Headphones not such a dead end.
Originally Posted by gsferrari
Dont want to rain on your party but 6 driver headphones are hardly surround sound. Look at it from a "practical" point of view. Having 4 speakers, 2 on each side of your head in line with the ear, ,and a subwoofer+center channel in front - IS NOT SURROUND SOUND. It is all about spatialization and the interaction of sound with your physical "attributes" like your ear canal, outer ear, head shape etc.
6 drivers at close range to the ear is not surround sound. It is merely confused and conflicting stereo sound.
None of the 5.1 headphones (so called surround headphones) have done a passable job. I have always reverted to common stereo headphones.
Save your money and invest it in a good 5.1 speaker system for best results...or stick with stereo headphones and an external processor.
I'm sorry but I have a pair of turtle beach headphones that plug into my Audigy 2 (PCMCIA) and I can clearly hear the rear channel....
Everywhere on the web I always read of people bitching about these headphones but I don't think it's fair. If they just plug them in and expect a clear and distinct channel for the rear its not going to happen.. you have to configure the rear. In my case it was lowering the rear volume a touch below the volume of the fronts.
As for your argument about the subs not sounding great.. you've obviously never worn these headphones they have awesome low tone reproduction and with the audigy settings I can adjust what frequency is the cutoff for the subs. Plus bass boosting options.
Honestly as much as people piss on surround headphones they actually perform very well when compared to more expensive speaker set-ups.