If you own a Tungsten C, you probably have the same complaint as many other TC users…”WHY doesn’t it have a stereo output?” As sad as it may be, Palm thought it would be a good idea to put a mono output onto a feature packed top-notch device like the Tungsten C. It is the equivalent of using Windows ME for an operating system on one of Dell’s XPS 600′s.
Packaging
However, our friends at Pocket PC Techs have come out with a wonderful way of correcting this glaring issue. There have been other solutions, but none have been quite as well done as the product coming from Pocket PC Techs. Its a mouthful but it is called…Tungsten C 3.5mm Split-Mono Headphone Adapter with Built-In Mic & Answer Button!

Inside the box

Basically, it plugs into the mono Tungsten C outlet and splits the audio to allow for mono audio through both ears which sounds very good in my opinion. To top it all off, they added a built-in mic in the middle of the cord which works very well also.

The adapter

The built-in mic is made for recording audio between 1-2 feet away from its source. I have tested in at even longer distances and the recording is very clear and well done. I have been extremely impressed with the quality of this product and its mic capabilities. It even has an “answer button” which activates Palm’s voice recording application and is very useful.

Plugged in

If you have a Tungsten C and have yet to solve your “mono problem” then you should give this product a try. It is a very simple fix, but, in my opinion, it is the best solution for enhancing your Tungsten C’s audio and recording capabilities.

-Brock

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11 Responses to “PPCtechs’ Mono to Stereo Adapter”

  1. Hi,
    in fact, I still can remember a funky set of headphones from Sigma that shipped with my workstation. They had a “mono” toggle that connected both speakers in paralell, esssentially doing what the adapter does..

    Anyways, great review! Keep going on..
    Best regards
    Tam Hanna

  2. Hi, Can it use for TX ? Although TX has no built-in Mic, but with hope it still have a connection on the output jack like TC have for Mic support.

  3. Hi Ihandra,

    I’m afraid this adapter will not work for your TX because our output sizes are different. The TC has a mono output while you have a stereo output.

    However, one of the authors here Dmitry Grinberg did a hardware hack on the TX. If you feel brave then you should try it, and let us know how it goes. Here is the link. Good luck!

    http://www.palminfocenter.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=29941&start=0

  4. Thanks man
    i think i am not going to do some hack action here …
    coz it will break the warranty.
    actually i do not have the palm T|X but my friend does.
    i am still using my T3

  5. You might want to mention that it is not _really_ a Stereo adapter. The product indicates “split mono” which is more to the point, in that it really routes an identical signal to the other ear, which as you know is not stereo. What you get is isolated sound; actually removing outside interference so you might be able to hear the Tungsten C more clearly, which in itself is not a bad thing, but you still get only one dimensional sound, rather than three dimensional sound, which is left, center, right in the case of true Stereo. This is impossible with the Tungsten C since both channels are irrevocably summed together in the internal audio processor.

  6. Recently I read that you can enable stereo output on the Tungsten|C by disabling the micro. But don’t ask me where I found this. Perhaps I’ll find the link…

    Alex

  7. Hi Bill,

    Thanks for your comment. Yes, I am pretty sure these are made. I would go to a Radioshack or another electronic store and ask for one. I’ve seen them before so I don’t think you would have a problem finding one. I hope this helps!

    -Brock

  8. Help plse. I use a headset when travelling by air. It terminates in a mono male plug. Latest A/C have 2 pin sockets in the seat arms. is there an adapter, single male to twin male adapter ?
    Would be grateful for you help here.
    Bill Guest

  9. Brock, appreciate your reply and I’ll head for my radio spares outlets. Jessops, Martins etc: I do not believe I have a Radio Shack in my vicinity and I could not identify my need on their website.
    Again my thanks. 1 more query, where do I get a “URL” as called for above ?

    Bill Guest

  10. Do you mean for the PPCtechs adapter? That URL would be http://www.pocketpctechs.com/main.asp?unit=Palm_Tungsten_C-177&area=accessories

    Let me know if this was the URL you were looking for.

    Have a great day.
    -Brock

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