It isn't "5.1" but you can check out the review of the Fischer Audio FA-011 on the front page as an open gaming headphone.
I don't think it was the 5 channels of sound you were experiencing specifically that was making the difference in location of the sound, but rather a headphone with a wide soundstage,
Those Fischer cans apparently are great for gaming b/c of the wide stage. No idea if the receiver has the juice for them either. Something to read up on at least
Hello everybody! I'm looking for a set of headphones that will: A) Plug into the front of my Yamaha RX-V467 receiver; B) Have 5.1 surround; C) Work with my Xbox360 and PS3 and; D) Cost less than $200. I have previously owned Tritton 5.1 gaming headphones...and I could definitely tell a difference between them and stereo gaming headphones. The problem is that with my new enclosed A/V rack, switching gaming headphones from my Xbox (for gaming) to my PS3 (for Blu-Ray watching) is a real pain. I'd really just like something I can plug into my Yamaha receiver to use for anything (if this is possible). I'm an audio noob, so I apologize in advance if this is a stupid question. Can this be done? I typically hear that 5.1 headphones are a "gimmick", but I've experienced solid (by my standards) 5.1 surround with a pair of $120 gaming headphones in the past. I don't really care about 5.1 for movies...but for gaming it's really nice (IE: you can hear the creatures behind you while playing Dead Space).