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Kingston HyperX Headset - Microphone Settings?


I have a HyperX headset that I'd like to try with my 6400. I have a breakout cable that takes the headset TRRS down to two TRS plugs. I can use these as inputs to my computer and confirm that the microphone and headphones both work as expected. However, connecting to the 6400 directly results in only the headphones working. Playing with bias and the 20 dB buttons result in exactly nothing.

It must be something simple, but I'm not seeing it...



  • Mike-VA3MW
    Mike-VA3MW Administrator, FlexRadio Employee, Community Manager, Super Elmer, Moderator admin

    You may have to compare the MIC pin settings on the Headset to the Mic Pin settings on the radio. Sadly, there is no standard. It sounds like your headset might have the Mic element on the Tip and Ring and no Sleeve connection. You should be able to figure it out with an ohm meter.

  • Brock
    Brock Member ✭✭

    Thanks Mike! I will investigate with a meter. It just seemed odd that the TRS works on the sound card input, but does exactly nothing in the Flex.

    I'll dig deeper and post my findings here for posterity...

  • Brock
    Brock Member ✭✭

    OK, I put a meter on the microphone plug. What I found is, the tip and ring on the plug are shorted together somewhere in the cable - 0 ohms. I'm assuming this is intentional. I see this whether the headset is plugged in to the other end or not. Reminder that the mic works on a computer sound card mic input.

    Negative meter lead on the sleeve and positive on the ring or tip gives 1260 ohms

    Positive meter lead on the sleeve and negative on the ring or tip gives 960 ohms...

    I suspect that resistance difference is not relevant. But it also suggests there is no capacitor in the circuit.

    Looking at the explanation you posted, I see the tip is where the +3 is supplied. Ring is the negative side of the mic. On my cable, I'm essentially shorting those two together. Luckily there's that resistor in line to keep from cooking things when I plugged in (I assume).

    Given my plug works in the computer mic input, I'm thinking my tip/ring is one side of the mic (with +'ve voltage) and the sleeve is the other side of the mic.

    If this is the case, could I take the tip/ring from my plug and feed it to the tip of a new plug... and take the sleeve of my plug and put it to the ring of the new plug?

    The balanced input makes me wonder if there's enough of a potential voltage differential between chassis ground and the ground at the A/D converter to cause trouble/noise. Maybe I'd need to short the sleeve and ring on the new plug to reduce this?

    Any guesses as to whether this would work? I'm pretty sure it wouldn't cook anything by trying...(?)

  • Neil D Friedman N3DF
    Neil D Friedman N3DF Member ✭✭✭✭

    6400, unlike the 6600, has only a “pseudo balanced” mic jack.

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