Hi. I'm building a museum exhibit for a major Smithsonian museum in the U.S. It's essentially a 3-person game teaching players about the science of bird communication. The experience is all about hearing and communicating with your fellow players - it's a Mobile Audio Cart.
I want the players (primarily teenagers) to use a headset that includes high quality audio headphones and a decent mic. I'm using a Mac Mini computer and a Motu UltraLite-mk3 Hybrid sound card (http://bit.ly/66NdrD).
My first thought was: Video Game Headset! I did a lot of research and bought a pair of Astro Gaming A-40's. The splitter used to split the in/out signal does just not work. I returned them. I bought a pair of Beyerdynamic MMX-300's; much higher quality equipment, but same problem: plug the mic jack into my preamp (or my line-in input) on the sound card and I receive no signal in the headphones. The headphones work. The mic does not.
I'm thinking about buying a headset that pilots use while flying airplanes...?? Or something that interpreters use at the U.N.?
Anyone have experience with this?