Remember when your wireless headset ran out of battery and you couldn’t figure out how to connect your single jack headset to PC? If you’re anything like me and holding on to your single jack headsets for dear life, fighting the waves of new wireless audio equipment, you’ve come to the right place. In an age where wireless audio has become the norm, the single jack headset mic has still managed to captivate millions with its reliability and ease of connectivity. It is for this reason we have put together the ultimate guide to using a headset mic on a PC with a single jack.
How to Connect a Single Jack Headset to PC Without a Splitter
PC’s use the TRS method, which in layman’s terms means that the input and output signals cannot be used simultaneously. While a splitter would split these two headset signals, the same effect can be achieved by following the following instructions!
- On your PC, navigate to Control Panel Settings. For Windows 10, this can be found in the “Start” menu or look it up on the search bar. If you’re a user of Windows 7, you can also find it on the Start menu, while Windows 8 and 8.1 users can search for it in the apps section.
- While in the control panel settings, users should click the Sound option, after which they will find Sound Settings.
- With the sound window now open, users must click the Recording tab that is on top of the page.
- The user should now be able to see the recording devices that they are using and select the one they want to use. This will in turn cause the Default button to become active, after which the user must click on it.
Why is it Important to Know What a TRRS is
Headset jacks typically come in four categories: TS, TRS, TRRS, and TRRRS. The most commonly used of these are the TRS and TRRS. The TRRS jack or Tip Ring Ring Sleeve type of jack’s two extra rings are what allow it to connect to stereo sound that is usually used in home entertainment systems, TVs and radios, etc. A common problem arises when users try to use the TRRS headset in a TRS port. Due to the TRS port not being designed for input and output functionality to work simultaneously, users are unable to use their headset mic and receive audio (simultaneously). With this setup, they can however use their headset as an output only or input only device.
Single Versus Dual Jack Headphones
Most devices in this day and age, including laptops, desktops, tablets manufactured by a host of companies, are compatible with headsets that use a singular jack. This 3.5mm jack is used to connect the mic and speakers, providing input and output capabilities for the user, using only one jack. For obvious reasons, these have become the norm, with laptops and tablets taking a more minimalist approach towards their hardware, minimizing the number of ports and slots they come with.
Most gaming devices and consoles also come equipped to take one jack, resulting in headset manufacturers placing more emphasis on products with a singular jack. To put it simply, single jack headphones are becoming increasingly easier to find for consumers with their pros outweighing those of dual jack headphones for a large segment of society.
Alternatively, headphones with two 3.5mm jacks split the signal, making one jack responsible for input, and the other for output. Old school gamers and loyalists, along with audiophiles often prefer these headsets because of the belief that it provides a superior sound and higher fidelity audio.
What is a Splitter and How to Use it
A “splitter” is a gadget that splits the single-channel signal two ways, one for output and one for input. The splitter is made up of a port, where the singular headset jack is plugged in, and two 3.5mm jacks that will then be plugged into the input and output ports of the device in question.
Splitters are readily available at most electronics stores but can readily be found at gas stations and grocery stores also. These are a safe middle ground for consumers who prefer the audio quality of dual jack headsets but do not have access to them or don’t want to go out of their way to purchase a pair specifically for having two jacks. Splitters are inexpensive and with dual jack headsets being increasingly difficult to find, provide a convenient solution.
How to Use a Headset Mic on PC With One Jack: Conclusion
With the internet being abundant with how-to tech articles, we hope that in this article you have been able to find the decisive guide in understanding how to use a headset mic on a PC with one jack. To get you started, there are many affordable options that will satisfy your needs! There is no one size fits all solution for most common problems on the internet, which is why if all else fails, you can always just buy a splitter and achieve the desired goal.
Written by: Hamza Akhtar