Excerpt: The Razer Tiamat is a gaming headset of epic proportions. It comes in a humongous and thoroughly magnificent box, it is humongous itself and the name's borrowed from a middle-eastern dragon that represents the very essence of chaos. One look at its unconventionally good looks that traverse the fine line between gaudy and futuristic and you probably won't question its Rs 16,399 asking price. But why is it so expensive, you ask?
Summary: The Razer Tiamat is the first true 7.1 gaming headset for analog connection to your computer to deliver full surround sound audio from ten discrete drivers in the ear cups for a true positional advantage.
Summary: When it comes to music the set does a respectable job, although there’s no getting around the fact that five small drivers simply isn’t the ideal configuration for playing music. All in all, it’s clear that Razer took its time with this one. The Tiamat is one of the best all-around gaming headsets you can buy, if you’ve got the money and the soundcard.
Pros: Great surround sound; very powerful bass for a headset; excellent comfort.
Conclusion: 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.
Summary: In the end, I think that the Tiamat 7.1 edge goes beyond its audio quality: it’s the industrial design – the whole package. The sad reality is that most people don’t really discern the differences in terms of sound “quality” (between “very good” and “great”), and those who can hear the difference aren’t really well served by reading a review anyway – they need to try it for themselves (which is what I ultimately recommend).
Conclusion: Razer’s Tiamat Elite 7.1 surround sound gaming headset is a sturdily constructed, head-turning piece of gaming kit. It delivers exceptional audio quality, very decent volume bang and will ultimately boost your audio gaming experience to new reinvigorating heights, provided you have a soundcard that supports 7.1 surround sound. It goes for a pricey RRP of R2 000, which is around R700 more expensive than Logitech’s G35 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.
Pros: Impressive volume., Decent bass response., Excellent audio quality., Eye-catching design., Comfortable to use over long periods.
Cons: Not the most portable of headsets., Expensive.
Excerpt: As more and more PCs move from the dusty corners of your house into the living room, their multimedia capabilities combining with our high-definition outputs to become the centrepiece of our entertainment. This has lead to a surge in headphone users and a dramatic improvement in the quality of headsets designed for home computers.