Plugable Launches Small, Durable USB to Audio Adapter for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook Systems

The new Plugable USB Audio Adapter is a compact, effortless solution for adding an external audio interface to nearly any computer or tablet. The adapter has separate standard 3.5mm receptacles for stereo headphones and microphones. It lets you easily USB enable your favorite analog headset or headphones, so you don’t need to compromise to get USB connectivity back to your PC.

This can be used to bypass or replace a faulty sound card or audio port. It can be left connected to a USB hub or docking station to add convenient, easy-to-reach audio jacks — saving stress on the audio ports on your computer. The adapter body is lightweight and durable with its black anodized metal body.

The adapter is compatible with Windows, Linux, Mac OS X and Chromebook systems with a free full-sized USB port. No drivers are necessary as the adapter’s C-Media CM100B chip exposes the standard and widely supported USB Audio class.

Just plug in the adapter, select it as your default output and input device for instant audio playback. Note that 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.

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 don’t have Mac drivers.

Any questions? Feel free to comment below or email us at support@plugable.com. We’re happy to help.

Thanks for going out of your way for our broad line of Plugable products!

MSRP $9.99

17 comments on “Plugable Launches Small, Durable USB to Audio Adapter for Windows, Mac, Linux, and Chromebook Systems”

  1. Jim Reply

    This is a great little gadget. Questions/comments:

    1) It fills the bill for headset users, of which there are many, but a follow-on product that would support stereo microphone input would be interesting to others.
    2) Do you have latency figures for input (mic) and output ( audio) channels?
    3) Is there any difference in performance between USB 2.0 and USB 3.0?

    Jim

    • Patric Neumann Reply

      Hi Jim,

      Thanks for the compliment. To answer your questions:

      1) This adapter indeed records in stereo, that’s why we put up the disclaimer about the mono microphone needing the stereo adapter.

      2) As far as we can tell, there is no “human-noticeable” difference. I was trying to find data on this on the spec sheet but there is no mention of it.

      3) Since the audio adapter is a USB 2.0 device, it will perform the same on both USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 buses.

      Kind regards,
      Patric

  2. B4D-W0LF Reply

    So the input is stereo? Cause I need it to be stereo to record my DS, and other stereo devices that make music in a stereo fashion, so I can translate the panning instead of recording one side then the other and failing at syncing them later on. IF it is stereo, I will be buying this product, cause it solves all my problems!!!!!

  3. marksidellMark Sidell Reply

    Which contact is the (mono) microphone input on? Tip or Ring? Also, does the input have a bias for electret microphones? Finally, do you have any idea what the peak-to-peak maximum level is on the input?

  4. Kevin Reply

    Does this device support Android 5.1 system? Do I need install a driver to make it work? I just simple plug it into my tablet it doesn’t work.

    • Patric Neumann Reply

      In theory yes, but from what is sounds like, not for your device. It is up to the manufacturer how compatible the Android device is and the end user has no control over this since the device is locked down. End users are not able to install drivers or modify Android after the fact unless the device is rooted and re-flashed with a more compatible version of Android or ROM for the particular device. I am sorry to say, if you have plugged in the audio adapter and it does not work, there is nothing else you can do on the Android platform.

  5. Bob Reply

    I have not been able to make this adapter work at all. I have found the comments about using a stereo to mono adapter (of course, no instructions with the product) but it makes no mic connection. Speakers OK. This device is not as easy to use as the product hype suggests.

    • Kevin Reply

      Hello Bob,

      Thanks for contacting us! I do apologize for any trouble you’ve had with the USB Audio Adapter, and I’d be glad to help. Have you made sure to set the adapter as the default device? In Windows you can do this in the Control Panel, and for Mac it can be done in System Preferences.

      May I ask what type of microphone you have? Does the microphone have Tip Ring Sleeve (TRS) style jacks like the one in the middle of this picture with the check mark? https://plugable.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Jacks.jpg. If not, the microphone may not work properly or at all.

      I hope you will reach out to us directly at: support@plugable.com where we can troubleshoot this issue further for you.

      Thank you,

      Kevin
      support@plugable.com

    • Lacey Reply

      I’m having the same issue. I run windows 10 and it has the correct rings on the plugs.

      • Derek Nuzum Reply

        Hi Lacey,

        Thanks for your post! Could you please send a message to support@plugable.com with you Amazon order number and the make and model of the headset you are using?

        Thanks!
        Derek

    • Kevin Reply

      Hello Robert,

      Thanks for asking! You should be able to just plug the adapter into an open USB port to begin using it. You may need to go to Preferences > Sound > Output, and then click to enable the USB Audio Adapter. I hope this helps! If you have any further questions, please reach out to us directly at: support@plugable.com and we’ll be glad to help further troubleshoot.

      Thank you,

      Kevin
      support@plugable.com

  6. Gabriela Reply

    I tried filming, taking pictures and adjusting the image settings but my computer did not allow it, just opened a window with the following message “Camera is being used by another application, no preview is available.”. What do I do to solve the problem?

    • Derek Nuzum Reply

      Hi Gabriela,

      Thanks for your post! It sounds like you might be running into a problem with our microscope and Digital Viewer program. Could you send a message to support@plugable.com with Ticket #240559 in the subject line along with your Operating System version and we’d be happy to help troubleshoot more specifically!

      Thanks!
      Derek Nuzum

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