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Malcolm Wright

Using David Clark headset on computer... is this possible

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I hope this is the right forum for this.

I have a David Clark headset that I used when I was flying in the real world.  After I could no longer afford to rent an aircraft I still kept all my equipment ..just in case!

However now I suspect that FSX is going to the be only way I will get any sort of flying experience. I would like to use my David Clark headset. I would need to get some converter plugs as the DC headset uses big ones and the computer small plugs. However does anyone who knows about these things know if this will work or will it either not work or damage the sound card.

Many Thanks

Malcolm Wright

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You can buy this kind of adapter.

 

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Contrary to popular belief, you most probably cannot damage your equipment.

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Great headset.  I gave mine to my nephew when I transitioned from RW to virtual flying.

 

Yes that would probably work but there might be an impedance mismatch.  The David Clarks come in several versions; military, GA, and helo.  It can't hurt to try it.  You'd only be out a couple of bucks for the adapter cable.

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You really need a USB headset sorry

 

Funny, I never owned one, and still get great sound ...

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No ones saying you don't get good sound, however with a USB headset can be registered as their own sound device, then you can output sound to your speakers. That's all. It's preferable for USB if you search around. Also FS2 crew and other programs recommend USB headset, each to their own.

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However does anyone who knows about these things know if this will work

Excellent "How To" on Flightsim.com:

 

How To...Adapt Aviation Headsets To Computers

 

On the "buy" (instead of build) side... I have previously thought about using something like this: PC Flight Simulator Headset Adapter

 

 

will it either not work or damage the sound card.

Read "The Issues" section of that How-To...

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I have a USB headset adapter with my real world headdset. The USB adapter is the way to go so you can isolate your comms (in and output) to the headset and leave everything else in your speakers.

 

I can also plug my portable intercom into it and others can listen in to-- this also provides useful sidetone.

 

Use with Vatsim with no problem.

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I have a USB headset adapter with my real world headdset. The USB adapter is the way to go so you can isolate your comms (in and output) to the headset and leave everything else in your speakers.

 

I can also plug my portable intercom into it and others can listen in to-- this also provides useful sidetone.

 

Use with Vatsim with no problem.

How did you do that?

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http://www.flightsounds.com/flightsoundx --> for the adapter-- there are certainly others out there.

 

It shows up as it's own audio device.  Really, that's all you need, and you can plug your aviation headset right into it.  But I also put my portable intercom in line for two reasons:

1.  I like the sidetone (hearing yourself talk)-- it really improves your communications

and 2.  Other headsets can be plugged in and share the intercom if I choose to.

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www.sportys.com

 

They sell an adaptor that correctly and safely connects your aviation headset to your computer.

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Right, make sure you use an adapter of some kind that is designed to do this (such as the flightsounds or the sporty's)-- if you try to plug directly into your sound card, the impedance levels are very different and something very well could break. 

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Plantronics 780 headset

 

Since everybody including myself is really pleased with the audio quality, and almost universally displeased with the fact that they're all breaking in the same place after the warrantee period + 1 day, I got sick and tired of spending half 100 bucks on… Let's face it A poorly built(probably not much worse than the bottom rung of headsets) medium performance headset....I want something with guts and street...ER....sky cred.

 

I went on eBay and bought a real damned thing, a David Clark H10-76 Aviation Headset for parts , $17.00 + USPS shipping; They are built like a brick sh&t-house, and have been the de facto headset for many of our military aircraft and ground crews, not to mention the real life civilian GA aviators who have been using DSs H-10 series headsets for almost a fifty year track record of acclaim. You saw the same headset in the chopper shots in "Jurrasic World".

 

Option #1 I have tested the speakers against the speakers in the Plantronics(PT) the PTs win...so I removed the faceplate nibbed and drilled out the plastic support to fit inside the DCs...Problem?...the DCs are MONO with two leads(red/White) for the mic(function and impedance untested as yet), black and green for the speakers...uhohhhh not enough connections...BUT...THERE IS A COMMON SHIELD throughout. Could I not use the shield as a common Gnd, then use the existing black and green for left and right speaker drivers? Or, will I rue the loss of shielding, which was previously properly isolating the ear speakers and mic from spurious RF?

 

I think I am on the right path, using the existing wiring reconfigured as above.

 

Second option..Gut the existing wiring and use the salvaged USB BOARD from the rotten a$s build quality/pretty damned nice sound quality (PTs) , figuring out potential existing mic impedance mis-matches and converting the whole sha-bang to a USB headset.

 

Any comments or suggestions will be appreciated.

 

Chas

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