Voice chat with a USB headset?

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by Juno42, Jan 28, 2007.

  1. Juno42 macrumors newbie

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    I have been trying like hell to get a voice chat set up between my machine (Mac G4) and a friends' (Windows). I can't seem to use a regular double-jack headset (I think my mic jack has something stuck in it) so I got a usb headset. It appears to work fine, I can record my voice and hear through it and all that. Does the species of headset make a difference in whether you can chat with it or is it still a matter of finding compatable chatware between the two systems?
     
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  3. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    USB headset just show up as another audio device. There's no compatibility issue on brand name.
     
  4. annk Administrator

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    ...so you have to make sure that the headset is chosen in the program's preferences, both for sound in and out.
     
  5. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    That's right.

    Though for some odd reason OS X "learned" to switch over to my headset when I plug it in.
     
  6. annk Administrator

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    It didn't for me :( , so I got Detour, which makes it a bit less of a hassle. Apparently it's not universal, though.
     
  7. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    Can I use the same headset with boom mic, that I use with my Windows computer, on the new Macs. On my Blue & White G3 tower, the mic does not work, because it requires a pre-amplified signal. Older Macs did not. How about the newest Macs?
     
  8. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    USB audio devices work just fine. In fact, Apple recommends that you use digital devices instead of analog ones. I use a Logitech USB 350 headset with Skype and iChat and it's always clear.
     
  9. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    I ordered the Logitech 350 USB headset on your recommendation. Does it work out of the box or must you install software?
     
  10. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It works out of the box. There is no software for it.

    It's a little tight on my head though. It took a few months to break in.
     
  11. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    Just wondering, will this headset work with Windows XP?
     
  12. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    It's a generic USB audio device. OS X, Windows, and Linux will have no problems with it.
     
  13. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    It worked fine for me on both WinXP and Mac OS X. The brains of the device are partway through the cable, so it handles a lot of the audio processing.
     
  14. maccompaq macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for the info. I have a decent headset with boom mike for my Windows set-up. I mainly need a headset with mike for my Mac.
     

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