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Xbox 360 E and Headsets Compatibility info

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In June 2013, Microsoft released a new model of the Xbox 360 game console, the Xbox 360 E. This new model differs from previous Xbox 360 models in a way that will affect the way your headset is connected to the Xbox 360 E console.   

Front/Top view of Xbox 360 E:                                             


        


Back view of Xbox 360 E:




As you can see above, the trapezoidal A/V (Audio/Visual) port from older Xbox 360 models has been removed and replaced with a single 3.5 mm output jack. The Xbox 360 E includes a 3.5 mm composite A/V cable (yellow, white, and red), used for connecting to standard-definition TVs. You can use the Xbox 360 E's 3.5 mm composite A/V cable to connect Turtle Beach analog stereo headsets with white and red RCA plugs.               

Many of our Xbox 360 headsets will work with the Xbox 360 E, right out of the box. The chart below will let you know which parts/accessories (if any) you will need to install your headset on an Xbox 360 E.





NOTE: In the 'Works in Stereo' column for headsets marked as requiring a 3.5 mm Male to RCA Splitter Cable, this additional cable is only required if you want to get game audio in both your headset and your TV without having to physically unplug the Xbox 360 A/V cable from your transmitter. If you want audio in only your headset but not the TV, no additional cables are required; just connect the Xbox 360 E's A/V cable to the transmitter as shown in our Xbox 360 E setup YouTube video: click here


Surround Sound Headsets
                                                                                                                                                                          

Unlike previous Xbox 360 models, the Xbox 360 E does not have a S/PDIF (digital optical) output, which is necessary for connecting Turtle Beach surround sound products. To fix this, Turtle Beach has developed the Ear Force HD Audio Converter (HDAC), which is an HDMI to HDMI and optical converter that will let you connect a digital optical cable to the Xbox 360 E. This converter will include an HDMI cable to make it simple to connect your new Xbox 360 E to your TV and your Turtle Beach headset.


Front view of the HD Audio Converter:

 

Back view of the HD Audio Converter:




This diagram shows how to connect one of our surround sound products to the Xbox 360 E using the HDAC:

Here are photos and links to the parts mentioned in the chart:

HD Audio Converter (Available now):

3.5 mm Male to RCA Splitter Cable


3.5 mm Male to Male Stereo Cable

For more info on the Xbox 360 E, please view this Video.


 

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