Posted December 22, 2012 by Derrick Thiecke in Products & Tech
 
 

The Best 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headsets On the Market?

Head to Head: 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headsets

Are you still in question about what to get your Geek for Christmas? Have you considered a 7.1 surround sound gaming headset?  Today, we are going to cover some of the ups and downs to five of the most popular 7.1 headsets on the market.

Razer Megalodon

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The Razer company gained popularity in 2011 when they burst on to the gaming headset scene with the very first true 7.1 headset, known as the Razer Tiamat. One thing that really caught my attention about Razer headsets, is that they do not use third-party signal processing. The Razer Megalodon uses the ‘Razer Maelstrom Audio Engine’ which has the ability to process audio algorithms up to 800% faster than traditional HRTF virtual surround sound technologies, and originated as military technology. Read more about the ‘Maelstrom Audio Engine’ here. Another cool thing I like about this headset is its inline “mixer” allowing you to independently adjust levels to any pair of virtual speakers. Allowing you to easily change levels during game play.

Razer Megalodon
  • Cost: $150
  • Supports: Virtual/Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Method: Razer Maelstrom Audio Engine
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Speaker Diameter: 50mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Peak SPL rating: 102 dB ± 4dB at 1 kHz
  • Compatibility: Windows PC only

 

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma

tactic3D sigma

Creative has always been a front-runner in computer audio, and they have held their ground throughout the years in the computer components and accessories market. A nice feature of this headset is its dual-mode connector. This dual-mode connector allows you to plug your headset into any analog 1/8 inch output or connect your headset to the USB port on your Mac or Windows computer. The Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma uses THX technology to simulate its surround sound using only two 50mm drivers/speakers. The THX technology also allows you to turn regular stereo output into a surround sound environment.  Read more about the THX technology here. The THX TruStudio Pro software makes this headset very flexible when it comes to the way you want it to sound, and allows you to listen to your game, the way you want to hear it.

Creative Sound Blaster Tactic3D Sigma
  • Cost: $90
  • Supports: Virtual/Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Method: THX TruStudio Pro
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Speaker Diameter: 50mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Peak SPL(Sound Pressure Level) rating: 102 dB ± 4dB at 1 kHz
  • Compatibility: Windows and OSX

 

Plantronics GameCom 780

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Plantronics originally developed headsets for NASA and other aerospace companies, and decided to make their way into the gaming industry in 2002. This headset like the Megalodon has inline volume control. One major complaint I found multiple times across the internet is that it is not very comfortable to wear for long periods of time. With its retro styling it is light weight, weighing in at only .9lbs(408g), but this headset fails in the ergonomics category.

Plantronics GameCom 780
  • Cost: $50
  • Supports: Virtual/Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Method: Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Peak SPL rating: (Not Available)
  • Compatibility: Windows PC only

Logitech G35

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Logitech like Creative has been a front-runner in computer accessories for decades. There isn’t a PC gamer out there that hasn’t used a Logitech device. There is no exception to this headset. They definitely had ergonomics in mind when creating the G35. You have a choice for 3 different headband pads to suit your comfort level. The G35 also has an inline volume control, as well as 3 fully programmable buttons on that head set that allow you to choose which features you want them to control. This could be anything from EQ or volume presets, to switching between stereo and surround sound. Any Gamer would be a fool not to appreciate these “G Keys”.

Logitech G35
  • Cost: $80
  • Supports: Virtual/Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Method: Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Peak SPL rating: 90 dB at 1 KHz
  • Compatibility: Windows PC only

 

Turtle Beach DPX21

turtle beach dpx21

Last, but far from least, on the list today, is the Turtle Beach DPX21. Turtle Beach is Creative Lab’s number one competitor in the computer audio components and accessories world.  The DPX21 is the only headset on this list today that works on consoles, as well as Windows and OSX. So if your geek is a well-rounded gamer that loves his PS3 and X-Box just as much as his computer, the DPX21 is the device for you.

Turtle Beach DPX21
  • Cost: $106
  • Supports: Virtual/Simulated 7.1 Surround Sound
  • Surround Sound Method: Dolby Pro Logic IIx
  • Impedance: (Not Available)
  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Speaker Diameter: 40mm
  • Magnet Type: Neodymium
  • Peak SPL rating: 120 dB at 1 KHz
  • Compatibility: Windows, OSX, PS3, X-box 360

That’s it for today and good luck on picking out the perfect headset that fits all of your geeks needs. If you need more gift ideas check out our game review section here.

 

 


Derrick Thiecke

 
I recently completed my bachelors program at Ex'pression College in Emeryville Ca.. When I'm not working on a film, recording a band, or making music, I'm typically out on the open road for a relaxing motorcycle ride. I also enjoy computer programming and android application development. You can find my current apps in the android market under the publisher name "Dutch85".