I remember seeing a thread somewhere, either on here or another forum, of a member that was able to connect their headsets to both an iPod and their radio at the same time. Theory being that you can be listening to music, and have it cut out when you receive a transmission.
Question is, does this work? I know you can buy a cable to connect to the Comtacs that would plug into an MP3 player, but is there a way to connect both a radio and an iPod, and do what I mentioned above?
This would probably be easiest with real peltor dual com comtacs. I'm still not 100% sure how you woud connect one of the leads to your mp3 player but it is probably possible. I know that the new GWS c4ops clone can do this though. www.gunsworkshop.net/
I'd similarly recommend going with a real headset if you're gonna try this and have the functionality you want. You can get some dual comm sordins in the range of 150-200 if you're patient.
Dual comms should make this easier. Whatever side you have plugged in pipes the radio through, so if you're left cup is plugged into your PTT for radio, you'll hear it there. If you hook the MP3 player up to the right ear cup, it should just pipe through there. This functionality works on Peltors, and I'm pretty sure on Sordins too. Downside is you'll have pretty shitty sounding music as you'll only be getting it out of one speaker. Not real sure how you'd work it on a single comm headset without sacrificing the ability to run a radio effectively.
As for an actual cable/connector, I'm not real sure. I know they exist and some people have made custom set ups for them as well.
That setup that ctres linked looks pretty nifty, unfortunately I only have the single comm setup. They do make chords that connect into the two prong outlet that would otherwise be occupied by the plug for the boom mic. This would just turn them into basic headphones at that point.
Doesn't look like I'll be able to do this as easily, and as cheaply as I thought. If I was more confident with wire splicing, or knew someone who was, I'm sure I'd be able to come up with something.
Real comtacs, at least the IIIs have two mic ports to allow for either lefties or righties, so it may work, but I can't say for sure how they will react when you have two things plugged in at once. Here is a pic that demonstrates what I am talking about