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Creative SXFI Gamer

Inle

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The Creative SXFI Gamer is an amazing USB gaming headset, offering excellent sound and microphone quality, intuitive controls, and an advanced Super X-Fi technology with the addition of their so-called Battle Mode, which will give you a competitive edge in multiplayer shooters.

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Before it was gamma boost, removal of vegetation and shadows, crosshair where it shouldn't be (Tarkov). Now we add real-time audio compression to that list. Yeah I know it was a software thing before but usually not marketed as a feature.
It's sad that you have to pick between immersion and being competitive in an online game. In future, certain 'fair-play' devices like digital headphones and monitors could have security features that make it very hard to do these kind of tweaks. Then video game developers who really care about immersion and not chasing kills can divide online experience into standard and 'fair-play'.
 
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I've used creative's Scout Mode (sounds like the same as Battle Mode) with Tarkov but the game has built in measures to make it not very attractive. For one it amplifies your own foot steps along with the background/wind noise, so the whole time your ears are getting bombarded with white noise and your own movement actions. Even and especially inside buildings there is a constant white noise drone that forces you to raise the volume higher than you'd like to. It's hard to describe what this does to you but basically it ramps the already high tension scale of 9/10 up to 11 because you become hyper aware of the sounds you're making. This hyper awareness tends to make you think everyone else can hear you even when they can't, so it was basically just ramping the paranoia up to 11 along with the general tension.

It also completely destroys the natural range of sound where you have soft footsteps on one end and loud footsteps on another, instead of that you have basically loud noises and louder noises making it almost impossible to determine how far away something you heard was. It's just not worth using IMO unless you already have damaged hearing. I highly recommend everyone stay really far away from it because it will make you think you're getting an advantage when all it's doing is making you extremely paranoid and slowing you down.
 
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I've used creative's Scout Mode (sounds like the same as Battle Mode) with Tarkov but the game has built in measures to make it not very attractive. For one it amplifies your own foot steps along with the background/wind noise, so the whole time your ears are getting bombarded with white noise and your own movement actions. Even and especially inside buildings there is a constant white noise drone that forces you to raise the volume higher than you'd like to. It's hard to describe what this does to you but basically it ramps the already high tension scale of 9/10 up to 11 because you become hyper aware of the sounds you're making. This hyper awareness tends to make you think everyone else can hear you even when they can't, so it was basically just ramping the paranoia up to 11 along with the general tension.

It also completely destroys the natural range of sound where you have soft footsteps on one end and loud footsteps on another, instead of that you have basically loud noises and louder noises making it almost impossible to determine how far away something you heard was. It's just not worth using IMO unless you already have damaged hearing. I highly recommend everyone stay really far away from it because it will make you think you're getting an advantage when all it's doing is making you extremely paranoid and slowing you down.
I really appreciate your comment because I feel almost the same way after trying EFT today for the first time using these headset (I have Sennheiser Game One too), or maybe I didn't set up the sound quite right as Inle says.
 
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I really appreciate your comment because I feel almost the same way after trying EFT today for the first time using these headset (I have Sennheiser Game One too), or maybe I didn't set up the sound quite right as Inle says.
Whole EFT sound system is almost irrepairably broken, even after many updates. There are many videos about it on Youtube. I like this one where you can hear several different scenarios.
 
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EfT sound system is specifically designed to prevent sound whoring by audio compressors or highlighting certain frequencies. You have a droning, environmental sound almost everywhere that will make it impossible to apply aformentioned measures. I think it's an excellent choice and actually forces you to use the ingame headsets.
 
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@Inle

Good evening from Spain,

According to your opinion, which headset is better for listening music and gaming between the Cooler Master MH751 and Creative SXFI Gamer, but mostly for music?
 

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@Inle

Good evening from Spain,

According to your opinion, which headset is better for listening music and gaming between the Cooler Master MH751 and Creative SXFI Gamer, but mostly for music?

I have the CM MH751, and just ordered the Creative S-XFi Gamer today: it's supposed to arrive in a week or two.

Once I try it out, I'll repost here.

For reference, my daily drivers are:

  • AKG N90Q : Used at home for work, due to noisy neighbor's landscapers)
  • Audeze LCD-GX : Used for gaming/music
  • AIWA ARC-1 : Used when on the NY subways/walking around (not the best, but actually works quite well w/NY background noise)
 
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