Hi there! I'm looking for recommendation/help.
I have an ASUS G55VW-DH71 laptop with a VIA High Definition Audio sound card and recently got a Sennheiser G4me One headset to improve, mainly, my gaming experience.
First impression using the headset was underwhelming.
Playing BF3, the volume is quite low and the expected soundstage or positional cues are simply not as I hoped for, at least based on the reviews I've read. I also tried the Razer Surround software and even though I can detect an effort in the surround department, I did not find it clear or even pleasing enough to use it further. Some limited time in other games fared a bit better (Far Cry 3, Day of Defeat: Source) at least in the volume department.
Again I find the volume is not loud enough. In fact, my phone (Note II) with my Sennheiser-Adidas CX 680 earphones sound much louder and perhaps clearer (?) than the G4me One's.
So here I am researching on how to get the best out of my headset.
My primary wish is for the positional awareness I can get from FPS games and then an overall gaming experience. Music comes after but it's a big plus if it gets improved as well (I'd love to enjoy the occasional track through headphones).
From what I've read and listened to so far, my heart was set on CMSS-3D compared to other surround technologies and X-Fi Titanium HD as the sound card.
However, I have a laptop so I would need something external, so I found out about the X-Fi Surround 5.1 (which it seems it's a bit hard to find these days - discontinued?-).
Now, I read, in probably more than one place, that CMSS-3D on external sound cards is software based and not as good as in internal sound cards which is hardware based.
Is this true and does it apply to the X-Fi Surround 5.1?
Are there any other significant limitations of the X-Fi Surround 5.1 compared to X-Fi Titanium HD, especially ones that I would miss out based on my needs?
Any other recommendations?
I've also looked into Dac/Amps but I guess those don't help with gaming?
I should also note that I'm not bothered much with bass heavy sounds and that my onboard sound card has SPDIF, if that helps in any way.
Thank you. :)