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Hello Audio Geeks,

I need some help, I pretty much suck when it comes down to headsets and audio etc My normal attitude is get something cheap and crappy and just play the game on it. Well, as it turns out I have a pretty good job that gives me some spare money and I want a 7.1 surround sound headset, mainly because I can't fit a speaker system into my room.

Firstly budget, I don't mind spending £150 (GBP) or $200 (USD), but I have this thing about triple figures. That being, if I'm going to blow a triple figure sum on a piece of kit it has to be perfect in every way. Now I don't know what I need to be looking for, I don't know how much I need to spend, but I did read some reviews and saw the Razor Tiamat which I'm sure you're all probably cringing at going "NO, NO IT'S THE DEVIL, BURN IT" but I thought it looked quite nice....

No I'm not concerned about looks, I'm concerned about quality, hence why you are here. biggrin.gif

Oh and if you want the website I'll be using to purchase, either www.scan.co.uk or www.amazon.co.uk biggrin.gif. Obviously you will be rewarded accordingly for helping me out biggrin.gif

Thanks Guys and Gals,

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There are 2 ways to get 7.1:
1. Get "real" 7.1 headphones like the Tiamat.
2. Get a soundcard with CMSS-3D/DH/SBX or Razer Surround and use high quality studio headphones.

Personally I see the No.1 as pure gimmick (I own 100$ 5.1 headphones, worst purchase ever) as the emulated surround does everything better.

I use Xonar DG with Beyerdynamic DT770 Pro 80ohm. Xonar DG has Dolby Headphones that I use for the surround.
I also have Superlux HD681Evo that is as good as the DT770 for gaming.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 9/17/13 at 6:04am
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This should float your boat

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Razer-Megalodon-Gaming-Headset-Surround/dp/B0025VK2SM

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Available for $150, the Razer Megalodon should be the only 7.1 PC gaming headset you'll ever need to buy. It's definitely a product for hardcore PC gamers and may intimidate more casual users because of its customization capabilities.

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The purest experience we found was Blu-ray and Left 4 Dead, both of which support 7.1 surround sound audio. With these native sources, the Megalodon really shined, delivering crisp, clean, and surprisingly three dimensional audio. The Maelstrom engine does an impressive job of differentiating front, side, and rear audio, which otherwise typically blend together. With a 7.1 source, we were able to clearly locate voices and effects from minor environmental sources amongst a flurry of major nearby sounds. In Left 4 Dead, we were able to hear elements of the game we had never heard before, like subtle mutterings of nearby and distant zombies and realistic rain effects.

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Razer has a solid foundation and they continue to improve the sound on their headphones. The virtual 7.1 channel technology on the Megalodon continues to keep up with the competition. This is a good gaming headset for PC because you can operate it without downloading drivers to different computers. However, be warned it does not work on the Mac.

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Razer’s Megalodon came close to taking our top recommendation. Its sound quality is just about on par with the Corsair Vengeance 1500, but it has so many other things going for it, too: an illuminated control pod with surround channel and volume level settings, the ability to dynamically switch between two- and virtual 7.1-channel audio at the touch of a button, and microphone mute/sensitivity/level controls. At 8 oz, its the lightest contender, and it's also the most comfortable. Razer's style is both functional and chic, underlined by illuminated logos on the ear cups. The Megalodon even comes with an awesome carrying case and doesn't require its own driver. Just plug it in and go.

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The Razer Megalodon headphones are an impressive piece of technology in many ways. They are very well built utilizing a good mix of different materials and they are also very versatile due to the fact that USB has being chosen for connecting the unit.

The Megalodon have also been very nicely packaged with a tidy black theme carried across right through to the 'Razer' edged manual. They scream of quality through and through and will be a great toy to show off.

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post #4 of 7
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I saw the megalodon, the creative vengeance 1500 I think it was got better reviews..

How does having a soundcard like that give you 7.1 surround though? DT770 Pro 80ohm doesn't have the speaker setup in the headset.
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I saw the megalodon, the creative vengeance 1500 I think it was got better reviews..

How does having a soundcard like that give you 7.1 surround though? DT770 Pro 80ohm doesn't have the speaker setup in the headset.
The same way how Vengeance 1500 and 90% of the other "surround" headsets give surround: Binaural Simulation

1500 is indeed normal stereo headset that uses binaural simulation (Dolby Headphones) to turn it to 7.1
Only about 5% of the surround headsets use the No.1 from my first post to get the surround sound. The 95% use the USB-soundcard that is build-in on the headset.

I recommend Sound Blaster Z soundcard paired with a decent stereo headset (eww...) or headphones+mic (Modmic/Zalman clip-on/condenser mic).

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I saw the megalodon, the creative vengeance 1500 I think it was got better reviews..

How does having a soundcard like that give you 7.1 surround though? DT770 Pro 80ohm doesn't have the speaker setup in the headset.

for the money, they're the better buy.
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Instead of a fancy box of accessories, Corsair spend its budget on the basics: impressive 50 mm drivers that sound absolutely wonderful compared to the rest of the playing field. Yes, they’re overly crisp at the default setting, but a little tweaking through the software equalizer makes them untouchable (even if Razer's Megalodon comes close). Dolby's Pro Logic IIx technology works like a charm, and these headphones sound equally great playing music or gaming.
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If money is not an option I would go for the beyerdynamic MMX 300 which is a rebrand of their DT 770 with an included mic. Or if you want to go cheaper, senheiser PC 350 se/360.

I would generally stay away from "gaming headsets" by PC peripheral companies due to their mediocre sound and frequency response. However with that being said the Vengeance 1300(might be the exception) at roughly $70 is decent and has better sound than almost all "gaming headsets" twice the price.

Corsair is just a winner in general with their products.
    
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