Yes, Phoebus was designed more towards for gaming, with Dolby Home Theater. But I don't think it means much to our headphones.
I never use any of the EQ, EAX or effects either.
For sure in audiophile spec wise, Essence is better than Phoebus, which I should listen to soundtrack with Essence, play game with Phoebus
The reason I brought Phoebus was I want to try 7.1 razer tiamat (refunded, another story).
Phoebus is 7.1 vs Essence 2.1
With Phoebus I can try 5.1 or 7.1 analog headphone again later.
I like the Phoebus control box with a mic & a mic plug, that I can buy better audiophile headphone later, more flexible.
It's not the best mic, but in Arama2&3, borderlands2, people never complaint
If you sure you going to game stereo, then Essence, for the quality Edited by qcktthfm1 - 7/22/13 at 1:51pm