At home most HTPC users are probably using very expensive speaker setups (in general, at home, a good 6.1 or 7.1 surround system will kill 2 channel speaker setups). These headphones aren't super cheap--but they aren't music reference headphones either like the hi-end stuff that Sennheinser makes. The sound in each channel is clear, and I can hear the separation. I've tried $1000 headphones with movies. I still prefer the Medusa 5.1 surrounds. Much better experience (there is a little hiss at time in the rears if the volume is too high or during some quieter moments, but otherwise, they are very decent for the price; you can find them for 120-180 U.S., so they aren't that pricey--but clearly they aren't super hi-end either). http://www.trustedreviews.com/multimedia/review/2005/08/23/Speed-Link-Medusa-5-1-Surround-Headset/p1 Only with 2 channel music . . . The portables are USB, and the other ones plug into its own proprietary amp that then plugs into your soundcard. I have both sets: http://www.tomshardware.com/2005/07/14/headsets_gamers_can_love/page3.html http://www.altgamer.org/?p=311 http://www.upgradeadvisor.com/content/home_edition.aspx http://www.geekextreme.com/content/view/10586/20/ Regardless, no movie playback software should be forcing me to listen to inferior soundtracks.