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I know that surround sound headphones have been notoriously not good, to put it nicely. However, I've read lots of good reviews on the Zalman Theatre 6s, so I was wondering if maybe they're getting better? I'm going to get a sound card this summer, and I want surround sound, but I really don't have the space for 5.1 speakers. So, would 5.1 headphones be a viable option anymore? I have studio-quality stereo headphones, but I want to have directional sound.

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I love my medusa 5.1's and they make a world of difference in CS:S . . and movies sound great. .

They dont have near the base I need though si I find my self using the headphones + speakers. I use the speakers for the sub and turn trable down a bit and It kicks in fro grenades and gunfire. The headphones are perfect for sniping or knifing though
 
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No, surround sound headphones are still no where near being up to par with good audiophile headphones. You can get full directional sound from any stereo headphones, some just have better sound stage than others. Listen to this MP3 to test out your audio positioning:

http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=22913
    
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I got Razer Barracuda soundcard and headphones, supposed to be the best gaming surround sound setup blah blah blah.

Its not, while some of the sounds surprise you, the reality is it's all over the place. I heard a sound the other day through a wall. With surround/directional sound I should have been able to point to exactly where it was. It was the first time I actually realised unless I can see the origin of the sound, it is not always helpful. Of course this may have something to do with the drivers, as they still havent released the Vista drivers, but I wont be waiting for them.

And the bass is more of a vibration rather than deep penetrating sound, and so say that for the same price I could have had surround sound (properly) set up in my car with amps, I still think full surround sound headphones are lacking for quality and performance
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i still don't get how you can have surround sound out of a 2 speaker (headphone) setup
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You can get full directional sound from any stereo headphones
Not surround sound, directional sound

In theory this should only be able to tell you which side the sound is coming from, but if in front or behind you would heard both sides at full or both on low, which would be the difference between infront or behind. Surround sound would require more speakers to reproduce where the sound is coming from, rather than just giving bias to either speaker.

Or incase you don't get how two 'cups' from a pair of headphones do it, multiple small speakers in each cup. 4 speakers in each cup will give you:
Centre
Fronts
Sides
Rears

Providing they are well positioned and well driven, the cup will keep the outside noise in while giving a good immersion into the sound, creating a decent surround. Problem being bass. Bass form cups doesn't exactly go through your body like in a real surround set up, but it wont wake the neighbours at full volume.
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No, surround sound headphones are still no where near being up to par with good audiophile headphones. You can get full directional sound from any stereo headphones, some just have better sound stage than others. Listen to this MP3 to test out your audio positioning:

http://www.i-am-bored.com/bored_link.cfm?link_id=22913
I agree. . . I was just implying that it gave me an advantage in gaming . . . but the quality of my Z-5500's is much better so I use them in tandem.
 
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i still don't get how you can have surround sound out of a 2 speaker (headphone) setup
You can't. Surround sound headphones actually have multiple speaker cones in each earpiece.
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