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It's the "World's First" 7.1 Surround Sound Headset

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During Gamescom 2011, Razer introduced the "world's first" true 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.

Wednesday during Gamescom 2011, peripheral manufacturer Razer revealed the "world's first" discrete 7.1 surround sound gaming headset, the Razer Tiamat 7.1.

According to Razer, the headset packs a total of 10 discrete drivers, 5 in each circumaural ear cup. These drivers represent the 7 surround sound channels plus subwoofer: 2 for center, 1 each for the left and right, surround sound left and right and surround back left and right, and 2 for the subwoofer.  All 10 drivers work in unison to produce a true pinpoint positional surround sound.

"The Razer Tiamat 7.1 also gives gamers maximum customizability of their audio experience adjustable on a sleek control unit," the company said in a press release. "You can precisely fine-tune the volume of every audio channel, position, and bass depth, as well as conveniently toggle between the headset's 7.1 surround sound mode, 2.0 stereo mode or external speakers as long as they are also hooked up to the unit, so you'll have the right setup for your entertainment at all times."

In addition to the 7.1 model, Razer also revealed a heaper Tiamat 2.2 version using 4 discrete drivers, two of which are dedicated to bass. Both models feature leatherette ear cushions and a precise, unidirectional noise-cancelling microphone.

Along with the announcement, Razer has launched the "Experience the Power of 7 – with the Razer Tiamat 7.1" contest. Participants must answer two questions related to the product, invite seven friends via Facebook and/or Twitter, and like the product on Facebook.

"The Razer Tiamat headset range is the pride of our audio engineering, the world's first 10 driver headset, built to deliver the most powerful, clear and accurately produced positional audio gamers will ever need for the competitive edge," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President, Razer USA.  "Surprise the enemy trying to creep up for a stealth kill, when you can hear their footsteps loud and clear behind you."

So far both headsets are slated for a Q4 2011 release. The Razer Tiamat 7.1 will be priced at $179.99 (179.99 euro) and the Razer Tiamat 2.2 will be priced at $99.99 (99.99 euro).

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    lashabane , August 18, 2011 6:41 AM
    I think you guys like saying muff.
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    wiinippongamer , August 18, 2011 6:24 AM
    mman74Call me a simpleton but how can you get true 7.1 sound through two earmuffs?


    it cannot simply for space reasons, it's yet another gimmickly gaming headset with sound quality that looses to real headphones half it's price
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    agnickolov , August 18, 2011 7:08 AM
    The main problem with newcomers like Razer is the lack of support. I had a pair of Zalman 5.1 headphones, but had to ditch them since they don't sell replacement ear cushions. Now I only use Sennheiser - an established audio brand and you can buy replacement cushions for all of their headphones. Not to mention their build quality is better - I haven't had a need to replace air cushions to my oldest headphones and I've had them for over 5 years. Of course the primary reason to get Sennheiser is the outstanding audio quality for a relatively reasonable price... I'd consider multichannel (5.1 perhaps) headphones again if they made such.
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    mman74 , August 18, 2011 6:19 AM
    Call me a simpleton but how can you get true 7.1 sound through two earmuffs?
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    wiinippongamer , August 18, 2011 6:24 AM
    mman74Call me a simpleton but how can you get true 7.1 sound through two earmuffs?


    it cannot simply for space reasons, it's yet another gimmickly gaming headset with sound quality that looses to real headphones half it's price
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    QEFX , August 18, 2011 6:29 AM
    I think I'll keep my Turtle Beach Z6A.

    $180 + tax & shipping is just a bit too much for me.
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    memadmax , August 18, 2011 6:30 AM
    The only reason why they can call it "7.1" is because of all the little speakers packed into each muff.

    Doesn't mean you get what a real 7.1 setup does thou.

    I think the thing will be too heavy to have on my head for more than an hour.
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    lashabane , August 18, 2011 6:41 AM
    I think you guys like saying muff.
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    ivan_chess , August 18, 2011 6:45 AM
    I have a set of 5.1 surround sound headphones from Zalman that work (bass is weak though) but they are huge and heavy. It's like strapping dumbbells to your head.
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    johnsmithhatesVLC , August 18, 2011 7:03 AM
    You have to be retarded to actual believe this will help you in games.
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    agnickolov , August 18, 2011 7:08 AM
    The main problem with newcomers like Razer is the lack of support. I had a pair of Zalman 5.1 headphones, but had to ditch them since they don't sell replacement ear cushions. Now I only use Sennheiser - an established audio brand and you can buy replacement cushions for all of their headphones. Not to mention their build quality is better - I haven't had a need to replace air cushions to my oldest headphones and I've had them for over 5 years. Of course the primary reason to get Sennheiser is the outstanding audio quality for a relatively reasonable price... I'd consider multichannel (5.1 perhaps) headphones again if they made such.
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    techguy378 , August 18, 2011 7:16 AM
    Best Buy had some Beats headphones on display. I don't think I ever heard a wider soundstage with so much bass from headphones before. It was way better than Sennheiser headphones and it's extremely difficult to make better sounding headphones than Sennheiser headphones.
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    henydiah , August 18, 2011 7:26 AM
    wuiih .... i love Razer ..awesome
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    Anonymous , August 18, 2011 7:29 AM
    Try UltraSone headsets, PRO 900 for instance .... But that's in the "pro" price range. I can hear track details I couldn't otherwise
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    bebangs , August 18, 2011 8:04 AM
    i wonder if this thing works or just a gimmick.

    i wonder if you could tell the difference between a stereo vs a 7.1
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    the_krasno , August 18, 2011 8:09 AM
    I have a Razer Barracuda audio system, which is the combo of the first (and so far only) Razer Soundcard + 5.1 Surround headphones (8 drivers total).
    I can completely assure you that they DO deliver true surround, and I recommend you find reviews about it (overclocker's club has a great one).
    If its any like the Barracuda it will be as good as they claim.
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    the_krasno , August 18, 2011 8:13 AM
    Oh, and I forgot. Bass is a weak point in most surround headphones. Mine are a beast in that matter, if I crank up the volume and place them on the table I can feel the entire room vibrate with it. THE BASS MAKES IT SO WORTH IT.
    It is a little heavy, but I have a big head so I don't tend to notice. It's still quite comfortable to wear for hours on end.
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    x3style , August 18, 2011 9:10 AM
    the_krasnoOh, and I forgot. Bass is a weak point in most surround headphones. Mine are a beast in that matter, if I crank up the volume and place them on the table I can feel the entire room vibrate with it. THE BASS MAKES IT SO WORTH IT.It is a little heavy, but I have a big head so I don't tend to notice. It's still quite comfortable to wear for hours on end.

    You're room vibrates from a set of headphones? Must be a damn small one.
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    goldenthunder , August 18, 2011 9:14 AM
    "The Razer Tiamat 7.1 will be priced at $179.99 (179.99 euro) and the Razer Tiamat 2.2 will be priced at $99.99 (99.99 euro)."

    So $1 = 1 Euro again? More profit in Europe, but do the Europeans really have more money? If I compare to the wages listed here:
    http://www.worldsalaries.org/usa.shtml - average in 2005: $42,028
    http://www.worldsalaries.org/germany.shtml - average in 2003: 30,207 Euros ($36,444)
    it is clear that a 1 to 1 translation is definitely not the case. On average the income is even LESS! (although I am comparing two different years.

    According to this simple comparison and todays exchange rates the prices should be:
    The Razer Tiamat 7.1 will be priced at $179.99 (108.65 euro) and the Razer Tiamat 2.2 will be priced at $99.99 (60.35 euro).

    Quite some difference :( .
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    Brokenparts , August 18, 2011 10:10 AM
    I've been using a Logitech 7.1 headset for a few months now. It works well. I play mostly Left4dead and I can hear if the zombies are behind or on the sides of me, which is a huge advantage over 2 channel headsets.
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    ionut19 , August 18, 2011 10:15 AM
    Not the first. http://www.logitech.com/en-roeu/speakers-audio/headphones/devices/5095
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    randomizer , August 18, 2011 10:22 AM
    I don't think you could tell much of a difference between these and stereo headphones when the distance between the drivers can be measured in millimetres.
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    mlopinto2k1 , August 18, 2011 10:47 AM
    259 dollars and 10 drivers? Must sound bad ass.
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