Originally Posted by XTCrispy
Hello, all. I've seen the opening post a dozen times already, but never made an inquiry. So I've been linked here yet again, this time by Roller, who seems to be above me.
Anyways, I wanted to get opinions on Dolby Headset vs. CMSS-3D Headset.
Which do you guys prefer? Why? And for anyone who has tried both technologies with the AKG Q701's, I'll be getting those soon, so your opinions hold a bit more weight.
Thanks in advance.
Reading some of these posts, NamelessPFG is using an Onkyo receiver as an amplifier? I have this Onkyo reciever hooked up to my PC (serves as a home theater PC when needed). Is this a viable replacement to a specialized amplifier like the Objective 2?
Well, first you have to keep in mind DH (Dolby Headphone) and CMSS-3D and surround virtualization techs, created for the same purpose of providing surround to an audio stream. They work in slightly different ways, with DH emphasizing bass while CMSS-3D emphasizes treble. For competitive gaming, it's more logical to use CMSS-3D than DH, however different people have different ear sizes and shapes which then changes how one perceives the virtual surround effect.
Keep in mind that a soundcard geared for gaming should at least have proper support for features like EAX, OpenAL and surround virtualization. All Asus soundcards have EAX up to version 2, software OpenAL and DH. Creative X-Fi cards have EAX up to version 5, hardware OpenAL, CMSS-3D and positional cue improvement algorithms that are exclusive to X-Fi cards and work on all games, from games with hardware accelerated audio renderers all the way down to basic software audio renderers.
Considering you're looking for optimal gaming audio performance, as well as overall high quality audio playback (be it games, music or movies), then the Creative X-Fi Titanium HD is the best card for that purpose. There are newer Creative cards with similar output quality to the Titanium HD, but they lose some gaming audio support, while the Asus Xonar Essence STX has comparable output quality to Titanium HD but has lower gaming audio support than any X-Fi powered card, as well as the newer Creative Z series cards.
About your headphones, the Q701 are regarded as one of the few valid alternatives to the Audio Technica ATH-AD700 in terms of competitive gaming prowess, while at the same time being more capable of immersive gaming than the bass anemic AD700.
I might not have read the specs properly, but it seems your receiver doesn't have a headphone out. Please correct me if I'm wrong. But that receiver looks quite good, and would be more than capable of driving the Q701.
Edited by Roller - 12/16/12 at 4:55pm