Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset Review
After waiting for about 2 weeks for my Razer Tiamat, it finally arrived. When i was unboxing i noticed how stylish and extensive the packaging was. It really feels like you have bought something very special. The packaging is solid and features razers infamous black and green color scheme.
The Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset looks very stylish and professional. It has razers unique design of black and green. When you look on the sides of the headset you can see each individual driver in the earcup which looks pretty awesome. When connected it will light up razers logo on the earcups.
The Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset has a lot of features. It boasts 10 discrete speakers which deliver true surround sound. Most of the headsets claiming to have 5.1 or 7.1 surround sound only have 2 drivers. They try to emulate 7.1 surround sound through software.
The Razer Tiamat is PC only. It has 5 analog 3.5mm connectors which you will have to plug into your sound card. It also uses one USB port through which it gets its power. Some people complain about a buzzing noise because of a badly grounded USB power connection. My Razer Tiamat does not produce any form of audible buzzing.
The headset does not have a built-in soundcard. It does have a very handy control unit. With this control units you can adjust the volume for each separate channel, switch between 7.1 and stereo, mute the microphone and switch the sound to your speakers. The control unit has green back lighted buttons so you can easily see them in the dark.
The Razer Tiamat comes with a retractable microphone. If you are not using the microphone you can push it back into the earcup.
The most important aspect of a good headset is obviously the quality of the sound. And after listening to the Razer Tiamat for a couple of weeks i know what it is capable of. There is one thing i want to point out if you are looking to buy this headset however. This headset will sound bad without a good soundcard. Your soundcard must have an equaliser and a LFE crossover. If your soundcard does not have an LFE crossover listening to stereo sound will be bad.
The LFE crossover makes the low frequenties go to the dedicated subwoofer driver. Without it you will have muddy bass because the front drivers of the tiamat are not able to reproduce any kind of good bass. The stereo switch button on the control unit also does this but the bass get very muddy if you use that button. I usually set the LFE somewhere between 90 and 110hz. Setting it higher makes the bass too full and muddy. Setting it lower makes the bass flat and undetailed.
You will also need an equaliser to tweak the sound to your liking. Without the equaliser i found the sound to be a bit tinny and hollow. After reducing frequencies in the 500hz - 2khz band it sounded a lot better. I still find the sound to be a bit tinny no matter how i tweak the settings though.
The surround sound is just awesome. I like to play dota 2 sometimes which supports 7.1 surround sound. I can just hear all the sounds around me like i am actually in there. It is amazing how you can pinpoint all the things around you. The surround sound is so realistic i actually think something is behind me in real life.
The surround sound adds an extra dimension to your gameplay and movie experience. Game of thrones for example has never sounded so amazing. There are certain scenes where you can hear all the little details around you. For example In a scene close to the sea i heard seagulls flying around me, i heard the sea, i heard the wind going trough the trees. The surround sound is simply amazing.
The Tiamat's weakness is stereo sound however. The stereo performance of the Tiamat just isn't that good. When listening to music i can hear everything in full detail but i just find the sound to be a bit tinny sometimes.
The microphone has a decent build quality. When you use it you can pull it out of the earcup with relative ease. The quality of the microphone is pretty good in my opinion. I have heard a lot of people complaining about the recording quality of the microphone. The recording quality isn't as good as a dedicated microphone but that was to be excpected. The microphone is excellent for gaming purposes.
What do you think about the Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset?
I am a pretty big guy (6.3ft, 1.93m) and have a pretty big head. In order for the headset to sit comfortable on my head it needs to be pretty big. The razer Tiamat is sturdy and big. The earcups of the Razer Tiamat come equipped with leather memory foam. This foam is very soft and forms itself to the shape of your head. The earcups are quite big and they will fit around any size of ear unless you have giant ears likes elves have.
This headset cancels out almost all noise around you. When i have these on i cannot hear anything around me. My sister was behind me talking to me and i didn't even notice her being there.
The Razer Tiamat does sit a bit too tight around my head though. after long periods of time i get some noticeable discomfort. I do hope they get a bit looser over time.
It is a good thing that the cable is 3 meters long. I can walk around my room with the headset still on my head.
Awesome 7.1 Surround Sound Performance
Mediocre sound quality
Classy Control Unit
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