How To Connect Headphones To Digital Piano/Keyboards

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Connecting headphones to your digital piano is a great way to practice it without bothering others. How to connect headphones to digital piano? 

Do you struggle to connect your headphones to your digital piano? Well, not anymore! This article will give you everything you need to know how to connect headphones to digital piano easily. No more disturbing neighbors.

Jack Sizes

# Standard Headphone Jack Size

Standard Headphone Jack Size

The standard headphone jack size is 3.5mm. You can’t really go wrong with this size, as it’s widely used and universally compatible (as long as your headphones use a standard 3.5mm jack).

# Digital Piano Headphone Jack Size

The most common digital piano headphone jack size is 2.5mm. It’s much more narrow than the standard 3.5mm version, and using these types of jacks can be potentially dangerous if you don’t know what you’re doing (like not using an adapter).

# Standard Keyboard Jack Size

The headphone jack on a keyboard has two different sizes. The standard size is 3.5mm, but there is also a specialized type called “mini-jack” which is only 2.5mm in diameter and doesn’t work with non-mini-jack headphones (and many adapters don’t fit well with mini-jacks).

How To Connect Headphones To Digital Piano

The Issue With Headphones and Digital Piano

The Issue With Headphones and Digital Piano

With the fundamental knowledge about jack sizes, you can see that there’s one problem… the digital piano’s connector is not the same as a regular stereo jack. You might have even been lucky enough to find a similar fitting headphone plug in your household, but it probably doesn’t work.

The problem is that the headphone jack on a digital piano is special. It’s designed to make and break connections over and over again. Over time these connections tend to weaken and fall off. 

The Solution? A headphone adaptor.

What’s a headphone adaptor? It’s basically a special splitter that takes your digital piano’s unique connector and splits it into two. One side is your standard stereo jack, which you plug your headphones into; the other side is designed to fit your digital piano’s unique connector. That way you can still use headphones with your digital piano, but with the added bonus of reduced wear and tear on the piano’s connector.

If you don’t want to connect your headphones directly to your digital piano, there are a couple of other options. You can use an auxilary cable plugged into the headphone jack in the back of your digital piano. That way you can use a pair of headphones with the digital piano without buying an extra adaptor. It might be expensive to buy this extra cable, but it saves space and is more convenient than connecting headphones directly to the digital piano.

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How Do You Connect Wireless Headphones to Digital Piano?

To pair a wireless headphone to a digital piano, you can follow these 2 simple steps:

Step 1

Press the headphone button on the left side of your digital piano. The red LED should light up.

Step 2 

Turn on your wireless headphones. They should have a pairing button somewhere on them that you can use to pair them with the digital piano. Press this button and the LED should light up to show they are in pairing mode.

If you haven’t paired a device before, you may need to enter a code of some sort; consult your wireless headphone instructions.

The problem with wireless headphones is that they don’t always work properly when connected to the digital piano. The reason for this is because the signal from the digital piano is too strong. So if you’re not careful, the signal can interfere with your wireless headphone’s base unit and cause communication errors.

There are a couple of solutions to this problem:

  • Solution 1: Use a wireless headphone adaptor. 

This solution works by reducing the transmission power of the digital piano to a level that is safe for your wireless headphones. The adaptor also boosts up the headphone signal to compensate for any lost audio quality.

  • Solution 2: Use a special Wireless Headphones Splitter. 

A splitter is basically a second antenna that reduces the transmission signal even more. This can solve your problem while also being cheaper than a headphone adaptor. I recommend the WizGear Splitter. This splitter has an RCA jack for connection to your digital piano, a normal 3.5mm jack that can be used by most wireless headphone adaptors, and a second RCA jack that can be used for splitting the signal even further. This is my recommended solution to use with wireless headphones.

Do All Keyboards Have A Headphone Jack?

Luckily, most keyboards now are equipped with headphone jacks. They’re usually placed in one of two places:

  • By the volume knob.
  • In the back of the keyboard.

Digital piano headphone jacks are usually in a different place than most keyboards. But most keyboards are still equipped with a headphone jack, so it’s up to you to decide what you want to do with it.

What Types of Headphone Should I Get for My Digital Piano?

Different headphones come with different features and they give you various sound quality. If you’re looking for good headphones to use with your digital piano, here are types you can get:

Over-Ear Headphones

They’re designed to be comfortable and to give your full range of hearing. This type of headphone is also designed for longer periods of use.

Balanced Headphones (Passive Noise Canceling)

These headphones use an audio processor that helps filter out unwanted noise, making them ideal for use in a recording studio. They let you listen to music without the distractions of external noise.

Earbuds (In-Ear Headphones)

This type of headphone is small and portable, which is great for travel. You can wear them even during your workouts without worrying about them falling out. This type of headphone is also more affordable than others and it fits in most pockets.

Final Words

That’s all you need to know about how headphones work with digital pianos. Now you know when to use wired and wireless headphones, what types of headphones are available, and how to connect them to your digital piano.

We hope this information was useful in learning more about how a digital piano works and its key components, which will help your music aspirations come true!

If you have any questions or comments regarding this article, please post them in the comments below.


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Leonora Christaldi
Leonora Christaldi
2 years ago

I have a NORD Electro 5D keyboard and I am trying to find something that works .. I want strickly wireless earbuds that are directly connected to the keyboard so I can better hear what I’m playing in my ear – without any wires whatsoever- while playing with my band. I have yet to find anything that will directly connect to the Nord Electro 5K synthesizer keyboards.. what do I need .. I mean a complete compatible connection & wireless (truly wireless earbuds) ?

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