Using HDMI and external sound in XBox 360

In a previous post I was wondering why I couldn’t get sound from my XBox using any kind of connector when the HDMI cable was plugged in.

My doubts were funded on the design of my own cable, that shipped with XBox 360. It has two RCA for sound and one RCA for video but, in the XBox connector, it has too much plastic, in a way that it covers the HDMI connector.

Therefore, I supposed that that would be a design issue, with that purpose (to prevent to connect the two cables at the same time), and not a design flaw.

But then, I found the kit shown in the picture on sale: it includes a standard HDMI cable and a connector without that extra plastic, that can be plugged together with the HDMI cable, and deliver sound to two RCA (and an optical connector).

Already ordered the kit on eBay. Waiting for it.

Using earphones in XBox360

As I poster some weeks ago, I bought a new LCD, 21.5″, with HDMI. The idea was to use it as a second monitor on my Mac Book Pro (done that already) and to use it to play with my XBox 360. Tried to do this latter, but it was not possible.

Why wasn’t it possible? Because I am stupid and I bought an LCD with an HDMI connector but without sound support. So, the LCD doesn’t have speakers and Acer didn’t bored to add a sound jacket.

When searching for solutions, I remembered that the gamepad has a 2.5mm jacket for a headset with microphone. I tried a standard earphones with 2.5mm jack but it did not work. Searching on Google I found the adapter shown above that, apparently, splits the signal from that connector into two different jackets, one for microphone, another one for earphones.

My current doubts for anyone who already use one of these:

  • does anybody know if the sound is stereo?
  • and, does it work for games, or just when using XBox360 for online conversation?

Oh, and of course, if you know another solution, please keep me posted.