Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?

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  • Linus Tech Tips

     4 months ago

    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!

  • Matias GaMe ON!

     1 months ago

    @blamoV4 Btw. I have Nahimic 2 MSI notebook and Virtual Surround and Equalizer not working propertly = In firefox on YT Virtual Surround not working or when working and I disable and on Virtual Surround then Virtual Surround from Equalizer not working and when I run game then work only for game not for YT music + when I run music in VLC Media Player then equalizer work there too and Nahimic 2 not work with music from YT so Nahimic suck :/ @BlamoV4 BTW. Linus probably tested with game software 3D sound ...

  • blamoV4

     1 months ago

    You didn't happen to try Nahimic 2's virtual surround sound did you? very curious as to how that holds up v.s. Dolby

  • Master Therion

     4 months ago

    On a scale of 1 to 10. I give surround sound headphones a 5.1

  • kevin nguyen nyguten

     20 days ago


  • Joshua Tash

     21 days ago

    I give them a broken marriage out of ten

  • No Audio Channel

     4 months ago

    He was afk I feel bad for his team

  • TheFriendlyAsian 420

     4 months ago

    Yeah I bet this was BOT Jeff's rank up game too.

  • Joseph Davy

     14 hours ago

    I wish he included Windows Sonic and Razer Surround in this comparison.

  • Jakob P Coder

     4 months ago

    some games have hrtf based sound mixes integrated (cs:go, batllefield V, skyrim with a mod and many more). they of cause work with any headphones. there is no point in converting positional sound sources into 5.1 (or 7.1) and than take that signal and convert it to stereo hrtf. much of the detail in position of sound is lost through this. if developers would care they would just straight up output hrtf sound by default like the games mentioned above.

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     3 months ago

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  • I Drink Lava - 3D Game Audio

     3 months ago

    @Jakob P Coder The reason developers don't "straight up output hrtf sound by default" is because Microsoft killed off DirectSound3D in Vista. Ever since then, gaming audio has been fractured into various 3rd-party middlewares like FMOD and Wwise that are closed-source and proprietary. Microsoft is trying to amend this with something called the "Windows Spatial Audio API", but it's still not a universal solution like DS3D was in the late 90s and early 2000s. If you can find a game th...

  • juzek

     4 months ago

    2:43 i wonder whose idea it was to use THIS sound

  • starshooter58

     4 months ago

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  • LoveSiick3

     4 months ago

    Rip Billy Harrington

  • Commander ZiN

     4 months ago

    Aureal 3D on my Sonic Impact S90 was the best I've ever experienced, I could accurate pinpoint footsteps perfectly in game and knew exactly where people were.

  • TrollFaceTheMan

     4 months ago

    As an owner of the Razor Man O' War I can say that it was garbage $130 headset that the head rest breaks on in 3 months... Don't take my word for it though, that's why it has terrible reviews from owners all over amazon and newegg... If not for that issue (And now driver support problems...) It would of been great...

  • Flea B

     24 days ago

    No trouble with razer 1 yr but don't get for console no EQ OR EQ SOFTWARE om 4x50mm 2 per ear 109-`149 avg 129 in online or store life time

  • Pampiii

     a months ago

    I’ve had the same headphone for over a year and it’s fine. I don’t ever treat my headphones like babies either, idk what you do to break em

  • tino deryanto

     2 days ago

    My laptop have dta headphone x:v1 but when i open it, it close immadietly. Oh well.... -__-

  • HappyBuggy

     4 months ago

    Overwatch has Adolby Atmos Option.Basically what I learned from this video is I could just use a crap headphone with Adobe Atmos and still beat a real or fake 7.1 headphone LMAO