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Hi, I've posted in here before to ask about what components I should get and you guys suggested AD700's, which I am extremely pleased with. I've been using this audio combo for just over half a year now and while it's been quite enjoyable for me, I recently played with some of the settings in the DG audio center and noticed something that was unexpected for me and I'd just like to know what you guys think.

Basically, I normally have my headphones on 8 channels with Dolby Headphone and Virtual 7.1 Speaker Shifter enabled at all times. I occasionally turn it to 2 channels with Dolby Headphone and Virtual 7.1 disabled to listen to music and one time, I forgot to change it back and loaded up a gameplay video of a game that I play very often. I immediately noticed that the positional audio was much better with 2 channels and everything disabled then with 8 channels and Dolby Headphone and Virtual 7.1, but I think that i may have been a bit much. Normally what happens is when something happens to my left in-game, then I would hear it it louder in my left ear and softer in my right ear, but it wouldn't be very noticeable. With everything at the default settings, it would be basically all in my left ear and very little in my right ear.

I'd like to know what settings would increase my positional audio experience while gaming. I'd like something in between 8 channels with 7.1 enabled and 2 channels with 7.1 disabled. I want to be able to notice it coming from my left but not so much that I can barely hear in my right ear. What would you guys recommend? 6 channels with Dolby Headphone but not 7.1, 2 channels with Dolby and 7.1, etc...
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It all depends on the game.
BF2:PR without DH makes it hard to find the position of a tank 5m away from you, and with DH (+unixonar 7.1 addon) you can easily hear the position of a tank 1km away from you.
BF3 has build-in surround system for headphones.
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Honestly, DH is justa terr ible implementation of virtual headphone surround, being nothing moretthan some added reverb DSP effects really.

The only way you can improve your positional audio, especially considering your headphones are about the best positional cans in existence, would be to get the King of the Cards, aka the Titanium HD. I can hear a significant difference in the new Z-series, and it's not for the better. When it comes to a card that is a master of all trades, the only one is the TiHD; Asus STX is too "movie focused" in its presentation (loud "surround" rather than accurate), and the HT Omega cards are insanely close to being perfect for music but simply don't do well with games.

That's my opinion, an informed opinion, butstill an oopinion.
   
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Thank you both for the feedback.

Tiihokatii, I'll keep that in mind and play with the settings for each specific game and see how that turns out.
nleksan, I was and still am under a heavy budget, so the Titanium HD is very far away from me and at the time of my purchase, my main choices were the ASUS Xonar DG, Creative Sound Blaster Audigy, and the Creative Xtreme Gamer, and the DG was recommended whenever I asked about the sound card.
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You can also try Razer Surround for games that don't seem to work well with DH.
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I have heard of Razer Surround but I just brushed it off, thinking that my sound card, which I paid money for, would have better positional audio than some free software, but I'll give it a shot.

Edit: Just loaded up a game of PlanetSide and I can actually hear and feel the difference. Thank you so much for recommending Razer Surround.
Edited by WoKao - 9/1/13 at 12:01pm
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