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Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?
   Linus Tech Tips
  Published: 5 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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5 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!

1 day ago
what about hyperx cloud 2s

1 day ago
2:50 hahahahaha the original video of this sound is a man that gets raped by a pig

1 day ago
Tried a few headphones for PUBG and they made a HUGE difference for me. I am using the Logitech G635 because I don't like wireless and life is much better now.

1 day ago
the test is flawed, you all should fine other games that uses direct 3d sound natively without any ingame processing like dobly atmos on overwatch, eg use cs source, or destiny 2 for instant, then check if the games detect your headphones at stereo or actual 7.1 surround speakers. Headphones like logitech g933 naively in windows is detected as a 7.1 speakers set up instead of a pair of headphones, hence the game will output 7.1 channel of audio to the logitech software to process via DTS headphone calibration to emulated surround via sound stage location and distant. Its way better.

normal software surround processing = windows detect as stereo speakers/headphones => game output only stereo channel of audio = software process stereo signal into virtual surround
logitech software surround processing = windows detects as 7.1 speakers set up => game output 7.1 channel of sound = software process 7.1 native sound into virtual surround to studio calibrated stereo headset into virtual surround

2 days ago

2 days ago
100/10 acting

2 days ago
tldr 6:18 Thank me later

3 days ago
You guys just saved me $120

3 days ago
There IS such a thing as gaming headphones when it comes to wireless headsets. Non-gaming wireless headsets tend to have high latency, which makes them useless for video and gaming.

3 days ago
Can someone tell me whats better surroundsound or stereo?

4 days ago
This is too much information for my brain

6 days ago
Is it possible to tell if the enemy is above or below level with 7.1? Thats the shit i never get when tracking enemy with sounds, which floor they at

1 week ago
Depends how much they paid Linus for his opinion.
Remember his positive review of cloud gaming?
This channel is nothing but paid advertising.

1 week ago
The main problem is that Dolby Atmos is coded for Overwatch, not a digital kind of "overlay" on top of the game. In some games Dolby fucks with audio because it's not specifically coded for that game.

1 week ago
@Linus Tech Tips
I just came across your video and there is a very important point on real surround sound (using multiple speakers) vs. virtual surround sound. While real surround sound will work in a room, when multiple speakers are around you, it is physically and biologically impossible with headphones. So even if a headset might have multiple drivers per side, they still have to use virtual surround sound otherwise it will never work out. The explanations why it will not work is rather easy. Positional audio processing by the brain uses the input of both ears, frequency differences and the time delay between both ears. This will happen naturally with multiple speakers around you, since the sound waves hit you from multiple sides, with frequency shift, delay and echo ... on both of your ears. While a headphone is just not loud enough (shouldn't be :D ) that the right ear will hear the left headphone can and the other way round. So you are missing a very important part of positional audio data for your brain. According to that knowledge, there is really no advantage of multiple drivers per headphone doing virtual surround vs one big driver per side doing virtual surround. The opposite will happen with headphones what use multiple drivers per side, it is much more difficult to calculate and generate precise positional virtual surround with multiple drivers and also the sound quality will suck since the drivers are much smaller normally. So real surround sound on headphones is nothing more than big bullshit to take more money from unknowing customers.

2 weeks ago

2 weeks ago
Why don't you use a stereo boom mic?

2 weeks ago
my DTS on my Logitech G533 sounds crappy.

2 weeks ago
Блять,где русские обзоры???
Где ГДЕ *ГДЕЕ*!!!

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