If you have an Xbox 360 Slim and you want to use it with one of our surround sound headsets (or a DSS2), which use a digital optical (S/PDIF, TOSlink) connection, you will not need any additional cables or accessories to connect the headset to your console. This will be true even if you connect your Xbox 360 Slim to your TV through HDMI. The Xbox 360 Slim has the necessary digital optical output (labeled "S/PDIF") built right into its back panel.
However, if you have an older Xbox 360 model (a grey or white one; one of the COD MW2 editions; any Xbox 360 purchased before May of 2010), your console will not have that built-in digital optical output that is needed to connect a surround sound headset to the console itself. If you have a newer Xbox 360 E model, click here.
First, check to see if your TV has an digital optical output as shown above, often labeled 'S/PDIF'. If your TV has a digital optical output, you can plug the optical cable directly into this jack for game audio. Note: Check your TV manual to see if it supports Dolby Digital.
If your TV does not have a digital audio output, you will need to obtain the Xbox 360 Audio Adapter Cable to work alongside the HDMI connection. The HDMI connection will send digital video and digital audio to your TV, while the Xbox 360 Audio Adapter will give you the optical digital audio jack you need to connect from the Xbox 360 to your Ear Force headset.
Why is the Xbox 360 Audio Adapter necessary?
- Surround Sound headsets need it if your Xbox 360 does NOT have a S/PDIF (TOSlink/Digital Optical Output) jack on the back, and if it DOES have a trapezoid-shaped A/V port on the back.
- Audio connections below are (left to right):
- TOSlink digital (square, black plastic port)
- Analog Audio Output, Right (red RCA jack)
- Analog Audio Output, Left (white RCA jack)