Can i have my razer kraken pro's hooked up into my pc and ps4 at the same time

Discussion in 'Audio' started by BendyStraw1220, Sep 21, 2016.

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  1. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    I recently got the razer kraken pro headset and i was wondering if i could hook up it up into my pc and ps4 at the same time so i can hear pc and ps4 audio.
     
  2. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    That will work, you'll just need to buy a cable like this.

    If you're getting that cable, you may also want to get extension cables... Unless your PS4 is snuggled right next to your computer...
     
  3. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    thank you for replying but i have one question my headset already came with a adapter like this do the green and pink colors mean anything or can they be plugged in to any 3.5mm port
     
  4. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    Nope.
    Pink = microphone
    Green = audio

    The jack on the Krakens is combined.
    I don't see why you can't try...
     
  5. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

  6. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    Yup, I know.
    Whether or not you use the mic in the headset, you'll still need that cable I linked above to combine the two audio outputs. Connect one end to your PC, other to the PS4.

    You (probably) can't use the cable that came included with the headset since that cable is designed to split the jack into two parts, one part for microphone capabilities and the other for audio. Some computers (desktop primarily) don't have a combined mic/audio jack, hence the cable you linked is included. That cable isn't designed for what you're trying to do.
     
  7. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    thanks so basically all i need is that cable you linked and probably extenders and then it will work?
     
  8. Lafar

    Lafar Well-Known Member

    Exactly.

    You can always google "how to combine two audio inputs".
     
  9. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    thank you for the help sorry for the trouble
     
  10. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master VANGUARD

    Just know that using a small cable like that isn't necessarily a good way to combine inputs. Each of those cables have a separate impedance and voltage. When you combine the voltage, if not regulated, over time it could damage the cables (and unit) that get the combined signal.

    The voltage from your laptop and the PS4 might be negligible and not really have an effect in this case, but if you try to take this method and use it with other, higher-powered signals, it is a sure way to cause damage to your gear.
     
  11. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    what would you recommend me to do then btw its a desktop not laptop
     
  12. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master VANGUARD

    Before I get too detailed, you want to hear audio from both sources at the same time? Or do you want the option of hearing it from your PS4 OR your PC without having to unplug?

    If it's to hear both at the same time, the proper way is a mixer (not a headphone amp, as those are usually made to take a single input and output to multiple sets of headphones), and this way you can actually adjust the sound levels coming from each source. I just googled "small audio mixer" and found this for $50. There's also this one and it has an actual headphone out. A mixer will take multiple sources and do the impedance balancing for you, as well as having just a single line of voltage coming through to the end output - your headphones.

    If you just don't want to unplug to go from one to the other, and you don't need them necessarily playing at the same time, then maybe you can try using your PC as an audio switcher. Go from the output of your PS4 to an audio line in on your PC. Then you can choose, on your PC, to output the audio from the PS4, or whatever's playing on your PC, or maybe even both - I think it would depend on your soundcard. Your PC will regulate the voltage and impedance between the sound sources. Obviously, this would be the less expensive way to try, as it would probably only take a 3.5mm TRS (aka 1/8" stereo or stereo mini-jack) to 3.5mm TRS cable between your PS4 and PC.

    And again, if the total voltage output when combining the signals using the cable that @Lafar is within the voltage input specs of your Kraken Pro headset, then it probably won't be too much of a muchness. I just didn't want you to take that approach and use it to try to combine input signals everywhere else in life.
     
    Last edited: Sep 24, 2016
  13. BendyStraw1220

    BendyStraw1220 New Member

    thanks now im just gonna do research on mixers to find the best one i can use thanks for the help
     
  14. PT.Singer

    PT.Singer Jedi Master VANGUARD

    Yeah, no worries!
     
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