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AVerMedia C985 + X-FI Titanium with Astro A50 headset question. (Look through all current answers before answering)

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November 13, 2013 1:46:33 AM

Hello! I am looking for a cable that converts the LONG SPDIF cable to SPDIF AND 3.5mm stereo jack, I have an example that I quickly made below (Photoshopped)



I want this cable because I have the PCI-E AVerMedia C985 capture card on its way. I have a pair of ASTRO A50s and would like to still plug them into my sound card (X-FI Titanium) but plug them into the capture card as well.

Heres the idea:

Ok I have another idea what if I just got these two:

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/3-5mm-Gold-Plated-Audio-Ster...

http://www.ebay.com.au/itm/AU-Female-to-3-5mm-Mini-Plug...

And this is the idea where it would be a 3.5mm jack and converted to a 3.5mm SPDIF. Or I could try just going from the 3.5mm jack from the sound card to the capture card both as 3.5mm jacks not SPDIF.



Thanks to anyone that helps!
November 13, 2013 3:19:52 AM

first, those aren't spdif, they are just RCA jacks. You can get a 3.5mm to RCA jack for a dollar at any dollar store. If it's red and white, its an analogue RCA jack signal, split between left and right channels. If it's yellow and on an audio card, it's SPDIF and can carry a surround signal over a single cable.
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November 13, 2013 4:08:18 AM

getochkn said:
first, those aren't spdif, they are just RCA jacks. You can get a 3.5mm to RCA jack for a dollar at any dollar store. If it's red and white, its an analogue RCA jack signal, split between left and right channels. If it's yellow and on an audio card, it's SPDIF and can carry a surround signal over a single cable.


I called them the wrong cable. Actually they are optical cables and the only RCA cables I find are the RED and WHITE ones and some weird one that would never be able to go into the port on the sound card I have.

The reason I want OPTICAL to 3.5mm is because thats what the Astro A50 uses. Thanks for trying I guess.
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November 13, 2013 8:14:55 AM

These problems always tend to be a pain. For clarity: What are you trying to record; I'm assuming you want to capture the microphone input, while still having the audio output go to the headset? Do you want to record the audio output from the soundcard as well?

If I recall right, the A50's have an optical output port for passing through audio, so you might be able to do something like this:

Titanium -> SPDIF -> A50 -> SPDIF -> Convert to RCA -> Capture Card

The issue you might run into is if you have a surround signal (Dolby/DTS), i doubt a cheap SPDIF to RCA conversion will work, without going through a decoder first.
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November 13, 2013 1:59:29 PM

gamerk316 said:
These problems always tend to be a pain. For clarity: What are you trying to record; I'm assuming you want to capture the microphone input, while still having the audio output go to the headset? Do you want to record the audio output from the soundcard as well?

If I recall right, the A50's have an optical output port for passing through audio, so you might be able to do something like this:

Titanium -> SPDIF -> A50 -> SPDIF -> Convert to RCA -> Capture Card

The issue you might run into is if you have a surround signal (Dolby/DTS), i doubt a cheap SPDIF to RCA conversion will work, without going through a decoder first.


Yes thats what i want to do have the game and mic audio from the A50 recorded, could i just go from the AUX on the TRANSMITTER to the capture card? Will that record both inputs?


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November 14, 2013 4:09:17 AM

OK I saw a kind of in depth review sorta video, and I noticed there was an option for the SOUND CARD as an Audio input. So I'm assuming this will record both game and mic on the A50. Anyone know that has had experience with the RECentral software and uses a sound card as an audio source?

Thanks for any help!
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