Headset dillema

Discussion in 'Console Gaming' started by cmdrdredd, Nov 7, 2012.

  1. cmdrdredd

    cmdrdredd Lifer

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    I have not seen this information anywhere and need help. I have a unique situation, well...maybe not unique but enough so that I don't see anyone else with a solution.

    I have a PS3 and Xbox 360 hooked up via HDMI to a high end receiver that then outputs the video to my TV. I want to get a good headset for late night gaming but don't want surround from a headset (I find stereo to sound better).

    So why do the good stereo headsets use analog connections and will I be able to somehow use HDMI + analog at the same time? None of the documentation from the manufacturers have any information about this. I do notice the Astro A40s use optical but the problem is I have no optical port on my Xbox system since I simply run HDMI.

    What is the solution? Just use the cheap Microsoft headset along with my speakers? That leaves out my PS3. I know the PS3 can use dual connections at once as turtle beach has this as the recommended way to connect but for the Xbox they only show analog, not HDMI. Further I would not mind if it also worked for PC. I was looking at the Sennheiser U320 because it works across all platforms but again, analog connections. I do understand analog for stereo but how can I run HDMI out for my TV but use my headset instead of HDMI for the audio? Is this possible on the xbox 360(I know the PS3 allows this as I used to use HDMI video and optical audio until I upgraded my receiver)?

    Also is there such a thing as an adapter that allows a 3.5mm microphone connection to fit the Xbox mic port on the controller? Such as if I were to get a high end set of headphones with no mic and add a separate mic to it.
     
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    cmdrdredd Lifer

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    Actually I think I fixed my problem. You can buy an adapter for both the PS3 and Xbox that will give you microphone, chat sound, and game sound with a standard PC headset. So I could bypass a lot of things this way. Might help someone else with a similar question.

    http://theheadsetbuddy.com/pc-headset-gaming-console-adapters
     
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    BenSkywalker Elite Member

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    Your receiver doesn't have headphone out?

    Just so you know, those hookups you linked are very cheap and likely have very crappy DACs which defeats the usefulness of a high end headset.
     
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    There's no dac...the audio comes from your receiver. All this does is pass the signal through for the microphone. What you aren't understanding is I want a microphone too. Not just headphones. Without adapters you cannot do this properly with a single headset that I've seen since you need some way to get game audio as well as mic and chat audio. All the headsets that work for consoles use analog RCA stereo for their audio in.

    headSET vs headPHONE
     
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    cmdrdredd Lifer

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    I have a sennheiser pc360 headset and an adapter that will connect to the Xbox controller for communication and run from my receiver for game sound. Also got a USB adapter for the ps3. Quality is very impressive on the sennheiser pc360s