I'm looking for a good headset/headphone solution for directional accuracy in MODERN gaming. I read the posts in both Mad Lust Envy's and Nameless' thread and yet I have questions.
here is the deal: currently I have an Asus Xonar DX soundcard, I'm using a modded Sennheiser HD555 (stereo headphone) and a separate cheap mic for my FPS tournament gaming sessions - we play BF3. I have no issues with my setup in quality regards, but I do want improvements in directional accuracy.
my settings are:
- in-game: home cinema, enhanced stereo off
- in the Xonar control panel
- audio channels: 8 channels
- sample rate: 48 KHz
- analog out: headphone
- SPDIF: off
- dolby headphone: off
- 7.1 virtual speaker shifter: off
- DSP: off
if I switch on the dolby headphone option the sound becomes tincan-like, very metaly and I don't like it. with this setup I do hear the footsteps, incoming tanks etc, but I have issues to locate enemies nearby, pinpoint them only by hearing. we had several practices on locating hiding enemies and I had problems, while my teammates could find me. they are using Logitech G35s, G930, Tritton 720+ and like. so I thought if I buy a 720+ I will be more aware of my surroundings.
I also know, Levelcap is running a similar soundcard with a pair of plain stereo Audio Technica AD700 headphones. so maybe I don't have to rely on fancy and well marketed gaming gear. just buy the AD700s. or stick to my old 555s, I have no idea.
since I have zero experience with surround, virtual surround and dolby headphones and I can't afford to buy several different headsets/headphones to experiment with I'm asking you guys for some suggestions. will I hear any difference if I have the 720+s or the AD700? do you have any better ideas for me? my budget is 100-150 bucks and I live in eastern europe.
thank you in advance,