Zalman was the first manufacturer to launch a 5.1 surround sound headphone many years ago. It didn’t sound very good and it went out of the market rather quickly.
However many other manufacturers decided to launch their own versions of 5.1 headphones and today there are plenty of big name computer accessory manufacturers like Razer, Logitech, Corsair and others.
The headphone for review is from well-known PC PSU manufacturer Rosewill, owned by NewEgg. In addition to PSUs, Rosewill makes PC cases, Network routers and gaming accessories like headphones and mice.
Unlike a lot of so-called ‘surround sound’ headphones, the Rosewill actually has multiple drivers in each housing for a more authentic 5.1 surround sound experience.
5.1 headphones come in two general flavours – with or without a built-in USB sound card. Some (like the CM Storm Sirus) come with both options!!! (For those who purchase a better sound card later on.)
The Rosewill RHTS-8206 (poorly named in my opinion !) comes with a built-in sound card but lacks any option to connect the headphones directly to the sound card. So you may have the best and most expensive soundcard ever assembled made of solid gold and encrusted with diamonds BUT the headphones CANNOT use the sound card and it will use the built-in USB sound card ONLY.
On the plus side, you might have the worst excuse of a sound card that will make the top of the line super expensive headphone sound exactly like an Apple earbud and the built-in USB sound card is a definite step up from most onboard sound cards.
One feature that sets this headphone apart from most others is that it comes with Vibration control. Not sure how many people like vibrators (and that too on your ears!) But it can be turned off if not required.