I’ll definitely have to check it out. Do you think you had more of an advantage with the truthear over the hd800 or any of the headphones you use? And I may just get a sound blaster as well so I can try everything. Is it possible to have the g6 set up with the motu m2 at the same time? The m2 is a pre-amp/dac/interface for my micThe good thing about the SoundblasterX G6 is that it takes 7.1 channels of spatial sound information from the game you're using and then mixes it down into 2 channels whilst creating the Virtual Speakers within that - so the advantage should be that it "should" work well for any game that outputs 7.1 channels of sound information once you've optimised the position of all the virtual speakers, like I described in the first post in this thread. For games that had their own Virtual Surround Sound built into the game engines themselves, then you'd flip the SoundblasterX G6 into Stereo only mode (called Direct Mode in the software) which would basically be turning off all the processing features of the G6, because you've already got the Virtual Surround being processed by the game engine. So with the G6 you can use Virtual Surround processing of the G6, or you can instead let the game create the Virtual Surround if the game has that feature built into it. Still though, sound design in the games is bound to be a factor in how good the ultimate "soundscape potential" can be, if the game creators didn't give a sh*t about sound design then it's not gonna be a realistic/good presentation, but the G6 gives you flexibility to either use the virtual surround sound processing in the G6 or instead rely on the games virtual surround processing (if they created that option).
You were talking about IEMs, I've found Truthear Crinacle X Zero to be fantastic for Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound when used with my G6. I was quite surprised actually, I was expecting an IEM to be rubbish at it, but it was probably the best out of all the headphones I've tried. I only have that one IEM, I'm an IEM newbie, but I don't use it because I don't like shoving stuff in my ears and it feels uncomfortable, but they were the best for Virtual 7.1 Surround Sound in my experience. I might advise you to buy a set of those Truthear Crinacle X Zero if you like IEM's. https://www.audiosciencereview.com/...ds/truthear-x-crinacle-zero-iem-review.37380/
They're really great for music too.