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Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Headset Review

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Headset Review

Razer Tiamat 7.1 Headset Review

Conclusion

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 feels like a solid unit. Each part fits together well and overall it has a real feel of quality, right down to the green stitching used on the high quality headband. The headset also looks great thanks to the transparent side covers and a well-designed control pod with textured, silver trimmed dial. Elsewhere the quality continues with a braided cable of decent length and the leatherette cups are replaceable which will add longevity.

The overall design is not perfect though, we could do with a slightly longer USB power cable/split for example. A little more flexibility on the ear cup angle would enhance the fit and ensure the Tiamat suits everyone (although we had no issues) and the microphone isn’t the best design around. The plastic section feels too limiting and the rubber section not long enough and with a tendency to spring back a little from our chosen angle/position.

That said the microphone does perform well, offering clarity and minimal background noise with the headset overall being an exceptional performer. It is very comfortable, even in long gaming sessions and the noise isolation top notch. This is especially useful as this is a loud headset. In music playback for example half volume on the Tiamat pod with the system volume at max will give most people more sound than they can handle.

While the headset is a little lacking in music playback it excels in movie and gaming use. When fed a 7.1 signal the positional audio works very well which allows us to game better, the sounds are clear and there is plenty of bass to suit all needs. In fact the only issue here is that there are limited true 7.1 titles available at the moment. This will change as bigger, newer movie releases are brought to Blu-Ray and all Source games currently use 7.1 audio so some very important FPS titles are supported already. In addition to this there are a number of movies and games where the 5.1channel mix gets expanded to 7.1 which will also impress.

So that brings us to value where the £159 and $179 price point of the Razer Tiamat puts it just above the level of headsets such as the Sennheiser PC360. Would we choose the Tiamat over that product or the various virtual 7.1 headsets that we have previously tested for gaming/movies? Without doubt.

Summary
Well built and aesthetically pleasing, pair the Razer Tiamat 7.1 with a good quality gaming soundcard and it offers an excellent surround sound experience which enhances gameplay and movies on PC. This headset is especially great for those who love a lot of volume and power to their sound.

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Stuart Davidson

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