“Razer” the world famous computer peripheral manufacturer for hardcore gamers has produced some great keyboard and mice over the year. This time however, Razer came forward with something different. Yes! A 7.1 surround sound analog gaming headset. This must not be confused with an ordinary gaming headset that offer virtual surround sound, Razer Tiamat is the world’s first true 7.1 channel gaming headset that delivers lifelike positioning audio. Razer has previously manufactured some great audio headset including the Razer Megalodon and the Razer Chimaera. They both offered excellent multi-channel sound but Tiamat is in an all new league.
Back when it was announced, all the hardcore Razer fans became really excited by the first true 7.1 surround sound headset and had high hopes from Razer, some became a little skeptical when the launch of Razer Tiamat was delayed not once but twice. In the end, Razer didn’t disappoint. The true 7.1 channel surround sound Razer Tiamat headset finally got stated shipping in last days of Feburary.
Costing $180, this headset is expensive and belongs to the highest category in gaming headsets. Razer claim to have done their best to make sure it is worth every penny of it. They say it’s the first to offer a true 7.1 channel surround sound experience. It is built with highest standards and has a robust design. This arises a really important question. Is it worth it? That is exactly what we are going to find out.
Today we have the Razer Tiamat 7.1 with us in our lab. Razer Tiamat 7.1 has ten individual drivers in its headphone unit. The subwoofer has 40mm neodymium Magnets with Titanium Coated Diaphragm giving frequency response of 20 – 20000Hz on impedance of 16ohm. Sensitivity at 1 KHz is 116dB. The Front and the center drivers have 30mm neodymium Magnets giving frequency response of 20-20000Hz on impedance of 32ohm. Sensitivity at 1 KHz is 123dB. The Rear and the side surround drivers have 20mm neodymium Magnets giving frequency response of 20-20000Hz on impedance of 32ohm. Sensitivity at 1 KHz is 120dB.All of these individual drivers are configured in a way to create a True-To-Life Positional Audio.
Being an analog surround sound headset, Tiamat 7.1 uses four 3.5mm audio plugs for connection. It can only be utilized at its fullest if you have a sound card that supports 7.1-channel surround and should have individual front, rear, side surround, and subwoofer ports. Otherwise, it will sound like any an ordinary 2 channel stereo headset. This might be a drawback for console and laptop users who’ll have to connect an external sound card to make 7.1 surround work.
- True 7.1 surround sound
- In-line Control
- Circumaural design
- Retractable, noise-filtering unidirectional microphone
- Analog connectivity
- 10 discrete drivers