Plugable USB Audio Adapter with 3.5mm Speaker/Headphone and Microphone Jacks (Black Aluminum; C-Media HS 100B Chip; Built-In Compatibility with Windows, Mac, and Linux)

April 24, 2017 - Comment

The Plugable USB-AUDIO is an easy way to instantly gain a headphone and a microphone jack to your existing USB audio class enabled system. Featuring a clean, compact black design, this USB audio adapter installs without needing to load any necessary drivers. It is as simple as setting this adapter as your default audio output

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The Plugable USB-AUDIO is an easy way to instantly gain a headphone and a microphone jack to your existing USB audio class enabled system. Featuring a clean, compact black design, this USB audio adapter installs without needing to load any necessary drivers. It is as simple as setting this adapter as your default audio output and input device and off you go, listening to your favorite tunes and recording with ease.

This audio adapter really shines with custom Linux development boards like the Raspberry Pi, Beaglebone Black, and other unique scenarios such as a “Hackintosh” setup where the on-board audio devices do not have Mac drivers.

Compatibility

No drivers necessary. Compatible with any standard USB Audio Class enabled system including Windows XP – 10, Linux, Mac OS X and Chromebook.

The USB Type A connection gets plugged into the computer and you gain one 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) stereo output jack and one 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) mono microphone input jack.

The USB-AUDIO is USB bus powered, so no external power is needed.

Important Note:

If the microphone does not seem to work and you have a TS microphone, a 3.5 mm (1/8 inch) mono to stereo adapter is necessary to adapt the microphone from TS to TRS.

Most operating systems support multiple audio outputs, but only allow a single one to be enabled at a time. So this manual step of selecting the right audio output from the operating system’s built-in audio control panel is essential.

Product Features

  • Enable USB connectivity with your existing 3.5 mm audio headphones, headset, speakers, or microphone
  • Perfect to bypass a faulty sound card, audio port, or as a replacement for a broken USB audio adapter
  • Leave connected to a USB hub or dock to avoid unplugging
  • No drivers necessary. Fully plug and play. Compatible with any standard USB Audio Class enabled system including Windows XP through 10, Linux, Mac OS X and Google Chromebook
  • Adapter is lightweight, extremely compact, and constructed of durable aluminum in a black finish

Comments

R. Wolf says:

I figured that a USB audio adapter should be easy to find The headphone jack on my daughter’s laptop broke. While I’ve worked on desktop PC’s for many years, I didn’t want to try a laptop repair myself. A local technician suggested replacing the motherboard. Uh, no, I’m not going to do that for something this minor, but I had to DO SOMETHING right away. I figured that a USB audio adapter should be easy to find, and it was. I wanted something small and simple, and this product from Plugable Technologies looked like it would work just fine…

Pete says:

This adapter does the trick nicely. There was a bit of fiddling with my … I got one of these to use with a Raspberry Pi. I was getting a lot of hiss and line-noise using the Pi’s on-board audio out, and the suggested fix was to switch to USB audio.This adapter does the trick nicely. There was a bit of fiddling with my alsa config to get the Pi to use it by default, but nothing major. The hiss and line-noise are now gone, and the fix was cheap and easy.

Tamara says:

Good, but not great. For 9 dollars, this is a good alternative to a broken/damaged audio jack. Getting a new one welded in would have cost me upwards of 100 dollars, so this is a much cheaper option for a broke college student like me. However, the product isn’t perfect. The audio isn’t the best quality. It certainly isn’t bad, but you can tell it had to take a bit of a detour and sounds slightly muffled, as if you were listening from cheap earbuds. The adapter itself fits quite loosely in its port, but, again,…

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