My first concern, which I haven't found any confirmation on, is whether or not Diablo 3 will support surround sound? I'm sure that it will, but still - haven't been able to find anything to confirm that. I'm counting on at least 5.1 surround, and maybe 7.1 as well. Can anyone here inform me of the situation regarding this?
My second concern is how to harvest Diablo 3's potential surround sound. My stationary computer sits in a rather tight spot with no space for surround speakers - and moving it is not an option. Right now I have a small 2.1 speaker setup which I'm afraid won't deliver the D3 audio's full potential. So I was thinking about a pair of surround headphones. Problem is that I have never tried any, so I don't know if that is a valid choice.
I was looking into SteelSeries headphones which people have been saying fairly good things about. Maybe something like SteelSeries 7H USB. (http://steelseries.com/products/audio/steelseries-7h-usb) Can anyone say anything about this? Could they deliver a great audio experience from Diablo 3? Is it overkill with surround headphones - can a "regular" pair do just as well?
And today I happened to find SteelSeries new Diablo 3 Headset. (http://steelseries.com/products/games/diablo-iii/steelseries-diablo-iii-headset#specifications) It doesn't say anything about surround though - but again, maybe surround is not even needed in headphones. Maybe surround in headphones is one of those unnecessary luxuries?
I would love to read what you have to say about experiencing Diablo 3 with headphones! Maybe you have other brands and models you can recommend? (They will be used for other games as well!) I was thinking something within the $125 range. Or maybe it's no better than sticking with my cheap, low-end 2.1 Creative speakers?
Thank you very much for your eventual help with this!
I had 5.1 headphones, they were total crap, seriously... I regretted buying them my whole life. Then I got my Sennheisers HD555 and BAM suddenly good music, awesome sound detection in games, everything! I suggest you get some mid range headphones. Something like this
i agree with you that headphones that are supposed to be 5.1 are crap but there are good ones. what i have is BEATS by Dr.Dre set up as virtual surround headphone and it works better than any 5.1 headphones i have tried. for virtual surround i use ROG thunderbolt.
But most of the time i got hatebreed on or something so meh ingame music ;)
I did take a look at Logitech's headset - no offense - but their design didn't speak to me very much. I know that I shouldn't judge by the cover, but I want a pair of headphones that I feel comfortable with - both wearing and listening through. Still I do appreciate the tip greatly!
I'll keep an eye out for future reviews of SteelSeries Diablo 3 headset, otherwise I may look for a pair of studio headphones. Please share if you have any more tips though - help is always appreciated! Thank you all!
Even if diablo 3 supports surround it's kind of the same as having surround in an RTS, kind of pointless.
Had a g35 but switched to a stereo steelseries one, the g35 is kinda.. un-comfy..
(not being a dick at all, would just like to know as i have recently finished a 10,000 word assessment in game audio and my revelation was that 5 speakers and a sub or perfect binaural was the way to go) :)