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2 Channel isn't inherently better at positioning than 7.1 channel; it cant be as it's not surround. However, these headests aren't actually 7.1 - they're stereo sound with processing that emulates surround. Which of course they can't do well as it's physically impossible to create "surround" out of only 2 channels. There are some headsets that actually have 5/7 physical drivers to recreate surround but no one has successfully done it well imo.
My Roccat Kave 5.1 would seriously disagree with you there.
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Actually, my Xonar's virtual surround works pretty well with my Sennheisers. When gaming, I can definitely tell the difference between a sound that's in front of me, and behind me. I know it's not true "surround" sound, but it works pretty well IMHO.

However, that is with Dolby Headphone through a sound card. I can't really see them pulling off decent surround emulation through the headphones themselves...
Yes, I agree for gaming it can provide an improvement. But compared to real surround for movies, and especially music, software emulation only degrades the sound imo.
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Why are headphones surround sound? I mean, yeah... they surround your ears... but are they implying multi-directional speakers?
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Yes, I agree for gaming it can provide an improvement. But compared to real surround for movies, and especially music, software emulation only degrades the sound imo.
I have a Denon 2.1 desktop system with Dolby Headphone and Dolby Virtual surround. Sure, a 5.1 system provides better surround sound, but it's not really feasible for most desktop pc setups.

The Dolby virtual sounds much better than standard stereo, there's no degradation in sound quality in movies and games. It does a good job at putting dialogue at center compared to stereo. So I guess my point is that software emulation sounds BETTER than 2 channel stereo when given the option, except for music.

The point of software emulation isn't that it should replace a 5.1 setup, it's that it enhances a 2.1 setup.
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Why are headphones surround sound? I mean, yeah... they surround your ears... but are they implying multi-directional speakers?
Most of them do not. There are a few that employ multiple drivers.
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Why are headphones surround sound? I mean, yeah... they surround your ears... but are they implying multi-directional speakers?
Surround effects create a more natural listening experience when you only have 2 source audio. Typically, the most processing you get from a pair of headphones is depth/right-left sources. There is no extra calculations other then the x, y, positions and accounts the volume levels for the each speaker in your headphone. Sound on you left results in the left speaker being louder then the right. By my understanding at least.

Virtual 7.1 degrades SQ slightly, but gives back a more realistic experience in games.
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2 Channel isn't inherently better at positioning than 7.1 channel; it cant be as it's not surround. However, these headests aren't actually 7.1 - they're stereo sound with processing that emulates surround. Which of course they can't do well as it's physically impossible to create "surround" out of only 2 channels. There are some headsets that actually have 5/7 physical drivers to recreate surround but no one has successfully done it well imo.
Razer's wasn't too bad. Not great, but not bad.
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Meh. Like the stupid Turtle Beaches - it'll probably be overpriced at $100 and overrated.

OMG SURROUND SOUND IN MAH CODS!!! I can hear those footsteps! - So can everyone else if you have proper speaker configs or a decent pair of cans at half the price and double the quality.
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Actually, my Xonar's virtual surround works pretty well with my Sennheisers. When gaming, I can definitely tell the difference between a sound that's in front of me, and behind me. I know it's not true "surround" sound, but it works pretty well IMHO.

However, that is with Dolby Headphone through a sound card. I can't really see them pulling off decent surround emulation through the headphones themselves...
I sure hope that isn't the extent of recognizable sound... My TurtleBeach X11s allow me to distinquish between above and ~15 degrees to the left and above and ~25-30 degrees to the left... That's just an example of course, I don't know of any real way to determine the maximum 'surroundiness' (lol) but if that's anything to go by... emulated surround > lame stereo alone. I would never use my HARX900s for gaming when I have ones that work just fine for it.

Come at me fanboys whochastiseanybodywhousesotherthanstereo.
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I thought we all had an understanding about 'surround' sound headphones?
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