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Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?
   Linus Tech Tips
  Published: 2 months 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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2 months 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!

2 days ago
Whats your opinion on the superlux hd681s?

2 days ago
You insult my HS50s😭

2 days ago
What about spdif outputs? :) didnt see if you tried that :D!

3 days ago
why is he putting on safety goggles

3 days ago
I have an Asus ROG StriX Fusion 700 and I love them. I dont care about surround sound i bought them because I tried the 300 version at Gamescom and they where amazing!
1. Feels really good on your ears
2. Who needs Noise canceling if they just don't let sound come to your ear!
3. Sound is... WOW! Just WOW!
4. Bluetooth for on the go
5. Touchcontrols (but only on the left side) except for 2 buttons (1. for on/off 2. for Surround Sound on/off)

3 days ago
The men shouting .. sounds like they're having BDSM ...

4 days ago
What if you guys included Sony 1000xm3 or bose qc35ii into the fight?? Woukd they stand a chance??

6 days ago
Try it out with Audeze mobius. Heard it’s pretty good

1 week ago
So a Corsair HS50 with Dolby Atmos is a good deal?

1 week ago
The dolby atmos ia refer to what model? Corsair void pro?

1 week ago
Hesuvi - best solution I've found

2 weeks ago
If you want to experience the best 7.1 surround on Windows, I suggest to use VB-Cable + Equalizer APO + Hesuvi - this will offer you many HRIR/HRTF from several solutions but in one place.

2 weeks ago
Turtlebeach elite 2 is 👌🏻

2 weeks ago
Sooooo... should I set my steel series to stereo vs surround? That’s really the question I’m looking to have answered.

2 weeks ago
would you recommend buying the astro a40 tr + mixamp?

2 weeks ago
Sorry but headsets designed for dolby will sound good in overwatch. Eg Most astro's, but true 7.1 headsets will sound better on games like Apex legends.
I turn off 7.1 in OW using my strix 7.1 but turn it on in Apex and sounds amazing. OW is not the best for testing these sort of headphones.

3 weeks ago
I noticed what you did with that sound effect. You've seen the video too huh?

3 weeks ago
Are Dolby Headphones so terrible that I could get something better at a cheaper price? Or should I just try it out and see if it's really much better than my BASS controlling stereo headphones? (which I just now broke off a piece of plastic so I'm sort of worried).

3 weeks ago
I know a couple of games that make the best use of Dolby Digital. Mechassault from OG Xbox, and Dungeon Defenders from Xbox 360. Halo 2 and 3 do have fairly good enough use of it though you're mostly IN-FRONT of the enemies.

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