Headphones with Surround Sound Decoder

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Sennheiser HD 558

Clamshell headphones, Surround Sound Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Over-ear, …

With detailed, cultured and effortless sound, the HD 558s from Sennheiser were deemed by Trusted Reviews to be a superb starter set of headphones for entering high-end audio realms. The cable is

5 reviews | 75 opinions (Excellent)


More information at: HiFi Test, issue 1/2011 Timbres No longer are headphones just for hiding away in the quiet surroundings of your living room. It’s becoming increasingly common to see headphones being used on the go, regardless of whether they’re in-ear sets or sophisticated Hi-Fi models. In test: 18 sets of headphones were reviewed: 6 in-ear models, 8 Hi-Fi sets and 4 noise-cancelling headphones. Test criteria were sound and practical usage. For the noise-cancelling headphones, noise reduction was also an additional criterion.

Ultrasone HFi-780

Clamshell headphones, Surround Sound Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: Closed, …

"FOR: Built to last; comfortable fit; enthusiastic, detailed sound. AGAINST: Each extreme of the frequency range is quite easily provoked."

1 review


Sennheiser RS 170
Sennheiser RS 170

Clamshell headphones, Surround Sound Headphone, Wireless Headphone, HiFi Headphone; …

The Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones use Kleer technology, creating CD quality lossless audio streaming. This requires a mains powered transmitter, therefore the headphones can't be used

8 reviews | 200 opinions (Above average)


More information at: HomeElectronics, issue 4/2010 Delightful or honest? Sennheiser now have two new wireless headphones on offer. Both models - the RS 170 and the RS 180 - have a tasteful look. One promises even more comfort and sound. In test: Two headphones were reviewed. Test criteria were sound, comfort and workmanship.

Edition 8 High End Kopfhörer
Ultrasone Edition 8

Clamshell headphones, Surround Sound Headphone, HiFi Headphone; Headphones; Shape: On-ear, …

“The Ultrasone Edition 8 is an absolutely top class, dynamic set of headphones with a closed back design. Alongside outstanding spatial positioning (which will even have the Sennheiser HD 800 …

5 reviews


Zalman Theatre 6
Zalman Theatre 6

Surround Sound Headphone; Headphones

Of all the supposed surround sound headphones, PCFormat found that the most convincing 5.1 surround sound came from Zalman's Theatre 6. Bass was lacking, and they found the clip-on mic awkward …

1 review | 1 opinion (Above average)


SteelSeries Siberia Full-Size USB
SteelSeries Siberia Full-Size USB

Surround Sound Headphone; Headphones

The Siberia Full-Size USB's good quality sound and surround effects make them a good choice for PC gamers looking to create a more immersive experience in their games. PC Advisor wouldn't

1 review | 27 opinions (Above average)


More information at: PC Advisor, 7/2008 Steelseries Siberia Full Size Headset USB Steelseries is a well-known name among PC gamers with their mice, ultra-smooth gaming mousepads and specialist keyboards found next to many a hulking, neon lit beast of a computer. The Siberia headset features simulated surround sound and a microphone for chatting with team-mates while gaming. … to review

Audio-Technica ATH-W1000
Audio-Technica ATH-W1000

Studio Headphone, Surround Sound Headphone, HiFi Headphone

The ATH-W1000 are an outstanding pair of headphones for the price. CNet.co.uk felt the ATH-W1000 has all sound qualities covered. The only people that might feel slightly short changed are fans of

2 reviews


More information at: CNET.co.uk, 6/2008 Audio Technica ATH-W1000 headphones At almost half the price of the original ATH-W5000 the ATH-W1000 offer the same velvet sound quality. So is the ATH-W1000 lacking anything too important? … to review

Audio eXtreme PC
Tritton Technologies Audio Xtreme PC

Surround Sound Headphone

"The Tritton Audio Xtreme PC Headphones will suit gamers, or anyone looking for an immersive sound when sat at their desk. While the sound quality is good, we simply found them a little too

1 review


More information at: Pocket-lint.co.uk, 2/2008 Tritton Audio Xtreme PC Headphones When we think about 5.1 surround sound speakers, we immedaitely think of a serious Hi-Fi setup in your living room or bedroom. But what if we were to tell you its now possible to have the effect when you’re walking around? … to review

Virtual Surround 5.1 USB 2.0 Vibration Headset
Sweex Virtual 5.1 USB 2.0 Vibration Headset


"The headset is affordable, but doesn't produce effective surround-sound. We'd be happier with a pair of quality stereo headphones."

1 review


More information at: Computer Shopper, 5/2007 Sweex Virtual 5.1 USB 2.0 Vibration Headset You're less likely to be interrupted if you play games at night, but the sound could disturb others. Sweex's Virtual 5.1 USB 2.0 Vibration Headset aims to provide surround-sound that won't wake the neighbours. … to review

Creative Labs HQ-2300 D

Surround Sound Headphone

"What’s really impressive about the Creative’s is that the Dolby Headphone technology works so well, truly enhancing the listening experience when playing both stereo content and surround from …

1 review | 2 opinions (Excellent)


Sweex 5.1 Home Theatre Headphones

Surround Sound Headphone

"... One for the watch it alone PC movie buff without the desktop space for proper surround sound speakers, or the games player with everything except privacy. ..."

1 review



Product information and further reviews

Mercedes or Bentley? avguide.ch 11/2010 - What features should a pair of headphones actually have? Some say all that matters is uncompromised sound quality. For others it’s mobility and compactness that counts, but it must have a powerful bass. Then there’s another group of individuals who simply require a long enough cable to enable them to watch films on their big-screen T.V, at a reasonable distance, without disturbing the neighbours. ... Review details: Two sets of headphones were reviewed.

Music to your ears avguide.ch 12/2009 - There are manufacturers who, first and foremost, know how to package outstanding technology, and Sennheiser has been one of them for quite a few years. These anthracite made RS 170 wireless headphones already look fascinating and elegant on their transmitter/ charger when they’re still in the box, let alone in your living room. ...

Sennheiser RS 170 Micro Mart 1172 (25-31 August 2011) - The RS 170 is Sennheiser's latest wireless offering.

Temptations: Headphones What Hi-Fi? Sound and Vision 6/2008 - If you don't really have the serious cash to spend on a speaker system, not to mention the amplifier and source, which all amounts to four figure sums. Then a good quality pair of headphones is not something to be overlooked.

Sennheiser RS 170 PC Advisor 3/2012 - The Sennheiser RS 170 wireless headphones are suitable for at home use. How well do they perform and is the necessary transmitter off putting?

A Wireless Headset GadgetSpeak 8/2011 - The advent of wireless technology has not only freed users from being tied down to a mouse or keyboard, but has also allowed them more freedom when it comes to enjoying their music.

Sennheiser RS 170 MacWorld 2/2012 - Sennheiser's RS 170 headphones may not be your optimal choice for travelling with, but will they make a satisfactory pair for home listening?

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Information about the category

Headphones are small speakers that, as opposed to earphone, fit around the ear, often with a headband, and allow the user to listen to music or other audio without disturbing anyone in the immediate vicinity or indeed being disturbed by them. Alongside standard earbuds, wired headphones and wireless headphones, there are also surround sound headphones. Surround sound headphones, as opposed to normal stereo models, have not two but eight speakers built into the ear pods to deal with centre, front, rear and low frequencies. This, understandably, makes them quite large but manufacturers try and make them as comfortable and light as possible and so the wearer is seldom aware of them being there. They will come with an integrated surround processor or a will need to be connected to a 5.1 sound card and can accurately reproduce the surround sound effect from DVD films and games to offer a more immersive experience that is possible with just standard stereo headphones. Critics complain that the speakers are two small to offer adequate volume in the bass range and too little definition in the higher frequencies. For a really good set of surround sound headphones either expect to shell out quite a bit of money or expect to be disappointed.