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Can you run a 7.1 channel headset on a 8 channel sound card

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March 3, 2013 12:40:41 AM

Can you run a 7.1 channel headset on a 8 channel intergrated sound card. I dont know much about sound cards so If this is a really stupid questions, I apoligizes. Thanks for any supplies

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March 6, 2013 8:13:51 AM
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7.1 means 8 speakers in total, which is the same as 8-channel sound, so your existing integrated sound adapter is okay.

However, bear in mind that you don't get true surround-sound through headphones as it's physically impossible. You will only get "virtual" or simulated surround-sound. The only true sound through a pair of headphones is "stereo" sound.

To get true surround-sound you need to use a 7.1 speaker system correctly positioned all around the room.
March 6, 2013 10:12:41 AM

phil22 said:
7.1 means 8 speakers in total, which is the same as 8-channel sound, so your existing integrated sound adapter is okay.

However, bear in mind that you don't get true surround-sound through headphones as it's physically impossible. You will only get "virtual" or simulated surround-sound. The only true sound through a pair of headphones is "stereo" sound.

To get true surround-sound you need to use a 7.1 speaker system correctly positioned all around the room.


While I don't want to get into the merit of how well it works, there are real 5.1 and 7.1 analog headphones on the market. That means 4 or 5 speakers positioned around on each ear.
March 10, 2013 5:50:40 AM

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