If I knew then what I know now Table of Contents In the time I've spend surfing around Head-Fi and the 'net, I've run across some interesting opinions, tips, links, "If I knew then what I know now" and insight. I spent so much time on research that I decided I just had to compile and share! Mainly I'll be exploring gaming and headphone setups, but I'll probably jump around a bit This is how this thread/journal will work: I'll post a topic or mini-guide that I found interesting, and I'd like any visitors to add extra info, ask questions, and basically "feed" more perspective. I'll update this first post with links to each of my "topic" posts as I write them, so that over time we'll build a sort of index of topics so the curious can jump to what interests them. We may get into a few debates here, but please keep in mind I don't claim to be a leading authority, so my opinions may change. Also, self-congratulatory 1,000th post. Only took 4 years XD Guide and Discussion Topics •What is virtual headphone surround? •Headphone Gaming Guide Pages •Music Bit-Rate Comparison: Where can you no longer appreciate returns? •How much sound leaks out from different headphones? A Demo •Forcasting the future "hot feature" of gaming (and a little college advice) •The Best way to grow the headphone surround market •"Night and Day" and Finding the "Endgame Setup" •Why Use Sidetone? Reviews •Creative's Recon3D USB External Surround Processor Review •E12 Mont Blanc Portable Amp review •AKG K712 Pro - Live First Impressions •Oppo PM-2: The Libra Headphone! •Creative Labs' Sound Blaster X7 •Creative Labs' Sound BlasterX G5 •Creative Labs' Sound Blaster E1 •Creative Labs' Sound Blaster E5 •ZMF Headphones' Vibro MkII •Burson V5i OpAmps, as reviewed in the SoundBlaster X7 •Massdrop by Sennheiser PC37X Limited Edition ------ Future Topics •Turtle Beach DSS2 Review •How to "Design" a music system •Amp output impedance - expecting a debate on this one, please keep cool! •Tube amping: is it "for you?" and complation of tips for better quality. Note: the links will take you to my "topic post" that should start discussion, but sometimes people add info a page or two after I start the topic. Rest assured, if I get enough new info that merits a summary, I'll make a "Part 2" post of the topic with a link in this "table of contents" type post. Why am I posting this in the videogames thread? Well, a lot of the topics do have to do with gaming, but in general I just enjoy gaming and I feel comfortable here. Thank you for reading, I hope something has helped you! Edit Feb 3, 2013: Added a list of virtual surround processing techniques to the Headphone Surround post. Edit Feb 9, 2013: Added sound speculation. Edit Feb 12, 2013: Added Mont Blanc review. Edit Nov 20, 2013: Added DTS Headphone X sample and review, plus an update to the Headphone Surround guide with info about the new consoles, and a few links. Also found a TrueAudio demo. Edit January 8th 2015: realized I forgot to log all 2014 edits, there is a new review and a few edits sprinkled about in the surround article, nice discussion following the X7 review. Edit Nov 10th 2015: Added links to summer reviews, new article about general amping suggestions, speculation about the G5. Edit March 2016: Link to Vibro MkII review Edit January 2017: Added links to Burson OpAmp and PC37X headset reviews Edit August 2018: Forgot to mention earlier updates, this one adds a thought on Sidetone.