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Insane Question! Using Headphones for watching movies?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 

OK, I get it.  Most people on this forum probably use their high end headphones for listening critically to music .. and enjoying it immensely!   But what do people do if they want the best sound watching movie from their headphones?!

 

I have a pair of Grado RS1, which are really good on music.  I am in the market for something to allow me to hear surround sound thru them.  Primarily using a DirectTV Genie box that has optical coax out, HDMI and RCA stereo.

 

So what are you using to accomplish this?  Surround sound....

post #2 of 20

Well, unless you want some special headphone with multiple drivers in each ear you're going to be getting stereo headphones...  I guess it really depends on your budget and if you want open or closed back.  

post #3 of 20

I use my Koss KSC75's for movies and they sound great. I've never tried any of the "surround" headphones.

post #4 of 20
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Originally Posted by linglingjr View Post
 

Well, unless you want some special headphone with multiple drivers in each ear you're going to be getting stereo headphones...  I guess it really depends on your budget and if you want open or closed back.  

^What he said.

 

I use some of my headphones for movies-watching.  Personally, I enjoy closed headphones for movie-watching.  Some headphones I really enjoy for movie-watching are Denon D600 and Shure 1540.

post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 

I guess I am phrasing this incorrectly.. are you using anything between the source equipment (DVD, PS3 (Blue Ray), Direct TV, Dish Network) to process the surround sound?  For example:

 

Outboard DAC

Earforce DSS

Mixamp Pro

Your AVR/Preamp Processor does Surround downmixing  of 7.1/5.1 to your headphone jack

Dolby Headphone

etc...

post #6 of 20
Nope, five point one and seven point one surround sound is made for set ups with that many speakers. Chances are your headphones are only going to have two. One on the left and one on the right. I consider all that virtual surround sound to be bs.
post #7 of 20
I'm building my own starting with some quadraphonic headphones I've had since the 70s it has 4 drivers in it now but I'm adding two more that will be in the front of the headphones both being driven by a mono center channel .I have changed the 1/4" headphone connections to banana plugs and it will be plugged into the speaker outputs on my RX-Z9 Yamaha Receiver.
So I will have a true 5.1 experience , even when playing movies through my complete home theater with my high end receiver and my multitude of amplifiers I find that 7.1 channel soundtracks are not that much better than Dolby Digital 5.1 so I did not feel a need to cram more drivers into my headphones ,

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post #8 of 20

I have  a large collection of live concert DVDs.  For that its still basically music listening and there's no difference there.

 

For movie watching I usually go with my K701 for the imaging and soundstage.  My Denon TH receiver powers them decently enough.

post #9 of 20

i usually use my Q701 for movies.

they sound great. sure it isn't as good as real 5.1 but big soundstage helps alot.

post #10 of 20
Thread Starter 

I have been using the Razer Surround program on my laptop and it does a pretty good job have a helicopter go around and over me.

The problem is I don't watch a lot of movies on my laptop.

 

I thought I saw that some receivers like the Marantz use Dolby Headphone to create the surround image.  Not sure how that compares.

Other are using for gaming:

 

Beyerdynamic Headzone

Tritton AX 720

Turtle Beach DSS 2

Astro Miamp 2013 edition

 

http://www.head-fi.org/t/534479/mad-lust-envys-headphone-gaming-guide-update-3-12-2014-monster-dna-on-ear-added

 

But these are all mostly for gaming I think.  I never game, its all movies.....

post #11 of 20
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Originally Posted by MichaelJames99 View Post
 

I guess I am phrasing this incorrectly.. are you using anything between the source equipment (DVD, PS3 (Blue Ray), Direct TV, Dish Network) to process the surround sound?  For example:

 

Outboard DAC

Earforce DSS

Mixamp Pro

Your AVR/Preamp Processor does Surround downmixing  of 7.1/5.1 to your headphone jack

Dolby Headphone

etc...

 

I just plug my KSC75 into my A/V receiver's headphone jack and enjoy. I use the stereo setting. The receiver has a "3D headphone" setting, but I don't like it. It sounds like an echo chamber.

post #12 of 20

my receiver (Marantz NR1403) has some kind of virtual surround mode as well.

it works alright, nothing mind blowing but it doesn't sound like an echo chamber niether.

post #13 of 20

Jvc Su-DH1 or similar what you should be searching for is dolby headphone processor

post #14 of 20
Thread Starter 

~~For movies, where in the chain would a Jvc Su-DH1 or similar dolby headphone processor be? Would you go from Direct TV Genie to SU-DH1 to BiFrost to Amp to Headphones?

post #15 of 20

^Don't bother man seriously just plug them into your computer/tv what ever.  It's a waste of money I'm begging you.

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