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How do I connect my gaming headphone w/ mic that has 3 wires to a new jack that has 4 wires? Answered

I have an older Turtle Beach headset I use for Xbox, but the jack that plugs into the controller is worn or just a tad too small, and does not keep a good connection.  So I cut the jack off of an older headset that was broken so I could splice them together.  But the jack end has four wires, a red enameled and a blue enameled, a white rubber coated copper, and a bare copper.  The headset has the same, minus the white rubber coated copper.  How do I connect these?

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frollard (author)2010-01-11

Your old headset hopefully had 1 channel headphone, and 1 microphone, and ground...

the plug you are splicing has 2 channels of headphone (left and right), microphone, and ground.

Ground is probably the big bare copper.
The others are anybodys guess - I would recommend trying one wire at a time while sound is supposed to be playing and quickly tapping them together (enamel removed) to see if you hear anything - then try the microphone wire.

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Burf (author)2010-01-11

Its probably not going to work. Not because they can't be wired together but because the physical dimensions of the rings on a 4 wire plug are different than the dimensions of the 3 wire plug rings. Put a 4 ring plug in a 3 ring jack (the male component is called a plug, the female portion is called a jack) and electrical contacts will either not be made in the right places or the jack will contact two rings.
Either find yourself another three ring plug or buy a new one. You can get new 3.5mm mini plugs at Radio Shack for a couple of dollars.

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shlugendah (author)Burf2010-01-11

Looking at the plugs, they are identical.  If by rings, you mean the separations made by the little black rings, (there are 2 of those, so there are 3 sections of metal), then they are both the same. 

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Karletto555 (author)2010-01-11

i also think it's not going to work. connect like to like, leave white and test. you won't burn nothing. from experience i know the sound in/ out will be terrible even if you solder. i suggest you buy right plug

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Karletto555 (author)Karletto5552010-01-11

white is for speaker so probably you should leave ground which is bare copper from headset (?). test and combine

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lemonie (author)2010-01-11

Connect like to like and leave the white one alone. See how that works.

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