Originally Posted by A.C
A few of us tried to demo our SS headphones last night on Halo 3:
myself: 595's + JVC
oceanjumper: 595's (stereo?)
jazzman: tritton (5.1)
I think we all had a bit of difficulty identifying sound directly behind (6 o'clock) - but that may be expected. I believe the trittons may have been more accurate between 5 & 7 o'clock... but the 595's (with and without processing) did pretty well. The L/R/C channels were golden regardless.
After our demo, I played the entire night in stereo myself. It may or may not be the case, but I find the sound to be more crisp. But I'm still getting used to my config - so it may take a while before I can really come to any solid conclusions.
And... one final piece of FYI. I stopped by RadioShack on the way home from work and picked up their clip on mic ($5) and 3.5/2.5 adaptor ($2.50). I plugged that combo directly into my controller. The guys could hear me well enough last night - so I guess it works good. And the RS mic has a built in on/off button which can act as a mute. That said its not white - its that off color beige...
Thanks for posting your findings. I'm curious what the other two guys thought as well, so hopefully they'll post.
In any case, I think it's safe to say that you've discovered that a good pair of high-end headphones makes gaming more enjoyable, is that right? I do most of my gaming with headphones on, so I've been doing a cost vs. benefit comparison for the last couple months, debating with myself whether it's "worth it" to splurge on a set of 555s or 595s. I currently use a set of $15 or $20 portable headphones which sound halfway okay - good bass response, clear mids & highs, etc., but I'm sure a high-end set would sound better. Making my decision more difficult is the JVC Dolby Headphone processor, and whether I should include that as part of my headphone purchase as well.
After what you said about spending the rest of the evening in stereo instead of DH -- based on your experience would you say it's more important to use high quality headphones in stereo, or lower quality headphones with DH SS simulation?
Also, when you spent the rest of the evening in stereo, were the headphones still hooked up through the JVC DH processor, just with DH disabled? I'm curious whether that would provide a different stereo mix than I'd get through the "red & white" stereo ouput of the xbox... since it's the JVC mixing down a digital 5.1 signal to stereo, instead of the xbox's stereo mix. So I think there's another experiment for you if you're curious about that too.