How to Connect PC Speakers to Your Xbox

Written by carlos soto
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As video game consoles become more reliant on online gaming and social networking, players become more likely to integrate their gaming and home computer setups. A hybrid gaming-PC set-up can give players easy access to media and files while gaming, while also letting players record and edit audio and video from games. Connecting an Xbox or Xbox 360 to PC speakers requires an audio adaptor, since most PCs do not contain AV input plugs. Users must also adjust the PC's audio settings to allow for input from an Xbox.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • 1/8" stereo Y-adaptor (RCA-to-minijack)
  • Xbox AV or component cable
  • PC speakers with audio cable

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Instructions

    Set-up

  1. 1

    Connect the AV or component cable to the AV port on the Xbox.

  2. 2

    Connect the white and red AV cables into the white and red plugs on the Y-adaptor.

  3. 3

    Connect the Y-adaptor to the audio input port on your PC.

  4. 4

    Connect your PC speakers to the PC's audio output port.

    Audio Settings

  1. 1

    Open the "Control Panel" menu on your PC.

  2. 2

    Click on the "Sounds, Speech, and Audio Devices" category.

  3. 3

    Click on "Sounds and Audio Devices."

  4. 4

    Click on the "Volume" tab. In the "Device Volume" section of the window, click on the "Advanced" button.

  5. 5

    Click the "Options" button in the upper-left of the window, and click "Properties."

  6. 6

    Locate "Microphone" in the list provided, and check the box next to it. Click "OK."

  7. 7

    Adjust the microphone volume and balance to your liking. Ensure that the box next to "Mute" is not checked; uncheck it if it is. You should now be able to hear your Xbox from your PC speakers.

  8. 8

    Click the "Advanced" button under the microphone volume controls. Uncheck the "Mic Boost" option for better sound quality.

Tips and warnings

  • You can find a 1/8" stereo Y-adaptor at an electronics store, such as Radio Shack.

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