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Two Audio Sources, One Pair of Headphones?

You need a mixer. Putting it through the computer will make it laggy. The Y cable doesn't work like that. Trust me, I've tried. Now I have an Alto ZMX52 on my desk. Works great. Wasn't super expensive. $50 on amazon. But you also need cables to go with it which are not standard headphone jacks. They's 1/4" jacks (like the one for electric guitars and professional audio equipment in general) so you'll need to buy a few of those. I bought a bunch of 3.5mm jack to 1/4" jack adapters as well as some other things to make it work. Since the mixer has a seperate 1/4" jack for each channel  (left/right for both channel 1 and two as well as the output) you need 3 dual mono to stereo 1/4" jack plugs, as well as 3 1/4" plug to 3.5mm plug (headphone) adapter if you want to use normal aux cables. 

 

Actually, this looks like it'd work. You'd need 3 of them. This mixer will give you a chance to merge 2 audio sources (and 1 microphone source). I'm not exactly sure how the microphone source works, and I don't think it works with typical PC microphones. (I tried). You can also put an audio source on the aux in which will play over... everything. So technically you can merge 3 sources + one microphone.

 

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So I have an AT2020+ that I use for general game chat and whatnot, and a cool feature about this mic is that it has a 3.5mm audio jack on the side of the microphone to listen to yourself live with NO delay. I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD558s that I use for audio along with a Mayflower O2 ODAC/AMP combo. Now, normally what I'll do is take those crappy Apple headphones that everyone has and plug those into the mic, and have my 558s sit over those for my desktop audio. It works, but it gets uncomfortable really fast, not to mention the in-ears constantly fall out of my ears. 

 

Here is the question:

Is it possible to have my HD 558s listen to two audio sources at the same time?

 

So far, I only have two ideas, and I don't know what the outcomes of either one would be, so some help would be awesome.

 

Option 1:

Use a Y splitter like this one:

https://www.amazon.com/3-5mm-Stereo-Female-2-male-Y-splitter/dp/B00D683FR8/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1475893768&sr=8-4&keywords=female+audio+splitter

and plug one male end into the DAC, the other male end into the mic, and have my headphones connected to the female end.

I don't know if this will work because I'm afraid it might make it play mic audio through one ear, and desktop audio through the other ear.

 

Option 2:

Use an auxiliary cable and plug one end into the mic, and one end into the PC and somehow monitor mic audio through software.

I don't know how to go about monitoring the mic audio in Windows 10, though.

 

Thanks for the help!


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You need a mixer. Putting it through the computer will make it laggy. The Y cable doesn't work like that. Trust me, I've tried. Now I have an Alto ZMX52 on my desk. Works great. Wasn't super expensive. $50 on amazon. But you also need cables to go with it which are not standard headphone jacks. They's 1/4" jacks (like the one for electric guitars and professional audio equipment in general) so you'll need to buy a few of those. I bought a bunch of 3.5mm jack to 1/4" jack adapters as well as some other things to make it work. Since the mixer has a seperate 1/4" jack for each channel  (left/right for both channel 1 and two as well as the output) you need 3 dual mono to stereo 1/4" jack plugs, as well as 3 1/4" plug to 3.5mm plug (headphone) adapter if you want to use normal aux cables. 

 

Actually, this looks like it'd work. You'd need 3 of them. This mixer will give you a chance to merge 2 audio sources (and 1 microphone source). I'm not exactly sure how the microphone source works, and I don't think it works with typical PC microphones. (I tried). You can also put an audio source on the aux in which will play over... everything. So technically you can merge 3 sources + one microphone.

 

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5 minutes ago, corrado33 said:

You need a mixer. Putting it through the computer will make it laggy. The Y cable doesn't work like that. Trust me, I've tried. Now I have an Alto ZMX52 on my desk. Works great. Wasn't super expensive. $50 on amazon. But you also need cables to go with it which are not standard headphone jacks. They's 1/4" jacks (like the one for electric guitars and professional audio equipment in general) so you'll need to buy a few of those. I bought a bunch of 3.5mm jack to 1/4" jack adapters as well as some other things to make it work. Since the mixer has a seperate 1/4" jack for each channel  (left/right for both channel 1 and two as well as the output) you need 3 dual mono to stereo 1/4" jack plugs, as well as 3 1/4" plug to 3.5mm plug (headphone) adapter if you want to use normal aux cables. 

 

Actually, this looks like it'd work. You'd need 3 of them. -snip-

I didn't even think of a mixer. I was googling more about this topic, and a bunch of other people also said a mixer would probably be best. They also said a splitter might end up shorting something, so yeah... I don't wanna do that. I guess I'm gonna need a mixer then... Thanks so much for the reply!


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2 minutes ago, EmeraldKiwi said:

I didn't even think of a mixer. I was googling more about this topic, and a bunch of other people also said a mixer would probably be best. They also said a splitter might end up shorting something, so yeah... I don't wanna do that. I guess I'm gonna need a mixer then... Thanks so much for the reply!

Yeah, no problem. I love the mixer. I actually bought it so I could use some piano training software on my computer while getting the piano sound and accompaniment at the same time. But it's also great because my server sits right here as well so I can game or work on one computer and have the other playing a youtube video and mute whichever audio I don't currently want to hear. Yeah, I could do both with one PC, but for some things it's nice to have two. 

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50 minutes ago, EmeraldKiwi said:

So I have an AT2020+ that I use for general game chat and whatnot, and a cool feature about this mic is that it has a 3.5mm audio jack on the side of the microphone to listen to yourself live with NO delay. I also have a pair of Sennheiser HD558s that I use for audio along with a Mayflower O2 ODAC/AMP combo. Now, normally what I'll do is take those crappy Apple headphones that everyone has and plug those into the mic, and have my 558s sit over those for my desktop audio. It works, but it gets uncomfortable really fast, not to mention the in-ears constantly fall out of my ears. 

I've used inexpensive Behringer Headphone Amps and Mixers for years. They're decent enough quality and inexpensive.

Make sure you buy the 5-pack of 3.5mm to 6.35mm adapters if you plan on using standard consumer electronics with the mixer.

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