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Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?
   Linus Tech Tips
  Published: 2 weeks ago


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Ever wondered what "virtual 7.1" means? Is "true 7.1" better? Whose is the most convincing? We've got the answer!

Buy "true 7.1" headsets on Amazon:
Razer Tiamat 7.1 v2 (10-driver):

Buy virtual 7.1 headsets on Amazon:
Razer ManO'War 7.1 (Razer Surround):
ASUS STRIX Fusion 700 (ASUS proprietary):
SteelSeries Arctis Pro (DTS Headphone:X 2.0):
Logitech G933 (DTS Headphone:X):

Buy surround DACs on Amazon:
Sennheiser GSX-1200 Pro (Sennheiser proprietary):
Sound BlasterX AE-5 (BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro):

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1 week ago
CORRECTION: It turns out that the ASUS Fusion 700 uses virtual surround based on Bongiovi Acoustics' Digital Power Station technology, not ASUS' proprietary solution. Sorry for the confusion!

3 hours ago
What’s the name of that chair?

5 hours ago
So on xbox i just download Dolby Atmos??

22 hours ago
Grado heaphones for me. Open ear, but very balanced.

22 hours ago
Oh boi those face distortions

22 hours ago
Pro-Tip: Use SteelSeries Arctis Pro headphones on High-Res mode (stereo), use Equalizer APO with the Peace GUI, and download Dolby Atmos. Ta-Da: Audiophile quality headphones with gaming quality microphone.

2 days ago
why didnt you have the asus centurion and or strix 7.1? They are really the only other ones with "true" surround

2 days ago
Hmmm... Dolby Access (M 17+) ok...

2 days ago
What about Windows Sonic?

2 days ago
My Turtle Beach Elite 800X headset works great for 7.1 surround sound. Worth the $300 price tag. Sounds come from an accurate direction. Even though it is a console headset, to use it properly the dock has to be connected to the source so you can use them on PC.

3 days ago
A have the steelseries arctic 7 gold there pretty Good

3 days ago
i got atmos and its worth it

3 days ago
U should let Razer see this video.
really hope they can improve their audio gear

3 days ago
So who remember the Zalman 5.1 headphones from back in the day? :D

3 days ago
ok, so what closed back headphones do you recommend then?

3 days ago
If a guy weighting over 100 kg going to talk about computers to me, then hell yeah I'm going to listen to him!

3 days ago
All I know is when I turned on my Playstation Platinum Wireless Headsets Virtual Surround sound my Far Cry Primal gaming experience was enhanced like crazy, I could tell every direction the animals were coming at me from.

4 days ago
Glad i got me a G933 Wireless headset for christmas!

4 days ago
There's Nahimic too (free with MSI products) that works AF ^^

4 days ago

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