I bought a Hori Real Arcade Pro for my 360 about a year ago, and have been so pleased with it that I recently bought a second one for playing with friends. I did some basic modifications to both joysticks (replaced the square gate with an octagonal one and replaced the Hori buttons with Sanwas).
Unfortunately, I recently discovered that the newer stick has a problem: when I am playing online with a headset, the “speaker” icon appears constantly next to my name, even when my microphone is muted. When using the older stick, the icon appears only when I’m actually speaking, which appears to be the correct behavior. After some experimenting, I believe that the other players hear a low, pulsating, static-like noise coming from me. It’s kind of low, and they can hear me pretty well over the noise when I speak, but I imagine it’s still pretty annoying and have received some complaints saying exactly that.
To be practical, I don’t think there’s any reason I’d need two sticks with working headsets; I could just use the original one for online play. But still, I paid over a hundred bucks for the thing, so I think it’s reasonable the expect it not to have this kind of flaw.
I’m planning to return it to Amazon as defective, but I guess that means I’ll have to replace all of the original parts, which would be a bit of a pain. I was wondering if anyone else has experienced this kind of problem, and maybe knows of a simple solution?