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How can I get the best postional audio, is it almost entirely down to the headphones?

There are so many hardware and software options it's mindblowing.

I currently have Philips Fidelio X1's and a Soundblaster Zx sound card but my postional audio seems pretty bad.

I don't know how if I need to mess around with my soundcard settings or what, if I turn on sbx pro surround everything sounds awful, and even then it has a slider from 0-100% :/

Do I run 5.1 or Stereo, do I have to have spx on to even have 5.1? Or is it just bad audio engines in games?

I was thinking of getting Audio Technica ATH-AD700x's but I don't know if this would solve the problem?
    
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Try turn off anything? Just pure stereo from soundcard to headphone. Of course it depends on your games/movie.
I just use apple earpods with my phoebus, nothing fx/EQ on, playing Dying Light demo, whenever there're zombies chasing me behind left/right, I have goose bump tongue.gif
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