A question for Hardware cracks concerning USB adapter for a headset

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mylardis, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. Mylardis macrumors newbie

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    Ok, as I'm pretty new to Macs, I've tried googeling and searching this forum. I didn't find anything sounding like my problem, so I hope somebody can help me with this.

    I use Teamspeak and Skype on a regular basis. I already knew that you require a USB adapter to use your normal headset, so I bought one by Creative (actually, a USB soundcard) when my new iMac arrived.

    At first, everything seemed to work fine. I was talking to a few guys in Teamspeak when they told me I sound like Darth Vader all of a sudden. I doublechecked that by switching channels and doing the Teamspeak self voice test. It sounded really choppy, my friends were right.

    I disconnected the USB soundcard, replugged it a few times. Eventually, it worked again. Well, it didn't prove to be for ever, since the problem came back - I can't say there's any special situation and I couldn't reproduce it. It was just random.

    Ok, my second guess was that I would require different hardware, since Creative didn't provide any drivers for MacOS. I went back to the shop and bought a simple adapter by Speedlink, cheap stuff, I know. I just figured "less complicated hardware equals less problems". This Speedlink adapater just transforms the signal for USB.

    MacOS found it straight away, and I started using my headset again. Well, cut a long story short, the same thing happened today, at random. My voice suddenly becomes chopppy and sounds something like Vader. I switch to internal Mic, use it for a few minutes, switch back (Sound Source is great), the mic works for a while, and then it all starts over again.

    So, any of you guys have an idea what the problem is?


    (before you ask, it's a Sennheiser headset, upper middle class, and has never failed me before)
     
  2. Consultant macrumors G5

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    You do NOT need an usb adapter to use a normal headset with a Mac.

    Contact usb adapter manufacturer for support.
     
  3. Mylardis thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the quick answer. As far as I heard, the adapter is required since the headset does not have a preamplified microphone. It didn't work without the adapter - What's the alternative besides using an adapter?
     

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