Build your own Xbox headset adaptor for cheap

Build your own Xbox headset adaptor for cheap

If the headset socket fails on your Xbox controller, your only option is a headset adapter.

As you have maybe seen, I already wrote about how I fixed the poorly designed headphone socket on my sons Xbox One controller here: https://medium.com/@mrvectrex/fixing-an-xbox-one-controller-64c7ced8ca83

However the situation got worse, possibly due to frantic Fortnite playing by the kids, and it seemed the only solution was to switch to the Xbox One headset adaptors. But they are so expensive, nearly 30 in the UK, which is pretty close to the price of a controller!

I checked on ebay and found these bits:

Image for postI bought a headset adaptor with the headset cut off and a 4 pole headset extensionImage for postA better view of the headset adaptor with the headset cut offImage for postThe 4 pole extension lead

Someone was selling the headset adaptors for a couple of pounds, these had had the original Xbox chat headset cut off ? presumably because it had broken. I also found a cheap 4 pole stereo headset adaptor lead.

Total price for the bits was 3.09 which included the postage.

With a bit of effort, I turned those two pieces into this:

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Step 1 ? Open up the headset adaptor

This part is easy enough ? use your finger nail or a plastic spudger to pry the back off the headset adaptor:

Image for postUsing a spudger to get startedImage for postThe back piece comes off easilyImage for postThe back removed

Step 2 ? Use a T5 star driver to open the back of the headset adaptor

Using a T5 star driver, I undid the 2 silver and 3 black screws on the back of the headset ? these are revealed when the plastic back is removed.

Image for postRemove the 2 silver and 3 black screws

Step 3 ? Remove the old wires

As there was about 3in of old, flat cable left on the headset adaptor, I de-soldered the wires and revealed the solder pads.

Image for postHere are the wires for the removed headset

Step 4 ? Carefully strip the wires to the 4 pole plug

I used a scalpel and a lot of care to remove the 4 pole plug and then strip the wires back, revealing the following coloured wires:

  • red
  • blue
  • green
  • gold

Image for postCarefully strip the wires

Step 5 ? Solder the wires to the headset adaptor pads

Next, using a very fine tipped soldering iron I soldered the wires to the pads on the headset adaptor.

Image for postSolder the wires to the adaptor

The pads on the headset adaptor from left to right:

  • GND ? Ground (common) ? to be used for both the speaker and microphone
  • MIC ? Microphone (+)
  • HPR ? Headphone Right (+)
  • HPL ? Headphone Left (-)

For the 4 pole headphone adaptor I got, the wires therefore ended up being soldered as follows:

  • GND ? blue
  • MIC ? red
  • HPR ? gold
  • HPL ? green

Step 6 ? re-assemble

Once I tested that all was working, by attaching the headset adaptor to an Xbox One controller, I then put a drop of hot glue on the connectors I had soldered, tied a knot in the wire (to stop it being pulled), and then re-assembled the headset adaptor.

Here?s what I ended up with:

Image for postComplete!

So, for 1/10th of the price of a new headset adaptor, I have a working adaptor that I know how to fix, should it get damaged again in the future.

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