I've been doing more gaming in he last few weeks and realized that you are missing a lot if you aren't wearing headphones. This is particularly important for positional audio in immersive 3D worlds. The question is, what is the best 3D audio experience at a reasonable price?
It proved to be a complex question but while exploring all its avenues, I ended up at the topic of "binaural" audio. This technique uses human-like ear prosthetics to funnel sound into a pair of high quality microphones. The effect is astounding.
Here is one of the better examples of it that I've found. You can experience it with normal stereo headphones.
The second half of the video is better than the first half as it seems like the videographer finally broke down and got a steady cam mount. You may want to skip the middle part with the cats eating. It is maybe too immersive.https://youtu.be/2Gpl99s02Aw