8 Channel Audio with these headphones? Yes?

By Unholyskorn86 ยท 4 replies
Nov 14, 2010
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  1. I was just wondering, and I hope this is the right place to ask this....

    Would this be wasting my 8 Channel onboard audio card?

    Using Formula IV motherboard with...

    Onboard Audio
    Audio Chipset
    SupremeFX X-Fi 8-Ch audio with EAX Advanced HD 4.0 support
    Audio Channels
    8 Channels


    Audio-Technica ATH-AD700 Open-air dynamic headphones

    This is a website that sells them...


    And also...


    What I mean tho is, would this be 8 channel or crappy 2.0?

    If so, I want the best gaming headset available that would make use of my sound card for the money. (don't got loads)

    Thanks again for your help!
  2. Unholyskorn86

    Unholyskorn86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    No one? :(
  3. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 929   +31

    your sound card support 8-channels, but that headphones is just stereo.

    if you wanted a surround headphones, you must get the one with real surround with multiple inputs, not just the ordinary "virtual" ones. example: Speedlink Medusa NX 5.1 and Roccat Kave 5.1.

    If you notice, they have 3x stereo miniplug for the surround sound and another for the mic.

    there are some others like Tritton AX260 / AX Pro, Sharkoon X-Tatic, Turtle Beach EarForce HPA2 which have multiple speakers on each side of the headphones.
  4. Unholyskorn86

    Unholyskorn86 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Ok, thank you so much for your help! Any idea if any headphones are really 8 channel? Or is my card 100% for a speaker system?
  5. nismo91

    nismo91 TS Evangelist Posts: 929   +31

    well the supreme x-fi was actually designed for speakers, but they can also be used for headphones. they're not designed for headphones, since they did not feature 'headphone amplifier'. but it should perform noticeably better than ordinary onboard sound solution (i.e. realtek).

    if i were you i will not really worry about 5.1 vs 7.1. i used 5.1 speakers for gaming before and it was fantastic. the 7.1 i know are the razer megalodon and logitech g35, which uses virtual technology instead of the multiple drivers found in headphones mentioned above, e.g. Turtle Beach R8


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