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If you live alone as a carefree bachelor or bachelorette, a powerful surround sound speaker system attached to your gaming machine is the ultimate way to enjoy the latest AAA blockbusters. Positional audio is a beautiful thing. Not only does it add to the entertainment factor, but it also helps you along, feeding audible cues from the environment, revealing an enemy's position, and delivering the soundtrack that intensifies before an important action sequence.

Unfortunately, the reality of roommates, family, and even apartment living make it difficult to crank the volume up on a full-scale surround sound configuration without annoying everyone around you (particularly if you game at night). The solution for most enthusiasts is a headset. In addition to bringing the action in closer to your ears, a headset simultaneously arms you with a microphone, perfect for coordinating with a team or trash-talking opponents.

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Yea it's Toms. Who cares.

This is for all of you in the market for a gaming/surround headset(like me). I was thinking of going with the Corsair 1500 and this further backs that up for me. When ~100$ buys you another SSD or 75% of another GTX470, you better make the right choice. Enjoy.
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Just get a pair of good stereo headphones. I've own a multichannel headset, the Turtle Beach HPA2, one of the better ones on the market, and it sucks compared to a pair of good headphones.
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People should really just research things and go with DT 770's, AD700's, HD 555/558 , ect. Hell, even my ATH-M50's are great for gaming but have terrible soundstage which is fine since i no longer play many FPS and mostly play Lol and Diablo 3.
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One speaker per ear is not 5.1 or 7.1 channels. Virtual Dolby is not Dolby or even virtually close to Dolby 5.1 or 7.1. Tom's, where is The Razer Tiamat at? wink.gif
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While its not 5 or 7.1, I love my Corsair Vengeance 1100 thumb.gif
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Notice a trend in the article? The best sounding headsets were simple stereo headsets with big drivers........ That should tell you something.

Honestly, get a nice pair of AD or ATH 700s, or equivalent, and couple it iwth a decent soundcard featuring either Dolby headphone, or creative's CMSS-3d. Great sound quality,
and positional audio when you need it.
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5 point one tiny speakers. That must sound awesome...
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One speaker per ear is not 5.1 or 7.1 channels. Virtual Dolby is not Dolby or even virtually close to Dolby 5.1 or 7.1. Tom's, where is The Razer Tiamat at?wink.gif

Unfortunately, this is where most people are rather misinformed.

Most people hear in 'stereo' because most people only have two ears.
The brain deduces positioning by comparing what is expected by experience to what the sound is perceived as when it is reflected and absorbed by your body.
This is the reason why many people experience a disoriented, tunneled feeling when they cup their ears towards a particular sound source.

Therefore, multiple driver headsets prove to be rather impractical when it comes to emulating surround sound, because the sound all essentially comes from the same place.
Any type of virtual surround will produce a much more convincing positional feel than any multiple driver headset will physically be able to give you.

For the best alternative to an actual surround setup.
Some sort of surround emulation processing in pair with a good set of cans will be what you're looking for.
Tack on a decent mic and you've got yourself a fantastic audio-advantage.
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One speaker per ear is not 5.1 or 7.1 channels. Virtual Dolby is not Dolby or even virtually close to Dolby 5.1 or 7.1. Tom's, where is The Razer Tiamat at? wink.gif

Where are my Tritton ( love 'em )
http://www.trittonusa.com/prod/axpro.asp

P.S. USB sound device instead of dedicated sound card or even on-board sound can save you a lot of video driver headache thumb.gif
    
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Unfortunately, this is where most people are rather misinformed.
Most people hear in 'stereo' because most people only have two ears.
The brain deduces positioning by comparing what is expected by experience to what the sound is perceived as when it is reflected and absorbed by your body.
This is the reason why many people experience a disoriented, tunneled feeling when they cup their ears towards a particular sound source.
Therefore, multiple driver headsets prove to be rather impractical when it comes to emulating surround sound, because the sound all essentially comes from the same place.
Any type of virtual surround will produce a much more convincing positional feel than any multiple driver headset will physically be able to give you.
For the best alternative to an actual surround setup.
Some sort of surround emulation processing in pair with a good set of cans will be what you're looking for.
Tack on a decent mic and you've got yourself a fantastic audio-advantage.

Most people hear and perceive directional sound as in real life or encoded in 5 - 7.1 Dolby. Stereo and virtual sound is perceived differently by everyone, due to too many variables. I own a 7.1 system and have owned a 5.1 system from the time they became available. Multiple drivers/speakers aimed correctly are exactly what's needed to reproduce true 5 - 7.1 Dolby. Virtual anything is not whatever the name is that follows it. Virtual isn't convincing enough for true positional/situational awareness, because all of the sound comes directly from the same driver/speaker/source/place. Either they're actual surround or not, because virtual doesn't cut it anymore in todays well informed tech market. Even my Sennheiser headset with virtual anything doesn't compare to an actual 5 - 7.1 headset while gaming. Even though they sound great, there's no true directional sound. thumb.gif

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Where are my Tritton ( love 'em )
http://www.trittonusa.com/prod/axpro.asp
P.S. USB sound device instead of dedicated sound card or even on-board sound can save you a lot of video driver headache thumb.gif

Exactly. wink.gif
Edited by MacG32 - 2/12/12 at 6:24pm
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