Just thought I'd share my experience and get other peoples opinions and experiences too. I have a set of Logitech G35's which have done what they were bought to do, play games and listen to music. I was sucked in by the "5.1" craze, but all that aside I am quite happy with them as they do what I expect them to. Bass is good, which is great for me because I listen to a lot of electronic/rock/metal/drum and bass, e.t.c, and trebles aren't bad either. Midrange could be better but they are closed headphones, what do you expect. So it's all good, except when it comes to music, I just realised tonight...
Basically the whole time I've owned them I've never switched off the "surround sound" toggle, mostly because I play a lot of games that utilise 5.1 audio streams so it made sense to me to leave it on. Never had any real dramas with it, and it was easier to configure all the games to use 5.1 and leave the headsets in that mode than to toggle the games to stereo and avoid the mixing of audio. I can pinpoint locations of sounds and events before my teammates can. But tonight I switched the surround mode off and dear god, how clear everything suddenly became. Somehow 5.1 encoded/output movies have directional sound (bullets come from the left sound like they are on the left instead of "in the general area"). And the biggest thing is the clarity, each individual sound is now much easier to hear.
And when it came to music, it was like a new world. I could hear individual instruments, the spatialisation was much better (the separation of left/right), and I generally find that when the surround mode was toggled on, everything seems to be forced to the center of the listening area. I've pretty much been hearing all my stereo-encoded music wrong
Anyone else had a similar experience? What is your preference?