Switch headphone jack static noise

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    Yesterday I played with headphones using the headphone jack on the Switch and I immediately noticed static noise coming from them. It's a bit distracting. My Nvidia Shield does also produce static noise. All my other devices don't. I wonder if it's in any way related to Nvidia seeing that Switch and Shield use Nvidia hardware.

    Does your Switch also produce static noise? If not, try with regular in-ear headphones and see if the noise becomes noticable.
     
  2. foob

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    static noise when the headphone plug is moved or...?
     
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    No, static noise when the headphone plug is plugged in, all the time.
     
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    I have no issue with this when it's in portable mode. When it's docked, tons of static noise coming from the 3.5mm. So I can't get surround while docked currently. I would hope this is fixable but you're right: it occurs with Shield devices sometimes too.
     
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    Actually there was noise when I used it in portable mode. Never tried the headphone jack when in docked mode.
     
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    Yeah for whatever reason sound is great while portable, through headphones or connected to my PC, no buzzing noise at all. It's loud and completely overriding when I try to do the same while docked.
     
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    my dad works for nintendo.
    the problem can be caused by other devices around it, are you very close to the tv or other appliances?
    check if this happens when you use the dock in another side of the house
     
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    Thing is, I tested it in the exact same area when portable and docked, so that's the only thing that can still be making the difference.

    EDIT: Okay, it's just an issue when connected to my PC though. Portable mode connects to my PC's surround via 3.5mm mic input and works fine. In the dock it's a loud annoying buzzing. I can still use headphones while docked without issue though. So more of a specific problem for me I suppose.
     
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    yeah, that's some electrical interference thing. My laptop has some noticeable static when it's plugged in, but none when it's not.
     
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    check the tip of the plug.
    Also of times the headphone jack has different lengths and i can cause static by not lining up with what is inside.

    I had this problem on a few things. 1 headphones would work great and then that on device would buzz. Switch to another headphone and it got no buzz on that device.

    Its worth a try
     
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    Actually no matter what I do, the noise won't go away. I tried different in-ear headphones and noise was still there. What CAN I do at this point?
     
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    have you tired putting it in just a little at a time and see if you only hear noise at a giving spot?

    If so then there isnt muc that can be done. Could system be something inside the switch which isnt fully connected.
    you could give nintendo a call but there more or less going to tell you to use license headphones or something dumb
     
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    It's called hiss and is caused by poor engineering on the audio output.
    Every single Nintendo handheld I've had had this issue.
    There's pretty much nothing you can do about it other than using less sensitive earphones.
     
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    I just tried it without success.

    Oh well that's too bad. A reason more for bluetooth headset support I guess.
     
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    Sony are kings of sound. Still can't believe how much ahead they were with the PSP and Vita, both graphically and sonically. Oh well...
     
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    its only in Dock Mode for me.
    Its the same with PS4 Controller when its charging and playing the same time.