As the title says, I'm curious what people think of a 5.1 speaker system vs headphones using Dolby Headphone, Silent Cinema, etc.
I normally game on my mixamp > Lyr > HE-500, or Titanium HD > Lyr > HE-500 setup (I also have a Buttkicker, lol), but recently something happened. Basically, I had to return my HE-500's and it took an entire month to get a replacement. In that time I gamed exclusively on a pair of RS621 speakers and used a standard Xbox mic for voice chat. The sound wasn't as detailed or intimate as it is with the HE-500's, but there's just something about having the sound fill the room vs go straight in to my ears. I'm imagining that a 5.1 setup would be pretty awesome.
At this point I'm seriously considering buying a 5.1 receiver, or possibly this combo: UMC1 + UPA-500 , but IDK. The HE-500 is so good already, but the experience I had with the speakers was so amazing as well.
Another major plus of the speaker setup was that I only had one cord coming off of my head, vs 3 with the HE-500's. One for the mic, and two for the headphones. The HE-500's are pretty heavy too.
Also, I don't have to turn anything on when I use the speakers. I just turn on the Xbox/PC and go, as my current amp has an auto-on feature. When I use the headphones I have to: Turn on the Lyr and wait 20 seconds for it to warm up. Plug in my headphones. Turn on my microphone preamp (I use a rather nice mic which requires a preamp, as I got sick of the issues I was having with cheap ones), and turn on the Buttkicker amp. Then I do the reverse when I'm done gaming.
If I sold the HE-500's, Lyr, stereo amp, and Buttkicker amp I could probably afford to go straight to a 5.1 system. I'd be buying DIY kits from Parts Express, as I've had good luck with them so far.