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.
Excerpt: With the Tiamat 7.1 , Razer is redefining the top end of the gaming audio line. Where previous headsets have had trouble creating a surround gaming experience through just two drivers, the Tiamat fits what is essentially an entire surround sound system into each earcup, with five individual drivers, including a sub.
Pros: Great surround sound; very powerful bass for a headset; excellent comfort.
Conclusion: The Razer Tiamat is the world’s first true 7.1 surround sound headset, and boy have Razer set the bar high for any future true 7.1 headsets we may see. The headset oozed quality, not only in looks, but also performance wise. There was no compromise in the depth of the sound or quality of the different tones, which we though we may see from the smaller drivers.
Excerpt: Razer may well be best known for their mice and keyboards but over the past few years they have released a few excellent audio products. The Megalodon gave us a taste of how well they could perform with multi-channel sound and the Chimaera in its stereo and 5.1 models brought high quality wireless audio to our desktop and Xbox 360. Without doubt though the stand out item from their audio products was the Mako speakers , co-developed by THX.
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.