I want to get some headphones with 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound for gaming, and thought I might be able to make a decision fairly quickly after googling "best 7.1 headphones for gaming"...little did I know it is not as simple as that! I have been doing a bit of research and it seems the more I look into it the more confusing it gets, so just need a few things confirmed more than anything.
First of all, it is correct that "virtual" surround sound is the way to go isn't it? ie Dolby Headphone rather than the "true" multi driver headphones.
I kept reading about this Mixamp device but wasn't sure exactly what it does and if that is more for ps3/xbox rather than PC?
From what I understand so far, what makes the Mixamp device so great is it can be used with ANY(?) 2 channel headphones although the virtual surround sound placement works a lot better with some than others? But it requires Dolby Digital Live output from my soundcard/motherboard right?
I have been struggling to find out if my motherboard does support DDL or not. This is my motherboard...
And this is from the spec sheet...
Intel® High Definition Audio3 subsystem in the following configuration:
- 10-channel (7.1+2 independent multi-streaming) audio subsystem using the Realtek* ALC 892 audio codec
- Five analog audio outputs and one optical S/PDIF out port
- Internal S/PDIF header and front panel audio header
And this from elsewhere on the intel site...
Intel HD Audio is able to support all the Dolby technologies, including the latest Dolby Pro Logic* IIx, which makes it possible to enjoy older stereo content in 7.1 channel surround sound.
If my mobo doesn't support DDL, should I get a soundcard that does, or are there headphones/headsets that can do a similar job by making use of the optical digital out that my mobo does have? I.e. is this what the Logitech G930 does?
Oh I was only looking at wireless to start with too, but it sounds like you definitely compromise sound quality by buying cheaper wireless?
But I am no audiophile, so was hoping to spend about $100 US. Thanks in advance