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herbolaryo
Posts: 7
Registered: ‎10-12-2011
Location: USA
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W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

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The w520 has a combo Headphone/ Microphone Port. You can use either a headphone or a microphone but NOT both UNLESS you have a ...

1. Headset with special 3 ring jack  such as

      a.  ThinkPad In-Ear Headphones (#57Y4488)

      b. 3.5mm TRRS Plug type Headphones for Smartphones  (e.g. iphones, etc.) -- so you use the same headphone/mic you use for your cellphones (but lesser sound quality)

 2. Splitter - so you can you use your own microphone and your own headphone/ stereo speaker (for better sound quality)

 

This solution was found here...

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/Where-is-the-Stereo-out-on-the-W520/ta-p/47306...

 

But a list of Compatible Splitters was not listed...

The aim of this thread is to verify and list compatible Splitter for W520 combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

The specs of the splitter are as follows: (Kindly verify if correct)

3.5mm (1/8") TRRS male plug  (aka Smartphone plug)  TO 

 3.5mm TRS Audio-Out Jack/ female plug  AND 3.5mm Microphone-In Jack/ female plug

 

I browse online and found possible splitters. (In no particular order)

1.  Sound Professionals Part# - SP-SMARTPHONE-CABLE

http://www.soundprofessionals.com/cgi-bin/gold/item/SP-SMARTPHONE-CABLE

--it was mentioned in the details tab that it is compatible with " Lenovo T410, T410s, T510, X, L & Edge computers"

so it is possible that W520 is compatible if the other Lenovo have the same combo port

- nickel contacts

 

2. Headsetbuddy Gold PC Computer Headset to 3.5mm Smartphone Adapter (Part# 01-PC35-PH35G )

http://www.theheadsetbuddy.com/gold-pc-computer-headset-to-3-5mm-smartphone-adapter/

 - it was mentioned "Convert two 3.5mm plugs to single smartphone 3.5mm headset plug (TRRS) with mic and audio"

   so it fits the specs but I am not sure if it was tested for W520...

  - gold contacts.

 

3. Headsetbuddy Gold PC Headset to 3.5mm Smartphone Adapter (Part# PC35-PH35G )

http://www.theheadsetbuddy.com/gold-pc-computer-headset-to-3-5mm-smartphone-adapter-1/

- same description as above but different part#. I am not sure if this is the same product or just a typo error on their website.:smileyindifferent:

-gold contacts

 

4. Headsetbuddy PC Computer Headset to 3.5mm Smartphone Adapter (Part#01-PC35-PH35 )

http://www.theheadsetbuddy.com/pc-computer-headset-to-3-5mm-smartphone-adapter/

-  - it was mentioned "Convert two 3.5mm plugs to single smartphone 3.5mm headset plug (TRRS) with mic and audio"

   so it fits the specs but I am not sure if it was tested for W520...

  - nickel contacts

 

5. KV Connection iPhone 1/8 inch microphone and headphone adapter - 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm TRS Jacks (Part# KM-IPHONE-2TRS)

http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-iphone-2trs.htm

It was mentioned that they have  "Premium shield coax a/v cable for EMI/RFI interference...DC blocking protection ... microphone impedance matching"

They say it will "work with most 3.5mm mono or stereo microphones except for for unpowered ECM (electret condenser mics). If your microphone is an ECM without batteries then this special version of the adapter KM-IPHONE-2TRS-ECM is the adapter you would need."

So I guess the the type of microphone will have an effect also on what splitter to get.

On this site..

http://www.wfu.edu/~yipcw/lenovo/2011/T420s/review/

It says that on using the Part# KM-IPHONE-2TRS, with a "mono mic [Sony F-V410 cardioid imp 600 Ω vocal] in , it reverts to internal microphone for some reason.) and headphone"

So there can be incompatible mics for any splitter you use... OR is the defective splitter or the computer setting that is wrong...???:smileyindifferent:

-nickel contact

 

6. KV Connection iPhone 1/8 inch electret condenser microphone and headphone adapter - 3.5mm 4 conductor TRRS Male to 3.5mm TRS Jacks (Part#KM-IPHONE-2TRS-ECM)

http://www.kvconnection.com/product-p/km-iphone-2trs-ecm.htm

-On site it says "This adapter is specifically for unpowered ECM (electret condenser mics).  If your microphone is an ECM with batteries then the standard adapter, KM-IPHONE-2TRS is the adapter you would need."

-nickel contacts



7. eVerbatim splitter

http://www.everbatim.net/store/index.php/hardware/microphones-audio/headphone-microphone-jack-splitt...

- It says "This adapter has been designed and tested to work with all current Lenovo ThinkPad computers with a combined audio (VOIP) jack running Windows 7.  Some ThinkPads that have the combined jack and that are running XP do not work with the adapter, which is a software issue and not a defect of the adapter. "

-nickel contacts

 

8. Startech 3.5mm 4 Pin to 2x 3 Pin 3.5mm Headset Splitter Adapter - M/F (Part# MUYHSMFF)

http://www.startech.com/Cables/Audio-Video/Audio-Cables/35mm-4-Pin-to-2x-3-Pin-35mm-Headset-Splitter...

It says "allowing you to add a mono microphone input as well as a stereo output to your PC or Laptop, through a single 3.5mm audio port." 

-nickel contacts

 

Kindly tell if you have used any of this on your laptop. And tell...

1. Compatible with your headphone? :smileyvery-happy: (what kind you use)

2. Compatible with your microphone?:smileyvery-happy: (what kind you use)

3. Any problems with sound? :smileyvery-happy:

 

I hope we can continue this thread to list the compatible splitters for the Lenovo Thinkpad W520... Please do add if you have seen other brands.

Thanks

eos
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eos
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Re: W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

I would recommend a USB solution for good sound quality.  I use he logitec 960 USB headset and it is very good.  The W520 built in Mic and speakers are terrible (compared with my 4 other notebooks at least. including 2 cheap dells and a mac), and this may extend to the mic/headphone socket if it uses the same sound SW/DACs.

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PeterTWJ
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Registered: ‎05-29-2010
Location: Singapore
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Re: W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

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Hi all

To be frank, some of the multimedia laptops, with SRS Premium Sound, etc. are having the same speakers as W510 / W520 and is very loud (AFAIK, Dell Inspiron N5110 have the same speakers as W520 and the placement is just below the palmrest like surround sound). Theoretically, it makes the sound less focus and soft, but it works well with that laptop. 

 

The Mic and Speakers are powered by the amp / drivers. The hardware in fact is very good, the only problem with it is the driver / software not well written. Good Hardware + Bad Software = Bad Product.

 

If you want a better sound / mic, you could try my Dolby Home Theater v4 solutions, hopefully it could meet more than your expectations and solve your problems without any cost. In fact, Dolby GUI is more customizable than Conexant. Most of us would not think it's more complicated, as techies would prefers more options to have fun. :smileyvery-happy:

 

1. I don't even need a external mic, an internal mic does the job with this fix.
http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Laptops/W520-bad-microphone-Usable/m-p/528497

 

2. Dolby makes the sound much better and louder with correct settings. If not, my post are not able to stay active till now, reaching 100+ posts.

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Lapt​ops/W520-Sound-Enhancement-Thread/td-p/442761/pag...

Installation steps:
Simplifications of installing and optimizing Dolby Home Theater v4 threads. Message 77 and 78 + Attachment.

 

3. Get a USB solution only if you need multichannel audio, stereo / wave mix or studio grade quality, if you are just using for entertainment, etc. W520 with Dolby Home Theater v4 should be more than sufficient.

 

Cheers :smileyvery-happy:

Peter

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Refunded Set: W510, 4876-A11

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Dolby Home Theater v4!:

http://forums.lenovo.com/t5/W-Series-ThinkPad-Lapt​ops/W520-Sound-Enhancement-Thread/m-p/451401#M155... 

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steve2425
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Registered: ‎04-16-2012
Location: Los Angeles
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Re: W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

Real great telephone adaptor for recording

Olympus Dictation Recorder Adaptor

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denial
Posts: 49
Registered: ‎07-07-2011
Location: Sweden
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Re: W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

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I bought something like this

http://www.ebay.com/itm/3-5mm-PC-Laptop-Speaker-Mic-Headset-to-iPhone3G-4G-4S-iPad2-iPod-Touch-Adapt...

for US$ 1.92 with shipping, but the quality of the adapter was very bad and the headphone output volume was damped as opposite when directly connected to w520. Seller refunded me.

In fact i wanted to confirm if the microphone input via 3.5 jack will work, as my internal microphone does not work.

Strange that also the microphone input via jack does not work on my laptop (since mainboard replacement).

I tested the adapter on another thinkpad and the microphone input there was working...

 

I don't know if it is worth yet to reinstall the windows [don't have time for this now] or right call the support for repair.

 

I think i already tried sound driver reinstall.

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balavinayagam
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Registered: ‎07-19-2013
Location: India
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Re: W520 Owners: Compatible Splitter for combo Headphone/ Microphone Port

PLs Find the soultion here

 

http://www.ebay.in/itm/171078522536?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1558.l2649#ht_500wt_115...

 

you will get the connector defently.

 

Bala