$40 Surround sound headphones, too good to be true?

It's Sunday morning and I'm browsing my local Circuit City ad and I see a set of Centrios Surround Sound headphones, normally $49.99, on sale for $39.99. My wife absolutely hates when I use my computer speakers so I've been considering purchasing the $80 Zalman 5.1 headphones for a while now but at half the price these are tempting me. I did some googling and was unable to find any reviews for the headphones but I did find a link to Radio Shack Canada selling the same model (3312003) for $130!

So does anyone know anything about Centrios or surround sound headphones? Anything I should be aware of? Is this too good to be true?

Centrios 3312003 link at Circuit City
http://www.circuitcity.com/rpsm/oid/...

Radio Shack Canada link
http://www.radioshack.ca/estore/Prod...

Any surround sound headphones will be ""simulated"" surround sound of course, but some can actually fake it pretty well. Best headphones I ever put on my head were the Sennheiser HD495''s. So light I could barely feel them on my head. Sound quality was beyond words. A bit pricey at around $180 or so, but worth it.

Seems intriguing.
I did a search on the brand name and found no official website. Circuit City did have almost everything Centrios though, from the headphone you found, to bathroom scale, to electric hairbrush. Could it be Circuit City''s own brand?

Ok, so I drove to Circuit City and guess what... they''ve lost me as a customer forever. Brace yourselves... it''s ranting time...

After waiting 15 minutes for five hung-over (either that or they were stupid, I couldn''t tell) employees to half-assedly dig the one set of headphones they had in stock out of the twenty containers, I looked closely at the package and noticed a curious bit of tiny text... ""Requires ""N"" cell batteries (Not included)"". So I asked if they had any N cell batteries. So they begin 10 more minutes of searching until I finally said that I''d buy the headphones and stop by Radio Shack on the way home for the batteries. Now I started getting worried... one headphone set in their entire inventory? Previously unknown to me ""N"" cell batteries? So I bought them, went to my car, opened the box and guess what, no way in heck were these surround sound. The plug was a single gold-plated stereo 1/4"" plug which isn''t mentioned on the box itself, nor is the word ""simulated"". No attachments, or splitters, just the one plug. So, I marched back in there, and tried to return them but got slack from the girl because the box was open, and was I sure they weren''t surround sound, and was I interested in their new Rewards program (uh, NO!).

So long story short, it was too good to be true and one of the worst ""false advertising"" issues I''ve ever had.

I''m confused and curious about the reasoning behind the ""any surround sound headphones will always be simulated"" statement.

My set uses both front, center, and rear channels on the sound card and I''m able to hear exactly where things are coming from in all games that support surround. How is it simulated if it''s that detailed? Seriously. There are seperate channels for each direction just like there are in any 5.1 system. The only difference is the lack of a subwoofer.

I''ve searched several threads but can''t find the following that was mentioned as great ''surrond sound'' head set. I think they said it was at CompUSA for about $40. I can''t believe I put downt the product number, but not the maker

Anyway the product # is KY-100-5.1. Anyone recognize this and who made it?

I believe this is what you''re looking for Donan..

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/index....

"Thin_J" wrote:
I''m confused and curious about the reasoning behind the ""any surround sound headphones will always be simulated"" statement.

My set uses both front, center, and rear channels on the sound card and I''m able to hear exactly where things are coming from in all games that support surround. How is it simulated if it''s that detailed? Seriously. There are seperate channels for each direction just like there are in any 5.1 system. The only difference is the lack of a subwoofer.

Well your headphones don''t have a center speaker do they? AFAIK they may take in the center channel signal but they need to split it up to simulate it.

Personally I think 5.1 headphones are a bit of a marketing thing. Why? The sound positioning with my pair of Sennheisers is already as good or better than my set of 5.1 speakers.

Thin''s right...the 5.1 headphones I''ve seen have front, middle and rear speakers in the headphone. That''s enough to fool you brain, seems to me.

"Robear" wrote:
Thin''s right...the 5.1 headphones I''ve seen have front, middle and rear speakers in the headphone. That''s enough to fool you brain, seems to me.

Yeah, the front center channel is just faked by playing sound through both front-side channels at once. There''s a test that pans the sound through all the channels in a circle and it works amazingly well.

So yes, you''re right in that it isn''t ""true"" 5.1 surround sound, but I''d venture to say it''s as close as it gets for headphones and it works great.

I believe this is what you''re looking for Donan..

http://www.gamerswithjobs.com/index.php ... y&sid=1137


Actually I would stay away from those, I got those and they preamp on those is horrible. The slight buzzing noise he talks about in the review is the best case scenario for the preamp on those things. It''s horrible, as you would expect for a preamp and the headphones all for $40. The buzzing in the left earpiece was so loud I couldn''t hear anything, even though the right earpiece was working fine. Also, to go from a 5.1 sound card to the headphones, you have to convert from the 3-pin 5.1 on your soundcard to the 6-rca jack 5.1 then back to the 3-pin 5.1 into the preamp, then into the headphones. Even if you don''t need the preamp, you still have to run everything through there. Get the Zalman''s, they don''t need any kind of amplification and can plug directly into your sound card. It''ll make for much better sound.