Originally Posted by NamelessPFG
Wait a minute, I just thought of something.
If you go the receiver route, how are you going to handle voice chat with the PS3? They're generally not made with that in mind.
If it's not a necessity, then you don't need to connect the Recon3D's USB cable to the PS3 in the first place, just as long as it's getting powered through the USB port. That means that in theory, you could just leave it connected to both PC and PS3 all the time. (But it's best that I actually test this in practice, just to make sure there aren't any unforeseen complications.)
That's what I've done all along with my Recon3D. The USB stays plugged into the back of my (ATX) computer, and the optical plugged into my console (an Xbox 360). My Gigabyte motherboard, like many I assume, provides power through the rear USB ports even if the computer is shut off (to charge portable music players, etc). All I have to do is push a small switch on the side between PC and Xbox (the optical or 3.5mm jack input). The Recon3D's ribbon-style extension cord for headphone & mic are nice, but everything sits so close to me that I haven't bothered with it except once to test that it worked.
There are only 2 minor complications with that setup.
1.) if something is plugged into the optical port while the Recon3D is in PC mode, you can't access the PC driver settings. Easy fix: unplug the optical cable the first time you want to play with settings, and you can safely leave the optical plugged in any other time using PC or Console audio.
2.) When the Recon3D has power, the blue light keeps me awake in my bedroom. Easy fix: unplug the USB connector at the Recon3D unit's end at night, and plug in my cellphone to charge overnight which happens to use the same USB connector type (LG).
I don't know of any other device besides the Recon3D that allows console hookup, AND acts as a USB external soundcard for PC (Mac and Windows). That was the main reason I bought it. You could try a receiver via Optical or HDMI, which is what I did before I got the Recon3D, but you don't get the full 3D surround setup possible from your computer, just a 5.1 mix, downmixed into virtual headphone. I will say my receiver's headphone amp section is more powerful, but it also is a big fat device (hard to hide) that loves lots of wires and uses lots of electricity.
I think the PS3 has an optical output... I'd recommend you just use that so you could leave your wires plugged in. Nobody on PS3 uses chat anyway, or at least wired chat, right?Edited by Evshrug - 10/7/12 at 9:45pm