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"Convert" USB ready headset to a 'stero' jack ....

Hi:

I was wondering if someone could tell me if a product existed (and where to go get it at) that would allow me to take my SUPER DUPER 100% happy with Plantronics USB DSP 400 headset ... and use it with a 'telephone' that doesn't have a USB port ... but does allow for a headset to be used via a standard 'stereo or mono' 2.5/3.5mm legacy JACK.

I love this headset, and I would THINK if i 'converted' it to an analog type stereo/mono jack ... I would loose some quailty, but I don't care ... when I'm not on the phone, I'll keep this headset for ever on my PC for VoIP, games, and other audio things.

NOTE:  I have seen where you can take a 'standard' analog stereo'mono headset and 'convert' that to a USB ... but in my case ... I want to go the other way.  I want to go from USB type B to analog 2.5/3.5 stereo/mono.  What was so surprising was the $ for this 'cable' ... it was about 50 bucks or so ... no matter where I found it on the web.  Very costly for such a 'small' converter type cable set.

Thanks in advance for your time and links to product websites.
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SimonUKCommented:
I'm not familiar with the headset but you might be able to do this by cutting and remaking the cable, depending on the construction.

Following the USB plug, along the cable, what happens next?  Does the cable enter a box, followed by another cable to the headset?  Or is there just one cable with the headset at one end and the headset at the other?


Simon
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pugdog_fanAuthor Commented:
Looks like this


Plantronics DSP 400 USB Headset ---------------------------cable-----------------------------------USB Plug (Type B)

I want to do this:

Plantronics DSP 400 USB Headset----------------------------cable----------------------------------USB Plug (type B) --- adapter --- 3.5mm stereo male
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ridCommented:
Not claiming to know exactly how a USB headset works, I'm sceptical... USB is supposed to be serial data lines while headphones work with analog audio. I would suspect a conversion takes place somewhere, say in the USB connector body perhaps; I'm sure they can cram a lot of sophisticated circuitry inside one of those nowadays. If the USB jack that is used for the headphones also can be used for other USB equipment (say a mouse or a memory stick), I'd strongly suspect a plain adapter may be insufficient. I'll see if I can find some info to support or contradict this.
/RID
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scrathcyboyCommented:
They are ripping you blind for this stuff, just look at the prices in this link -
http://www.bizrate.com/headsets_microphones/products__keyword--Headset%20Usb.html

So I would keep the headset for the softphone, and get a similar mini-stereo plug one for $10 or so.  That is the only cost effective solution.  The problem is converting the USB multiple data liines to a stereo phones set, they must add more electronics in the converter than just a rewiring job.  It is too costly.
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SimonUKCommented:
Now that I've seen the wiring diagram I agree with rid and scrathcyboy.  There are some electronics - most probably in the headset unless the plug has some box or other attached to it - that do the serial data to audio conversion.  The reason I suggested a re-wire is because some units are:

Headset - cable - box of tricks - cable - USB plug.

In the above case it would be possible to cut the cable between the headset and box of tricks, and fit a plug and socket to each.

However, in your case - you can't - sorry.


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pugdog_fanAuthor Commented:
scrathcyboy:

I think I agree ... but just to make sure ... I understood what you wrote to me as a comment ...

#1:  Keep my Plantronic DSP 400 foldable "excellent" USB headset for my PC software and other computer uses ...
#2:  Get a 'cheap' 'standard' mini-stereo plug style headset for use on a telephone (mostly because even if I used the USB headset ... after the conversion .. and normal telephone quaility ... I would loose all the digital benefits anyhow).

Just to throw this "NEW" update into the mix ...

I saw at Fry's Electronics yesterday a 'box' called ... the Call Center ... The box would allow a USB headset to be pulled into it ... and the outgoing side would be in the form of RJ-11 jack ... that phone style jack goes to the HANDSET jack (thus replacing your handset with a headset).  The box is also an AMP to keep the power control for the headset user ... I know this are VERY common in a call center setup ... but they are usually NEVER made specifically for a USB headset ...  Again, this box "Call Center" was 60 or 70 bucks + tax ...

When I hear back from you confirming things, I'll award you the points and close out this question!
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scrathcyboyCommented:
yes 1 and 2 are fine, I thought you were using the USB for the phone link, but if not, use for windows USB stereo.  Yes you could get the call box if you want to spend the money, but you dont really need it.  Look I am using Skype for all telephone calling, all I need is a cheap $10 microphone on the desktop and normal speakers below, and I can talk to anyone in the world better than a telephone.  People try headsets for this, but they find they cannot move around.  The great part about a desktop mic is you can walk away to the file cabinet and people can still hear you across the world.  Get skype (www.sykpe.com) now, there is free calling anywhere in the US through the end of the year (this is dialing from your computer to a LAND line, not just using the internet PC to PC).  It is the greatest program inventedd for a PC.

Anyway, you dont have to spend a lot of money to get what you want.  A cheap desktop mike is the best for calling and keep you USB headset for music enjoyment, that is how I would do it.  Best luck.
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pugdog_fanAuthor Commented:
right ... right ...

I hear what you are saying ... and I really agree ...

I am a full time VoIP tech, so I really have my own opinion about "Skype" .... I'm glad that it is 'working' for you, but for me ... a SIP solution is the ONLY way I would ever go ... (if someone on the Skype 'network' wanted to call me ... they are screwed ... and I am screwed if I want to call them) ... Skype to Skype is 'ok', but NOTHING can compare to a true IP SIP phone ....

Off my soap box (ha ha ha) ...

I really apprecaite your time and help by the way!
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scrathcyboyCommented:
No problem.
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