I'll be the first to admit, I'm not the biggest fan of headphones/headsets, in large part because the size of my head makes most all of them uncomfortable, if not outright painful, to wear for any extended period of time. That said, I find myself revisiting this scenario from time to time, on the possibility of either just having to work with a computer where I don't have room for another set of speakers, or say if I'm able to do some late-night gaming and don't want to disturb the wife.
As someone that at least cares enough to know how games should look and sound, it's probably not surprising, but very disappointing, to find such a distinct lack of headsets that even do surround sound; moreover, the overwhelming majority using some kind of USB sound chip, like that's somehow acceptable or capable. Even in the rare stores that have "demo units" to try and give a test listen, if they weren't trying to crush my head with their overbearing grip, they disappointed me with the infamous Realtek (poor) quality hollow sound, which again doesn't help if their claimed advanced feature support isn't actually recognized by the game I'm trying to run. The solution seemed simple... find a headset that actually uses the sound card's audio outs to make surround sound. Easier said, than done.
While the Tiamat 7.1 from Razer did look to fit the bill at first, the sticker shock of $200(at launch), and now climbing in price presumably because they're discontinued is a problem for me. The only other solution I could find, were the Roccat Analog 5.1. My only concern is the fact that they seem to be the only choice, still sold. I have a hard enough time with the notion of buying something for sound without being able to actually test them out (since nobody local ever has these in stock, much less on a kiosk), and it would absolutely suck, to spend that much only to find it not being good enough to warrant the asking price; or worse, being uncomfortable to the point of being unusable.
But this is so far, the only headset I've found that meets this requirement. Hence, why I'm asking here, if there are any OTHER headphones/headsets that are able to drive surround sound, AND accept analog inputs?