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5.0 out of 5 stars Cheat and use your HDMI Audio. This Headset is Awesome!, February 4, 2010
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This review is from: PS3 Ear Force PX21 Gaming Headset (Video Game)
First of all, with the correct setup, you can use HDMI sound. If your TV is equiped with a(n) "Audio Out" then you are in buisness. TV Audio out is almost always on, even if not being used. It transfers all sound on TV to the componant plugs so you can run your tv through a sterio or any other device yo want. If you run your PS3 on HDMI, than the sound is already being transferred to this componant plug. If you already forward this sound to a tuner, you can put the P21 RCA plugs in line and reconnect to your tuner. Now, sound will go to your P21 and you DO NOT need to turn your tuner on. If you dont have sound running yet, simply buy a small 3 foot length rca set, hook up to tv, put P21 plugs in line.. and Walla! you have game sound. Doing this, you do not need to re set up your ps3 sound, and you will run full HDMI all the time. ( just make sure the red and white plugs are not touching if they are dangling )
Now, the Headset themselves, they are awesome. the buzzing sound some people here is because the red and white sound connectors are close or touching. There is still a little ambient sound but it is gone during game play.
I am currently trying to get the rest of my MW2 team to get these. I was hiding in afgan and I heard footsteps a mile a way. I got the drop over and over again... SWEEET Setup!
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Initial post: May 1, 2010 7:14:19 AM PDT
Henry Silva says:
Can you explain in detail how to set up sound for hdmi thanks

In reply to an earlier post on May 1, 2010 12:13:24 PM PDT
T. Light says:
So, presuming you are using HDMI going from PS3 to your TV. Your TV may/should have a RCA (red/white) connection on the back that allows the tv sound go to a sterio or other audio equipment. As you are aware, these headphones hook up via these rca jacks. Now, you can do 1 of two things. 1st, if you currently ARE NOT running RCA jacks from your TV to a sterio ( or other ) you will need to buy a small set of cables to hook into the ports on your TV. After you have set these cables up, simply plug in the headphones to the end of these newly installed cables. And you are now good to go. If you DO have a setup running to your sterio, just put the cables between the rca cables and the sterio equipment.
Now you can keep your PS# det on HDMI for both sound and team speak, without changing your Audio settings. The ONLY downside, is as long as your TV is on, your earphones will have sound running through, however..if volume is down.. it doesnt matter.

Posted on Mar 1, 2011 6:27:38 PM PST
Ron E. says:
Great suggestion! I simply plugged the adapter cord furnished with the PX21 into the audio output jacks on my TV, plugged the headphone jack from the PX21 into the adapter cord and turned my TV volume all of the way down. I could have muted it, but, the "Mute" box would remain floating on my screen. The only issue I seem to be having with this headset is that people on line tell me that I am "breaking up", it is fine on the audio setup on the PS3, it may be my internet connection, I am running DSL. Any feedback on this issue?
Ron E.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 6, 2011 12:05:56 AM PDT
This is not entirely correct if you have a stereo. There is no point to interfering with the audio signal to the stereo if you have one. UNLESS your TV supports 5.1 passthrough, you are getting 2 channel PCM chopped into pieces. 5.1 passthrough is not commmon to most sets; only higher end ones. What it means is that your TV, upon receiving a Full Dolby signal, faithfully retransmit it in at the minimum 5.1 channels. Most chop it up into 2 channels of lower quality sounds. That's because getting that kind of audio processing software and hardware power into a TV adds cost. And that is ONLY with a optical cable running from your TV. RCA cannot carry a 5.1 signal, only a plain old two channel signal called "stereo". Also, keep in mind that every time you pass a signal through something else or add another cable you are losing quality. Especially with an analog signal. The more cords, the more hiss and sound quality degrades further. You don't need overpriced monster cables, just better quality shielded ones with gold connectors.

If you have a stereo, turn the TV speakers off and set your TV to external speakers or whatever settting accomplishes this in manufacturer's words. I've yet to encounter a TV where the manufacturer can best a 5.1 system.

However, all of this is moot if you're solely running an HDMI to a TV. Then, the original post is right. An easier method, and more direct, is to plug in both the HDMI and and the regular RCA cable that came with your PS3. (with a 360 this is more complicated). Just plug the red and white of the PS3's into the red and white of your headset. Make sure to go to settings and select HDMI for video, but click on composite/SCART and the PS3 will know to put out plain old stereo.

My advice, as I own the same headset and have both PS3 and a 360, and it seems you have a similiar (It sounds like you have a Dolby DTS capable receiver) is this: If you have a decent reciever that can run HDMI or accepts optical audio (optical is very common now) either plug the HDMI into the receiver then the TV or; plug the HDMI into the TV for video and buy a TOSLINK/Digital optical audio cable (they're the same thing, but you'll find different variations) Now: plug the toslink into your reciever. Set the PS3 to output audio via the optical only. HDMI do the same. Verify that your receiver is getting 5.1 (at minimum) signal. My receiver shows a diagram of how many speakers are active; some just scroll what signal and the cheapest will say "digital" when you're getting one. Regardless this is important even when you're not using the headphones.

Once you have done all this, you need a special type of cable. You can plenty of decent examples on Amazon or at Radio Shack ETC. DO NOT go to Best Buy, because half the time they are inept (I forgive them because half the time they are 18) or they will push Monster cables on you. Or they only carry DYNEX cables which are fine for casual listening to the radio, but not if you are trying to get quality sound. Anyway, this cable will be called some variation of a "stereo/mini/3.5mm/1/8 male jack to a male RCA stereo Y cable." Basically its a headphone jack that turns into a Y cable with the red and white RCA's on it. Make sure to get the "sexes" correct. Just plug the headphone jack into the front headphone jack of your stereo and the red and whites into the turtle beach red and whites and you now have better sound.

This is for three reasons. One: You are not using the subpar sound processing software that the vast majority of TVs, even good ones, have. 2: The receiver, (mine is well over four years old, and was 300 bucks when I bought it) should, if Dolby 5.1 capable, also have a Dolby headphone mode, which sounds far better and cleaner. It should "click on" whenever headphones are inserted, if not use the manual. Its a simulated 4 channel surround mode and trust me even the cheapest receiver you can find today, made by a established company, is far better at processing sound than most TV's. 3: A headphone jack is solely dedicated to doing what you are asking it to do: give sound to headphones. The audio jacks on some TV's, whether they be audio outs or actual headphone jacks are often of subpar quality and in my experience can hiss even on regular headphones that have never shown any hissing before. On a stereo though, they're usually well-built and better shielded from all the nasty interference that TV's and all the other signals in your house (Wi-Fi, Cellphones ETC) put out. You'll never get rid of the hissing, but you can make it better, and you now have a more logical (and better) way of hooking up your PS3.

BONUS: You now have a cheap and easy way to listen to your Ipod on your nice stereo system. Just flip the cord around and put the red and whites into the front input of your stereo. Also, you also headphone jacks which are in front. Taking the headphones to different rooms is easy. Unless you enjoy messing around in the back of TV with wires. In which case that is not a bonus, but I doubt that.
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