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    Arrow Gaming Headset for iMac

    HI There,

    I have a 2009 27 iMac with Win 7 in bootcamp, and I am looking for a decent gaming headset that will run on the iMac and Win 7.
    Also should I be looking at a USB headset or the more traditional 2 plug unit?

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    EDIT: I've been corrected!, I'm wrong skip this post for actual enlightenment.

    Without looking them up explicitly, I'd recommend the traditional 2 plug unit. This will removed the need for software drivers and hence comparability issues between Mac and Win 7.

    As to the best headset, I'd consult a gaming site or similar and specify you are not after a USB headset but rather a dual RCA plug.

    Of course this could all be thrown out the window if you have a PS3 and would like the headset to be compatible with this as well. In which case I've just made the problem harder instead of helping you solve it.
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    Incorrect. The iMac does not have a microphone input so the traditional "2 plug" pink and green minijacks won't work. You need a USB headset, or a "USB sound card" to plug such a headset into.

    Win 7 has great support for USB audio devices - any USB headset should work fine on both OSes.

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    The 27" has a line in port, it will work but us recommend a USB logitch one, maybe a clearchat or clearchat pro, I have the pro and it works great under mac and windows no drivers needed

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    Quote Originally Posted by caesarlike View Post
    HI There,

    I have a 2009 27 iMac with Win 7 in bootcamp, and I am looking for a decent gaming headset that will run on the iMac and Win 7.
    Also should I be looking at a USB headset or the more traditional 2 plug unit?
    I'd recommend a Plantronics headset, they work in Windows and on the Mac (instantly recognised by the Mac as a USB audio device)

    Here are a few models:

    Officeworks | Plantronics Audio 655 DSP Headset

    Officeworks | Plantronics GameCom 367 Headset

    Officeworks | Plantronics GameCom 777 Headset
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    Thanks everyone for the advice. Seems like USB is the way to go. The Plantronics look quite good, and I will have to check out the Logitech models as well. I had in mind a Razer model, but as it uses RCA plugs it may not be the best option now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by moto51 View Post
    The 27" has a line in port, it will work but us recommend a USB logitch one, maybe a clearchat or clearchat pro, I have the pro and it works great under mac and windows no drivers needed
    Line-in is not mic-in.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ~Coxy View Post
    Line-in is not mic-in.
    PLUS ONE, a line in input WILL NOT work for a microphone, and you'll need a USB connector to have it work with a Mac.

    Frankly I'm not sure why Apple persist with the line-in as opposed to the mic-in. Perhaps a left-over from the days where people used Macs for creative audio things?

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    Quote Originally Posted by bennyling View Post
    PLUS ONE, a line in input WILL NOT work for a microphone, and you'll need a USB connector to have it work with a Mac.

    Frankly I'm not sure why Apple persist with the line-in as opposed to the mic-in. Perhaps a left-over from the days where people used Macs for creative audio things?
    I'm staggered they haven't done away with any analog audio ports entirely. They belong to an era of compact cassettes
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    Wow, I didn't realise that Line-In could not be used as Mic-In. Sorta sucks :\
    I haven't noticed since the hardware mic in the iMac has served me well enough snce getting it anyway.
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    ive been looking for the same.

    although I want a high quality wireless headset / mic

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    Just to let everyone know who is interested I ended up getting the Plantronics Audio 655 USB Headset. Works and sounds great, shame I can't say the same for Win 7 64 bit which is barely able to cope with some 2.1 external speakers. So a note to all of you, Win 7 64 bit barely supports external sound devices on the iMac.

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    anyone got any wireless ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by landog View Post
    anyone got any wireless ideas
    Officeworks | Plantronics Audio 955 Wireless Headset
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    Do you know any details, good quality etc?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landog View Post
    Do you know any details, good quality etc?
    I've only got the Plantronics wired headsets and they're great for gaming, VoIP, but I prefer my proper headphones for music.
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    Wouldn't an iPhone headphone/mic combo work on the iMac?

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    Quote Originally Posted by landog View Post
    Do you know any details, good quality etc?
    i bought it, its great

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    Quote Originally Posted by landog View Post
    i bought it, its great
    Which one did you end up buying - the wireless 955?
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    yup

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