Originally Posted by c00lkatz
I heard the virtual haircut a while ago, and that was convincing enough. 5.1 headphone/headsets are a gimmick, and nothing more. I honestly do not see how you could distinguish between a center, left, right, left rear, right rear, and a subwoofer with the drivers so close together. My stereo headphones coupled with my X-Fi Titanium provide surround sound all on their own. Now a true 5.1/7.1 home theater setup makes sense, but with the drivers just mm apart? Makes no sense to me whatsoever.
Spoken like someone who hasn't used a set of 5.1 cans, at least a set with multiple physical drivers.
If you use something, say the Novint Falcon, and you've tested it, and you have a frame of reference, then you can come out and call it a gimmick. If not, you are only guessing.
As I've said, I am an audiophile, and while I haven't heard one of these sets with great sound quailty, at least the HPA2 provides a very realistic 5.1 experience. This is first hand, I've owned them for over a year, and used them with games, movies, etc. Not really good for music enjoyment, but instances when you need/want multi-channel and can't wake the roommates, then these work.
Mind you, I got these for WELL less than retail, otherwise I wouldn't have bothered.
Originally Posted by Riou
There is no such thing as a 5.1 headphone. A lot of speakers have multiple mid-range drivers in it. You would not call those speakers a 5.1 system. The drivers need to be spaced out around you. Even my IEMs have 3 drivers in them, but they are not called 6.0.
There is some sort of sound processing involved to simulate 5.1.
That is not necessarily true. The HPA2 does not change the sound one iota. It hooks directly into the multi-channel outs on your soundcard and outputs exactly what your sound card is feeding each channel. There are headsets out there that simulate 5.1, but that is not what we are talking about.Edited by Mygaffer - 1/5/10 at 11:23pm