Best positional/realism? LPCM is not gonna give you ANY advantage over Dolby Digital. You're on something serious if you think video games even take advantage of lossless audio. Then again, Lossless vs High bitrate MP3 = lol, but if you think you have god's ears, then by all means.
Sorry, but you can't possibly be serious.
Most of the people I have read comparing SC vs DH have come away stating DH is better. In any case, LPCM wouldn't give you any advantage AT ALL. Guarantee it's the case of loudness = better perceived clarity. If you blind A/B test high bitrate MP3 vs FLAC, I'd bet you wouldn't be able to tell the difference the vast majority of the time, and even if you could, the difference is so minute, it's not worth even talking about it.
I'm still trying to figure this out. Most console games nowadays don't even use the type of compression that would merit using HDMI and decoders for loss-less audio since the said audio wasn't designed to be listened as such.
I would like to come up with a solution to use on my PS3 but I would also like something I would use on the Wii U I plan to buy eventually. That's why the AVR seems like a good proposition. The this is like soamusing777. I want 3D audio, or at least something similar that helps with immersion.
It's true that everyone perceives sound the same way because we all have different ears so what works for one may not necessarily work for someone else. I've looked into myears and that seems like a great idea but as far as I know, it is still not supported on PS3. I'm still thinking about the possibility of a mixamp and maybe hooking it up to receiver through optical and PS3/Wii U to receiver through HDMI. But I don't think (or know whether) I would hear any difference in sound quality If I plug my headphones into the mixamp itself since the optical cable only has 2.1 channels apparently (correct me if I'm wrong). Then again I could plug them to my receiver and maybe buy a mic or a splitter if I'm using a headset and plug that into the mixamp for controlling in-game audio/voice chat volume, although again, I don't know if that is even possible.
Then again there is the steelseries audio mixer that plugs to a USB slot to the PS3 and to an audio source (Receiver) so that might be another viable solution. If steelseries ever decides to sell it again in North America...
Can anybody help a guy out? I have at best rudimentary knowledge of sound in game (or general) audio. Again, I want the best possible solution for something that at least resembles 3D audio for something that won't cost me $3k+, or 1k for that matter. Maybe ~$500 not counting the headphones.
That is like 90% of the reason I wanted the DT 770's. According to Mad Lust Envy, they are the very best in terms of distance and positioning.
Edited by Roger de Ceiba - 12/12/12 at 10:19am