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post #11 of 14
Originally Posted by GOTFrog View Post

to convice him that the AD700 is good for positioning just have him listen to this http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IUDTlvagjJA

Please do not use binaural recordings like this to prove that 'surround headphones are bad' etc..

It is misleading to do so.
post #12 of 14
I ended up buying the sennheiser 360 and a decent soundcard asus xonar stx. Got them at decent price together. Same price as buying the sennheiser 363d. Thanks for the advice.
post #13 of 14
Multi-driver "surround" headphones cannot ever be as good for the money as a pair of good stereo headphones.

A lot of rather smart audio engineers and people that have studied human hearing scientifically have already done a ton of work mapping how our hearing works and have the white papers and models that explain the reasons for how and why this is so but I'll try and explain for reference.

The part of the ear that you see outside and what most people wold just call the ear is know as your Pinna.

It's job is to focus and filter sounds into the ear and plays a huge part ( along with your brain) or how you determine direction of sounds in a 3d space.

You brain basically knows were a sounds comes from depending on the way it sounds after it bounces off the pinna and how it's ridges and curves focus to sounds down into your ear canal .

Multi-drive headphones are simply not far enough from each other inside the confines of a headphone for you brain to be fooled into thinking the sounds came from a different direction or source.

You end up with multiple crappy drivers that aren't phase aligned of that have a flat linear response across a broad input range.

A standard set of headphones can have a lot more of the cost placed on 2 tuned drivers and just let your software do HRTF processing and sound better than a multi-driver set ever could for a reasonable amount of money.

Even if a multi-driver headphone did have really high-end well made drivers, it wouldn't gain you any better surround over a standard pair, the drivers would have to be 1 to 2 feet apart to sort of have real separation.

If you use a bunch of algorithms to process a signal to add surround ques to a multi-drive set of headphones, it would just level their potential back to a normal pair of 2 driver models.

Multiple speakers in a room are far enough that you can do surround and when they match tonality and the room is tuned or the sounds is at least being EQ'd it will sound seamless and sounds pan and move around between speakers.

Multi driver headphones cannot take advantage of their physical location to do more to help fool someone into thinking something is behind them so they get no advantage over stereo headphones and you get nothing extra for their cost versus just getting better stereo ones.
post #14 of 14
Nice explanation I agree 100 percent. Having tried a few different headsets the quality from x2 speakers versus true 5.1 surround the 5.1 suffers either mid range or lack of high audio quality playback. Sounds are muffled and quality is sub par versus amplified stereo headsets. The 5.1 sounds ok but when you listen to a good stereo headset you realise how crap the true 5.1 headset quality actually is. No comparison really. If your after good quality sound reproduction the stereo headsets win hands down.
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