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Input devices, you say?   Mainly an IBM Model M and Logitech G502 on my end, though I'd really like a converted Model F 122-key at some point. Or an Infinity ErgoDox with Clears.   It's mostly all the extra stuff I have that makes me want a new computer desk because I can't arrange them all comfortably around me, which is where a split keyboard like the ErgoDox would really help...if I could afford it in the first place.   -3Dconnexion SpacePilot. Didn't use it as a...
 This question largely boils down to the games in question and how their audio is implemented. The reason most of us pursue sound cards with the proper DSP effects (and external sound processors like the Mixamp on the console gaming side of things) in the first place is that most games are NOT designed with HRTF surround in mind. Everything sounds so flat and one-dimensional on a pure stereo DAC like the ODAC in most cases. I could even say that for older...
 That and most modern flight sims are still CPU-limited more than anything. Chalk it up to old DX9-era game engines that aren't really optimized for today's hardware. Speaking of which, that's a field that could certainly use some updates, and I don't mean vaporware updates like DCS EDGE, or the "Extremely Delayed Graphics Engine" as the fans have taken to calling it over the past four years or so that it hasn't been released. This second or third generation of upcoming VR...
 I'm not sure if Dolby Atmos is using ambisonics or other 3D soundfield tech under the hood, but it's basically doing for movies what DirectSound3D and OpenAL did for PC games for years already. When you have a full 3D soundfield to draw from instead of discrete speaker channels, creating a convincing binaural mix for use on mobile devices or consoles is pretty straightforward. Dolby Labs most likely draws a bit from Dolby Headphone when downmixing an Atmos source for...
I really need to log in here more often. Probably haven't dived in for my wallet's sake, it's not looking too good lately.  I've considered the Smyth Realiser the ideal to strive for when it comes to speaker simulation systems, but I haven't been in the position to audition one, let alone outright buy one. Maybe I'll consider it when I can afford to go whole hog with Stax again and keep it... If they can bring down the cost significantly, that'll help. I just want to be...
Your motherboard's integrated sound codec probably doesn't have any virtual surround features whatsoever in the drivers, as I highly doubt the motherboard manufacturer bothered to license them.   You can opt for a software approach (Razer Surround, X-Fi MB3, etc.), or you can just buy whatever sound card offers the virtual surround tech you want.   As for which virtual surround tech you want? That's up to you to decide because no one else has your ears and HRTF....
Hey, if you want really responsive FPSs, there's always the fast-pacedness of stuff like Quake III Arena/Quake Live, Unreal Tournament, Tribes, so on and so forth from the golden age of FPSs.   Not that MLE would ever play them because they're the sort of games which don't cater to gamepad players, console ports notwithstanding. Even the console ports had the distinction of being the few console FPSs to actually have keyboard and mouse support in some form. (Quake III on...
 I've still got a 10 GB Maxtor drive dating back to a super-crappy (we're talking PC-Chips in an AT case crappy here) AMD K6-2 build my father threw together for me years ago lying around. Yes, it still works. Funny thing is, said father actually PREFERRED Maxtor when it came to hard drive brands. Imagine my surprise years later when everyone wanted to avoid them specifically like the plague... Meanwhile, I've had one Western Digital 500 GB drive die on me and a Seagate 2...
 I certainly wouldn't replace my desktop at home with it by any means. No laptop is gonna touch a 4770K on water with potentially two desktop graphics cards backing it. (Granted, I only have a single GTX 760 4 GB right now, but hey, who knows what Pascal and Volta will bring?) Only problem is, that thing is not something I want to move around on a regular basis. A fully-loaded Corsair 800D is quite a heavy, bulky beast.  That's precisely my sticking point, and really, I'd...
All this talk of gaming laptops, and the only one I want is $3200 for what isn't even the highest-end configuration...   Cherry MX keyboard, cooling system that's actually up to the task, easy to upgrade, GTX 980M SLI for desktop-level graphics performance...really, my only complaint with this thing that isn't price-related is the 1080p screen with no mention of 120 Hz or a non-TN panel type to make up for the low resolution.
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