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post #11 of 14
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Originally Posted by Cavey00 View Post

I've been rocking an older Turtle Beach set but can't remember the model. It 5.1 but to be honest I have trouble claiming that I can really hear sounds "behind" me. Like others have said, its probably a positioning problem in a small space. My actual craptastic 5.1 Creative set does a much better job in creating the effect.


5.1 by design is supposed to put the surround speaker to the left and right of the listener.
7.1 adds the two additional rear speakers that are actually supposed to be behind the listener.
post #12 of 14
http://www.razerzone.com/surround
Virtual surround > "real" surround

Just get good stereo headphones and pair them with Razer Surround, Dolby Headphones (Xonar cards) or CMSS-3D/SBX (Creative cards).
Pure stereo headphones are only as good as the premixing of the game. So you need these softwares for surround in games that don't have premixing for headphones (bf3 has it and bf2 doesn't).

As a sidenote: 90% of surround headphones are actually stereo headphones that use Dolby Headphones to emulate surround. There are only few "real" surround headphones and they all suck compared to stereo+software emulated surround (1-2 exceptions).
Logitech surround headphones are prime example of this, as they use Dolby Headphones for the surround.

So in a nutshell:
Stay away from 5.1/7.1 headphones if you can use your old stereo headphones with the above softwares/soundcards.
Xonar DGX for example costs 30$ and it can give Dolby Headphone surround to all stereo headphones.
Edited by Tiihokatti - 10/18/13 at 12:12am
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Originally Posted by Tiihokatti View Post

http://www.razerzone.com/surround
Virtual surround > "real" surround

Just get good stereo headphones and pair them with Razer Surround, Dolby Headphones (Xonar cards) or CMSS-3D/SBX (Creative cards).
Pure stereo headphones are only as good as the premixing of the game. So you need these softwares for surround in games that don't have premixing for headphones (bf3 has it and bf2 doesn't).

As a sidenote: 90% of surround headphones are actually stereo headphones that use Dolby Headphones to emulate surround. There are only few "real" surround headphones and they all suck compared to stereo+software emulated surround (1-2 exceptions).
Logitech surround headphones are prime example of this, as they use Dolby Headphones for the surround.

So in a nutshell:
Stay away from 5.1/7.1 headphones if you can use your old stereo headphones with the above softwares/soundcards.
Xonar DGX for example costs 30$ and it can give Dolby Headphone surround to all stereo headphones.

I have Sennheiser hd25 -1 II's what would you recommend then?
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I have Sennheiser hd25 -1 II's what would you recommend then?
If you are already using a good DAC/amp, Razer Surround.
If you don't have any good DAC/amp, Sound Blaster Z/Zx/ZxR.
If you want to go cheapskate and don't have DAC/amp, Xonar DGX.
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