Looking for good hardware to support 5.1 audio through headphones

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  1. Gregory Pauswinski

    Gregory Pauswinski Supporting Actor

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    Recently my girlfriend changed jobs and goes to bed pretty early. I now find myself watching movies at an extremely low volume so as not to wake her up. I like watching movies in my Home Theater at a loud volume, so it's killing me. I want a good headphone setup.

    I remember some years back, Dolby Headphone was supposed to emulate 5.1 sound in headphones. Whatever happened to that?

    What are my options for good surround-sound in a headphone setup? I'm kind of in the market for a new Receiver anyway.
     
  2. walls

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    I have the Senn 555's and 595's and for movies or TV I prefer the cheaper 555's. They have a nice open soundstage and they actually place the action on screen fairly well.
    Unfortunately I dont have any real experience with true 5.1 headphone rigs but if you go to headfi.com and do a search you will get all the info you need.
     
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    Kevin C Brown Producer

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    I wonder what the difference between Dolby Headphone and just the 5.1 soundtrack downmised to 2 channels would be? It's not like you have a lot of flexibility with the original 5.1 channels going into the 2 speakers in the headphones. Delay and phase I would think are the other 2 things you can mess with.
     
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  5. Gregory Pauswinski

    Gregory Pauswinski Supporting Actor

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    I appreciate everyone's help.

    Those demos sound pretty amazing!

    Thanks for the links to headfi.com!

    It looks like I either need to find a receiver with Dolby Headphone or buy a seperate adaptor like the JVC SU-DH1. Time to start researching receivers.

    Those Sennheiser HD-555 headphones look pretty good!
     

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