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Just quick heads up, thanks to everyone who has helped me over last few months on this part of the forums buy my headphones and sound card. Love my Beyer DT 770s. <3

So anyways I just recently got an Xbox 360 and its hooked up directly next to my PC and my PC monitor (one button on monitor switches between DVI and HDMI). I really want to use my headphones for both my PC and Xbox 360 because my monitor speaker quality is average. Is there any way to achieve this successfully?

I was looking at this: http://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Stereo-Male-Female-inch/dp/B000I98ZYG/ref=pd_sim_vg_6

My monitor is right next to my PC and I plug my headphones currently into the back of my PC.

I was also thinking if that 3.5mm splitter thing doesn't work, I could try getting a extender to a 3.5mm? So I buy two of them, connect one to the back of my PC sound card and another to my monitor and whenever I want to switch between PC and Xbox I can just unplug my headphones from one and plug into another?

If there are any other ways of doing this I am all ears! smile.gif

Another question is I need to get a microphone for both PC and Xbox 360. I was going to get a Zalman Clip On Mic but now that I have an Xbox 360 (btw I only bought it for exclusive titles) I want to have the option to use a microphone for both. Is there any microphones that can do both that is relatively cheap or do I have to get two separate?

Thirdly my headphones have a long cable and sometimes thats handy and other times its annoying when it gets caught on my chair and I have to fish it out. Is there anything I can get it to stop pestering me (I can just simply cable tie it into a small bundle behind my monitor but I like to have the length if I want to move far away from my computer for example).

Anyway thanks again guys hopefully you can help!
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The mic would have to be plugged directly into the xbox controller, unless they changed that. I used to have a similar setup and I used optical out from the xbox to the line in on my soundcard. So all you would need is an optical cable and a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter for the mic to work with the xbox.
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The mic would have to be plugged directly into the xbox controller, unless they changed that. I used to have a similar setup and I used optical out from the xbox to the line in on my soundcard. So all you would need is an optical cable and a 3.5 to 2.5 adapter for the mic to work with the xbox.

Didn't even think about Optical. Cheers for the information, seems like the easiest way to do it. However will sound quality be affected by it (especially through my computer).

So if I get a 3.5 to 2.5 mm adapter for the Xbox 360 controller I can use a microphone like a Zalman Clip On or will it not register it?

Also just thought, is it possible to somehow be able to connect my monitor speakers when I also have my headpones in? I currently don't have my front audio connected to my ASUS DG and don't have the patience to rip apart my computer completely essentially to get the single cable to connect to the sound card (I would have to take off my motherboard the way I routed the cable originally). Only way I can see it is if I also used optical or get a splitter?
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You will need one of these:

http://www.pcbazar.com.au/steelseries-xbox-360-headset-connector-white.html

it's an adapter for XBOX360 to plug in stereo headphones and mic.
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You will need one of these:
http://www.pcbazar.com.au/steelseries-xbox-360-headset-connector-white.html
it's an adapter for XBOX360 to plug in stereo headphones and mic.

I'm not totally sure. Thing is I don't want to be going to the back of my computer to unplug and replug in these wires all the time. I guess this could work if I got two 3.5mm extenders and put them out in front of my computer so I can do an easy swap (like I stated previously).

Though the optical way does sound a lot easier but that can't use mic can it? Also I am using HDMI if that has any affect?
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I have actually tried this kind of thing. I used to own a Sennheiser PC350, and I bought a couple of 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapters to try and plug the mic in to the controller, but it didn't work. I tried two different adapters with two different mics. If you want to use a headset on your Xbox (with mic), you need the SteelSeries Spectrum Audio Mixer: http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Spectrum-Audio-Mixer-Xbox-360/dp/B004BK45CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330479300&sr=8-1

I would also recommend simply getting a pair of extensions so that you can switch between PC and Xbox quickly.
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I have actually tried this kind of thing. I used to own a Sennheiser PC350, and I bought a couple of 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapters to try and plug the mic in to the controller, but it didn't work. I tried two different adapters with two different mics. If you want to use a headset on your Xbox (with mic), you need the SteelSeries Spectrum Audio Mixer: http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Spectrum-Audio-Mixer-Xbox-360/dp/B004BK45CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330479300&sr=8-1

I would also recommend simply getting a pair of extensions so that you can switch between PC and Xbox quickly.
You must be doing something wrong because I also did this with a pc350. I even had a crappy adapter that ended up getting stuck on the mic and had to break it to get it off of there.

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I have actually tried this kind of thing. I used to own a Sennheiser PC350, and I bought a couple of 3.5mm to 2.5mm adapters to try and plug the mic in to the controller, but it didn't work. I tried two different adapters with two different mics. If you want to use a headset on your Xbox (with mic), you need the SteelSeries Spectrum Audio Mixer: http://www.amazon.com/SteelSeries-Spectrum-Audio-Mixer-Xbox-360/dp/B004BK45CO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1330479300&sr=8-1
I would also recommend simply getting a pair of extensions so that you can switch between PC and Xbox quickly.

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You must be doing something wrong because I also did this with a pc350. I even had a crappy adapter that ended up getting stuck on the mic and had to break it to get it off of there.
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Confused now? So should I just need an adapter or what? :X

No clue what to do now tbh. :X
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