Originally Posted by KBI
5.1 adapter/systems for stereo headphones guide.
By: Kool Bubba Ice
03:33 PM PDT
What do I need?
Headphones & a 5.1 adapter. See below for some recommendations.
1. JVC SUDH1
Pros: Can be had below retail. Portable & small. Nice build quality. Supports DTS.
Cons: Eats batteries like crazy.
Not made for hard to drive headphones.
I just ordered an Xbox 360. While I wait for its arrival, I'm looking for decent 5.1 headphone quality. I'm currently using the Audio Technica ATH-A900 for PC gaming. Now, it's going to be my Xbox headphones. Your 5.1 adapter guide is perfect timing, so thanks! Very helpful to steer me in the right direction.
A comment for your guide: Why don't you put a link to the Dolby Labs headphone site? It's got the complete FAQ, as well as some good demos you can run. http://www.dolby.com/consumer/technology/headphone.html
To run the demos on a PC, you should disable all audio effects of your sound card to get an accurate reproduction. For example, configure a Creative sound card for audio editing mode to give minimal processing "enhancements" by the PC. The key is to shoot for the "straight-wire with gain" concept.
It looks like Amazon has some deals for the JVC SU-DH1 adaptor. http://www.amazon.com/JVC-SUDH1-Surr...2544904&sr=8-1
, which is much less than your AudioCubes.com reference.
One thing that I picked up from comments on both AudioCubes.com and Amazon.com is that you will need a TOSlink to optical mini adapter. You can bundle it with the adapter purchase from Amazon.com. In any case, I think you need to mention this in your guide.
Another comment is that AudioCubes.com offers an AC adapter for $40 more, while it's not offered in Amazon.com. I guess you just have to find one that works. One concern with using AC adapters is the amount of AC hum that's usually present on the audio output. That's why most designers use batteries.
I was thinking of home-brewing a 3 V AC adapter from spares I have. I'll connect to the battery terminals in a way that wouldn't damage anything so I can still use batteries and not void the warranty.
Does anyone have any comments / problems using an AC adapter with the JVC? Can it drive the ATH-A900 OK?