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Eww
Sorry for not being a l33t mast3r of audioph1le systems, but my 5.1 headphones suit me fine. I can hear where people are in games perfectly and it doesn't annoy my family when I play. Best of both worlds, as I said
    
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Lol, don't think I'm picking on ya or anything. Headphones with a large enough sound-stage can give you the 5.1 effect, like the AD700's.
Edited by ImmortalKenny - 6/8/08 at 4:44pm
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post #13 of 20
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Sorry for not being a l33t mast3r of audioph1le systems, but my 5.1 headphones suit me fine. I can hear where people are in games perfectly and it doesn't annoy my family when I play. Best of both worlds, as I said
The problem is that it's the worst of both worlds. You get degraded sound quality (however-many meh drivers instead of two good ones), and you don't really get any real surround sound. A decent set of headphones (not even anything outrageously expensive, probably about the same or less than what you paid for your 5.1s) in combination with the CMSS 3D from the X-Fi will produce better sound quality and better game positioning.
Edited by Namrac - 6/8/08 at 7:12pm
post #14 of 20
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Why not get the best of both worlds and go with a 5.1 headphone system? ^_^
5.1 headphones do not technically exist. A good full sized stereo headphone will have better sound stage than any 5.1 headphone.
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post #15 of 20
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5.1 headphones were not really on my radar, the arguments I've read against them (repeated in this thread) make perfect sense to me. If I go headphones, the two models listed so far would be the top contendors.

Thanks guys, you've given me some good info to think about. Sounds like I wouldn't have to worry about losing positional audio too much if I buy good headphones.
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post #16 of 20
Yeah, 5.1 headphones is just like advertising 2GB of vram on a video card.
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post #17 of 20
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I went with the Z-5500s. Found them on sale at TigerDirect for $200 after rebate, so I figured what the heck. Just set them up this morning, they're pretty nice...although definitely bigger than I expected. I mean, I knew the sub was big, I read the reviews. It's just one of those things that my imagination of what "big PC speakers" would be simply didn't live up to reality. The sub is as big as the Inifinity PS-10 I use in my home theater!

Ah well, good to finally have 5.1 sound anyway. I'd been using old 4.1 speakers for something like 7-8 years. I like being able to switch between my PC and Mac with a button press, too.
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post #18 of 20
say you have a $500 budget that you plan to spend and your options are:

1 headphone setup:
say $300 on headphones, $200 on usb DAC, or $125ish on a mini3 type amp and $75 on a sound card

2. stereo setup:
say $350 on speakers, $50 on t-amp, $100ish on sound card or USB DAC

3. surround sound setup:
5.1 or 7.1 computer speakers or cheap HTIB

In regards to sound quality... they'll be in that order. If you carefully pick speakers and get say a pair of av123 X-LS Encore (especially with the current sale) then you'll be close to what you could get with headphones.

Now, if you just want positional audio then I'd say headphones and an x-fi based sound card. It's hard to get good positioning out of computer speakers. yes, if you set speakers up properly and have a good set then you can get better surround sound, but for the average computer setup a good pair of cans and an x-fi are better.
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post #19 of 20
Headphones.
I bring my Sennheiser HD 280 Pro's everywhere I go.
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post #20 of 20
Uhh, guys. He already got a set of speakers.
 
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