Originally Posted by Evshrug
That's why you bought the Recon3D USB, right? If only they made a device like that, for you, with CMSS-3D, right?
I think I read that the Astro Mixamp can also input surround audio through USB, but there were some quality issues from that?
I bought the Recon3D USB specifically for PC gaming review purposes, not expecting to keep it, because I knew I'd be looking for things that 99% of buyers and reviewers wouldn't be looking for. Too bad there aren't any buyers as a result of my (and Mad Lust Envy's) findings.
What I wanted to know is if its OpenAL support was any better or worse than the USB "X-Fi" devices, let alone a real X-Fi card with the EMU20k1/20k2. It most certainly wasn't in that regard; Creative used the same software OpenAL device they do on their other USB devices and the X-Fi MB software suite. Then there's the matter of THX TruStudio Surround just not doing it for me; even software-mode CMSS-3D Headphone on older USB "X-Fi" devices seemed to fare a bit better.
Also, the S/PDIF input isn't usable by PCs at all (doesn't show up under the Recording tab), it can't decode DTS, and it can't decode Dolby Pro Logic II, either. (For that matter, the analog aux-in is useless in the console modes, so don't bother using it with a Wii or PS2.)
Finally, having CMSS-3D Headphone on a console surround processor would be absolutely pointless if all it gets are 5.1/7.1 sources. That just brings it down to Dolby Headphone level. For that matter, Dolby Headphone itself would be just as competitive, perhaps moreso, if it could actually utilize the 3D positional audio coordinates in DirectSound3D and OpenAL titles, but it's designed to simulate a 5.1/7.1 theater.
Originally Posted by Merzbro
Interesting, I don't suppose you'd be able to tell me what the cheapest one is?
The Realiser looks like an incredible piece of engineering, slightly out of my price range though.
What I've decided on is an X-Fi Titanium HD to a Schiit Asgard to a pair of Sennheisser 650s for my PC audio, and an Astro A40 mixamp for my PS3.
I don't really want to bother with setting up surround sound speakers if can just use headphones and get the same effect.
Yeah, you could say that flipping on CMSS-3D Headphone with a pair of AD700s on my head forever killed my interest in surround speakers.
As for affordable Dolby Headphone receivers, look on eBay for stuff like the Harmon Kardon AVR 254/354 and Marantz SR5001/SR5002, among others. They're confirmed to have DH, and should also have HDMI inputs.
Originally Posted by Impulse
Freespace 2 rocked so much... I think that was like the last great big budget PC space sim no?
I'm ashamed to say I ended up copying it for like two or three friends (this was senior year or first year of college for us, neither morality nor funds were plentiful
). Probably contributed to the genre's demise!
There were still a few notable ones afterward, like Independence War 2. Possibly Freelancer (if the use of KB+M controls at the total expense of joystick support didn't put you off entirely) and DarkStar One as well. Still, none had the sheer following that Freespace 2 did...and then Volition hasn't been able to make the planned third installment for over a decade, along with Descent IV. Great...
Definitely go grab the two Independence War titles off GOG if you're looking for more space "sim" action. Just note that they're very different from most titles in the genre, what with the Newtonian flight model and piloting a corvette instead of a small space fighter and all.
We can only hope Star Citizen delivers on all those promises...it better, for the amount they've raised through crowdfunding!