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How to hook up the Turtle Beach headset for PS3

One of the most enjoyable aspects of playing video games is listening to the sound effects, music and voices of different characters. To make the most of these audio features, many gamers like to use headsets so they can focus on the game and not disturb family members or neighbours. New York-based Turtle Beach produces a range of specialist gaming headsets with microphones for online chats, including the P21 and PX21. Whether your own a standard TV or one with HDMI, the process of connecting your headsets to the PS3 and configuring the PS3's audio settings is almost identical.

Connect the Turtle Beach headset with standard A/V cables

Connect the PS3's red and white audio cables to the red and white cables belonging to the headset.

Plug the headset's red and white audio cables to the red and white audio input jacks on your TV or monitor.

Connect the headset's USB/power jack to an open USB port on your video games console. Use the USB extender cable if you plant to use the headset while positioned further away from the PS3.

Connect the yellow PS3 video output cable to the yellow input jack on your TV or monitor.

Turn on your PS3 and on the "Settings" menu select "Accessory Settings" followed by "Audio Device Settings." Click on "Input Device" and choose "Turtle Beach USB headset" from the menu and on the "Output Device" menu again click "Turtle Beach USB headset". Set your chat output volume level by clicking the "Microphone Level" and configuring it so that when you speak loudly the bar graph stretches to the red area. Once you are happy with the chat output level, click "OK."

Return to the "Settings" menu and select "Sound Settings" followed by "Audio Output Settings" to configure the audio settings. Choose "Audio Input Connector/SCART/AV Multi" and press the "X" button on your gamepad to confirm your selection.

Connect the Turtle Beach headset with an HDMI cable

Connect the PS3's red and white audio cables to the red and white cables belonging to the headset.

Connect the headset's red and white audio cables to the red and white audio input jacks on your TV or monitor.

Connect the headset's USB/power jack to an open USB port on your PS3. Use the USB extender cable if you plant to use the headset while positioned further away from the PS3.

Plug one end of the HDMI cable into your TV's HDMI input slot and the other end into your PS3's HDMI output jack.

Turn on your PS3 and on the "Settings" menu, select "Display Settings" then choose "Video Output Settings" and select "HDMI."

Return to the "Settings" menu and select "Accessory Settings" followed by "Audio Device Settings." Click on "Input Device" and choose "Turtle Beach USB headset" from the menu and on the "Output Device" menu again click "Turtle Beach USB headset". Set your chat output volume level by clicking the "Microphone Level" and configuring it so that when you speak loudly the bar graph stretches to the red area. Once you are happy with the chat output level, click "OK."

Navigate back to the "Settings" menu and select "Sound Settings" followed by "Audio Output Settings" to configure the audio settings. Choose "Audio Input Connector/SCART/AV Multi" and press the "X" button on your gamepad to confirm your selection.

Things You'll Need

  • PS3 audio cables
  • PS3 video output plug
  • USB extender cable (optional)
  • HDMI cable (optional)
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News, business and sports journalist James Andrews began writing professionally in 1996. His articles have appeared in the "Coventry Evening Telegraph," "Daily Mail," "Newcastle Evening Chronicle," "The Sun," "Herald Sun," "Football Business" magazine and online at just-style.com. He holds a National Certificate in newspaper journalism from the National Council for the Training of Journalists.