Postby ef37a » Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:56 pm

Mark6432 wrote:Thank you all. It looks like using a simple Y cable, which we already have a stash of, might be best.

In that case look on Amazon for the 'TECKNET SKU:UA110. Thus is a USB device that has headphone out and mic in and I use on exclusively with a headset for Skyping son in France.

Only one headphone jack but I get plenty of level and I am clinically deaf! I am sure it will split two ways. I am sure it was under a tenner.

Yes, H/P jacks are very vulnerable on laptops, the one on my old HP is borked, one reason I bought the TECKNET.

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