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post #1 of 6
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Hello all, I hope that you can read my english, no one didn't help me in finnish forums so I try here :)

 

So my problem is that I need to get two audio lines to one headphones. One from ps3/ps4 (gameplay, ps4 later this year of course) and one from my pc (voip). I have Asus Xonar DX/XD-sound card in pc and I think that I need to use optical from consoles because there is no analog output on ps4. Ps4 will replace ps3 so only one console at a time. My headphones is Sennheiser PC 360 (50 ohms). I do not own any other devices except TV. Also I have to be able to control the balance between those two lines that I can keep voip volume down and gameplay volume up.

 

I've been searching for this kind of setup and seems to me that I need optical-to-analog-converter, mixer? and headphone amp for this.

 

Is there a headphone amp that can do all this by it self or do I need a number of equipments?

My budget is around 150-200 euros.

 

I've been googling and found these, is this going to work with these? :)

Fiio e09k - amp

Fiio d03k - converter

Omnitronic LH-010 - mixer

 

Thank you to everyone that can help me :)

post #2 of 6

I would guess an Astro Mix-amp would do what you need.

You could run the Astro's optical connection to the PS/ or PS/4 (for game play) and run the Astro's mic connection (USB or 3.5mm plug)) to the PC (for VOIP).

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I would guess an Astro Mix-amp would do what you need.

You could run the Astro's optical connection to the PS/ or PS/4 (for game play) and run the Astro's mic connection (USB or 3.5mm plug)) to the PC (for VOIP).

 

Well that looks nice! And I really like the idea that one devices do all of these things.

 
But I'm not sure is that going to work. I read couple of reviews and all they talk about is gameplay-voice-balancing working in xbox?
In the rear of MixAmp Pro there is OPT, MP3, STREAM and USB-ports. So if I connect console to optical and pc audio to mp3-port is the balancing working then between those two lines? Mic can go to pc without going through mixamp. PC is pretty far from console so I think I can't use usb-cable for voip.
 
Specs of Mixamp says "Power Output: 70mW 32ohm" so is that enough for PC 360, 50 ohms? I really dont know these things..
 
Thanks for your help :)
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Well that looks nice! And I really like the idea that one devices do all of these things.

 
But I'm not sure is that going to work. I read couple of reviews and all they talk about is gameplay-voice-balancing working in xBox?
In the rear of MixAmp Pro there is OPT, MP3, STREAM and USB-ports. So if I connect console to optical and pc audio to mp3-port is the balancing working then between those two lines? Mic can go to PC without going through mixamp. PC is pretty far from console so I think I can't use usb-cable for voip.
 
Specs of Mixamp says "Power Output: 70mW 32ohm" so is that enough for PC 360, 50 ohms? I really don't know these things..

Question?

If your in the middle of playing on the game console, should your mic not be plugged into the gaming console so you can talk to other players?

I guess you can have your PC outputing audio (music?) to the MP3 input jack on the mix-amp.

post #5 of 6
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Question?

If your in the middle of playing on the game console, should your mic not be plugged into the gaming console so you can talk to other players?

I guess you can have your PC outputing audio (music?) to the MP3 input jack on the mix-amp.

 

In my case, the answer is no :)

Of course I talk to other players but me and my friends do it via pc voip because playstation voip-system is not so good.
Thats why console is for gameplay/audio and pc is only for voip.
 
But I think that I can get usb-cable long enough if I use "active extender" or what it is called in english. Console is about 13 meters away from pc.
 
So my only question is that is 32 ohms lines on mixamp enough for 50 ohms headphones?
But I think I found the answer in google also..
 
Thank you very much! The mix-amp is going to work great I think :)

 

 

EDIT,

Astro mixamp seems to get pretty good reviews but combination of bad customer feedback and poor customerservice made me change my mind. So I'm still looking for solution for this :)


Edited by EK05 - 9/25/13 at 12:50am
post #6 of 6
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Mixamp and O2 gain settings?

Okay I ordered Mixamp Pro 2013 and it's working pretty well as DAC and mixer, also I like the 7.1 => 2.0 conversion but I can't get enough volume through mixamp to PC360.

Main problem with mixamp is that when I turn volume over about 60% there comes irritating static background noise.

 

So I am interested in buying O2 (Objective 2) for second amp so my setup would look like this:

PC&PS3 => Mixamp => O2 => PC360

 

Question is:

What gain settings I want to put in O2?

Default is 2.5x/6.5x, is that okay for this kind of setup?

 

I'm going to keep mixamp volume between 30-50% where the sound is still clean.

 

Thank's everyone who is helping me with this :)

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