Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?

  • Published on:  2/10/2019
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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!

  • Jeremy Bender (1 day ago)

    Hi linus Trust you doing well.Please could you guys do a review on the plantronic rig 800hd. Would love to see that. Thanks team for great work

  • william smith (5 days ago)

    This would be good for VR.

  • Master Therion (Feb 10, 2019)

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

  • ColdCutz (2 days ago)


  • TheUnbanned (Feb 13, 2019)

    Makes sense

  • 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...

  • TnT TH3 L3G3ND (3 days ago)

    I have manowar 7.1 wireless and the first gen tiamat and this happend on both of them. (specially for manowar, there is a 99.9% possibility that you will encounter this issue sooner or later)

  • Steve Thea (5 days ago)

    YEEE YEEE did you?

  • phat kid (Feb 10, 2019)

    *advertises Corsair headphones on Corsair channel about how good they are.* criticises Corsair at start of this video.

  • Steve Thea (6 days ago)

    +Matthew yeah perhaps

  • Matthew (Feb 12, 2019)

    I think that you've missed the point that he made about why it sucked. It's cause he could tell where they were. He was using a relatively cheap non surround headset from corsair. He never said the headphones sucked, just that it sucked that he couldn't tell where the enemies were. I don't think that it's really criticizing corsair if he says that it sucks that he can't tell where the enemies are on a stereo headset that was never advertised had having good positional audio. Corsair has other more expe...

  • jim park (Feb 10, 2019)

    The screaming sound at 2:44 is from a creampie Cathy porno

  • Wounderful Boy (4 days ago)

    good ears mate!

  • Alzter S (4 days ago)

    Loud nigra

  • Soup (Feb 10, 2019)

    you cant play cs without gaming socks ya know.

  • HAZZARD (13 hours ago)

    I like putting my penis on mouse 1

  • Sam Hyena (5 days ago)

    those socks are more for racing games, people with full wheel and pedal setups, the socks help the feet slide on the pedals better, but the thing is? you'd get the same effect from going to Walmart and buying a bag of dress socks for $10

  • German Bueso (Feb 11, 2019)

    Since I use Dolby Atmos there is no way back, is just beyond expectations! BTW 7:09 Those Beyerdynamic are Real Headphones! 👍And I agree, there is no such thing as "gaming headphones" Usually that is just a waste of money.

  • Dylan O'Keeffe (6 days ago)


  • Kiri The Wolf (Feb 10, 2019)

    Good stereo headphones are 99% better than these gaming BS

  • Dylan O'Keeffe (6 days ago)

    +XDLugia Totally agree. Audio-Technica rocks

  • forza1sra (6 days ago)

    +3D VERSION It stands for bull shit.

  • 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.

  • Steve Thea (11 hours ago)

    Beware that doing a Cert 3 or 4 at Tafe will lock you out of being able to do a Traineeship/Apprenticeship in Telecoms. Since "technically" you are already qualified, yet fail to have any practical experience or knowledge. So you don't qualify for a government subsidised traineeship, meaning no employer will touch you. A lot of kids fall into this trap with trades like electrical when they can't snag an apprenticeship straight out of school, so do what they think is the right thing and go stu...

  • I Drink Lava (13 hours ago)

    @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...

  • 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.