My ears are funny. Not in the sense that people laugh about them, but they behave strange. When it comes to gaming, I have trouble finding a propper headset that doesn’t hurt them. My latest headset was a Turtle Beach XO Seven, and although i really liked it, my left ear would start to hurt after a couple of hours of play. Also it had started to peel off on the ear muffs, so i thought it was about time to have a look at a new headset.
I had 3 wishes for my new headset:
- It should fit around my ear without pressing anywhere on the actual ear (Around Ear headphones)
- It should be able to mix two audio imputs at the same time, so that i can get sound from Xbox and the phone at the same time
- It should have good quality suround sound, preferably with noice canceling features
In the end, I went with a Logitech G933, partly because it was affordable, and partly because it seemed to cover all of the above. I got a chance to try a pair on, at my local retailer, and they fit very well. This was my main concern, but i really also wanted to be able to mix the sound from my phone. This is mainly so that I could get Crew Chief to overlay on top of the game audio.
In this day and age, where your watch can tell you more about yourself than you know, and where cars can almost drive themselves, I found it impressive how tricky it was to connect the G933 to the Xbox One. It turns out, that you can’t connect it wirelesly to the Xbox One, although this should work for Playstation. Also, it can’t connect wirelesly too your phone! This was a huge surprise to me. So many devices connect to phones nowdays, that i had expected the Earphone to do so too.
The workaround here, is a clever USB mixer, that you can plug into a power suply, and connect any 3.5mm jack stick. This will then be transmitted wirelessly to your earphones. There are a few workarounds to get this to work. One of them, was a video i found, by Alexander Ptter. His solution is to attach the RCA to Jack 3.5mm cable, to the TV set, and attach that to the USB mixer. This way it will transmit the sound from your TV wirelesly to the headset. The dissadvatage is, that you lose the microphone functionality.
My work around, is to connect the Jack/Jack cable from the controller, to the mixer. For me, it also requires to have the controller connected, because it would turn off, while I use the wheel. Also, i needed to connect my phone with the earphones, through an other Jack/Jack cable, to get the sound from that at the same time. This is a whole lot of cables, some of which i needed to buy to get this working. The good thing is though, that i don’t need a propper mixer to get both sounds into the headset.