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DualShockers Guide to Surround Sound Gaming for Every Budget

DualShockers writes:

"Ah yes, surround sound. The one feature (except for graphics of course) that has made the biggest leap in terms of technology in gaming in recent. Just like in feature films, a game's sound (if done right) is just as, if not more so immersive than than the visuals you see on the screen. Just like the HDTV buying guide that came before this, I've created a list of what to look for, but with more specific models and answer to address almost any gamer budget. From the broke bastards to the guys with fat pockets. I've got you all covered. I'll even throw in a wild card, a gaming headset for when you can't use your surround sound setup (or too cheap to buy an actual one). Check out the complete list below."

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Chadness3011d ago

One of these days I'll have to get myself a new surround system, mine is rather old.

JoelT3011d ago

looks of it this list has you pretty much covered as far as what to go with.

Bubbles_Kitty_Cat3010d ago (Edited 3010d ago )

I game on a pretty nice 7.1 setup (worth around $4,000) and it just makes gaming so much fun.

I've got a 14 cubic foot subwoofer (two 15's) that makes explosions sound like they are actually happening in the room.
I'm pretty used to it by now, but when other people experience it they are like "WTF"? :D

SaiyanFury3010d ago (Edited 3010d ago )

Me and my wife spent a good amount on our home theatre. I have a 61" 1080p Samsung DLP. While it's not 120hz it's easily good enough as a large screen to play games in 1080p. Our A/V receiver is a Yamaha RX-V1800 1000 watt 7.1 model. 7 of our main speakers are all JBLs that can handle it's output. Our two presence speakers are 3-way Bose speakers above our HDTV. The receiver alone is worth 1200 dollars. We also spent another 1600 dollars on our speakers, and believe me, it was worth it. Our subwoofer is a JBL 12" 500 watt model. It rattles our walls like nothing I've had before. Our A/V receiver supports multiple HDMI 1.3a connections, which I connect my PS3 through. I can hear the Dolby True-HD and DTS-HD Master Audio codecs through it. It's a great receiver with respect to audio codecs.

My PS3 is my main media viewer as Sony made it very well, included with it's firmware updates. I frequently play games in DTS 5.1 and it sounds great. The game with the best audio I've ever heard is Resistance 2. Bullets blast past your ears and hit targets past your head and you can hear it. Modern sound is as important as HD graphics when home theatre performance is considered. This is only my experience. People can enjoy a great experience with a lesser setup. Just make sure you have a good subwoofer for the low effect sounds like bass.

taz80803010d ago

Surround sound in games really adds to the experience especially in shooters like MW2 or thriller games like Condemned.

iiprotocolii3010d ago

In this day and age, surround sound gaming is a necessity in order to get the full "umph" The fact that folks don't know how to shop for this can be problematic being that they will, more than likely, get shafted in prices. I think this is a great guide for those who aren't educated in this area.

Tomarcus3010d ago

I'm going to end up getting a soundbar...

Irnbruguy3010d ago

I bought a 5.1 surround sound system from tesco's
20 quid lol.

Does the job. and i'm not looking for major loud either since neighbours nd stuff

mindedone3010d ago

but the sound quality when picking out a receivers and speaker set