Plugable USB Audio Adapter

Hero

Features

  • Two 3.5mm premium audio input and output ports
  • C-Media HS 100B Chip for widest compatibility
  • Transform your existing 3.5 mm stereo headphones, headset, speakers, or microphone into a USB device
  • Leave connected to a USB hub or dock for easy access
  • Bypass a faulty sound card or audio port
  • Replace any broken USB audio adapter
  • Adapter body is lightweight, durable black anodized metal

Product Description

The USB-AUDIO is an easy way to instantly gain a headphone and microphone jack on your existing USB audio class enabled system. Featuring a clean, compact and simple black design, this USB audio adapter installs without any necessary drivers. It is a simple as setting this adapter as your default audio output and input device and off you go, listening to your favorite tunes and recordings with ease. The USB-AUDIO is USB bus powered, so no external power is needed.

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 through Windows 10, Linux, Mac OS X, Chromebook and designated Android devices.

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 has been designed to accommodate common headsets which feature a 3.5mm TRS headphone- and 3.5mm TRS microphone jack. XLR based microphones (even if adapted to a different interface) will not work with this audio adapter. 48V of additional Phantom Power is needed to make this work. The audio adapter does not provide Phantom Power.

Although the microphone port on this audio adapter is TRS, it is still however a mono microphone port. If you playback the recorded audio you technically hear the right channel duplicated.

FAQ

Is the USB-AUDIO Windows 10 compatible?
Yes, with the 64-bit version. The 32-bit version however causes problems on tablets. Windows 10 will need to be patched for bugs like these. Microsoft in the meantime recommends to perform a clean Windows 10 install on tablets to fix the USB related audio bug.

I plug in the USB-AUDIO and I don’t hear anything, what else can I do?
An extra step is needed. After plugging in the USB-AUDIO, also ensure the audio adapter is set to be your primary playback- and recording device in your control panel or system preferences.

Does the USB-AUDIO need drivers to work?
No drivers are necessary. Just go to your system settings and select the USB audio device as default input and output device.

Why doesn’t my microphone seem to work or record?
Most microphones or headsets on the market today house a TRS (Tip Ring Sleeve) jack and the USB-AUDIO is designed to accommodate this. Mono or TS (Tip Sleeve) microphones will need a 3.5mm mono to stereo adapter installed in line in order to work converting TS to TRS (see image below for visual example). XLR microphones (even if adapted to 3.5mm TRS) will also not work.

Jacks

Can I use the USB-AUDIO output as well as the default output jack at the same time?
No. 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.

Can I use this audio adapter for audio production/recording?
Well, it depends. USB audio adapters in general inherit about a 500ms delay/latency. You can offset this latency in your recording software or in post production, but is not recommended for live recording and broadcasting in a professional environment.

Any Android devices work with this audio adapter right out of the box?
We have found certain devices such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 SGH-I337 (Android 4.4.4) and the Samsung Note 4 (Android 4.4.4) SM-N9104 to be compatible right out of the box. The rule of thumb is to research or ask the manufacturer if the mobile device in question is compatible with the C-Media HS 100B Chip.

Where to Buy

$7.85

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