#1 Posted by Mushir (2389 posts) -

I'd like to start wearing my headphones when using my PS3 cause the noise often annoys the other people in my house. I don't feel like buying a PS3 headset, because I won't be talking online. I have this headphone I use on my computer that I'd like to use on my PS3. Problem is, neither the PS3 or my TV has a headphone jack. All it has is a optical digital audio out. Anyone know what I would need to set this up? Any cheap solutions?

#2 Edited by onarum (2063 posts) -

I think you can get one of theseand one of these, then you plug the composite cables that came with your ps3 and use the stereo rcas to output the sound, while keeping video output on HDMI of course. 
 
edit: though the real nice thing to do would be to get a nice surround sound headset, those come with a dedicated audio box that you connect to your ps3 with a optic cable, but yeah they're pricy.

#3 Edited by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

Use the cable that came with the PS3, attach it to this, and plug headphones into that.  Set Video to HDMI and Audio to the third option "Audio Input Connector" or turn on "Audio Multi-Output" to get sound out of the headphones and the TV at the same time.

#4 Posted by onarum (2063 posts) -
@ExplodeMode said:
Use the cable that came with the PS3, attach it to this, and plug headphones into that.  Set Video to HDMI and Audio to the third option "Audio Input Connector" or turn on "Audio Multi-Output" to get sound out of the headphones and the TV at the same time.
Yes, this is way better than my solution heh :p
#5 Edited by EgoCheck616 (782 posts) -

@explodemode said:

Use the cable that came with the PS3, attach it to this, and plug headphones into that. Set Video to HDMI and Audio to the third option "Audio Input Connector" or turn on "Audio Multi-Output" to get sound out of the headphones and the TV at the same time.

I tried this solution. I bought the exact cable that you mentioned and tried rigging it to the cable that came with my PS3. I've set the Audio Output Settings to 'Audio Input Connector' and video is set to HDMI, Audio Multi-Output is set to 'On', however I am still not hearing sound out of my headphones.

Anyone have any ideas? I am using Sennheiser HD 598 headphones, but this solution also does not work with a basic set of speakers. This leaves me to doubt that it's the headphones that are the problem.

Edit:

Nevermind. Turns out the PS3's cable wasn't pushed all the way in. If anyone runs into this problem in the future be sure to simply push the cable into the PS3 until you hear it click.

Thanks for the advice, explodemode!

#6 Posted by ExplodeMode (852 posts) -

@egocheck616: You scared me for a minute. Glad it worked out.

#7 Posted by ascagnel (74 posts) -

Note that the PS3 has no way to regulate output volume (at least that I've seen). I use a mini-mixer (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00102ZN40/ref=aw_d_pd_musical-instruments) to make sure my ears don't get blasted away.

#8 Posted by josher14 (32 posts) -

your tv may also have a headphone jack! check first.. my crappy dynex 32" has one...

#9 Edited by GrantHeaslip (1556 posts) -

@ascagnel said:

Note that the PS3 has no way to regulate output volume (at least that I've seen). I use a mini-mixer (this one: http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B00102ZN40/ref=aw_d_pd_musical-instruments) to make sure my ears don't get blasted away.

I use this one, which is half the price ($20) and does the job perfectly. I'm no audiophile, but I've never detected any distortion. In hindsight, I might have bought one with multiple inputs so I wouldn't have to manually swap in different inputs, but it's not a big deal since it's all within reach on my desk.

#10 Posted by GrantHeaslip (1556 posts) -

@josher14 said:

your tv may also have a headphone jack! check first.. my crappy dynex 32" has one...

I used to have a monitor with audio in/out and volume control, but it noticeably clipped the input. A good TV shouldn't, but it might be worth A/B testing that to make sure it's quality.

#11 Posted by Shiseiten (36 posts) -

i connect my creative t3 speakers to PS3 and connect headphone to the control pod.

Its sound clearer with headphone on.

#12 Edited by jejarikoala (1 posts) -