Most items with rechargeable batteries have their batteries pre-installed. However with the Chimaera, you’ll have to install them yourself. This isn’t a big deal, but it’s worth mentioning. First you’ll pop off the outer panel of the right earcup. You’ll notice a traditional looking battery compartment, open that, and pop in the batteries.
Setting up the Chimaera is fairly straightforward. Using the supplied RCA to 3.5mm cable, plug your Xbox’s RCA audio output into the RCA side of the cable, and the 3.5mm plug into the Chimaera’s base station. Secondly, hook up the Xbox controller to the 2.5mm port on the Chimaera. Once all connections are solid, hold the power button on the headset to turn it on, and you’re good to go. I didn’t have to sync the headset before using it.
*Note: If you use HDMI you will have to take some shortcuts to get the Chimaera to work with your Xbox 360. You will need the Xbox 360 audio adapter, or you will have to use the RCA audio out on your TV. Using the audio out on your TV would be the best way, but if your TV doesn’t have that option, you’ll have to get the audio adapter.
If you want to use the Chimaera with your PC, the easiest way is to use two 3.5mm to 3.5mm cables. The Chimaera does not come with the cables you need. Although you can pick them up on eBay for $1 each. Once you have the cables, just plug your PC’s output (usually green) into the base station’s input, and the mic out on the base station into the line in (usually blue) on your PC.