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My honest review of Tiamat 7.1
, June 30, 2012
This review is from: Razer Tiamat Over Ear 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset (Personal Computers)
Tiamat 7.1 is the first real analog 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.
Before purchase this headset, I have been doing a lot of research and reading many reviews about it. Praised by many professional reviewers, I decided to made my purchase.
It turns out, I have to return it to Razer and get a refund. However, the headset is work as its advertised but there are several things you have to understand before you place your order.
The "7.1 analog surround sound" does work exceptionally but it has its disadvantage in many factors. Many games and movies in today's market "DOES NOT" have native 7.1 soundtrack. So problems occurred, you have to downgrade this headset software setup to 5.1.
I have a great HTOMEGA Claro plus sound card that recommended by Razer. I played Max Payne 3, Battlefield 3, Mass effect 3 and Diablo 3, etc with this headset. After hours of tweaking in both hardware and software sides, I realized these games does not support native 7.1 soundtrack but 5.1. If I set my system input and output as 8 channels (7.1) , the in-game sound will be faulty. You can hear 2 extra channels of echos of native 5.1 soundtrack. It results in-game sound will not be as solid as it should be but fuzzy and weird.
However, once you setup the system input and output as 5.1, everything shines. It sounds the way the game should be. Solid in-game sound effect and clear directional sound.
Secondly, packing too much speakers/ drivers in the headphones really hurt the overall sound quality. If you read the technical specification, you notices the Rear and side speakers are 20mms which results in-balance sound quality. You can hear the "clear" sound in the fronts, left and right channels (30mm drivers) while the rear and sides are fuzzy or muffle. Yet, these front channels also have their disadvantages too. The high frequency are too thin. Whenever you hear high pitch gun shots, explosions, music, and conversations, it might pierce your ear a little if you like to turn up the volume and be immerse with the game. It does not sound rich and warm enough. But it's certainly sound crisp, clear and treble.
Music Exmaple: When I was playing the music, "Wallflower" by Divalola, the girl sang the note too high. It really hurts my ears.
I have been waiting for these headphones for a very long time. With the price tag of $179.99, you can certainly buy a better audio quality headset than these. But it will not be true 5.1 or 7.1 gaming purpose headset. So it's like a trade off.
It also made me realized that why these gaming headset companies have a hard time to create something alike. The sound quality is simply not there by packing too drivers in it. Before I buy this headset, I thought that gun sounds, effect sounds does not need to sound as great as audiophile level. But it's not entirely true.
For me, Too Crisp and too treble is bad too. At the end, the taste of the sound quality is a personal taste. This headset might not be my cup of tea. But it certainly serve its purpose.
In additions, Tiamat 7.1 does have other great features, like the simple volume control unit that allows you to tweak the sound as you like. The Braided cable and the sturdy construct feels and looks great yet strong. By Razer tradition, the LED light is simply amazing.
Verdict: It is not my cup of tea. But with many unique and great features builds upon it, it is very hard to pass up. Before you purchase this headset, I suggest you to test it before you buy. And ask yourself these 2 questions, Are you are a hardcore internet competitive gamers (which means you really need the pin-point directional sound to help you win)? or, Are you a kind of gamers that enjoy overall quality of in-game music soundtrack, effects, and music (which means you need a better audio quality headset)?
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