Surround sound headsets have been around for years; both movie junkies and hardcore gamers alike have had a variety of options when it came to filling their ear canals with multi-channel sound from point-blank range. But Razer's taking those 5.1 headsets for a real spin; they've just unveiled the "world's first" true 7.1-channel gaming headset, with ten individual drivers to provide surround sound like you've never heard before.
The Tiamat looks and plays the part; it's a high-end set of cans designed for those looking for the best. That said, the Tiamat is actually a product range, not just a solo product, as there's also a 2.2 stereo gaming headset being launched for the lower-end market. 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.
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
Pricing? The 7.1 model should ship worldwide in Q4 2011 for $179.99 / €179.99, while the 2.2 model will ship alongside of it for $99.99 / €99.99.