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Old Dec 1, 2012, 07:43 AM   #1
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Mac compatible headset that supports 5.1 or .1

Howdy fellow gamers,

Are there any wired or wireless gaming headsets out with either 5.1 or 7.1 that work on OS X? I am currently using an old Plantronics USB headset and would like something that is better supported under OS X. At least something that has basic equalizer support.

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Old Dec 1, 2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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Even if games did support 5.1 its would be difficult to get surround sound to work in OSX.

You would need a Mac compatible sound card that could output the 5 discrete RCA type channels or a Mac compatible sound card that could output DD encoded signal via optical.

There is a program called Jack that can use the CPU to encode via optical but I never got it to work for my games.

Then again this is about separate speakers rather than headsets which I am unfamiliar with except from a stereo point of view.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 05:05 AM   #3
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Try PS3 wireless headset. It's 5.1 and don't need any driver. The USB dongle does all the work for you. I have one and works perfectly on games.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 06:41 AM   #4
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You're best off using a USB-style headset where all the sound processing is done on the device. I'm sure there's one compatible with a Mac. Otherwise a USB DAC of some kind might do the trick.
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Old Dec 3, 2012, 08:45 AM   #5
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IF you get all the right hardware most of our games (feral Interactive) will respect 5.1 surround sound. It is not heavily tested but when the game has 3D sound we hook up the libraries for the few people who have the hardware.

I think insidemacgames has a big forum post on what games work and what don't.

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