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Razer Tiamat 2.2 Headset Unboxing

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 15 comments

We tear into the packaging for Razer's Tiamat 2.2 headset.

The box for Razer's Tiamat 2.2 headset was actually sent to me dressed like a birthday present, wrapped neatly in paper. Coincidence I'm sure, but I still felt like a lucky boy getting presents before his birthday (thanks Kevin).

The actual product box was relatively easy to open once I got past the outer sleeve. This sleeve featured a tab at the bottom that's taped shut which allows the consumer to unsheathe the plastic box. Like a caveman, I tried to disable this blocked entry using an X-acto knife with no success, but all along I could have simply peeled it back. Doh. There's also a built-in hook that's used to hang the box on store shelves -- it's deep like a tree trunk, originating at the headphone level.

Once the sleeve was off, the plastic box had its own tab at the top near the hook, but this one wasn't taped. Once this was opened, the headphones and its accompanying plastic and inner-sleeve could be pulled out (after you lift the box's lid over the hook).

With the headset removed, the inner sleeve opened to reveal the other half of the gaming gadget. Tucked away in a little plastic pillow cupping the earpiece was a super-small manual, a letter from RazerGuy, and a Razer logo sticker. Honestly, I would have preferred a larger manual tucked away at the back of the enclosed sleeve that didn't require a magnifying glass to read.

Here you can see the plastic pillow. The braided cord itself was wrapped in paper -- this cord is insanely long, obviously meant for PC gamers who have their rig hooked up to a large HDTV and typically play from the couch. It includes a jack for Mic In (orange lines), a jack for Audio Out (green lines), and an in-line controller for turning the microphone on and off, and to adjust the volume.

This is what remains after my unpacking adventure. The headset itself was surprisingly already adjusted to fit the size of my skull -- someone must have taken measurements while I was napping on the couch. So far the braided cord is a little annoying due to its length -- it's too bad Razer didn't make it retractable into the actual headpiece like it did with the Aliens-facehugger-appendage-like microphone.

I'll have more of a hands-on later. Stay tuned!

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    master_chen , August 30, 2012 3:17 AM
    At least it doesn't look as crappy as that "Electra" garbage.
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    zeratul600 , August 30, 2012 3:18 AM
    dude you took almost the same pics that i took when i was opening my naga mouse xD
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    boogien8 , August 30, 2012 3:54 AM
    The problem I have with most headphones is the damn quality, i've had 2 turtle beach headphone units fall apart on me and a 3rd the ( z6a) 1 of the cups lots audio *sigh*. Reading the reviews from other headphones quality is a big issue, most fall apart inside the year warranty or shortly after. While they are feature rich, the quality just isn't there.
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    EzioAs , August 30, 2012 3:57 AM
    Quote:
    The problem I have with most headphones is the damn quality, i've had 2 turtle beach headphone units fall apart on me and a 3rd the ( z6a) 1 of the cups lots audio *sigh*. Reading the reviews from other headphones quality is a big issue, most fall apart inside the year warranty or shortly after. While they are feature rich, the quality just isn't there.


    Sennheiser
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    boogien8 , August 30, 2012 4:21 AM
    EzioAsSennheiser

    I actually have a pair, but they aren't 5.1 or 7.1 surround, circumaural and no mic. While they do sound amazing, i've had a problem with their 2.5mm jack on the headphone side keeps making a bad connection. Although that "may" have been mistreatment on my end hehe. Other than that they are fantastic units!
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    master_chen , August 30, 2012 4:42 AM
    EzioAsSennheiser

    HD 800 >: )
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    EzioAs , August 30, 2012 4:44 AM
    Quote:
    HD 800 >: )


    If you're a music enthusiast or a very VERY professional sound/music editor. That thing is $1000+, very limited people need it.
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    master_chen , August 30, 2012 4:51 AM
    EzioAsIf you're a music enthusiast or a very VERY professional sound/music editor.

    Which I am.
    But I just LOVE using them while hanging outside, too.
    Listening to Hideki Naganuma while...ya know...>: )
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    freggo , August 30, 2012 8:08 AM
    EzioAsSennheiser


    I agree. Had several sets over the years, open cup type. Easy on the ears and great clean sound.
    I use them on a Revox setup and the sound is amazing.
    As for not being 5.1/7.1.... it's a HEADSET for god's sake and most folk use it to play back MP3s...


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    nameon , August 30, 2012 8:33 AM
    master_chenAt least it doesn't look as crappy as that "Electra" garbage.

    now thats just offensive, i recently got the electras and their great...
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    outlw6669 , August 30, 2012 9:29 AM
    I would much rather (and have) match up a pair of quality headphones with an ASUS Xonar series sound card and a clip on microphone.
    You will get much higher quality sound in all usage seriousness and virtual 5.1 surround sounds better to my ears than those dedicated '5.1 Gaming' headphones.

    These overhyped, overpriced and junk quality '5.1 Gaming' headphones are a complete waste.
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    alidan , August 30, 2012 9:42 AM
    EzioAsIf you're a music enthusiast or a very VERY professional sound/music editor. That thing is $1000+, very limited people need it.


    1500

    personally i would get the hd 700 over the 800 as they are easier to drive, and over all have a better sound to them.

    and by easier i mean more amplifiers will make them sound great apposed to the 800 which i read is a bit more specific as to what you need.

    all that said, i believe all headphones should require metal be part of any area that keeps the headphones together. the things that snap in the turtle beach headphones is a small plastic tube,

    and my Sennheiser hd 555, they have taken a fair beating because of the morons in this house that dont know how to walk around wires. the part on them that breaks or cracks is the grey area between the cans and the headband, i cant say that that is all fall damage though, as i do not know what caused it, i just know i noticed it after falls.
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    magicandy , August 30, 2012 10:01 AM
    I still have my Sennheiser HD 212 Pros from 2007 and they still sound awesome. Since they use quick disconnect jacks on the ear cups, there is no way I can accidentally snag the cord and snap the connections. Very durable, long lasting pair for the $70 I paid 5 years ago.

    Audio Technica is also a great brand for the money. I had a pair of A900s for a few months before my roommate snagged the cord and broke them. More companies should use quick disconnect or retractable cords like Sennheiser.
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    classzero , August 30, 2012 12:42 PM
    nameonnow thats just offensive, i recently got the electras and their great...

    No they are horrid!
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    Anonymous , September 24, 2012 10:32 PM
    Meh. My Grado sr80i and stand alone mic suits me fine