Originally Posted by Xaero252;14618685
@ragingcain: How many ears do you have? 2. Your brain does all the work discerning where audio is "coming from" your ears' shape have a little bit to do with, but 99.99% of the work is done by the brain, which is pretty easy to trick.
The difference of `true` surround sound @ less than 1in from the ear canal opening is going to be negligible.
Heres an example completely unrelated to headphones, but still in the audio spectrum that makes this make more sense.
I have $500, and a very small room which I want to put a home theater system in. I can go out and purchase one of those cheapo boxed 7.1 systems for $499.99 and be set with a set of cheap component speakers and tweaters, and a garbage subwoofer with an 'okay' receiver.
I can go buy 2 decent full dynamic range towers, and a pretty decent receiver, and achieve better sound with much the same positioning since I can just use the Dolby3d virtual surround of my good receiver.
Its the same situation, positional audio is negligible when there isn't much room for the audio to come from. I.e. An enemy player is walking 15 feet behind you at 270* from your current facing position. 15 feet behind you is a wall in real life. You CANNOT possibly place the audio actually 15 feet behind you... but a simple time delay can trick your brain into thinking there is an audio source 15 feet behind you.
5 actual speakers will always sound better than a "virtual" software hack.
The 2.0 might sound a lot better in it's capacity, but it's NOT going to emulate real surround.
For an actual speaker setup, not headphones.