I'm not entirely sure why I'm even doing a thread like this, but I felt I'd share what I learned over the course of years with this dumb shit. Now, this post isn't about how useful VSS is and whether or not you should bother using it over stereo. For competitive gaming, this is damn helpful. Hell, it even helped with the HD800 and the T1 (which is unusually good for accuracy with VSS. Well, gen 1 is. Gen 2 is a dumpster fire.) Now I'm going to preface this with a "I'm only talking about the VSS solutions I've tried, as well as the quality of the devices used for it." I should also preface this with the fact that most VSS doesn't quite work for me (as in, it sounds like a huge mess) and I will outright say that it doesn't. I'm not going to include game-specific solutions, as those tend to always be better than what a device can do (with two exceptions that I will mention when I get there.) Windows Sonic + Dolby Atmos for Headphones I'm going to be honest, I was kind of excited when this came out. I didn't have to purchase dumb little devices to get VSS! Unfortunately, I could not tell the difference as far as sound is concerned other than it sounded worse. Dolby Atmos was the same thing, though it effected the sound negatively for me. Overwatch was the only game that used this well. Turtle Beach DSS You could say this is Turtle Beach's best product. You wouldn't be wrong, but that's not really an accomplish for them. This dac was fairly low powered, noisy, and a pain in the ass to get going. Granted, it had settings on "speaker placement" before everyone else did, which made it pretty useful and I could find a setting that actually worked. That said, I dumped it as soon as I could. Astro Mixamp This is probably one of the more popular VSS solutions out there. To its credit, it did get a good VSS solution going. Unfortunately, it came at the cost of sound quality. The amp on it is bad, the dac on it is bad, and the amount of revurb they ad is insulting. Sure, you got immersion and better spatial awareness, but everything sounded like you were in a cave. Asus Soundcards Everything that I said for the Astro Mixamp applies to here, though Asus did put better quality shit into their soundcards. And, you could do a digital out to a dac while keeping the Dolby Headphone processing. Steelseries GameDac I didn't own this one for long. This solution is tethered to one headset and that's about it. That said, the DAC is actually pretty decent. For a closed gaming headset, the Artic Pro was able to have a pretty nice level of resolve and it had great imaging. However, it was pretty dark, and the bass got a bit much. And it didn't fit my head. Madcats Triton This was my first foray into VSS. The headset was shit, but the VSS implementation was the first one that actually worked for me. The sound quality wasn't negatively impacted (though whether that was;l because of the device or the headphone being that shit, I'm not sure,) and it was incredibly accurate. It sounded like separate speakers clumsily emulated though. Audeze Mobius Until yesterday, this was the best VSS solution I've ever heard. The headset wasn't half decent either. Unfortunately, it only worked for PC and I was getting tired of having to press the "center" button for 3D. That said, the headtracking made it very, very accurate and kept things at ALMOST a smooth surround sound like experience. Not many VSS implementations can do that. The problem was, the headset was only "half-decent." It was bad, but it wasn't good either. It didn't help that the pads never fit my ears right. After awhile, I did start to hear a bit of distortion in the oddest places while using the VSS on the mobius. It also seemed to suck depth out of everything and made it sound like a flat plain of speakers. SoundBlaster X7 As far as sound quality goes on the device itself, this is probably the best one on the list. The amp was powerful, the DAC was DS Bifrost-level, and the VSS was very easy to tweak. That said, there were odd times where I could really tell what direction the sound came from like it was being diffused too heavily around me. SoundBlasterX G6 I haven't spent enough time with this one to tell if the device itself is as good as the SoundBlaster X7, but the amp on this thing is bizarrely powerful. It also has a bunch of nifty features (like being able to use the digital out to a dac, the ability to work with ALL consoles, and other nifty things. It also has a mode where it turns off all processing and works like a normal ass dac/amp...which the dac does fairly well. Not as good as the X7, but at least on par with the modi. The VSS was also improved to the point where directional audio was actually done fairly life-like without fucking with the sound quality much. It lacked depth though. Sennheiser GSX1000 As far as VSS goes, this is the best one. Depth is added, the speakers are merged together to sound more life-like and binnaural, and it is super-accurate. Unfortunately, things seem to get some artificial distance to them, and the sound quality takes a minor hit. To top it off, the device's internals are very shit. I mean, I'd choose my motherboard over them. Which is shame. Ignore my ad selling this.