Razer Reveals Tiamat 7.1 And 2.2 Multi-Channel Gaming Headsets

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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.


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

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.
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For that amount of hardware on your head, It could at least be wireless!

SO since they are saying this is the first TRUE 7.1? Does that mean that my Logitech G930's dont count as true 7.1? Man what a marketing ploy!

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OSunday replied on Fri, Aug 19 2011 2:01 AM

I thought that the psyko headset released had true 5.1 and also a "true" 7.1 model but maybe i'm mistaken

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Jamie_1318 replied on Sat, Aug 20 2011 10:51 AM

Meh, "true" 7.1 is a little outdated. a lot of manufactures are switching to virtual surround, which when built right for headphones ends up with the exact same experience, at about a third of the cost.

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AKwyn replied on Mon, Aug 22 2011 11:50 AM

I have to agree, you can take any old pair of 2.1 headphones and just apply a bit of trickery to make them into 5.1/7.1 surround sound speakers; though I am surprised there are very few 5.1 headphones out there... Guess there isn't much of a need for headphones with multiple speakers in them.

 

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Not sure about that Taylor. Just like my home theatre setup. I could never go back to a two speaker system with any and every type of virtual surround. Compared to my 7.2THX setup, it sounds completely different! With a virtual sound bar or a stereo setup, I could care less about what is going on on-screen, I just wanna get up and make a coffee or get a snack. With the full system and correct DTS separation...It pulls you into the action.
Having multi-speakers inside headphones also makes a big difference, but you MUST have everything setup correctly. On my G930's I just got all the DTS decoders working on a x64 system and WOW, sounds like my full system. Everyone must remember that all that virtualization separation is similar to what Dolby Digital and DTS do to the signal, then things like THX are equalization passthroughs. So if you are running a stereo signal then all those surround simulations will be just fine and will trick your mind into thinking that there is actual signal separation.
The best way to illustrate this is to just run a movie with a 5.1 DD signal into your stereo TV and turn on the sets Virtualization. You will notice that the dialogue is lower and many of the sounds are lost because it is blending all signals into two, and the music and explosions seem louder and you cant seem to hear the actors talking if you turn it down. All that simulated stuff is designed to be used with older stereo sources. But anything already separated cant be blended back together and then re-separated. So for music and other stereo sources its OK, But I will say we should have them supply us with more of these type of headphones instead of going backwards. especially if they want us to wear these big buckets on our heads, then they should pack as many little speakers in there as they can:P
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