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Stereo or 7.1?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Want a new headset (pls dont reccomend headphones w standalone mic audiophiles) and I like how 7.1 lets you know exactly where the sound is coming from. I have a stereo headset(well had) Siberias V2 but they broke. They are ok but I feel like 7.1 is much better in directional sound and gives a better experience.

 

Stereo or 7.1? Which is better and why?(for games)


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That depends if the games you play support 7.1 audio, which most dont.


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Shopping for a surround headset can be frustrating as some companies just throw in an DSP in order to emulate a surround experience on a stereo headset. If you're interested in one make sure you check the specs. If the do not clearly label multiple drivers per ear cup don't buy it.

 

And while we're at it, what's your budget?

Also should it be wireless?

Specific color?

On ear or over ear?


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honestly i prefer stereo but that is because i don't really hear a difference in directional sound (probably just my ears). i feel like this whole 7.1 surround is just a gimmick introduced by companies. I once saw a video where some guys talked about how your mind can influence the way you hear things. You expect to hear things that aren't even there and you still get the impression that you can actually hear them.

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I use turtle beaches x41 wireless 7.1, which is really is 5.1 with the last channel emulated.

 

anyhow i had stero ones and now that i'm on surround i couldn't go back. hearing the direction not just which side gives you the edge in any competitive games, crack up the volume and you can hear them walking behide you.

 

will say when i first got them it was horried you hear so much going on in games that you need to learn to focus on the sounds that matters and getting hit with a sniper is loud as f**k


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Shopping for a surround headset can be frustrating as some companies just throw in an DSP in order to emulate a surround experience on a stereo headset. If you're interested in one make sure you check the specs. If the do not clearly label multiple drivers per ear cup don't buy it.

 

And while we're at it, what's your budget?

Also should it be wireless?

Specific color?

On ear or over ear?

don't know yet. could go up if my warranty on siberias v2 goes good and i get back my money :P


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7.1 is a gimmick. Any stereo headset can emulate 5.1/7.1 through software. Most modern games have built-in headphone surround modes and Razer offers a free software that does the same thing all those virtual 7.1 headsets do. Most on-board chips even have a headphone surround option. If you want the best possible surround experience, look for stereo headset that has good soundstage and imaging. Open headphones tend to be far superior in that aspect. Something like Sennheiser PC360/G4ME One would be an example of proper open headset. A cheaper option could be Qpad QH-85 (open version of the QH-90 which is the same headset as the much recommended HyperX Cloud).

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Why do you need to ask if you already know and prefer 7.1?

 

You really need to look into how binaural recording works, and that will basically tell you that you don't need 7.1 in headphones to have good directional sound. More less so because the speakers sit so close together that you won't get any advantages of having 7.1 in headphones. Also the .1 (usually means subwoofer), where do they put that speaker? Is it a vibrating but plug?

 

Get a pair of headphones with good soundstaging. Or headset if you prefer. A lot of people recommend the HyperX Clouds, because you get a lot of value for your money with those. I'd recommend them as well owning a pair of Takstar Pro80 myself, which they are based on.

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Want a new headset (pls dont reccomend headphones w standalone mic audiophiles) and I like how 7.1 lets you know exactly where the sound is coming from. I have a stereo headset(well had) Siberias V2 but they broke. They are ok but I feel like 7.1 is much better in directional sound and gives a better experience.

 

Stereo or 7.1? Which is better and why?(for games)

I wouldn't say surround is a gimmick at all.  The number of specified channels might be (such as advertising 5.1 or 7.1) a marketing ploy, but directional sound in a two-driver headset/headphone is definitely there.   

 

I read many user reviews of several different kinds of surround headsets before I chose the Astro A40 audio system early this year.  The common theme I put together from other customer reviewers (I paid most attention to people that used multiple brands) is that none of them are perfect, but the A40s are the best at what's available.  The amp it comes with has a switch to turn off the digital processing, and there's for sure a difference.  It's not perfect like having discreet speakers in a home theater, but I don't think any headset ever will be.  

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I don't think any headset ever will be.  

Headset alone with dolby surround or some kind surround definitly not.

 

but a soundcard/onboard with support for dolby surround ( i think xonar dg is the lowest end that support it ) make the choice easier, just buy a headset / headphone

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Stereo easily its a lot crisper in my opinion I have had true 5.1, simulated 7.1 and stereo headphones and always prefer stereo and I game a lot.


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