So, has anyone tried the Z-Series yet? Some of the features they have look real nice, and I don't play old games, so that reason for the Titanium HD isn't there. Also, from my reading, it seems that there is no good way to do Usb based 3D audio, correct? Not really interested in fake Dolby, if there's a better option available.
I don't have any money to get anything right now, and as I bought some headphones before I found this place and became really aware that there was even a difference in sound quality, so I'm stuck with some crappy ones.
Not Beats. Plantronics gamecom 720. Not really great, IMO.
I haven't yet, but I want to. Although, besides the amping quality upgrades, most of the new series features are also on the Titanium HD, which still works well with new games and is a bargain compared to the $250 MSRP Sound Blaster ZxR. I think EAX is the main X-Fi tech that's not been natively featured in a game for a while – 3D positional audio is still part of games like Borderlands 2 with OpenAL (FWIR both the X-Fi and Z-series cards use libraries like OpenAL to apply 3D positions to audio). The price makes it a hard sell for me, the other models below the new flagship don't outperform the Titanium HD, the previous flagship.
I think both the X-Fi Go! LIVE USB audio dongle and the Recon3D USB support ALchemy and 3D audio as part of their software suite. I bet the Recon3D could've been smaller if Creative hadn't designed it for baby-finger ergonomics, but you didn't ask about size I don't think the Dolby processing accounts for height cues, just a circle around you like a 5.1 or 7.1 channel speaker setup. Dolby was designed for movies, not games, and Dolby headphone was designed to sound like a 5.1 speaker setup. I could say Dolby sounds like fake DTS, though neither will differentiate sound if an enemy is just around the corner, just around the corner upstairs, or just around the corner downstairs. It doesn't always matter, but as I become more aware of using audio, the more annoyed I am when my ninja moves trick me.
And hey, if you bought headphones and think they're crappy (they can't be that bad, just not that good), at least the Gamecom 720 is a whole lot cheaper than Beats
I heard Nameless is selling a Recon3D USB pretty cheap: you could save up for that. I'm always saving up for something Right now, I'm saving for a new CPU and a new car