Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset
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- 2.4GHz Wireless Audio Frequency - For optimal range and freedom
- Extra Large 50mm Neodymium Drivers - For true-to-life gaming audio
- Up To 12 Hours of Batter Life - For uninterrupted gaming
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Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset
The Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox 360® has everything you need for up to 12 hours of battling and smack-talking your friends in absolute comfort. Building on our extensive expertise from PC gaming, this wireless headset is designed to provide a high definition sound combined with an ergonomic design to maximize comfort. The included base station doubles up as a charging dock and storage unit to keep your Razer Chimaera ready to dominate everyone on Xbox LIVE.
2.4 GHz Wireless Headset for Optimal Range and Freedom
Extra Large 50mm Neodymium Drivers for True to Life Gaming Audio
Up to 12 Hours of Battery Life for Uninterrupted Gaming
- Package Contents
- Razer Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset
- Charging Dock Base Station
- RCA Cable
- 2.5mm to 2.5mm Stereo Cable (for Xbox LIVE® Connection)
- AC Adapter
- 2 x AAA Rechargeable Batteries
- Quick Start Guide
- Master Guide
Top customer reviews
- AAA Rechargable Batteries. It can charge them through the base on which it sits, so I never need to take them out and if they die I can get an industry-standard replacement. Love it! I use Eneloop brand and get several hours of game time, but I'm sure the runtime will vary depending on what batteries you use (duh!).
- Wireless. No more running over the cord with your chair or tripping over it and sending the headset flying. The range is very good too, even going 20' through one wall or ceiling with no trouble. No clicking or hiss as in other headsets.
- Surround Sound. Technically not "real" 5.1 surround, but it does take clear optical audio and make a very decent imitation using Dolby Headphone. I'm not kidding: the room ambiance effect when listening to music made it sound like I was listening to my speakers, not my headset. Very happy with the quality, but I'm sure there are audiophiles that may not agree with me.
- Buttons. Easy to find without looking and the physical click gives you feedback that they registered.
- Mic Quality: Picks-up well and decent clarity for what it is. It's not a pro mic by any stretch, but it's a step up from the "average" PC mic. Xbox live chat worked well. Sensitivity was reasonable since it didn't register when I wasn't speaking even with some low background noise.
- RCA Quality: These jacks don't provide the cleanest sound due to the limitations of the technology. This headset has noticable hiss when using them with the volume turned up to a reasonable level. Zero hiss on optical though.
- No Mic in Optical Mode: This is my biggest beef with Razer. You can't go truly wireless with both mic and audio on PC or LAN chat unless you use the RCA ports. With Xbox online you need to use a cable between the controller and the headset anyway, which is not such a big deal and it can work with optical. But the voice output from the headset being sent via wireless to the base station can only be processed when using RCA. A stupid limitation. See my further notes on this below.
- Tightness. For my average head size, the band is unusually tight which puts pressure on the sides of your head. It loosens over time and takes getting used to. Bigger heads would have trouble.
- Loose Optical Ports: If you use the supplied cord, it fits just fine. But the cords from other online suppliers don't have enough friction to keep them in place when the base is moved.
- Initial Drop Outs: If you have a router nearby and/or a lot of 2.4 ghz interference, the audio may cut in and out for a minute after turning it on before it finds an unused channel - presumably in the cleaner 5 ghz range in my case. It's rock solid after that.
- Possible Quality Issues: I had to RMA my set to Razer after the right-side buttons stopped working 35 days after purchase. The RMA was about a 8 business days there and back, and the replacement has being working fine since.
To Get Optical + Mic On A PC:
Essentially what you need to do is hook up the headset to the computer in the same way you hook up the xbox controller. You'll need a "Turtle Beach PC Chat Adapter Cable" (ironic I know) or something similar. One end is a 2.5mm two channel xbox-controller-style plug (mic + mono audio) that goes into the headset, and the other end splits those channels apart into two 3.5mm ends. The mic plug goes into the mic input on the back of your PC and the other is unused. The TB cable has the nice benefit of a slide mute button on it too. You'll need to fiddle with the mic input level a bit to get the right volume that doesn't distort, but it sounds decent after that. That's the same caution I would give with xbox users - you need to adjust the input level. Is it completely wireless? No, and that stinks, but it is a compromise that works for the 20% of the time that I need a mic in a PC game.
I usually do a good bit or research before I purchase anything, but since I have had many other razer products that I absolutely love. (Naga Epic chroma, Death adder, Black widow chorma). I went against my good judgment because I wanted to go wireless again I decided to trust the brand name and go with these headphones. Big mistake....
- Love the idea of using the base station to hand your headphones and charge them at the same time, to me all wireless headphones should have that implementation. I HATE micro USB charging.
- Kinda pricey for the performance you get, sound is not its strong point
- Designed for youths and not an adult, sizing just feels way to snug almost painful and the ear cup material does not have a good feeling, and makes a strange sound if they move against' you skin and its loud in the ear cup.
- Requires 2 3.5mm jacks to work with a pc ( don't know why i assumed it would be usb as the last 3 headsets i owned were usb)
- Cables supplied have such a lose connection that if there is any movement to the base station it causes connectivity problems, so right of the bat i would go ahead and purchase some decent male 3.5mm cables.
- Uses rechargeable NI-MH batteries (Would Like to see them with LI-ION)
I have used G930, Astro a40s, and (Favorite wired headset) PC-360D headphones by sennheiser which I love, I just hate all the wires I have alot of wired peripherals. I would suggest G930(been replaced by a50s) and Astro a50s (my current set) if your budget allows and your looking for wireless head phones. Both absolutely stomp all over the chimaera.
The microphone is where most of the problems arise. This headset let's you flip up the microphone to mute it but it sometimes doesn't work and there is no audio cue to let you know when it is off. I would try to flip it up to talk to someone next to me just to later find out it was still on and everyone on the other side of the mic heard my whole conversation. There is a button on the left ear that lights up when the mic is muted but you have to take the headset off to see it, at which point you can no longer hear.
The mic boom broke about a year and a half of use. I flipped it up one day and it snapped. I had to tape it in place for it to continue working.
The ear cups were soft for a couple of months but they have long since become less comfortable. About a year after I bought them, one of the ear cups fell out and I had to glue it back on.
The battery life on these long outlast the amount of time most people could probably use them for and I've had no issues with the charging mount.
I give these headphones 3 stars because they still work just the same after a couple of falls and years of use.