Originally Posted by SamuraiXmas
Oh, I wasn't talking about anyone in particular. I just mean, in general, whenever the topic of 5.1 headphones comes up, some Audiophile feels the need to mention that there are 5(6?) small drivers in each earcup, and that they couldn't possibly sound as good as a pair Sennheisers (or AKG, Beyer, Grado etc). These people (no offense to them) completely miss the point of having surround sound headphones (Immediately knowing where enemies are coming/shooting from for instance). It's not so much about audio quality, as it is about accurate placement of sound. When something is mastered in 5.1 surround (or in the case of games, supports and was made for 5.1) then I'm going to take full advantage of it. When I want to listen to an orchestral score or some CD's, then I'll get out the "Audiophile" headphones.
So far it seems to be 1 vote for the Barracuda's, and one for the Triton's. I'll probably decide one way or the other tomorrow, since the game comes out in a week and I don't feel like paying for overnight shipping =P
Actually I have no problems with accurate placement of
sound, imaging, micro detail, huge sound stage, with
my stereo headphones.. Do they give me a out of head
experience no, thats why I advocate pairing a great
stereo headphone with a 5.1 adaptor, so you get the
5.1 out of head experience without compromise to SQ..
SQ does come into play.. The better clarity,
seperation, higher resolution.. Helps along with the
5.1 SS. Also enhances your gaming experience, & is
more immersive.. & 5.1 simulation is actually a better
way to go then headphones with the 6-8 drivers. I know
makers of 5.1 headsets like to toss around fake SS &
true SS.. But every person I chatted too via online,
or reading post, all prefered the pioneer wireless 5.1
headphones over the 5.1 headphones with multiple
drivers. Even OXM said the pioneer did a better job
with the SS effects & was more popular around the
office then the Tritton, which scored a 8.. Not to
sound too biased, The author did say they sounded
I do agree that all games are optimized for 5.1 sound
so it would be ideal to get a 5.1 headset or 5.1
adaptor. Both require optical support by the way. I
know you will love your 5.1 headset, which ever one
you choose.. They are very fun & present a nice 3d
effect, pushing the sound out of the head & to the
front.. Do give impressions.
I like letting people know there are better
alternatives out there, & to debunk the myth that 1, DD 5.1
DSP is a down grade from 5.1 head sets with multiple
drivers, & 2, A quality stereo headphone is great for
gaming & will do things better then 5.1 headphones in
their price range.
A lot of people have bought the JVC 5.1 adaptor along
with their quality headphones. I'm sure they will
report back, & maybe do a comparison between the two..