How to make Razer Tiamat 7.1 mode sound better than stereo

Hello guys

I read many reviews about the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset before getting a pair myself. What I found was that there are many people - individuals specifically - that seem to think the surround sound aspect of this product is just a gimmick, and that the sound quality isn't that great. However commercial reviewers seem to rate the product highly, giving it editor's choice awards and so on.

So I went ahead and got a pair, and I just can't get them to sound anything like they should. The problem is in games, specifically Skyrim, and when listening to music as a tester, the stereo mode sounds great. Much better than my old headphones. but I bought these for the surround sound effect and don't want to just use the stereo mode. I'm blind in one eye, can't use 3D, so thought I'd max out on one of my other senses! But when I switch to 7.1, there is hardly any bass, and the sound is just weak.

I do not have a dedicated soundcard. Many people may well say that is the problem; however I have an Asus M5A97 2.0 motherboard with onboard 7.1 sound and feel that this should drive the cans much better than it is doing. They are so weak on 7.1, yet so powerful on stereo. I feel that the problem is how they are set up, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

So after plugging all the cables in properly, I went ahead and configured the headphones using Windows 8. I select 7.1 in the sound tab configurator, and test that all the drivers are working using the little test button. They are.

On the final step, it asks me to select which "full-range speakers" I have. I leave both "front left and right" and "surround speakers" unchecked. Is this right?

The next step I see I can take is using the "enhancements" tab in Windows 8. The options here are:
1. Bass management
2. Speaker fill
3. Room correction
4. Loudness equalisation
After reading the descriptions I have tested both 1 and 2, independently and together, and there is an improvement but still the headset sounds way better in stereo.

What is going on here? If you have any knowledge with this, please share, because I really am going crazy with this. There must be something going on with my configuration, this cannot be a simple case of "they suck", because they sound so good in stereo.

If you can help, I am very grateful :)

Thanks for reading
Reply to Soprano187
18 answers Last reply
More about make razer tiamat mode sound stereo
  1. Don't have a pair, but did you install the Razer Surround and use it instead of the Win8 built in config?
    http://www.razersupport.com/software/surround/
    Reply to J_E_D_70
  2. I think that you need to check those check boxes, I am not on my home PC at the moment, but I have a 5.1 speaker system attached to it and I believe I have at least one if not both options checked. Those headphones actually have individual speakers for each channel, so they are true 7.1. I think checking those boxes tells Realtek (which I am assuming you are using) that you have Front surround speakers (so your front left and front right, which are present in the headphones) and the surround speakers would be your rear. It almost sounds to me as though you do not have it properly set for 7.1 though, a 7.1 set up has front left-right, center, sub, rear left-right, and a "center" left-right for a total of 7. Those check boxes would tell me that its looking for 5.1, front left-right, rear left-right, center and sub.
    Reply to chugot9218
  3. @JED 70 - That software is for stereo phones and isn't for 7.1 headsets. I tried it anyway, it makes no difference.
    @Chugot - the drivers in the tiamat are satellite, used in conjunction with the sub, so they shouldn't be ticked as far as I can tell. Even if they are, it still sounds bad. I have definitely configured them to be 7.1 through windows and realtek, no joy.

    This is mad. There must be something I'm overlooking. I'm about ready to send them back!
    Reply to Soprano187
  4. Sorry for my bad English, hope this help ya :)

    Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset isn't for everyone, it's pretty tricky to make it sounds good, also depending on the onboard sound/sound card you use.

    Do not use Razer Surround, it's just make surround audio source into "Virtual Surround" in your 2.0 headphone, it does not help for Razer Tiamat 7.1.

    Sad to say that, not every sound card works the same, and not guarantee works great for Razer Tiamat 7.1.

    If you really want to use the Tiamat 7.1, I'll suggest you to have a sound card that is listed on Razer Tiamat 7.1 recommended sound card list.

    I'm using Creative X-fi Titanium (or fatality/ pro / champion) they basically are the same.

    The first time I put on my Tiamat, it sounds horrible, barely any bass, like you mentioned. I'm really disappointed until I play around with the creative sound card settings.

    In my case, I enabled Bass Redirection in Creative configuration, the bass is awesome, even the cups are shaking especially watching action movies like transformer with explosions. Deep, Low bass that shakes my cups, I couldn't even stand it and turn the bass lower.

    for the music playback, headphone stereo mode does not sound really good for me IMO, at least it is much better than in 7.1 mode that sounds like really weak. Why? because most of music and some movies audio track are stereo only, you only heard sound coming out from 2 drivers of the total 10. that is why.

    in Creative sound settings, there is a mode call x-fi CMSS-3D, by enabling it with Upmix mode: Stereo Surround
    it upmix the stereo audio source from musics and movies and turn them into 7.1. it sounds loud and clear, , really greater than my previous steelseries stereo headphone, even much better than the Razer Tiamat 7.1 "Stereo Mode".

    with Creative X-Fi Titanium, and the following settings, if you listen to music or watch stereo movies, the sound card will automatically do the job itself. if you watch movies with Surround sound or playing games like BF3-4 and any modern games that support surround, you heard surround sounds.

    also take note that, surround sound does not work great on every games and movies, it really depends,

    currently surround sound works best on Battlefield 3-4, really clear amazing sound effects, explosions in the game around you, pinpoint enemy accurately, it also sounds good on Dota 2, even though it is "RTS" view game,you can actually tell the sound is coming from front or rear, unlike virtual surround that sometime you hardly can tell front/rear sound. it also works on FPS games like CSS, CSGo, L4D, TF2.

    I have Skyrim too, it doesn't really sound ok in that game. and some other games.

    don't forget to turn ur Windows Master Volume no more than 70%, it affects the sound quality you heard from the headphone, I'd recommend you to use 18%-30% (or higher but below 70% if not loud enough for you), then tune ur volume up with Tiamat's Panel instead, really big differences.

    This is what I did for my Creative X-fi Titanium + Razer Tiamat 7.1, different sound cards may work differently, may not suitable for Razer Tiamat 7.1, results can be different. I can only suggest you to get the sound card that is listed on Razer website for Tiamat 7.1.
    Reply to squall0833
  5. I have a tip for everyone, my mate just gave me his pair of tiamat's because he doesn't want/need them.

    Music will always sound better on stereo than 7.1 that is just normal, unless you get something like someone mentioned above, a "upmixing" software / driver like CMSS-3D which pretty much duplicates the stereo channel to other channels.

    Anyway, for the good part : When you use 7.1 on Tiamat, all the bass disappears.....why....simple....if you have the option in your soundcard drivers, like the CMSS etc...however there is also "SWAP CENTRE AND SUB CHANNEL", enable this....and viola you have bass again in 7.1!

    Hope this helps.
    Reply to BioVolt
  6. Hello i got the Timiat 7.1 on realse but it playes little bass. and changing around on speakers and senter/sub is a bad idea, here is what you need to do,
    Right click you speakers in windows---> play back ---> right click on your speakers -----> properties ----> enhancement, then scolls down and enable bass management. wolla your sound sould be awsome now.
    Reply to killernilsen
  7. killernilsen said:
    Hello i got the Timiat 7.1 on realse but it playes little bass. and changing around on speakers and senter/sub is a bad idea, here is what you need to do,
    Right click you speakers in windows---> play back ---> right click on your speakers -----> properties ----> enhancement, then scolls down and enable bass management. wolla your sound sould be awsome now.


    No bass here.
    Reply to sonarctica
  8. <<Music will always sound better on stereo that 7.1...>>
    This is definitely not true. The reason I went to install Razer Surround was because the virtual surround effects on my Android made my music sound so much better than on Windows, using the same headphones. The Razer software seems incomplete to me though. Still looking for better. The Equalizer FX on my Android does a great job.


    BioVolt said:
    I have a tip for everyone, my mate just gave me his pair of tiamat's because he doesn't want/need them.

    Music will always sound better on stereo than 7.1 that is just normal, unless you get something like someone mentioned above, a "upmixing" software / driver like CMSS-3D which pretty much duplicates the stereo channel to other channels.

    Anyway, for the good part : When you use 7.1 on Tiamat, all the bass disappears.....why....simple....if you have the option in your soundcard drivers, like the CMSS etc...however there is also "SWAP CENTRE AND SUB CHANNEL", enable this....and viola you have bass again in 7.1!

    Hope this helps.
    Reply to DougO
  9. Soprano187 said:
    Hello guys

    I read many reviews about the Razer Tiamat 7.1 headset before getting a pair myself. What I found was that there are many people - individuals specifically - that seem to think the surround sound aspect of this product is just a gimmick, and that the sound quality isn't that great. However commercial reviewers seem to rate the product highly, giving it editor's choice awards and so on.

    So I went ahead and got a pair, and I just can't get them to sound anything like they should. The problem is in games, specifically Skyrim, and when listening to music as a tester, the stereo mode sounds great. Much better than my old headphones. but I bought these for the surround sound effect and don't want to just use the stereo mode. I'm blind in one eye, can't use 3D, so thought I'd max out on one of my other senses! But when I switch to 7.1, there is hardly any bass, and the sound is just weak.

    I do not have a dedicated soundcard. Many people may well say that is the problem; however I have an Asus M5A97 2.0 motherboard with onboard 7.1 sound and feel that this should drive the cans much better than it is doing. They are so weak on 7.1, yet so powerful on stereo. I feel that the problem is how they are set up, but feel free to correct me if I'm wrong.

    So after plugging all the cables in properly, I went ahead and configured the headphones using Windows 8. I select 7.1 in the sound tab configurator, and test that all the drivers are working using the little test button. They are.

    On the final step, it asks me to select which "full-range speakers" I have. I leave both "front left and right" and "surround speakers" unchecked. Is this right?

    The next step I see I can take is using the "enhancements" tab in Windows 8. The options here are:
    1. Bass management
    2. Speaker fill
    3. Room correction
    4. Loudness equalisation
    After reading the descriptions I have tested both 1 and 2, independently and together, and there is an improvement but still the headset sounds way better in stereo.

    What is going on here? If you have any knowledge with this, please share, because I really am going crazy with this. There must be something going on with my configuration, this cannot be a simple case of "they suck", because they sound so good in stereo.

    If you can help, I am very grateful :)

    Thanks for reading


    Ok, i'm an aspiring Tiamat 7.1 owner, having my jerk/adorable bunny chomp through my Barracuda 5.1 surround set. Here's my experience and what may help you:

    PROPER surround setup. Windows is not good at this by default (XP through 7 for me.) I've been through 2 onboards and 1 dedicated with my 5.1 cans, and once or twice i had to switch center/surround channel, as well as having bass sound extremely low. You may need to enable higher quality audio, as well as any "Bass Boost" function available.
    In all honesty, even modern onboard audio is garbage when it comes to a really nice set of cans. Years ago, I went from "HD Audio" supporting 24bit 192hz "Studio Quality" to an OLD (even at the time, 2010) Sound Blaster Audigy 4 (upon switching to Win7, custom drivers were needed as Creative are assholes). The difference was night and day with the 5.1 cans, and with the bass boost, PERFECT head-shaking sound as it should have been.
    Some games (mostly Source) didn't configure properly and needed a console command to get proper surround out of my Barracuda's. Each game, if available to do so, needs to be checked, and of course in windows/sound card settings also.
    Going with DougO here, virtual effects do sound nice, but personally i'd have to disagree that they sound better than stereo, at least sometimes, its all hit or miss based on the source and how well the algorithm performs. Virtual surround for music can be awesome, but offen stereo hits, or "feels" better. If you can find something recorded in surround (i only know of one thing) it is simply INCREDIBLE.

    So... - proper settings are key -dedicated sound can make ALL the difference.
    Reply to Nick Malinowski
  10. I have a Tiamat 7.1 too, I plugged them in for the first time and the realtek audio manager cameup and I changed them to 7.1, they worked great at FULL 7.1 capacity. Then my com had a malware issue and I wiped it. Now the Tiamats are set for 7.1 but don't sound the same. They probably sound like what yours sound like, Weak bass etc.. But do not get rid of them, they do work well and I have yet to find a solution for it now as all my settings have changed. So dont get rid of them. Just be patient and keep trying. Try 7.1 songs on youtube. You will CLEARLY tell the difference when all the speakers are working. Like the bass will blow ur brains will crystal clear audio, take this from first hand experience. Just trust me on this one. (your sound card is fine btw)
    Reply to rahulmayer
  11. onboard is "fine" but not adequate if your an audiophile. A real soundcard will drive them much harder. If that wasnt the case, sound cards makers would be out of business....

    Not to mention, microsoft doesnt put very much time into giving you much in the way of sound options.. naturally. Most people plug in a pair of desktop speakers and call it a day.

    With that said, im surprised no one mentioned source. The reason that 7.1 sounds bad for music and some games is because its designed to recreate sound on each channel independantly. Therefore if the scene/part of the game doesnt have a seperate audio stream for sub 30hz or w/e range the driver in the headphones isnt replicating, thats why your not hearing it. Stereo treats all channels the same - hence the increase in sound/power which many perceive as quality.

    Put on a movie with true dolby 7.1 (a blu ray not a compressed or ripped pirated version. the first thing to go for space is sound) and make sure you have the individual channels on the tiamat control thingy turned up. Then control the overall volume w/ the main/center setting.

    The difference between onboard and a standalone quality card is truly night and day when you get into high end hardware. Unfortunately I run quad titans and while I have one pcie slot left its oriented in between 2 of my cards and impossible to get a sound card in there. I had to choose between more graphical horsepower or better sound and I made my choice.

    Everytime I see a post like this it reminds me of how bad it sucks, and how mobo manufacturers really need to step up the audio or add more pcie slots! :P
    Reply to klepp0906
  12. Hi guys!
    I've just solved this same problem.
    While I was reading this forum I was trying to think about other solutions and fortunately I found one.
    My soundcard is an Asus Xonar D1.
    All I had to do was:
    1- at the headset control I've set the subwoofer to max while the other speakers are set to 9 leds
    2- at the Xonar D1 Audion Center I've enabled the Flexbass and set the crossover between 80~120Hz.
    The soundtrack you need to test your bass is this one https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OxCyfOTgIak (Don't forget to play at HD resolutions)
    Search at your sound card config for some crossover settings in order to make all sound frequencies below the Hz setted go straight and only to your Subwoofer "speakers".
    As soon as you check the crossover option you will feel the bass as strong as when you are using 2.0 setup.
    Reply to Mr Olinad
  13. Well, my Realtek HD Audio Manager has NONE OF THESE SETTINGS so I can't do a thing please for the love of god help me!
    Reply to Jacob Verratti
  14. @ Jacob: What mobo are you rocking? Did you just get your Tiamats in the Razer Appreciation sale? I did. Basically, check to see if your mobo came bundled with any audio software package. I have a Maximus V Gene w/Supreme FX III onboard sound chip and couldn't believe how weak the bass was. I was looking all over for a "bass management" option in the windows sound manager and in the Asus Realtek HD sound manager but no joy. Then I had a look in the various programs that came bundled with the mobo, to be specific, the Creative Sound Blaster X-fi MB2 software (this comes with 3 modules, the following 2 of which turned out to be relevant).

    The Sound Blaster Console gave me the hitherto missing access to a graphic equalizer and EAX settings while the THX Studio Pro Module gave me access to a few features, most notably "Speaker" with a checkbox for "Subwoofer Gain (+15db)". Via the settings for this module I could then adjust the crossover frequency too.

    Activating "Speaker" and checking that box had a massive improvement on the bass. In other words, this was the "bass management" equivalent for my mobo sound package.

    In summary, check your mobo specs to see what software package may have come bundled w/your board. If there is something listed but you can't find it on your machine then it may not have been installed in which case you'll need to find the installation discs that came with your mobo (it might be in the optional extras of the master disc). Btw, you'll need to poke around whatever software suite you might find as the feature may not necessarily be called bass management. It might be called "flexi-bass" or "bass redirection" or "Total Bass Control" or "LFE redirect" etc.

    If you have no joy finding anything then the only other thing I can suggest would be to reduce the master channel volumes of all but the subwoofer in the windows sound manager (right click the Tiamat device > properties > levels > scroll down to find the channel volumes). Keep the subwoofer on 100 and also crank it up to max on the inline controller for the Tiamat.
    Reply to MG001
  15. I've had the Tiamat 7.1 since release. Great for gaming but recently the distortion in music is really noticeable. Not sure if this is age (-3 years) or another problem. I'm out of warranty. I use them for gaming 99% of the time so it's not something that needs to be resolved now.
    Is anyone else having these issues?
    Reply to Icyman
  16. I HAD THIS PROBLEM, >>> BUT I SOLVED IT.<<<
    i hope this works for you guys

    I have an Asus Xonar dsx sound card, and i great immense bass from my tiamat 7.1. Im not sure if this will only work with a sound card, but what i did was the following;

    Make your Audio Channel - 8 Channels (important)
    Sample Rate - PCM 96KHZ
    Analog Out - 7.1 Speakers

    I have flexbass enabled, and set the cutoff at 50hz in the flexbass section. I also have a bass boosted equalizer.

    This is what i have on my Xonar DSX audio center. If you dont have a sound card, I think you can download something like Realtek HD audio driver, and their Audio center should have these options.

    The 7.1 Tiamat is amazing, I can hear footsteps in fps games so clearly, as well very precisely.

    Music is amazing on this headset as well. The Bass is very strong, it can hit low freq's and mid freq's very well. You can feel the 10 drivers ( 5 on each ear ) vibrating your ears violently.
    Reply to jackdahou
  17. I have just recently purchased the Tiamat 7.1 and I love them but like a lot you the bass just isn't there.

    I have the msi z97 gaming 7 mobo, https://us.msi.com/product/motherboard/Z97-GAMING-7#hero-overview
    and it has audio boost 2 and sound blaster cinema 2. trying to use sound blaster cinnema though its says no compatable devices are shown and I cant select anything in the program.

    what should I do?
    Reply to ahobodude
  18. ONBOARD SOUND CARD FIX!

    It uses your sound card ports (all the coloured 3.5mm jacks) and because its not a full USB headset you need the sound cards official HD Manager Software... Because Windows 8.1 and Windows 10 had stopped supporting most software like this (It doesn't tell you its not supported properly anymore unless you look in Windows notifications and find it).

    Find your dedicated sound cards make or onboard sound cards make, google [the make] + [hd manager/software] and find there latest version of it that will support Windows 8.1/10... For a lot of you onboard 7.1 / 5.1 it will be Realtek, and although the manager may already be on your PC with Win10 on it, its not fully working with it and that's why you aren't getting full bass because they aren't fully compatible. If it is Realtek click this link and download the latest 32bit or 64bit, once installed go to:

    - Realtek Sound Manager > Speaker Configuration drop to 7.1 Speaker > Untick the Full Range Speakers > Enable Bass Management.

    And now check the difference between 7.1 and Stereo on this head set, it doesn't even compare!

    Win 8.1 / 10 Driver: http://www.realtek.com.tw/downloads/downloadsView.aspx?Langid=1&PNid=24&PFid=24&Level=4&Conn=3&DownTypeID=3&GetDown=false
    Reply to Xardee
  19. I was suffering the same lack of bass problem with my setup. I have a MSI Z170X Gaming Titanium Edition with Realtek 7.1 built in. I solved it by unchecking the box 'Swap Centre/ Subwoofer Output in the Realtek HD Audio Manger. Now bass is through the roof. Doom, BF1 ect sound incredible!!!!!
    Reply to Colonel_Klinck
Ask a new question Answer

Read More

Sound Driver Razer Headphones Components Sound Cards