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I just have mine plugged into the back of my board. If you need the extra omph without spending too much, the apple USB-c to 3.5mm does a surprisingly good job. If you get this ( SENNHEISER PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_8BZ0C4AJWADG7WTFC2SR ) you can plug it into the adapter and the mic will work with it as well.
You may have to use the other cable if your laptop doesn't support separate mic inputs. Also that port may not support the two in one cable either.
You can try to his also. Get an apple usb-c to 3.5mm dongle and this adapter.
SENNHEISER PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_glt_fabc_EA88G3MWH4WCM3H284J8?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
If your mic works like that then it's something messed up with your Mobo.
Other last option. Crank your mic input volume to 100% if you didn't already do it and give it an extra 10db mic boost.
Astro mixamp if you want an amp that can handle both game audio + a game chat (mic).
IF youre ok with an amp just boosting your headset for game audio , you can grab a nice dac amp for $50-$60 off Amazon. I use a dac amp with my Audio Technicas and they sound great. If I want to use my headset + a mic (ModMic in my case), I plug them into my Xbox controller’s 3.5 mm port using an audio y cable. Link at the bottom if you’re interested.
The mod mic as has been mentioned works quite well. You just need an adapter so you can plug in both the headphones and mic. I use this https://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Adapter-Headsets/dp/B00IM36VU0
As for headphones the ones mentioned here a decent , you can checkout /r/Headphones or head-fi.org. Unless you get a dac/amp in the mix you’ll want something easy to drive. Unfortunately I don’t think you can use a USB dac amp with the xb1x or series X but I could be wrong.
Good luck with the hunt. It can be maddening until you finally settle on something and listen to them for the first time.
I’ve got a rather expensive set so I won’t suggest them. I do use them for everything though so I could somewhat justify the outlay but I’d probably aim a bit lower were I to do it again.
I have heard good things about the Hifiman Sundara fwiw ($350 msrp).
Drop had the Meze 99 Noirs on for $200 which might be worth digging in a bit to too.
Do you need a specific length cable? Sennheiser actually has their own splitter cable and works very well. I use it with my Sennheiser gaming headset. It’s pretty short but here is the Amazon link for you to check it out:
Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ukekFb55EXNQA
You need either a USB soundcard/DAC with microphone input, or you can use a 4-pole headphone/inline mic adapter such as this: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=psdc_2267280011_t3_B07DB35B4B
It should register as a pair of headphones with a mic even if you don't have something plugged into the female audio side. I think this solution should be better than most USB soundcards unless you're going to spend >$50 or so as the internal one is quite good.
You can use any wired headset with the amp.
You would only need a special cable if the end of your headset cable has separate audio and microphone connections, in that case you would need to get a y-adapter that combines them into a single 4-pole connection.
Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_LPEVCbTX8NP6J
There are less expensive options that work just as well.
Yes you can use the command center as it would be used with the amp regardless of the headset used.
I previously had a similar setup to what you have now just with different headphones. my first guess is that your audio adapter isn't 4 pole which you need for both the headphones and the mic to come through. I've tried several different adapters and this one has been the most reliable in the past Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter
USB sound cards are not compatible with Xbox, that is true. Get a “Y” split audio cable off of Amazon, should fix your issue. That being said the 3.5mm jack on the Xbox controllers are super unreliable. Every day on this sub there is someone on here w/ a post about a faulty jack and no audio coming through. Even my brand new Sea of Thieves 3.55 port went out after the first two weeks of owning it
Rather than using that adapter, use the one made by Sennheiser. It’s also available on Amazon and it works perfectly fine for me. I use a zalman lapel microphone with my Sony MDR 7550 IEMs with the Sennheiser adapter.
Sennheiser PCV 05 Audio Combo Adapter for PC Gaming Headsets https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_TVpoBbKQJS2HB
I use something like this with my Android and it works great to force the right input. I then use a normal splitter off the OP-1 to get headphones in as well.
Not sure if it works on iPhone.
I just bought this sennheiser adapter for my PS4:
Sennheiser PCV 05 Audio Combo Adapter for PC Gaming Headsets https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0?ref=yo_pop_ma_swf
I haven’t got my microphone yet in the post but my roommate bought the same adapter to use with his PS4 and it works like a charm.
Might test a separate microphone jack alongside the sennheiser jack later when I get home. It's a long shot but do you think this would work?
Just buy sennheiser pc 2 and an y cable works great and is cheap and a lot better than xbox og headset, the only side down i bought the same y cable in another amazon (spain) the one nearest my country and was very cheap at the time like 6\7 euros
I have a wired one which relied on a USB connection, but I grabbed this nifty device so I can now plug it into my PS4 controller.
Best 15 bucks I ever spent.
That adapter works and has been reliable for years. I would avoid cheaply built no-name versions with thinner cables. I got a cheap one first and it broke in a short time probably due mechanical stress.
I'm sorry, but this sounding engineering is a new concept for me. How would I plug in my green cable (listening) and red cable (voice) into this device? I'll order it now, just need to know how to set it up first, unless I need to get a combo audio adapter like this?
then just plug it into the headphone jack and just disregard those 4 side plug ins?
> Windows speaker or microphone volume levels?
Sort of -- in windows if you go to recording devices in sound options and go to the properties of the device, there's a volume slider (which is at 100), and also something labeled (I think) "decibel boost" with settings 0dB, 10dB, 20dB, and 30dB. Defaults to 0, trying to keep it there (because then I don't key up), but sometimes on Discord people complain that they can't hear me and I turn it up. But (just tested this morning) sometimes even when it's set to 0dB people can hear me. So there's definitely something else going on.
> What game are you playing?
WoW, but I'm using Discord to talk.
> What is the sound/mic combiner adapter you refer to?
https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM36VU0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o07_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 The Game Zero's default cable has separate input and output cables but my laptop only has a combined port, so I was using that for a while. But then I realized the headset came with a separate cable that already had them combined, so I'm using that instead.
i read the reviews on it so i'm a little hesitant on that one, would this be basically the same thing?
you don't need an amp for the 598s as they're 50 ohms, so they aren't too hard to drive, but if you just plug them straight into your controller, you will only get stereo audio. that's fine if you don't play many FPS games or don't care for surround, but you get a lot out of the 598s in terms of positions of enemies/teammates if you have simulated surround or 5.1. If anything, I'd try to get the DSS2 for that surround audio. should be able to find a used one for $40-$50 on amazon/ebay or wherever else. you'll also need a splitter to plug in your headphones/modmic which is really cheap, something like this... sennheiser combo audio adapter.
if you get the DSS2 as well, you'll also need a long 3.5mm to 3.5mm cable to get party/game chat audio to go with it. If you don't get the DSS2, then you'll just need that combo adapter, plug both the mic and headphones into the adapter, then plug that into your controller and you're set.
I was thinking if I got some type of adapter like this.
Only it would have 2 Audio inputs that I can use. Does something like that exist?
Mic quality is superb, ahve actually recvd compliments from friends in party chat on how clear my voice comes through! Only thing I forgot to mention is you'll need a splitter..I use the Sennheiser and it works great!
EDIT: Yes it is 100% detachable, it comes with a small connector that sticks to your headphones, so you can place it wherever you find it most comfortable.
I bought a replacement cord for my Sennheiser headphones from Amazon. It's been working pretty well for a year now. Maybe you'll have luck looking around there.
This product is suggested when I go to the product page for the PC 330: Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter
Should work fine, controller is a bit finicky TRRS connectors though so for some things the microphone doesn't fully work, from what I hear, this Y connector works really well though.
As for the low volume, yeah PS4 controller is pretty low voltage and doesn't get very loud even with fairly low impedance headphones, if you want it louder you'd need an amp FiiO E6 is probably your best bet for something small enough to plug into the controller.
Otherwise, I'd splurge on a Mixamp or a DSS2 or some other 7.1 Audio mixer.
there are cheaper version but searching for this kind of device through key words is kinda awekward.
If your headset does have 2 connectors, you can buy an adapter which will allow it to work. http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM36VU0/ref=oh_details_o07_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
I use that adapter with my Sennhesier PC360, and it works flawlessly.
That's the one I use. I'm sure there are cheaper adapters out there but I wanted that one because it matches the cables from the headset, and I didn't want to worry about quality issues.
I use a ModMic 5 with my Sennheiser HD 650.
This adapter to split.
This cable to make it less annoying
The cable doesn't seem to be in stock anymore, but you get the idea.
Plug the cable into your controller, the splitter into the cable, the mic into the mic input of the splitter, and your headphones into the headphone input of the splitter.
Make sure any cables you get are 4-pole so it supports stereo audio plus the microphone.
The mic is detachable (magnetic) and looks like this attached.
https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_glt_fabc_FX3HDVE1R9253W209HXJ if you're playing out of the controller.
The sennheiser GSP300 is for multiple devices so it has a split Mic and Headset pins (some laptops have 2 jack ports for mic and headset).... So it also comes with the combining jack https://assets.sennheiser.com/img/9034/x1_desktop_GSP300-stack-06.jpg You can buy the combination part here (Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter) https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0
Okay, so the stackmat timer outputs audio clicks which represents the data. If you listened with headphones, you can hear what's happening easily.
The problem (I'm guessing here) is that your laptop has a TRRS connection, but the cable being used is only TRS. (Tip Ring Ring Sleeve)
The TRRS is used for headphones with a mic; you have Ground, Left channel, Right Channel, Microphone.
The issue comes in where the laptop isn't 'hearing' everything. Your splitter isn't going to fix that issue though. It LOOKS like it's a channel splitter, not a headphone/microphone splitter. It would likely react the same way if you plug the cable directly into the laptop.
What happens if you partially plug in the cable directly to the laptop? You might have to move it a bit so it's loose or not fully plugged in, (and it won't hurt anything, the voltage is quite low and won't catch stuff on fire) to get the laptop to properly hear the output from the timer.
You might need a proper adapter like this:
This would let you plug in the cable from the stackmat timer into the microphone (pink) jack in the adapter and that SHOULD work.
Hopefully this helps.
Ah, had no idea about this adapter. I'm going to try this first since it would arrive tommorow with Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0/
However, if that does not work I'll order that Antlionaudio one. Really appreciate it.
I would like to have audio come from my receiver which is then connected to my headphones. Then for the mic I am hoping that adapter will work that will hook up to the controller just for the mic only.
I’ve personally have been using this one for years and haven’t had any problems with it. Currently I also use a mod mic with them as well.
Yes they work, but maybe not all. Here's what I use (great quality) with my headset and Antlion Audio ModMic:
get some variation of this thing?
For anyone who has a heaphone, attached mic, amp setup. How did you do it so you could hear game chat and others can hear you?
Sennheiser hd 599, schiic fulla or schiic hel or soundblaster g6, modmic
I havent bought these yet but the Sennheiser and modmic im certain i will for sure buy.
So from what i understand its,
xbox to amp
amp to headphones and mic via splitter(which i will link below this)
amp to xbox headset adapter via 4 pole 3.5mm cable
Does this setup above allow you to hear game chat and allow others to hear you? Anyone with this setup? Anyone with a setup that allows what i mentioned(game chat)? Help is desperately needed!
First, my pleasure, always enjoy helping out for the sake of just helping :)
I should ask, are you used to gaming with any audio effects such as Virtual 5.1, Virtual 7.1, THX software, Creative Labs software, or the like? If so, DON’T! These cans are STEREO ONLY and the ‘less is more’ mantra totally applies! You‘ll definitely want to check your Sound Settings and remove any enhancements, virtual surround sound, or similar. Make sure you’re using the Stereo or Headphone option in your Sound Settings in the Control Panel. Listening in pure stereo sounds awesome with these as they’re open back and designed to listen in pure stereo mode. Either way, add that to your ‘to do’ list, you’re really gonna want to double check the hell outta your Sound Settings! There will still be a period of getting used to the new sound signature, albeit a much more comfortable one.
Next up, let’s talk about the most cost efficient products to enhance your experience. I own all of the following products and tested them extensively. They work!
First up is the <strong>Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter for the PC37X</strong> (interestingly enough it comes packaged with the 38X, but I prefer the design of the 37X, and the HD 599 drivers simply kick ass and are worth a lot more when you think about the tremendous value that the 37X punches!) Right now it’s $14.45 on Amazon with Free Prime Shipping. I purchased one with my headset as you’re gonna see in just a moment how valuable this little gem is!
In a nutshell, the PCV 05 allows you to plug in both the speaker and mic connectors to a standard 3.5mm TRRS connector, e.g. any phone that still has a headphone jack, any DAC that allows for a TRRS connection, etc. As you are probably aware, the TRRS has multiple conductors to allow for left and right channel audio, the mic, and a ground. If you are plugging the green ‘speaker’ cable directly into a TRRS jack, you may be making unwanted contact, resulting in an unwarranted ground, crosstalk, etc. Bad idea. Even if I’m plugging my speaker into a dedicated speaker line, and simply NOT USING my mic, like to just listen to some tunes, I will carefully use a <strong>Velcro Cable Tie</strong> to ensure my red (or pink) mic cable is out of the way, gently folded backwards, and not touching anything conductive. I’d pick up a set of those <strong>Velcro Cable Ties</strong> anyhow as they are the best, quickest, and cheapest ($11.99 for 100 Pcs.), cable management solution I’ve found.
Next up, If you don’t already have an headphone amp and want an ‘OK’ starter amp that won’t break-the-bank, <strong>check out this one</strong> as it’ll work with devices up to ~300Ω impedance just fine. It’s a Chinese import, but some of them are very, very good right now (more on that in a bit). I’ve personally tried it, like it, and though not a ‘killer’ or ‘rock star’ grade amp, it’s sturdy, designed well, has all the basics covered (H/L Gain, rechargeable, great battery life, comes with cables, and yada yada), and will only set you back $28.99 on Amazon and you guessed it — with Free Prime Shipping — and the battery doesn’t suck!
If you want a beefier amp, something for the desktop, IMHO the best one you could find for under $100 is the <strong>DROP O2 (Objective 2) Headphone Amp</strong>. I would personally recommend the “medium gain” flavor unless you have or are planning on using headphones between 300Ω and 600Ω impedance in the very near future. I could also easily tell you how to make the “medium gain” variety into a “standard gain” variety in about 15-minutes by soldering two jumper wires to the PCB. So, I would say to get the “medium gain” option to most people. Just make sure to get the 120V model if in the United States. It’s really just the AC adapter, but you want to double check this on checkout. I personally think it’s worth the $95 MSRP, but they do have sales frequently enough. You may also be lucky enough to snag one off eBay for less like I did. I was extremely fortunate to find one brand new for just $52!!! :D
Now, if you haven’t heard of <strong>DROP</strong>, you have no idea what you’re missing!!! The deals they have are phenomenal (most of the time); as I already mentioned, they have sales regularly; but the <strong>Audiophile Forums</strong> are really what I would recommend based on what we’ve now discussed. You will learn so much in a short period of time, you won’t know what hit you! You will also have easy access to many knowledgeable people in the hobby to ask questions to. Let’s say you wanted to ask your original question on DROP, you’d just have to go to their <strong>PC37X page</strong>, and subsequently scroll down and pick “Q&A” to post a question, or start a thread under “Discussions,” plus you could read many solid “Reviews” from actual audiophile customers who know and use the product. If you join, please LMK as I’m registered as SuperFlyEDSguy, and the Sennheiser Community Manager is VERY active as he could be found as Evshrug.
My final piece of advice on hardware is going to be about DACs. The bottom line is that you don’t have to spend an arm and a leg! Period. What if I told you that there is a DAC that can do a native 24-bit/96 kHz or 32-bit/384 kHz (device depending) that will set you back just $10! That’s right, ‘TEN Dollars,’ you’d think I’m shitting you, right?! Let’s say that the $10 model can only do audio-out and has a standard 3.5mm TRS connector… but, you could get one with bidirectional audio using a 3.5mm TRRS connector for only $30 (‘THIRTY Dollars’)?! It’s a reality, and it’s called the <strong>Odyssey HD DAC</strong> by <strong>Venture Electronics</strong> — a Chinese company — who makes some of the best sounding stuff I’ve heard yet, and most of it being extremely inexpensive! I’d strongly recommend saving a $100+ and buying one (or a couple as I did) for the price of a couple cups of coffee! If you haven’t heard of VE, just lookup some reviews on their <strong>MONK PLUS earbuds</strong> as I think you’re in for a HUGE surprise! I’m only going to say that I own them, and they’re in my ‘go to bag,’ but I’ll let the reviews say the rest! This is what I meant about buying the right products from Chinese manufacturers, you’ll get the quality you want and save a small fortune while doing so!
Just a quick note regarding the Odyssey HD DAC: You don’t need the TRRS model for a phone if just listening as I known when I’m listening, the ringer is off or the phone is in airplane mode. The TRS model will do just fine for listening only. Remember though what I said above, if your going from the PC37X speaker connection using a TRS connection, you can safely plug in the green-tipped cable, and move the pink one out of the way. If you want to use the mic on the other hand, you’ll need the PCV 05 adapter, same if using a DAC in the middle, it’ll require a TRRS connection. It’s entirely up to you, but either method is not going to set you back very much at all!
Please hit me up on DROP if you sign-up (I’m NOT an affiliate or anything, just a huge fan!), and say “Hi!”
Best of luck, and again, it’s been a pleasure to help you on your journey :)
~ Jay ✌️
i use the SENNHEISER splitter on amazon
works like a charm
Here ya go
It’ll almost definitely work because I use my Sony WH-1000XM3 and a ModMic on PS4.
For the curious, you need an audio adapter for this setup to work.
Is this the tier 3 (best in your opinion)?
That pc uses a combo jack so you could use and adapter like this: https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0
Sennheiser makes a splitter like this
Sennheiser PCV 05 Audio Combo Adapter for PC Gaming Headsets https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_VfwtDbA89HDZH
Sure - Here you go.
Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://smile.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_apa_i_ASFwCb33W6PK7
One for the mic, one for the headphones. If you're using a tri-pole laptop, you'll need a Y-adapter that combines the two plugs into one.
Sennheiser PCV 05 will do the trick. I use it for my PC37x headset. The key is that it used a four-pole which is what Mac requires.
Sennheiser PCV 05 Combo Audio Adapter https://www.amazon.com/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_i_ffEaCbBF8RBMD
Plus this: https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0
Plus Dolby Atmos.
this is what I use with my modmic and headphones
Sennheiser PCV 05 Audio Combo Adapter for PC Gaming Headsets https://www.amazon.ca/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_YhZPAbDHZDP3G
I just ordered this. Reply to me on Wednesday or Thursday and I’ll let you know if it works
Looks like you need both the Y splitter and either:
Controller that already has the 3.5mm port
a USB-3.5mm adapter
Sennheiser 363D along with the combo audio adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM36VU0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 to use on my XB1 and PS4, love em they are loud and sound great.
This is probably the official one: https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0/
There are a lot of companies that make the same thing but for cheaper, many of which should also be fine, but the quality varies. StarTech is an OK brand, at least the one cable I bought from them, and they make one, available on Amazon for $6.39.
Technical details of what you need:
If you go digging around for other products, avoid cables that let you use two sets of headphones and also avoid cables meant for camcorders. They will look similar but won't work for your purposes.
Well I do have the adapter for the headset, so if I use that will the mic still work being plugged into the DAC?
My setup is as follows and i have no problems.
Audio technica m50x
Sennheiser splitter (https://www.amazon.ca/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Adapter-Headsets/dp/B00IM36VU0)
It looks like it says it comes with a PCV 07 adapter which I can only assume makes the two 3.5mm mic/headphone into one 4 pole mic/headphone jack. Should be very similar to this based on this picture in the product link
I can't see any reason this wouldn't. I think that_random_italian is wrong when he says it won't.
From reading the questions on it's Amazon page it seems like it needs an adapter like this.
something like this will work. https://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1479245576&sr=8-8&keywords=pc+headset+to+xbox+adapter
There are cheaper ones available if you search
Thanks for the help, hoping to find one locally but no luck. Got this from Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM36VU0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Gonna use my Sennheiser 363d with the combo audio adapter https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IM36VU0/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o03_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Could be something wrong with the cable or plug. I use a Y adapter for my ATH-M50x headphones and an inline mic and it works perfectly on my DS4.
The cheap version:
Plug mic and headphones into splitter, then both into Xbox One controller.
Expensive(ish) version with better sound:
TurtleBeach DSS2(note I linked the headset because it's cheaper than buying the DSS2 separately)
Plug the Xbox One optical out into the DSS2 and the USB from the DSS2 into the Xbox One. Plug the mic into the splitter and the splitter into the controller. Plug the 3.5mm to 3.5mm extension cable (included w/ the DSS2) from the Headphone port on the splitter to the AUX port on the DSS2. Plug your headphones into the DSS. Go into Xbox One settings and turn your game volume down to 0 so that your controller only outputs chat audio, then switch your audio on your console to Dolby Digital optical out.
Basically what this does is sends the chat audio into the DSS2, then the DSS2 sends both the optical sound and the chat audio directly to your headphones. The DSS2 will give you higher quality audio (since it's not wireless) and virtual surround sound.
EDIT: I found a picture of what I'm talking about, but this is referencing the Astro Mixamp (the DSS2 does the same thing): picture
You can put everything into the controller if you wish....http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0
If your controller doesn't have the 3.5mm port, then you'll need a newer controller or the Stereo Headset Adapter. The Y adapter will be something like this:
yea, but if you want to use the mic you need an adapter like this:
(i went through a couple cheap ones first and the quality was trash and they added a buzz or just didn't work, so ended up going with these: http://www.amazon.com/Sennheiser-PCV-05-Combo-Adapter/dp/B00IM36VU0 which are pretty expensive considering what it is, but they worked and the quality is good)
and if you have an old xbone controller (without the 3.5mm jack) you need an xbone headset adapter.
I use this adapter with my PC headset:
Here's the link to the Sennheiser one as well.
Just in case. They seem to perform the same.
I bought and use this one:
Bit pricey - there are cheaper ones on Amazon as well. ($5 ish)
Get the Sennheiser Y cable on Amazon. It's high quality and is what I've used with my modmic since the first day I got it.
If your mixamp still works you can use it with higher end headphones. Here is an example of some tinkering that worked amazingly on consoles outputting in 5.1 via optical. I've found the mixamp is a little on the weaker side, and my headphones are a bit on the tinny side if driven weakly, so it was necessary to set the volume low and double amp to get good volume with good lows out of them, though your mileage may vary. This little adapter lets you toss in a mic. My personal preference on that front is the antlion modmic.
Looks like you just need a Y-adapter - I use this for my Sennheiser PC360 headset and it works just fine. Ps, that is the videogamiest headset name I've ever heard.