I find dolby headphones to be like listening to surround in a room from the videos I have seen with it applied. Not very immersive. CMSS-3D does not sound like you are in a room. I find that more immersive. I don't care if either of them has slightly better positional audio... cmss-3d all teh way!
Also, I don't quite understand if and how you should be able to connect the u7 to a console? Anyone know how good the coax out (would really like to know!) and headphone amp is? You can apply dolby headphones when going digital out of the card, right? I don't want to be impaired by a mediocre DAC.
That's more or less how I feel when I fire up a game using DS3D or OpenAL.
Dolby Headphone and even THX TSP/SBX Pro Surround kinda sound like I'm in a room with a home theater speaker system, while CMSS-3D Headphone practically puts my head in the game environment.
I should note that for me, positional accuracy and immersion are tightly linked. It has to sound like I'm there, and if the positioning's noticeably off...well, there goes suspension of disbelief.
I thought the idea of each method was to best simulate a full room surround setup on the headphone. But I think I understand what you're both saying. Thanks
No, I don't think the U7 can be used on a console at all. It's strictly a pc / mac soundcard. The coax has an optical adapter if you need that and the headphone amp is meant to be pretty good. Some pleased users here:
I'm actually not sure if you can use dolby headphones when going digital out of the card. Maybe someone who has it knows.
Edited by lemm - 7/15/13 at 3:14pm