What is 7.1 surround sound and why does it matter

Learn about 7.1 surround sound and why you might need it with your next headset.

There are now more choices than ever when it comes to purchasing a gaming headset and making the right decision can be a little tricky. Do you ditch the wires and go with a wireless USB headset, or do you avoid the charging times and opt for a plug and play approach? To make matters even more complicated, there’s the choice between Hi-Res and 7.1 surround sound. Make sure you check out the points below to find out what 7.1 surround sound is and how you can use this unique functionality to give you a competitive edge.

What is 7.1 surround sound?

7.1 surround sound is the common name for an audio system that can recreate sounds at different angles and distances, allowing the listener to visualize an object’s position with sound. These systems are commonly used in home theatre configurations and headsets that help immerse users with a full audio experience.

The advantages of using 7.1 surround sound headsets

What is 7.1 surround sound and why does it matter
The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1

By using a headset that features 7.1 surround sound you’ll be able to hear every footstep, explosion and gunshot with cinematic clarity. The HyperX Cloud Revolver 7.1 uses simulated positional speakers that provide precise sound with both distance and depth. It achieves great audio precision through its unique driver design that separates the lows, mids and highs. This provides a studio-grade sound stage that is highly advantageous when playing various FPS games, allowing you to hear sounds further away with greater clarity, giving you a competitive edge. Having enemies get the jump on you will be a thing of the past as you’ll be able to pinpoint their location well before you see them.

Accessing 7.1 surround sound doesn't have to come at the cost of other headset features either. Don't want to deal with wires? The HyperX Cloud Stinger Core Wireless utilizes DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio to immerse you in a precise 3D sound stage when gaming on PC. And on-board audio controls will save you from tinkering around with your PC controls when you need to ramp things up or down, no matter where you are in your houseat the time.

What is 7.1 surround sound gaming advantages
The Cloud Core headset and Pulsefire Surge mouse

PC players aren't the only ones who can take advantage of what 7.1 surround sound has to offer. The HyperX Cloud Core is compatible with PC, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One, so you'll be ready to catch enemies sneaking up on you even from the couch. It comes with two years of DTS Headphone:X Spatial Audio to grant you the edge while keeping you comfortable in memory foam and soft leatherette.

Once you’ve seen how useful 7.1 surround sound is, you’ll never want to go back to wearing a conventional headset again. If you’re serious about gaming and want to have a competitive edge over your opponents, then be sure to grab a headset from our fantastic Cloud line.

Nicole is a fan of gaming, music, and movies. Feel free to reach her at nicole.castillo@allgamers.com for questions, concerns, or just good music and movie recommendations!

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