Audio Solutions Question of the Week: How Do I Set Up my Gaming Headset with my Windows Computer?

Question: How do I set up my gaming headset on my windows computer?

Answer:  So you’ve decided that it’s time to move up in the world of gaming, going from your built-in computer speakers and microphone to a beautiful new gaming headset. Now you can be fully immersed in natural audio reproduction, and other gamers can hear you through a crystal clear-sounding microphone. The only problem is, you aren’t quite sure how different it is to use this headset with your computer as compared to using your regular headphones. No problem! Here are a few steps to take when setting up your gaming headset with your Windows computer.


  1. Audio-Technica gaming headsets come with an extension cable that breaks out into a “Y” – one plug for your computer’s mic input and the other for your computer’s headphone output. Connect this extension cable to the cable attached to your headset.
  2. Determine where your computer’s mic input and headphone jack are on your computer. Please note that the mic input on your computer may be a pink-colored jack. Once you have located your mic and headphone jacks, connect the headset extension cable to the corresponding microphone and headphone jacks.
  3. Now that the headset is connected to the computer, let’s double-check our volume level for the mic.
  4. Go to your computer’s Control Panel, then click “Sound.”
  5. Under the recording tab, you should see a green check mark next to “Microphone Realtek High Definition Audio.” Click on the microphone and select “Properties” at the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.
  6. Under Properties, select the “Levels” tab. Make sure the volume level of the microphone is turned all the way up. Then click OK to exit the screen. Control your headset volume as you would with any standard set of headphones or earbuds.

Now you should be all set to get started with your PC gaming! If you have any further questions about setting up your gaming headset with your computer feel free to contact us here in the Audio Solutions Department.



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  2. You can easily set up your gaming headset on your Windows system you just need to visit its setting option. If you are using a Dell laptop and it is not starting or it won’t turn on then you may visit this post to solve this problem.

  3. i dont have a tower for my computer, only a desktop. is ther anyway to do this? i only have one jack.

  4. My laptop does not have a microphone jack. When I plug in the headset, I can hear great, but the microphone doesn’t work well. When I trouble shoot, it looks like the microphone is picking up sound but barely…unless I bring it very close to my mouth. I’ve already adjusted the levels to 100% and done the boost. Is this gaming headphone set just not good?

  5. I am trying to use apple headphones with built in microphone but the microphone feature doesnt work on my desktop but it does work on my laptop

  6. My mic option doesn’t have a green check in there. Can anyone reply to this problem ?
    It’s quite urgent.

    • When there is not a green check, the mic is not set as the default device. You will need to set the mic as the default device to proceed. If you have further questions, please contact our Audio Solutions Department at Thanks! – A-T USA

  7. hi,

    my headset has a USB and then one Jack, I seem to be able to get either headphones or mic to work but not both

    any idea how I can tell the machine to use the usb for the other aspect?

  8. Setting up new a new headphones to windows OS is tough.Actually it’s varies from OS to OS.For mac its different.Gaming headphones required completely different setting.

  9. Is there any way I can get a replacement for the 2.0 m extension cable with two 3.5 mm (1/8”) gold-plated mini stereo plugs?

  10. It took me a while but I finally figured it out. Thank you to whoever made this

  11. This is dumb af, cant find one post on why my headset isn’t connecting to my PC. I have the wired ath-m50x and there is not a single thread on how to get them to connect. Please help <3

    • Hi Austin! Can you please contact our Audio Solutions Department? The wired model should plug into your computer’s headphone jack, so we just need some clarification on how you are trying to connect. You can reach them at Thanks! – A-T USA

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