Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?


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Ever wondered what "virtual 7.1" means? Is "true 7.1" better? Whose is the most convincing? We've got the answer!

Buy "true 7.1" headsets on Amazon:
Razer Tiamat 7.1 v2 (10-driver): https://geni.us/uaWY9I

Buy virtual 7.1 headsets on Amazon:
Razer ManO'War 7.1 (Razer Surround): https://geni.us/TtcFBso
ASUS STRIX Fusion 700 (ASUS proprietary): https://geni.us/NxtxA8u
SteelSeries Arctis Pro (DTS Headphone:X 2.0): https://geni.us/1g2UCPb
Logitech G933 (DTS Headphone:X): https://geni.us/t3sj83B

Buy surround DACs on Amazon:
Sennheiser GSX-1200 Pro (Sennheiser proprietary): https://geni.us/hpbvTd
Sound BlasterX AE-5 (BlasterX Acoustic Engine Pro): https://geni.us/gFmYWa

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CORRECTION: It turns out that the ASUS Fusion 700 uses virtual surround based on Bongiovi Acoustics' Digital Power Station technology, not ASUS' proprietary solution. Sorry for the confusion!

1 month ago

How about testing the razer headset with proper sound card? Most people dont have sand alone around cards, but those headphones shine with a proper sound card.

3 days ago

Ha!

3 weeks ago

Every headset/phones ON a PC has Surroundsound!!!! !!! +Dataacid

3 weeks ago

Hi linus
Trust you doing well.

Please could you guys do a review on the plantronic rig 800hd. Would love to see that.

Thanks team for great work

1 month ago

This would be good for VR.

1 month ago

In short: surround sound headsets are a scam. good stereo headphones will always be better

21 hours ago

I use McDonalds headphones and I still drop 30 bombs.

5 days ago

Got Tiamat 7.1 v1 and now bought the Tiamat 7.1 v2... best headphones I have ever owned... if you tried them and dont like it but have not tried them with a real sound card, your opinion is invalid.

6 days ago

+Andrey Kotov Yea most people have no idea how good directional sound is on some true surround headsets + a creative card, but I'm glad I do. I'll never use a 2.0 headset for gaming again. I'd bet Linus didn't even have the Tiamat's set up correctly. Honestly, i'm glad most people don't know about true's. Better for us.

1 day ago

+Andrey Kotov No I bought my pc parts built my pc got a pair of sr850 and am enjoying them ALOT

3 days ago

+keepsii you do realize Linus used them with built in sound output from the mobo right? People like yourself that have never tried them and trust ppl online without doing your own testing, again, your opinion is INVALID. Run along. You probably use your moms credit card to buy a prebuilt desktop from best buy and watch videos like these to drool over good tech.

3 days ago

just because you waste money on trash headphones doesnt mean that you have to defend them

4 days ago

Aw, I miss you, Trans-obstacle-passage-Ursine. You were just so much cuter.

6 days ago

Linus - would you be able to create an updated video on surround sound gaming and include the much-hyped Audeze Mobius, please??

6 days ago

How about predator headset?

2 weeks ago

the loud nigra caught me off guard. didnt expect it to pop up here.

2 weeks ago

I hate how most headsets comes with mic, i honestly dont need mic for anything even if i am a gamer, my native is not english so it would sound horrible if i try to "yell" at some kids...
real players can do it oldschool and type! or even have basic words in macro buttons... macro button 1: F**K YOU YOU SUCK!, and you get the drift :)

2 weeks ago

I mean i have a semi surround sound headset




( It was 4$ cad :p )

2 weeks ago

What about console gamers i dont know if games on ps4 and xbox have dts or good sound and I cant buy amplifier or open back headphone becuse ps4 controller amplifier cant drive them what i can really do?? Buy high end gaming headset or what

2 weeks ago

I still have and use a Tritton 720+ from 2012 and it still fucking kicks ass in 2019. 😎

2 weeks ago

so should i use my Beyerdynamic DT 990 pro
with a Sound BlasterX AE-5 or Sennheiser GSX 1200 PRO
for Gaming??

3 weeks ago

Platinum headphones are ligit surrounds sound

3 weeks ago

i love my Razer Tiamat 7.1 v2

3 weeks ago

Yea, I kinda think they didn't even do this test properly, because I find true surround headsets to be way better at localizing sounds, especially ones directly in front of me. I'd imagine they didn't turn off surround software when testing the Razer's or something.

1 week ago

1 gripe that I have cause your team kinda dropped the ball choosing a game that has built in Dolby surround. If you left that setting on then your experiment is a fail unfortunately due to the sound being altered. Being somewhat of a gamer audiophile I've tried every single brand of headphones such as razer, corsair, cheap Amazon pos', hyper x and logitech. Overall logitech headphones suck. Incredibly uncomfortable and sound weird plus their software is garbage. Corsair voids and h series are excellent comfortable and great sound quality. Hyperx is a joke honestly. Poor construction tiny sounding drivers and incredibly uncomfortable. Razer on the other hand blows all the rest away. I currently own the tiamat 7.1 and they are incredible. You can easily distinguish directional sounds, changing your gameplay. The cups are perfect I do have very small ears thankfully otherwise someone with larger ears might have theirs touch the edges of the cup slightly. The design is wicked and definitely stands out. It's just sad razer discontinued them. But the debate of surround is just like the debate of fps/refresh rate, that the human eye can see.

3 weeks ago

I wish you guys had tried Spatial Sound Card, I find it be way better than Dolby or any other virtual surround software. It's the only software I've tried that actually sounds like prerecorded binaural audio, and sounds eerily sound like they're coming from their real directions.

3 weeks ago

buys Razer phone
Oh....it comes with fully integrated Dolby Atmos? Bitchin.

3 weeks ago

Didnt test the Audeze Mobius PepeHands

3 weeks ago

Does anyone in this day and age still really believe that 5 tiny drivers to your immediate left and right are going to provide surround sound all on their own? It should seem obvious that only physical speakers or drivers surrounding you or so sort of software processing is going to provide this. Razer's 7.1 headsets are garbage cash grabs for stupid people, but Razer's surround sound software that exists independently of this hardware isn't that bad.

3 weeks ago

Dolby Atmos for headphones is amazing

1 month ago

my roccat 5.1 analog gets me accused of hacking i disable hrtf in csgo.

1 month ago

You gotta try the Sony Platinum headphones for the PS4. I swear the surround sound work on them.

1 month ago

But how do they compare to true suround?

1 month ago

What about Razer surround?

1 month ago

Linus loves Razer

1 month ago

when you are listening with a bluedio U headset with 12 drivers

1 month ago

Did you guys do a sneaky change on the tables to add the pie charts?

1 month ago

i got fake beats by gay dude headphones i do 180 awp noscope scope scopes

1 month ago

I still use the single earphone that came with my launch day PS4

1 month ago

Needs more de-ser

1 month ago

What’s the name of that chair?

1 month ago

So on xbox i just download Dolby Atmos??

1 month ago

Grado heaphones for me. Open ear, but very balanced.

1 month ago

Oh boi those face distortions

1 month ago

Pro-Tip: Use SteelSeries Arctis Pro headphones on High-Res mode (stereo), use Equalizer APO with the Peace GUI, and download Dolby Atmos. Ta-Da: Audiophile quality headphones with gaming quality microphone.

1 month ago

why didnt you have the asus centurion and or strix 7.1? They are really the only other ones with "true" surround

1 month ago

Hmmm... Dolby Access (M 17+) ok...

1 month ago

What about Windows Sonic?

1 month ago

My Turtle Beach Elite 800X headset works great for 7.1 surround sound. Worth the $300 price tag. Sounds come from an accurate direction. Even though it is a console headset, to use it properly the dock has to be connected to the source so you can use them on PC.

1 month ago

A have the steelseries arctic 7 gold there pretty Good

1 month ago

i got atmos and its worth it

1 month ago

U should let Razer see this video.
really hope they can improve their audio gear

1 month ago

So who remember the Zalman 5.1 headphones from back in the day? :D

1 month ago

ok, so what closed back headphones do you recommend then?

1 month ago