The included manual explains in detail how to connect the headset with/without the decoder box and how use the microphone, the installation steps are well described and easy to follow
Before you can use this headset you have to be sure that you have either a coaxial or optical output on your soundcard / console. The XBOX requires an advanced scart connection pack for it to work with the decoder box. The Playstation 2 has an optical output, hooking it up is straight forward.
Optical/Coaxial outputs on PCs are less common if you don’t have a separate soundcard, and even then it’s not always the case. Be sure to verify your audio outputs before you consider this headset. While it can be connected using the converter cable, it’s recommended to use the decoder box as you’ll be able to enjoy Dolby Digital certified 5.1 surround sound with it.
Our test setup consisted of two different systems, one with a Creative Audigy 2 ZS Platinum, the other with an Ultron Octosound 7.1. A what? Yes an Ultron Octosound, it’s a cheap budget soundcard of ~€30 based on the C-Media CMI8768/PCI-8ch chip, more importantly, it has an optical output.
Using the optical cable setup is extremely easy, plug one side in your sound, the other in the decoder box, connect the headset to the decoder box, plug in the power cable, and you are done.
With installation out of the way it’s time to start listening…