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Old 09-18-2002, 03:07 PM   #1
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PC Sound system/wiring question, but need knowledge of some of the peeps on here :)

I'm having a wiring problem at the minute which is related to my PC which I know is O.T to ICE but I'm pretty sure someone with ICE wiring/equiment knowledge will be able to help.

I have 2 PC's. To keep things as simple as possible I play games on one and have some chat software running on the other. I have a headset with a mic. I want to be able to listen to the output from both the Games PC and the Chat software on the 2 seperate systems on the same headset at the same time. I could obviously goto an electronics store and buy 4 or 5 connectors/splitters and manipulate the output from each machine into one and plug the headset in, but thats not goign to work becuase the gain etc. The headset has a male 3.5mm stero socket, and both systems have female 3.5mm stereo output sockets.

Can anyone suggest how I can resolve this if at all ? I suppose why I'm trying to do or get is something like a pre-amp in reverse. Reduce the signal coming from each machine down to 50% so the headset gets a maximum of 100% not 200%.

I'd just like to point out I do more than just play games but explaining with the games and chat program is probably the most clear cut way I can think of hehe. If I really shouldn't be posting to the ICE forum and it causes a problem feel free to move it, I'm just trying to question the correct group of people.

Thanks for any help,
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Old 09-18-2002, 03:32 PM   #2
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I understand what you're saying, and I think I have a solution for you. Really, you might need to go out to an electronics store after all. See if you can find a 2 female to 1 male 3.5" connector. You won't be over-amplified sounds. What you'll hear on the headphones will be equal to what you'd hear if you had hooked up the headphones to each computer seaperately. Correct me if I'm wrong, but it seems as if your main concern is that there would be too much comming into the headphones at once? I can assure you that the sound produced via the signal conbiner will be equal to listening to each signal seprately. Alternatively, if you do need to reduce the signal, most shops that carry the aforementioned item will also cary in-line volume adjustors. Have you ever seen headphones with a volume knob built into the cord? The premise is similiar for the unit I'm talking about, and that might help if you ever want to turn down one signal or the other. I hope this helped!
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Old 09-18-2002, 03:43 PM   #3
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connect the line out from PC1 to the line in on PC2 and then use te headset on PC2 and you should hear everything as long as the line in is not muted. If you want to listen to everything on PC1 then swap the wires around.
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