Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?

  • Published on:  2/10/2019
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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  6 months ago+376

    CORRECTION: It turns out that the ASUS Fusion 700 uses virtual surround based on Bongiovi Acoustics' Digital Power Station technology, not ASUS' proprietary solution. Sorry for the confusion!

  • Master Therion
    Master Therion 6 months ago+2108

    On a scale of 1 to 10. I give surround sound headphones a 5.1

  • AMK 974
    AMK 974 1 months ago+185

    Whoever did this needs a raise

  • Derzkitorpedoessuck
    Derzkitorpedoessuck 6 months ago+51

    2:40 "Silly Linus, all the sounds are coming from the wrong side!" I thought, right before I realised I've been wearing my headphones backwards for months.

  • No Audio Channel
    No Audio Channel 6 months ago+331

    He was afk I feel bad for his team

  • Soup
    Soup 6 months ago+1301

    you cant play cs without gaming socks ya know.

  • Zac
    Zac 2 months ago+46

    windows sonic not covered, the option everyone has for free on a windows 10 os.

  • AJBKnight
    AJBKnight yesterday

    The screaming scene I was wearing surround sound earphones it was great

  • TrollFaceTheMan
    TrollFaceTheMan 6 months ago+217

    As an owner of the Razor Man O' War I can say that it was garbage $130 headset that the head rest breaks on in 3 months...
    Don't take my word for it though, that's why it has terrible reviews from owners all over amazon and newegg...
    If not for that issue (And now driver support problems...) It would of been great...

  • Rasmus Kristoffersen
    Rasmus Kristoffersen 6 months ago+22

    When your editor needs a little laugh during the day.
    But forgets to delete it before its uploaded.

  • Razer
    Razer 18 hours ago

    So.. What is a good gaming headset recommendation? I used a Thrustmaster Y-300CPX, but the sound is dying on my left side of the earpad.. The headset hurts my ears as well after a hour... So, what is a good headset that has great comfort (For people with bigger ears), decent sound and has a decent mic..

  • Josh Hamm
    Josh Hamm yesterday

    And you can get an amazing gaming/studio headphones at Best buy or Amazon for less than $30 USD. They are called JLab studio edition. There is a optional 40 hour burin in/ break in period 20-20,000 Hertz or pink noise/ white noise that will make these baby's top notch contenders. I've never owned a better pair. Theyre even better than my beats by Dre tour 2.0's. By far. The bass in the JLab studio headphones is Crystal clear even at the highest volume setting... but even more impressiveis, The way they make my brain shake around inside my skull 😂.

  • HappyBuggy
    HappyBuggy 6 months ago+40

    Overwatch has Adolby Atmos Option.
    Basically what I learned from this video is I could just use a crap headphone with Adobe Atmos and still beat a real or fake 7.1 headphone LMAO

  • Commander ZiN
    Commander ZiN 6 months ago+7

    Aureal 3D on my Sonic Impact S90 was the best I've ever experienced, I could accurate pinpoint footsteps perfectly in game and knew exactly where people were.

  • juzek
    juzek 6 months ago+624

    2:43 i wonder whose idea it was to use THIS sound

  • Vonmagni
    Vonmagni 6 months ago+62

    Bro he's leaving his team out to dry in CS:GO

  • MidnightRyder
    MidnightRyder 3 days ago

    I like 7.1 virtual surround better than stereo for games. Sounds much better

  • autobotguy
    autobotguy 6 months ago+18

    I've always thought surround sound headsets were a gimmick. The more gadgetry in a headset, the cheaper drivers they have to use to keep within a budget which usually means they are sacrificing audio quality, for marketing BS junk. We don't need RGB LEDs, detachable mics and rumble packs. I've tried A LOT of "surround sound" headsets and while some do seem to broaden the sound field, I never felt like I could pin-point action on the screen based on sound alone. Nowadays I run a set of Sennheizer HD598SE cans off of a Behringer Q802USB mixer and I can hear eeeeverything in games. For a mic, I run an MXL 990 through XLR on an articulating boom arm attached to a shelf so I don't get desk sounds and key presses broadcast through the audio.

  • Jakob P Coder
    Jakob P Coder 6 months ago+69

    some games have hrtf based sound mixes integrated (cs:go, batllefield V, skyrim with a mod and many more). they of cause work with any headphones. there is no point in converting positional sound sources into 5.1 (or 7.1) and than take that signal and convert it to stereo hrtf. much of the detail in position of sound is lost through this. if developers would care they would just straight up output hrtf sound by default like the games mentioned above.

  • Lollikips
    Lollikips 6 months ago+218

    i can't believe The World's Loudest Orgasm made it into a LTT video at 02:44