Headphones; Gaming surround suggestion please

I have a X-Fi platinum. I need some suggestions for....

Surround sound headphones, noise canceling for approx. $150.

And/Or a good surround sound system to save for that will take advantage of the x-fi. I am looking for 5.1 not 7.1 because of limitations due to distance/space.

Thanks in advance!

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  1. Isn't that kind of redundant, to split your $$ on two things for the same purpose? : P

    Unless you happen to have a $700 budget on that 5.1 system...
  2. It isnt that.

    I watch movies from my pc and play music. I quite honestly enjoy a good speaker sysyem more than headphones for this purpose.

    However. I'd use headphones for those late nights that my family is sleeping or my wife is studying or in bed and I want to blast my sound to hear that surround sound when play games like COD2 or quake4 and CSS.

    If I have family around the house during the day time, I want to hear if anything goes wrong or if anyone wants me or the phone rings etc etc. So headphones at that time, noise canceling in general, would not be ideal. if my family wants to enjoy a good movie with surround sound, I can use the surround sound system.

    I would just like some good input from the TH community on which I should buy.

    And I am investing in headphones now, and saving for a good 5.1 for like 2 months down the line.

    So, to answer your question, no. It is not redundant. It is just more practical for me.

    Thanks again!

  3. For speakers I'm quite happy with my Creative G500 5.1's. They
    go plenty loud, clearly too. Nice bass. Not the best out there, but
    very nice and I only payed a little over $200.

    Toms did a review on them not to long ago.
  4. Headphones; the Sennheiser HD590s can be had for around $120-130 online.

    As for 5.1 surround setups, the Klipsch 5.1 Ultra ($300) or Creative Progamer S700 ($330~). Below $300 you get tweeterless one-way designs and you can basically pick your poison, none of them are going to be very impressive compared to headphones.
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