i downloaded a PDF-file version of the instruction-manual for the XP400 from the Turtle Beach website, and read it. i read in it that you have to connect a optical cable from the optical-port on the back of your PS3 into the wireless-transmitter of the XP400. and as well, connect the wireless-transmitter with a USB-cable, to one of the USB ports on your PS3.
that part i'm cool with, but here's the part that's troubling me and i need your feedback on:
i read in the XP400 user's manual that after you do the 2 previously-mentioned steps, you have to go into the PS3 Menu (also known as the "Cross-Media Bar", ie. XMB), select "Settings" > "Sound Settings" > "Audio Output Settings" >
"Optical Digital" > "Dolby Digital 5.1". now, from what i know about electronics (from my job at call-centers [for companies] that deal with electronics), this [basically] means that sound from the PS3 would no longer travel through the HDMI-cable [and] to my TV-speakers, but instead would travel through the optical-cable [and] to the XP400's wireless-transmitter. (which basically means that i would not be hearing sound from the tv anymore).
now i talked to several people about this (including one at Turtle Beach, who i corresponded with via e-mail), and 3 of them told me to activate the "Dual-Channel Output" setting on the PS3 (which according to them, would make sound travel THROUGH the optical-cable and the HDMI-cable SIMULTANEOUSLY, thereby/therefore pumping BOTH my tv AND my xp400 with sound SIMULTANEOUSLY). now, i'm interested in the XP400 because it's wireless (something my old Sony Wireless Stereo Headset had), surround sound (something my old Sony Wireless Stereo Headset had. virtually at least :-P ), and a integrated rechargeable battery (which means no having-to-buy-AA-alkaline-batteries half the time) (something my old Sony Wireless Stereo Headset also had); but it also has the "Blast Limiter" function, which, from what it sounds like (and from what i've read about), makes really loud and/or deafening noises, like explosions, gunshots, gunshot-ricochets, etc., easier on the ears [and ear-drums] (a problem i had with my old Sony Wireless Stereo headset. which [the game sounds] were so freaking loud, even at the lowest-possible "master volume"-volume setting, that they were ear-loss inducing) (which is why i'm considering getting the XP400).
anyways, back to my question and concerns to you and why i need your feedback: i'm wondering if the XP400 is just a simple and breeze to set up. what i want is this: that, when i'm using the XP400 (ie. when the damn thing is turned on :-P ), that sound comes through the headset. and that when the darn thing is NOT in use (ie. when it's turned OFF), [that] the sound comes through my television's speakers. now, is that possible with the Turtle Beach XP400, or that's not really the case? because nobody's been able to answer that question of mine yet.
everybody has either a freaking home-theater system connected to their PS3, or a "direct to headset" connection to their PS3, but NOBODY has just the plain-ol' simple "PS3 connected DIRECTLY to the tv with an HDMI cable" like i have.
please answer this question for me. thanks :-)
and thanks in advance for all your help, advice, and feedback by the way :-)
(by the way, here's a link where you can download a PDF-version of the XP400 instruction manual: http://www.turtlebeach.com/products/xbox-