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Im in the lookout for a new headset and i have allready placed an order on the Razer Chimaera 5.1 since i want both surround and wireless.
But im kinda lost why i cant use my current headset for surround since its just a piece of hardware converting the sound for simulated surround. (except headset with multiple units)
i have a soundblaster X-fi titanium that only offers 3D sound and not real surround.
So is it just because i dont own a better soundcard or doesnt such soundcards exist?
As you can guess its just theoretically this question since i allready ordered the Chimaera set........ Tho i wont get it untill week 49
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hmm...maybe send it back, get a refund, and buy a set of headphones that are not surround sound. It's really just a gimmick, in my experiences it's more muddled and does absolutely nothing for me when gaming. I much prefer a higher quality set of stereo cans to a surround sound set-up. IIRC, they try to set up multiple speakers inside the headphones to emulate a multi-speaker surround sound set-up in your house. So you've got like 2-3 speakers in each ear, then they use some fancy processing to try to make it sound like true surround sound. IMO, it sounds like garbage, but maybe it's because I've only used cheaper surround sound headsets. I'd say return it and get yourself some AT or Sennheiser cans, that's just me...
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post #3 of 22
Good wired stereo cans always for me
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post #4 of 22
Most surround headsets are marketing, and over price. They use cheap drivers in them for each channel and your pretty much paying for its design and a mic that might be good or not.

But yea send it back, get your self a pair of stereo headphones, Something like Ultrasones HFi-580s or another pair that easy to be used without a amp, Then follow a CMSS3D guilde on how to set it up.
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post #5 of 22
If you're set on wireless headphones, take a look at the RS220's..launched at RMAF.
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post #6 of 22
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It seems i have explained myself too confusing
I don't have any broken headset. Also i don't want to buy surround headset with more than 2 drivers like TT ax-pro or the upcoming razer tiamat.
I want a set of cans with 2 drivers, wireless, and with surround. Afaik all surround headsets (with 2 drivers) comes with some kind of a dongle that converts the surround sound into pseudo surround for the 2 drivers. And the expensive models do that very well according to reviews and comments. ie. the razer chimaera 5.1, Steelseries 7H, logitech G930 or astro A40.
That brings me back to the first question. Why isn't there any sound cards that can do that from the beginning?
Afaik my soundblaster x-fi titanium doesnt bring "pseudo" surround to my stereo cans, it just gives that eax 3d crap.
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post #7 of 22
X-Fi Titanium's 3D virtualization software for headphones is called 3MSS-3D
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post #8 of 22
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Draygonn View Post
X-Fi Titanium's 3D virtualization software for headphones is called 3MSS-3D
oh right, thats what its called. Still it is not surround.
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Good wired stereo cans always for me
Ditto.
I've got a set of Beyerdynamic DT 770 Pros and I love em'. Easy to drive and great sound!
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post #10 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by madmax911 View Post
oh right, thats what its called. Still it is not surround.
Unless a game actually outputs 5.1, I believe most surround solutions are going to be a type of simulated surround like DTS Neo is in home theater or X-Fi CMSS 3D is in gaming. The codecs are actually upmixing 2.1 or 2.0 channels to 5.1 or 7.1.

In the end no matter what the solution you're actually just simulating surround at least at the software level. When I looked for a set of cans, I decided to go with something that was going to give me quality sound verses headphones of maybe inferior but multiple drivers to simulate surround. I personally am very happy with my choice.
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