Play Modern Warfare 2 with a Pair of Grado RS1's
Mar 11, 2010 at 6:54 AM Post #46 of 59
Pfft headphones ftw
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I don't have to annoy anyone if I use headphones. I don't own speakers right now. Am living in headphone world right now. I still have many others to come back to like speaker world, computer world and dac world
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Mar 11, 2010 at 6:56 AM Post #47 of 59
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Originally Posted by Junliang /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Same here haha

was initially using sennheiser pc160 for gaming on tf2 and css

tried using akg k702 w stock cable, headphone out.

everything clear.. and its really great that the "bass" is lowered alot, alot alot, as those rifle shots in css is really deafening on my pc160, which is alot better on my akgs.
Yeah, can hear alittle more details, but doesn't really affect my game play as much, just that I was unequipped with a mic, hence I solo-ed gameplay and played better o.o, as i wasn't chit chatting, or wasting my time talking and spend more time killing.

but I don't get what they said about pin-point accuracy of the guns and explosion ???
don't really feel it, guess i will need to use a dac ?



Contrary to what people will tell you, what you need for pin-point accuracy is not a good headphone, it's a good soundcard.

Listening to a game with stereo headphones will NOT give you pinpoint accuracy, I don't care if it's an AKG K701 or Senn HD800. These just have the stereo encoding of the game. This is not 3D positional sound. No matter how good, how wide and how big the soundstage of your headphones, no matter how perfect the separation, it goes back to the analogy of crap source, crap sound even out of an HD800 or RS1.

To get something close to pinpoint accurate 3D sound you need an X-Fi based card and use the CMSS Headphone option. This is what I use, and it really works. Big difference from stock stereo. A DAC is not going to help unless it has some kind of DSP that is on the level of CMSS Headphone. I have yet to experience a DSP that can beat CMSS Headphone at making stereo headphones sound like a real 3D 5.1 setup.

With CMSS Headphone even a pair of crappy low end headphones will beat out an RS1 or K701 for positional 3D sound. Well I haven't actually tried that with the latter 2 headsets as I don't owe them but keep in mind the source analogy. You have to make sure the source game sounds are 3D.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 7:21 AM Post #48 of 59
PS3 gamer here (and PC, but not as much anymore). I use the Astro Mixamp -> DT990\250 Pro, and it works just fantastic. I also have an AD700, but it just sounds so thin... explosions sound like "poofs", it's very dull with those on. My DT990's are just fabulous with games though. SitRepPro + Good Headphones + Dolby Headphone = awesome.

I'm looking forward to trying my new K701 with MW2 also. Hopefully it doesn't sound as thin as the AD700.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 8:01 AM Post #49 of 59
I use my Grado SR-225is for gaming (not because they're ideal, which they aren't, but because I spent $200 on headphones and I'm going to use them every chance I get). After a few hours my ears get a little sore and tender - but the sound quality is great. My hearing suffers a bit though after playing a game like Bad Company 2 because the sound is so....busy? And I have the tape mod so there is a constant stream of bass flowing into my ears for hours straight. I really like the X-Fi's 5.1 sound emulation too. It's superior to what I've heard in those 5.1 headphones. The real amazing thing about CMSS 3D is that I can actually hear people behind me, below me, and above me. How do they do it? I don't know.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 8:04 AM Post #50 of 59
Wow. I can't stand gaming with Grado's. I picked up a pair of AD700 just for gaming. They are 10x better than Grado SR-225 for gaming imo
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Mar 11, 2010 at 2:35 PM Post #51 of 59
I have been playing with my SR60i's and they sound good. These sound is so detailed. You can hear the paper fly in the air and different foot step sounds for different surfaces. I would have like a bigger sound stage but that will cost me $$. I usually play with my 5.1 system but when the wife and baby is sleeping I use the headphones.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 2:45 PM Post #52 of 59
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Originally Posted by Mochan /img/forum/go_quote.gif
Contrary to what people will tell you, what you need for pin-point accuracy is not a good headphone, it's a good soundcard.

Listening to a game with stereo headphones will NOT give you pinpoint accuracy, I don't care if it's an AKG K701 or Senn HD800. These just have the stereo encoding of the game. This is not 3D positional sound. No matter how good, how wide and how big the soundstage of your headphones, no matter how perfect the separation, it goes back to the analogy of crap source, crap sound even out of an HD800 or RS1.

To get something close to pinpoint accurate 3D sound you need an X-Fi based card and use the CMSS Headphone option. This is what I use, and it really works. Big difference from stock stereo. A DAC is not going to help unless it has some kind of DSP that is on the level of CMSS Headphone. I have yet to experience a DSP that can beat CMSS Headphone at making stereo headphones sound like a real 3D 5.1 setup.

With CMSS Headphone even a pair of crappy low end headphones will beat out an RS1 or K701 for positional 3D sound. Well I haven't actually tried that with the latter 2 headsets as I don't owe them but keep in mind the source analogy. You have to make sure the source game sounds are 3D.



an update
I got the creative sound blaster x-fi go!
and tried it with k701
it sounded weird..
so i used it with my pc160 again..

Mind elaborating on how i can activate the cmss headphone option ?
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 4:56 PM Post #55 of 59
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for which console? ps3 or xbox?


Usually when they release new maps it's for both systems. Such as a game release the same day for both or all systems. That way, it's fair and not bias towards them.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 6:17 PM Post #57 of 59
I just got the 225i two days back, and it sounds great with rock music, but terrible for games like CoD since all footsteps seem to be right next to me and I can't even determine if they're behind me or in front.
I prefer my crappy AKG k27i portable phones for FPS games.
 
Mar 11, 2010 at 11:10 PM Post #58 of 59
My Astro mixamp will make all of my headphones sound cool while gaming. I use the PC350 mainly as it is closed, and has a very good boom mic.
I know there are people doing mods to their pC350 to get more bass, but to me this is unnecessary as I only use these for gaming...not music. They have plenty of bass from the soundtracks of my fave shooters like COD MW2. No mods are necessary.
 
Mar 12, 2010 at 12:16 PM Post #59 of 59
To creative sound blaster external sound card users,
Mind elaborating on how i can activate the cmss headphone option ?
 

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