Originally Posted by petes67bird
I am a real hardcore gamer. I do game on PS3 and Xbox. Prolly game about 5-6 hours a night. I currently have been using the AXPRO headphones for about 1.5 years. I think they are excellent for positioning opponents. I also had the AX720's for about a week because I wanted to try them out and see if they were any better than the PRO's for positioning but they were not.
I am now possibly looking at purchasing some high end stereo headphones, either looking at the ad700 or something similar under 200 dollars. My concern is if I buy the AD700, will I be unhappy with the positioning of the enemies when compared to my AXPRO. Right now I can tell exactly where with pinpoint accuracy and I do not want to lose that. Am I able to use my Tritton box, or do I have to buy a mixamp?
Has anyone done this after using the AXPRO's and after really liking the AXPRO's? Like I said I am just worried about how poorly the positioning was with the AX720, I could tell which direction people were with the AX720's but not the distance.
Ideally, I heard the TB HPA2 are superior to the AXPRO's because of 40mm drivers instead of 30mm. Is there a way to use the existing Dolby Decoder with Trittons Pro's and hooking up the HPA2 through the box into a PS3. I mostly game on PS3, I already know this is possibly on the Xbox.
To be honest I think the AX Pros are about the very worst headset I have ever used, that couldn't even match the KSC75 ($13) with Dolby Headphone. For most of us, the AX720 would be leaps and bounds better than the AX Pros due to it's use of Dolby Headphone, but you're so used to speaker 'placement' instead of a whole soundfield. There are a lot of gamers that are also used to regular stereo that HATE Dolby Headphone. YMMV.
If you didn't like the AX720 with Dolby Headphone, then perhaps you're just better off just not using Dolby Headphone and virtual surround in general. Perhaps sticking with the AX Pros or some other multi driver headset like the Psyko 5.1 is best for you, since you seem to like it. We here as a whole don't like that multi driver gimmick, so we aren't the best people to ask.
Personally the best demo of Dolby Headphone I have heard is the K701 with the Mixamp. The AD700 comes second. If you are willing to spend the money, get a Mixamp + K702 + a detachable mic + a desktop amp (to help power the K702). That'd be the best option for virtual surround gaming, IMHO.
You're used to hearing certain speakers give off sound, while Dolby Headphone doesn't give you those audio cues. It literally envelopes you in a 360 degree soundfield and places sounds wherever they are in that space. To most of us, that is highly superior than just certain speakers going off, but that's what YOU are used to, so I highly doubt anything but 5.1 will work for you.