Are Surround Gaming Headphones BS?

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  • Linus Tech Tips
    Linus Tech Tips  4 дня назад +97

    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!

    • william smith
      william smith 23 часа назад

      This would be good for VR.

    • Dataacid
      Dataacid День назад

      Please fix your audio, the sibilance in this one is killing my ears.

    • Steve Thea
      Steve Thea День назад

      +-____- please suggest me best gaming headset

    • HeatWaVe _X
      HeatWaVe _X 2 дня назад +2

      how did you guys not test the Astro Headsets?

    • -____-
      -____- 2 дня назад +5

      I am sorry but why did you only test in OverWatch. This game was built on Dolby Atmos technology, no wonder Dolby won in most cases. You can even turn on and off this feature in settings. Apex, for example, sounds mindblowing with Sennheiser Gsx 1000, you can hear steps from a mile away. Could you test with different games too? P.S. Anyway this video was amazing

  • HeyDan1983
    HeyDan1983 6 часов назад

    So I made a shitty investment with my Razer man owar?

  • Vita86
    Vita86 9 часов назад

    Sennheiser PC363D

  • HappyBuggy
    HappyBuggy 19 часов назад +1

    I own a Tiamet but this is completely wrong. RAZER TIAMET requires proper tuning for your sound card and the software to reach its full potential. A tuned Tiamet is far better than any DTS/Adolby surround in terms of quality and directional accuracy.

  • Will Lee
    Will Lee 19 часов назад

    Where can I find that screaming soundboard? That was hilarious!

  • Ash Ketchum
    Ash Ketchum 20 часов назад

    I have a pair of stereo headphones, but I still cant distinguish it someone is above or below me. Also I have windows 8.1 pro and can't upgrade to 10 for some reason. Any tips?

  • JiYung
    JiYung 22 часа назад

    2:40 holy fk

  • Phoelee
    Phoelee 22 часа назад

    Just get HyperX Cloud Alpha... i had over 10 headphones with similar price range and these guys are best.. Most probably for their dual-chamber stereo drivers... 10 / 10...

  • Jacob Hanna
    Jacob Hanna 23 часа назад

    i love my razer Tiamat 7.1 headset, not super great for music, even in stereo mode, but for gaming i think they are great

    • Jacob Hanna
      Jacob Hanna 23 часа назад

      though mine are the original version, so i've had them for roughly 7 years, even with daily use they have held up

  • Kartereo
    Kartereo День назад

    Fidelio x27 with Dolby 😘

  • user9727653
    user9727653 День назад

    The difference between Stereo and Dolby Surround is crazy! I am using the Corsair Void Wireless Headset for some years now and I honestly cannot enjoy my PC with Stereo audio anymore. I always activate Dolby Surround for anything inside the Corsair Software. The difference is day and night, especially for videos and gaming! Wouldnt want to miss this anymore.

  • Stiggy
    Stiggy День назад

    I want a headset that has a speaker that presses against the back of your head and pumps sound directly into your skull

  • Khola
    Khola День назад

    I would have liked to see how windows sonic stacks up. I've had it enabled for a while and don't see a huge difference tbh.

  • Luka Kraljić
    Luka Kraljić День назад

    Roccat Kave true analog 5.1 surround sound all the way
    the OG not the XTD version

  • gameflux
    gameflux День назад

    No thank you !

  • Frederik Rösch
    Frederik Rösch День назад

    I like the idea of the video, but using only 4 people to perform such a test is complete bullshit and does not provide any kind of relevant data.

  • Shelly
    Shelly День назад

    RGB lighting = bigger soundstage

  • Jib Scam
    Jib Scam День назад


  • Elijah
    Elijah День назад

    2:38 I absolutely lost it

  • Brandon Hoffman
    Brandon Hoffman День назад

    lol Linus your too much! just nonchalantly sliding on some goggles as your talking. Round of applause sir.

  • Gyan Saxena
    Gyan Saxena День назад +5

    Thx ima gonna get a senhiser 660s

  • Peter Thomson
    Peter Thomson День назад

    A true surround sound headphones would have 4 audio cables with 4 speakers in each can like the old Turtle Beaches. If it has a usb cable then it will be software.

  • Old Foil
    Old Foil День назад

    Could've left the game and finish the video

  • fade2black001
    fade2black001 День назад

    Razer is pure shit

  • XDLugia
    XDLugia День назад

    Too bad you didn't include Windows Sonic spatial audio which is free and included with Windows 10.

  • Bestest Kitty
    Bestest Kitty 2 дня назад

    huh, so I did make the right choice to buy the G933s

  • Dipankar Sen
    Dipankar Sen 2 дня назад

    This is Mini Toslink Male to Male Digital Optical Audio Cable SPDIF Optical Fiber 2 Meter (6.4 Feet). Can you tell me what is the application area for this as both the ends does look like 3.5mm ep-ep but doesnt work with any head phone which I checked out. Would this work with a DAC? If you could kindly let me know its usage. Take care buddy !

  • Karol Wróbel
    Karol Wróbel 2 дня назад

    Anthony's voice was surprisingly soothing

  • TechNick
    TechNick 2 дня назад

    What about the HyperX Cloud II?

  • HappyBuggy
    HappyBuggy 2 дня назад

    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

  • Haze
    Haze 2 дня назад

    No Audeze Mobius Linus? Okay it costs as much as a games console but it's worth testing the highest end option.

  • Wolf Reicherter
    Wolf Reicherter 2 дня назад

    WHY do you guys promote PIA? I thook out a subscripton based on your promotion and it turns out its absolutely WORTHLESS to me. USELESS!!!!! Just a load of technobabble and USELESS for anyhting that is more than "protection". USELESS!!!!!! shows me that one has to always double tripple quadrupple check for the nitty gritty. Tech recommendations from Linus just gotten a whole lot less trustworthy. Shame

  • Brendan Lee
    Brendan Lee 2 дня назад

    wow, calling out all the gaming companies producing headphones, great video! this is why most gaming pros would prefer senheissers!

  • tonytober
    tonytober 2 дня назад +1

    4:44 Box plot stats huh. Jon Martin much?

  • Jarkko Aitti
    Jarkko Aitti 2 дня назад

    Just for horizontal "aiming", normal stereo should do just fine (and you can use eyes). To find out where those bullets are coming from (up/down/back etc..), some kind of surround system helps. So that horizontal aiming test and putting some weight to is a bit smelly thing to do.

  • Noscopes Allowed
    Noscopes Allowed 2 дня назад

    10/10 for Loud Nigra

  • boi cry
    boi cry 2 дня назад

    linus is literally afk-ing smh

  • Stormchaser Elite
    Stormchaser Elite 2 дня назад

    Linus. Did you set up razer surround? Its NOT AUTOMATIC. There is a setup process which is necessary for each person to do otherwise they flat out dont work. My Razer Kracken 7.1 V2 Let me dam near play CS GO and OW with my eyes closed. Their set up tool plays a continues sound and lets you calibrate it manually unlike most other 7.1 software. Additionally the Razer Titmat dont function at all without first doing the set up. The sounds are played randomly hence why you had a 0% acc rate in most occasions.

    If you dont set them up properly dont even test them! - Link for the software you need to use those headsets properly

  • Крысик
    Крысик 2 дня назад

    I can't notice difference from same game sound coming from left front of my character, and left rear behind my character. Same for sounds playing above and under my character, i don't know is the guy walking by upper or lower floor from where i am. I though real multi-driver solutions can help me with more correct identifying, aren't they?

  • kilobits
    kilobits 2 дня назад

    >excellent sound design
    top lol

  • AbdulKareem Muhammad
    AbdulKareem Muhammad 2 дня назад

    The silly face editing always gets me 😂😂😂

  • cole lyons
    cole lyons 2 дня назад

    Corsair Void?

  • Soaringkiwi1
    Soaringkiwi1 2 дня назад

    You should do this with stereo headsets. Like AKG K712, HD800, LCD-2

  • a430vaudiguy
    a430vaudiguy 2 дня назад

    I have used a set of Zalman 5.1 surround headphones for years, they have 3 speakers per ear. They are attached to a computer with a 5.1 onboard soundcard and it has 3 outputs for surround sound and they work great. I tried the virtual surround headphones and they were garbage. The positioning was not very accurate compared to the Zalman headphones and they sounded like everything was taking place in a long warehouse. True surround is much better then the virtual systems on the market. I also had my computer setup with a true 5.1 speaker setup, but that was annoying to setup the rear speakers every time I wanted to play a game.

  • Ladie From Hell
    Ladie From Hell 2 дня назад

    FYI - Anthony should do More Voice overs , he has that voice !

  • Mr. K
    Mr. K 2 дня назад

    Where is Asus Rog Centuriuon

  • Oehr64
    Oehr64 2 дня назад

    Don't play CSGO in ultra wide. Its broken and causes stutter

  • xMineGijsiex Gaming
    xMineGijsiex Gaming 3 дня назад

    Ayy that’s my headset boys!! The razer man o war..

  • Firestorm325 Music
    Firestorm325 Music 3 дня назад

    I knew Logitech wasn't trash.

  • Brian
    Brian 3 дня назад

    only thing i can say for sure is razer >>> turtlebeach

  • Caimin O'Neill
    Caimin O'Neill 3 дня назад

    I wish you could have had hyper x cloud revolver s

  • graf cox
    graf cox 3 дня назад


  • Ross Martin
    Ross Martin 3 дня назад

    What about Microsoft's built in 7.1 surround? Hmmm?!

  • 杨简
    杨简 3 дня назад

    恶 臭

  • Wolfenstrike
    Wolfenstrike 3 дня назад

    Windows Sonic is also a pretty darn solid solution, IMO it's on par with Dolby Atmos. Better yet, it's free.

  • GoPro Life
    GoPro Life 3 дня назад

    thank you Linus

  • Yoann A.-B.
    Yoann A.-B. 3 дня назад

    The person who edit this is insane

  • Charles Tucker
    Charles Tucker 3 дня назад +1

    Now that I'm using the PIA VPN I feel so much more secure! #piaforme

  • Rei
    Rei 3 дня назад

    All I learned from this, is YMMV depending on genetics and hardware. And that Asians in-general will always be our supreme overlords in the gaming industry.

  • dodge2451
    dodge2451 3 дня назад

    I have the 933 headset and there great for positional audio, when the virtual surround is turned OFF... I find everything lacks punch when the surround is turned on.

  • Mangy_Dog
    Mangy_Dog 3 дня назад

    I had one of those early surround headphone sets back in 2009 and utterly hated them... Not only was the surround terrible, the actual sound quality was utterly appalling... Lets hope these new sets at least get a decent sound quality in them...

  • Bosslh
    Bosslh 3 дня назад

    I see you trying to hide the wire in the thumbnail

  • Mystic5hadow
    Mystic5hadow 3 дня назад

    I'm kind of disappointed you guys didn't test the Kingston HyperX Cloud II's. They're super popular and the first headset I've used out of a ridiculous many that seems to be incredibly accurate with sound location.

  • OhJerryGaming
    OhJerryGaming 3 дня назад

    Dear Linus, can you guys review Creative Lab latest audio products?

  • no, as a matter of fact
    no, as a matter of fact 3 дня назад

    Razer 7.1 headset encapsulates gamer shit ideology - cram in much professional shit as possible, without making any sense. 7.1 in headsets or people demanding for cinema movies to play at 60 or 120 fps just because BIGGAR = BETTAR even though it clearly isn't.
    Or how razer keyboards still can't beat fucking 40 year old IBM keyboards when it comes to typing experience, even though they cost an equivalent of a used car.

  • Druid Bard
    Druid Bard 3 дня назад

    Nice informative vid,.thanks. Can someone please give me a professional recommendation for great gaming headphones,.preferably not razor . Waiting for response, cheers

  • Jeebus McFries
    Jeebus McFries 3 дня назад

    My set up is an M30x with Razer Surround, kinda has all i need

  • Xenio
    Xenio 3 дня назад

    Lots of sibilance from the mic in this video

  • Raigavin
    Raigavin 3 дня назад

    @Linus Tech Tips
    Its amazing that the team had time to include 'Dolby Atmos Headphone' solution, but what about the Windows 10 Built-in 'Windows Sonic for Headphones' solution?
    Is Windows Sonic as good as the other solutions or does it have too much variance to even take into account for a comparison?

  • BackWithTheBoom
    BackWithTheBoom 3 дня назад

    Anthony 🤘🤘🤘😎. Sure the headphone thing is bs. Its all about the game.. The audio compression on the mobo combined with whenever dts is implemented in the game or not 👍

  • Chester
    Chester 3 дня назад +1

    I have to say, that whatever Oculus rift uses, is pretty accurate, I can usually tell pretty much where something is behind me.

    DEE CKASH 3 дня назад

    Theres actual equipment that enhances headphones lol #unbox therapy knows

  • Vault_Dweller_Boi
    Vault_Dweller_Boi 3 дня назад +1

    2:43 The true surround sound experience

  • RCynic
    RCynic 3 дня назад

    If you send me your audio files for your videos, i'll have them back to you with appropriate processing within 1 day. I'll do it for free to start off.
    The sound in this video is really fatiguing, this whole time i thought you recorded every thing with lav mics, but this video revealed a boom. It's quite disappointing. A boom should be sounding a lot better than that.

  • Patrick G
    Patrick G 3 дня назад

    didn't mention the super xfi ...

  • Craig Elliott
    Craig Elliott 3 дня назад

    This video is highly under rated. Thanks so much for this !

  • Ko D
    Ko D 3 дня назад

    chill with the hand acrobatics. I'm sorry

  • Uni B
    Uni B 3 дня назад

    This study is actually null and void due to not including the only TRUE surround sound headset: The Roccat Kave 5.1 Analog

  • Victor Sanchez
    Victor Sanchez 3 дня назад

    You guys rock when doing empirical science. Anthony wields that clip board like a scythe threw ignorance. Thank you LT as you once again answered a burning question I had.

  • Katsuragi
    Katsuragi 3 дня назад

    It triggers me that you didn't stack Windows Sonic for Headphones in there.

  • Yannick G
    Yannick G 3 дня назад

    Back in the day, I remember having been really impressed by Aureal's A3D in Half-Life, it definitely added something to the game. That was 20 years ago.

  • Mergatroid Mania
    Mergatroid Mania 3 дня назад

    I use a set of Corsair headphones. Usually I use a Logitech 4.1 surround speaker system that's about 20 years old. What I have found comparing the headphones to my speakers is that they are actually pretty good. I can tell if a bad guy is off to the side, or even behind me. Many times I save my character's butt by hearing bad guys behind me and turning to defend or attack.
    They may not be perfect, but they work as good as the speakers do. Try your same test with a set speakers and then see how accurate your aiming is. I bet you won't do much better.

  • ktm im
    ktm im 3 дня назад

    1:54 HIS TEAM NEEDED HIM.. but he just sat there... AFK...

  • tycho
    tycho 3 дня назад

    Linus looks like a thick nurse with that lab coat over the armrest

  • Jesel Moral
    Jesel Moral 3 дня назад


  • npbevo
    npbevo 3 дня назад

    Bluedio have had multiple drivers in their headphones for awhile.... I have some I like them.

  • Maverick
    Maverick 3 дня назад

    0:42 "What is the best way to get surround sound out of a headset?"
    The answer is binaural recordings.

  • GunSlingerX1000
    GunSlingerX1000 4 дня назад

    I still have tiamat 7.1 mk1. And the sound is amazing, as have compared with lot of digital alternatives. The downside was massive tuning untill i got right and best for me setup. As if you just put it on without adjustment, they will sound crap.

  • mirola73
    mirola73 4 дня назад

    My non descript el cheapo Chinese headset works just fine.

  • 1023Alexo
    1023Alexo 4 дня назад

    Give all the revenue of this video to the god who edited the porno screaming in!!!

  • Zachery Nuk
    Zachery Nuk 4 дня назад

    This is so lacking. I have Some great true 5.1 Turtle beach headphones (separate drivers) , which have analogue inputs to my X-fi platinum allowing me to switch between my logitech DTS via optical and headphones with zero fuss as everything is synced, turn one up and turn the other down. But nothing compares to fidelity and awareness when it comes to my Wireless Plantronis Atmos RIG 800's which, whilst USB, they are freaking epic and have ~24 hour battery charge. When i'm in for a session, I have experienced nothing better.

  • FinalplayerRyu
    FinalplayerRyu 4 дня назад

    Already at WinXP times i had what i considered and still considered pretty amazing software based 3d sound on stereo headphones.

  • troy1572
    troy1572 4 дня назад +1

    Hey how could you miss out Windows Sonic for headphones? I swear Windows Sonic for headphones is definitely better than Dolby Atmos for headphones

  • Chuckles Nuts
    Chuckles Nuts 4 дня назад

    Virtual is shit... the real surround sound is the bees knees, yes I'm old fashioned with that word... i have had at least a 5.1 system since the mid 90s shows my age. and with Dolby atmos I can easily say that virtual surround is great for home theater but it is a stretch for gaming headsets. I spent the early 2010s buying a new headset and returning it about every six months and there were even virtual surround settings that reversed the left and right sound. I gave up and bought a $100 pair of in ear earbuds that I have been using surround free since about 2016...
    Use what you like. but don't buy into the hype...

  • LT1 TacticalTuna
    LT1 TacticalTuna 4 дня назад

    Ahhhh that explains why there audio allways sucks. its in Dennis's hands

  • RideLiftRange
    RideLiftRange 4 дня назад

    ...Tries one 7.1 headset... 'They're all useless' loloooolol

  • Ryan Barton
    Ryan Barton 4 дня назад

    With the amount of testing Linus does on CSGO he is gonna become a pro in no time.

  • Unknown LC4
    Unknown LC4 4 дня назад

    i use the K7xx Massdrop edition and Beyerdynamics dt 770 250ohms + modmic . it´s way better than the "gaming" headsets my friends use ( just my opinion. and well some of them got away from their gear and search for good audiophile headphones now )

  • Jebudo
    Jebudo 4 дня назад

    Did you guys used a good enough MB to delivered the required power to the 10 drivers inside the Tiamat? or even better a dedicated Sound card? If not, no wonder it would be underwhelming... the set up of the thing is quite hard. However, when done right there is nothing like it.

  • Apex05
    Apex05 4 дня назад

    You ever tried to play Skyrim with surround? It's the worst experience.