Wednesday, August 17th 2011

Razer Announces The World's First True 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

Razer, the world’s leading high-end precision gaming brand, brings true pinpoint positional audio to hardcore gamers everywhere with the Razer Tiamat headset range – the world’s first discrete 7.1 surround sound and 2.2 stereo gaming headsets. Get the tactical advantage in combat when you can hear and react to every gunfire, explosion and voice realistically all around you. And with bass so powerful, the Razer Tiamat will blow you away.

“The Razer Tiamat headset range is the pride of our audio engineering, the world’s first 10 driver headset, built to deliver the most powerful, clear and accurately produced positional audio gamers will ever need for the competitive edge,” said Robert “RazerGuy” Krakoff, President, Razer USA. “Surprise the enemy trying to creep up for a stealth kill, when you can hear their footsteps loud and clear behind you.”

The Razer Tiamat headset range includes the Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset and the Razer Tiamat 2.2 Stereo Gaming Headset.

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 packs a total of 10 discrete drivers, 5 in each circumaural ear cup to give you true pinpoint positional surround sound – a one-up on your enemies when you can hear everything around you with three-dimensional clarity. The 10 drivers represent the 7 surround sound channels plus subwoofer; 2 for center, 1 each for the left and right, surround sound left and right, surround back left and right, and 2 for the subwoofer. All drivers work in unison to produce a true surround sound experience.

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 also gives gamers maximum customizability of their audio experience adjustable on a sleek control unit. You can precisely fine-tune the volume of every audio channel, position, and bass depth, as well as conveniently toggle between the headset’s 7.1 surround sound mode, 2.0 stereo mode or external speakers as long as they are also hooked up to the unit, so you’ll have the right setup for your entertainment at all times.

The Razer Tiamat 2.2 is outfitted with a total of 4 discrete drivers, 2 dedicated especially to bass to give your head that rumbling sensation every time you calmly walk away from an in-game explosion.

Both versions of the Razer Tiamat come with leatherette ear cushions to keep you comfortable during long-haul gaming marathons, and a precise, unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone so your battle chatter stays as sharp as your audio.

About the Razer Tiamat 7.1
True pinpoint positional audio for the tactical advantage is the only way to go for victorious gaming, and that’s what the Razer Tiamat 7.1 was built for. 10 discrete drivers, 5 in each ear cup produce 360 degrees true surround sound so you can hear and react to everything around you with three-dimensional clarity.

The versatile control unit lets you tweak every audio channel’s volume and positioning, as well as bass depth to your exact preference. With a single button press, toggle between the headset’s 7.1 surround sound, 2.0 stereo and external speakers when both are connected to the unit to have the right audio setup for your specific entertainment needs at all times. Packed with so many features in one device, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 is the ultimate beast of gaming audio.

Price: US $179.99 / EU €179.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – Q4 2011
Worldwide – Q4 2011

Product Features:
  • True-to-life pinpoint positional 7.1 surround sound from 10 discrete drivers
  • All-in-one volume control unit for multi-channel adjustment, personalization and toggling between headset and speakers
  • Comfortable, snug fit for extended play
  • Retractable, noise-filtering unidirectional mic
  • Interchangeable ear cup covers
  • Replaceable soft-touch leatherette ear cushions
  • Braided fibre cable
About the Razer Tiamat 2.2
The Razer Tiamat 2.2 comes with 4 discrete drivers in the headset, 2 dedicated to bass to give gamers double the bass for double the impact. Chuck a grenade, launch a missile, detonate a nuke; everything from a simple explosion to an apocalyptic end-of-the-world type destruction is reproduced with amazing booming power. Throw in a sturdy build, exceptionally comfortable leatherette ear cups for wear over extended gameplay, and a precise unidirectional microphone for leading your team to victory - the Razer Tiamat 2.2 makes sure your epic gaming domination is aurally reproduced in all its glory.

Price: US $99.99 / EU €99.99

Availability:
Razerzone.com – Q4 2011
Worldwide – Q4 2011

Product Features:
  • Optimized positional audio for immersive gameplay
  • Dual bass drivers for deep, thumping bass
  • Comfortable, snug fit for extended play
  • Precise, noise-filtering unidirectional mic
  • Slim, easy-to-use in-line remote
  • Replaceable soft-touch leatherette ear cushions
  • Braided fibre cable
For more information, visit the product pages of Tiamat 7.1 and Tiamat 2.2.
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29 Comments on Razer Announces The World's First True 7.1 Surround Sound Gaming Headset

#1
Vancha
Is 5.1/7.1 noticeable in headphones? I think I'd rather see games try and implement binaural recording effects, if that's even possible.
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#2
Fourstaff
This is the first time Razer name their headset after a mythical creature afaik if you ignore Razer Banshee. Not a big fan of the drivers though, I think 1x50mm is better. Reviews please.
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#3
Live OR Die
Sweet as long as these don't crap out like most of the Razer gear does :laugh:
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#4
micropage7
7.1 in head phone? looks too much and too complicated
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#5
semantics
What's up with marketing departments, you have 2 ears yet you can understand positional audio, you don't need 5 speakers in each each to do positional audio 2 high quality speakers can do you more then 5 tiny ones in each ear. Just need a system to take the 8 channel source and turn it into a 2 channel source proper for the headset.
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#6
scotchguy
7.1 channel huh? So do I strap the subwoofer on my back?
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#7
[H]@RD5TUFF
by: Fourstaff
This is the first time Razer name their headset after a mythical creature afaik if you ignore Razer Banshee. Not a big fan of the drivers though, I think 1x50mm is better. Reviews please.
What I was thinking as well.
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#8
xBruce88x
by: semantics
What's up with marketing departments, you have 2 ears yet you can understand positional audio, you don't need 5 speakers in each each to do positional audio 2 high quality speakers can do you more then 5 tiny ones in each ear. Just need a system to take the 8 channel source and turn it into a 2 channel source proper for the headset.
human ears are way more complicated than a mic or speaker. mics and speakers are rather directional in the way they're made... whereas the human ear i guess you could say is unidirectional, or at least can hear things from a much wider angle. also, in real world environments, sounds are originated from multiple locations, not just 2 locations aimed right at your ear. this is where the idea for multiple speakers comes into play. play a youtube video of a car passing to your left or right. now go out to the street and listen to a car pass you... notice any difference?
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#9
Jegergrim
I can definately vouch for small drivers vs the single 50mm driver, makes a big difference in FPS games and partially in others. However theres not the biggest difference during music/movies, not enough to justify the extra pricing. I reverted back to a 50mm driver from my 7.1 surround sound due to songs in particular.
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#10
xBruce88x
yea... i wish there was a switch on such headsets that went from 5.1/7.1 mode to "music" mode, where all left speakers activate and all right activate in 2.2 mode. i.e. when a right beat plays all right speakers are in use, etc.

or in the case of these, the 30mm acting as the mid range (2x per side), the 20mm for the highs (2x per side), and well the subs as the low (1x per side)
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#11
TheGuruStud
Looks like Razer has been reading my rants about fake 5.1 headphones LOL
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#12
m4gicfour
Yeah it's 7.1 but since it's Razer the driver will inevitably have the channels all rotated one position to the right for the first six months, then they'll put out a patch which fixes that and the LFE channels will disappear...

am I the only one who's had terrible luck with razer products?
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#13
[H]@RD5TUFF
Would hope a pair of these will land at a TPU reviewers door soon.
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#14
caleb
I always find it kinda funny there are two center speakers. Thats the worse thing that anybody could do to an FPS sound camper. You play in 5.1/7.1 mode and you hear stuff in front. Normally with stereo you move your mouse around a bit and you can point it down easily, where with two center speakers its so horribly confusing because sounds are still coming from the so called center speaker making you think its still coming from left side.
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#15
seronx
I want the Tiamat 2.2

For the 4x40mm

2x40mm Bass yum
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#16
R_1
Razer don't even know how toconvert $/€. Take some lessons in Math and then come back with proper price for EU!
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#17
Horrux
7.1 for $100? Wow, that has got to be super-discount parts. Me no want.
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#18
Fourstaff
by: R_1
Razer don't even know how toconvert $/€. Take some lessons in Math and then come back with proper price for EU!
Once you add European taxes and logistics it adds up to more or less, so might as well make it similar. Blame EU's taxes if you want them to fix the prices. Its still a bit more expensive for EU I agree, but its simpler.
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#19
fenurch
by: Fourstaff
Once you add European taxes and logistics it adds up to more or less, so might as well make it similar. Blame EU's taxes if you want them to fix the prices. Its still a bit more expensive for EU I agree, but its simpler.
It's even better when 1 Euro = 1 £ :D
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#20
Fourstaff
by: fenurch
It's even better when 1 Euro = 1 £ :D
VAT :nutkick: us. Once you factor in the 20%, as you can see £1 = € 1.20 ...
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#22
Caonima
by: m4gicfour
Yeah it's 7.1 but since it's Razer the driver will inevitably have the channels all rotated one position to the right for the first six months, then they'll put out a patch which fixes that and the LFE channels will disappear...

am I the only one who's had terrible luck with razer products?
I've owned a Razer Barracuda HP-1,never want Razer again.Do you know what name Chinese gamers given to Razer---"lamp factory".:laugh:
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#23
inferKNOX
by: Vancha
Is 5.1/7.1 noticeable in headphones? I think I'd rather see games try and implement binaural recording effects, if that's even possible.
I can't speak for 7.1's, but I definitely do notice it in my Roccat KAVE 5.1 true surround headphones.:rockout:
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#24
Horrux
by: inferKNOX
I can't speak for 7.1's, but I definitely do notice it in my Roccat KAVE 5.1 true surround headphones.:rockout:
I have the Psyko Audio (first gen) 5.1 and they give an unparalleled degree and accuracy of directionality to the sound. They are truly fantastic in that department. However, I want to change them for something with better sound quality that leaks less, so I'm not heard in the next room wearing freaking headphones.

But the psyko are built very differently than most multichannel headsets, I'll have to have a look at yours.
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#25
Th3pwn3r
Psyko makes overpriced trash that sounds like crap. Don't buy their hype.
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