Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?

  • Published on:  2/10/2019
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    Razer ManO'War 7.1 (Razer Surround):
    ASUS STRIX Fusion 700 (ASUS proprietary):
    SteelSeries Arctis Pro (DTS Headphone:X 2.0):
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  • Linus Tech Tips (Feb 12, 2019)

    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!

  • Andrey Kotov (Mar 23, 2019)

    How about testing the razer headset with proper sound card? Most people dont have sand alone around cards, but those headphones shine with a proper sound card.

  • Lil Chicken (Mar 2, 2019)


  • Master Therion (Feb 10, 2019)

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

  • imma give them 3.141592

  • Djmackie (Mar 23, 2019)

    I have a 7.2.2

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  • Singh Amaninder (13 hours ago)

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  • No Audio Channel (Feb 11, 2019)

    He was afk I feel bad for his team

  • TheFriendlyAsian 420 (Feb 12, 2019)

    Yeah I bet this was BOT Jeff's rank up game too.

  • Soup (Feb 10, 2019)

    you cant play cs without gaming socks ya know.

  • MRFIENDLIFE (Mar 9, 2019)

    You tell me this now.I bought so many that im broke and play csgo in a google chromebook

  • HAZZARD (Feb 20, 2019)

    I like putting my penis on mouse 1

  • TrollFaceTheMan (Feb 11, 2019)

    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...

  • DaaromMike (Mar 17, 2019)

    I don't have a problem at all with my Razer Man 'O War except the synapse thing. And I actually like it more than my Logitech G633 but that can also be because my Man 'O War is wireless and the G633 is not

  • Dan DePuy (Mar 4, 2019)

    I can't buy Razer products anymore. I've had quality and build issues with 4 out of 4 razer devices.

  • Waouben (1 day ago)

    What about the Windows Sonic thing? Is it the control headphones?

  • Jakob P Coder (Feb 11, 2019)

    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.

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  • I Drink Lava (Feb 20, 2019)

    @Jakob P Coder The reason developers don't "straight up output hrtf sound by default" is because Microsoft killed off DirectSound3D in Vista. Ever since then, gaming audio has been fractured into various 3rd-party middlewares like FMOD and Wwise that are closed-source and proprietary. Microsoft is trying to amend this with something called the "Windows Spatial Audio API", but it's still not a universal solution like DS3D was in the late 90s and early 2000s. If you can find a game th...

  • Jason Chan (Feb 11, 2019)

    Dolby Atmos uses a fundamentally different technology called Ambisonics. It works best if recorded in a multi-microphone setup.