I personally owned a pair of Turtle Beach HPA 5.1 surround headphones and absolutely loved them. The surround actually worked very well. So idk what people are saying when they say its a gimmick. It certainly didn't sound that way to me.
Sadly a few years ago I left for basic training and AIT and stored a bunch of stuff at my parents house and that pair of headphones mysteriously went MIA by the time I came back home almost a year later. So now I am also in the market for a new pair of headphones.
I actually liked the surround sound of those original turtle beach HPA cans so much that I was hoping to get another surround sound set. But the only two I see are the Turtle Beach Z6A and the Razer Tiamat 7.1's.http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6826502019http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.a ... 6826153089
The Z6A's seem to have seriously build quality issues
The Razer Tiamats look very nice, but are expensive as all heck, and I also am still using a Sound Blaster X-Fi XtremeMusic (ironically now an issue because of the way the jacks are setup).
The sound card has served me very well for many years and still works like a charm, so I would hate to get rid of it. But I can't find the dang 5.1 to 7.1 adapter cables anywhere. Some quick googling revealed they may be called 3:4 adapters? since they are taking the 3 shared inputs of the x-fi and converting them into the four standard audio jacks required for true 8 channel audio.
For those who cannot remember or simply do not know what I am talking about with the shared audio jack issue of the x-fi, here is TR's article on the X-fi which explains what I am talking about. I would love to get the adapter cables so that I could hook up a true 7.1 surround setup.http://techreport.com/review/8884/creat ... rocessor/2
Any recommendations for someone who is looking for surround sound effect in a headphone? Also if anyone can point to me where I can get the adapter cables for my x-fi so I can actually use the 7.1 it is capable of... that would be fantastic. Don't know why creative couldn't have just either used a normal number of jacks for 7.1 support or at least included the damn adapter cables when I bought the card...
Edited because like a dumby I forgot to include links to everything the first time...
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