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    True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    This has been asked soooo so so so many times, however has anyone had any first hand or reliable knowledge of the differences?

    I'm in the market for a good 5.1 headset, but mainly i'm just quite interested...

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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    I have a Zalman 5.1 set of headphones and tbh I can't detect any form of surround sound. It just sounds like very good stereo. No indication as far as I can tell of whether something is in front or behind. I'm using a Creative xFi sounds card too so it isn't a problem with the card. My son's headphones (can't remember the make but they have a seperate control boc) don't do much either.

    so as far as I'm concerned the difference is that 5.1 speakers work and 5.1 headphones don't.
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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    I've heard people (one in particular with a pair of Tritton AX 51 pro) say you have to spend a good while tweaking each driver's equiliser (if you have the ability), master volume, etc, to get an accurate surround sound... I guess with true 5.1's that mean tweaking your sound card's software. I've actually just ordered a pair of Roccat Kaves and will be getting an Auzentech Forte soon, I'll give a quick shout on here to say how they fair...

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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    I got the Sharkoon X-Static 5.1's and they are OK. Took a lot of fiddling in the Xonar's virtual surround settings but they work fairly well now.

    Still, no where near as good as a proper 5.1 surround system....unless your trying to keep the noise down anyway!
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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    Well actually i have the discontinued Logitech G51 5.1 speakers, and i can honestly say that even with the volume cranked up on them the positional awareness is still not as good as a £15 stereo headset, probably because the sound is being emitted right next to my ear......?

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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    odd, my razer HP1's do it fine :s not as immersive as a set of 5.1 speakers, but you know if its fore or aft, and left or right- which is good enough
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    Re: True 5.1 vs Virtual 5.1 (headsets)

    Have owned both. 'True' 5.1 headsets are just a bad design to be honest. Any 5.1 content is mastered / mixed / rendered for speakers and you just don't hear drivers strapped to your head in the same way.

    Some virtual surround solutions are very good. I find Dolby Headphone to be the best 'affordable' solution with CMSS-3D Headphone not too far behind. With the right set of headphones Dolby Headphone can sound very close to a 5.1 speaker system.

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