Razer Tiamat 7.1

 

Razer has left gaming fans high and dry waiting for the mind-blowing Tiamat 7.1 gaming headphones. Touted to be the first true 7.1 surround sound gaming headset, Razer’s Tiamat 7.1 is all set to add a new dimension to gaming. However, not everything seems to be going well for gamers who had been waiting eagerly for this acoustics masterpiece from Razer. The company had set pulses racing earlier, when they announced that it would be launched in late 2011. However, Razer later shifted the Tiamat 7.1′s launch date to the end of January and then again to February. As if the delays weren’t enough, the first wave of the Tiamat 7.1 units was sold out within half an hour of being launched on February 29. Now, that has left some ruffled feathers among gamers who couldn’t get their hands on this cool piece of acoustic technology. So what is it about the Razer Tiamat 7.1 that is driving gamers crazy waiting for this headset? What makes the Razer Tiamat 7.1 different from other gaming headsets that gamers are frothing at the mouth to get a piece of the action? Let’s take a look.

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Razer Tiamat 7.1: The New Dimension in Gaming Headsets

Frankly speaking, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 has gut punched just about every other gaming headset available in the market today with the world’s first circumaural gaming headset. Powered by 10 individual drivers, with five in each ear cup, the Tiamat 7.1 will pound your ears with lifelike positional sound from virtually every direction. Such powerful positional audio will provide gamers with the ultimate tactical advantage, allowing you to hear enemy footsteps creeping up behind your back and even pin point enemy locations even amidst gunfire with mind blowing precision. Gaming is never going to be the same again with the Tiamat 7.1. Let us take a look at the Tiamat 7.1′s key features -

True 7.1 Surround Sound – The Tiamat 7.1 packs a powerful punch with 10 individual drivers, which provide lifelike positional audio, producing crystal clear, immersive surround sound. Each cup contains five drivers, one for the center, one for the sides (left/right), one for the surround sound (left/right), one for the surround back (left/right) and one for the subwoofer. These drivers work together to produce highly precise positional surround sound so that you can anticipate each move your enemy makes, turning you into the ultimate predator.

Full Audio Customization – The audio control unit supplied with the Tiamat 7.1 allows for comprehensive and precise audio customization. You can easily fine tune volume levels of each audio channel, bass depth and audio positioning to your preferences for the most intense gaming experience. You can also toggle between the 2.0 stereo mode, the 7.1 surround sound mode and even external speakers with the audio control unit.

Maximum Durability Maximum Comfort – The sturdy construction of the Razer Tiamat 7.1 ensures an extended headset life, while the cushioned leatherette ear cups make sure that your ears are all comfy during all those extended gaming sessions.

Retractable Noise Filtering Unidirectional Mic – The Razer Tiamat 7.1 features a retractable noise filtering unidirectional microphone to ensure that you are heard with complete clarity when you speak. When not being used, the retractable mic stores away quickly and easily.

Drooling already? Well, you will have to wait for your turn when Razer resumes shipping the Tiamat 7.1 in mid-March – more on that later. Till then, satisfy yourself with the Tiamat 7.1′s tech specs in the next section.

 

Razer Tiamat 7.1: Tech Specs

Here’s a look at the technical specifications of the Razer Tiamat 7.1 gaming headset -

Headphones

The headset features 10 discrete neodymium drivers -

Sub-woofer:

Number of Drivers: 2

Driver Specs: 40mm Neodymium Magnets along with Titanium Coated Diaphragm

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 16Ω

Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 116 dB ± 3dB

Front:

Number of Drivers: 2

Driver Specs: 30mm Neodymium Magnets

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ω

Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 123dB ± 3dB

Rear:

Number of Drivers: 2

Driver Specs: 20mm Neodymium Magnets

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ω

Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 120dB ± 3dB

Center:

Number of Drivers: 2

Driver Specs: 30mm Neodymium Magnets

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ω

Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 123dB ± 3dB

Side:

Number of Drivers: 2

Driver Specs: 20mm Neodymium Magnets

Frequency Response: 20Hz to 20,000 Hz

Impedance: 32 Ω

Sensitivity at 1 kHz: 120dB ± 3dB

Volume Control Unit

The volume control unit has the following features -

Volume Control: Master volume, sub-woofer speakers, front speakers, side speakers, center speakers, rear speakers, audio mute, microphone volume, microphone mute, 2.0 stereo/7.1 surround sound mode toggle and headset/speaker toggle.

Audio In/Audio Out: Micro USB
Cable: braided fiber sheath, 3 meters

Microphone

The microphone on the Razer Tiamat 7.1 has the following technical specifications -

  • Frequency Response: 50 to 16,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity at 1 kHz: -36 dB ± 2dB
  • Pick-up Pattern: Unidirectional
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB

 

Razer Tiamat 7.1: How and When Can You Get Your Hands On One

Now that you know why gamers are going all crazy about the Razer Tiamat 7.1, let us get to the most important part – how do you get your hands on one? Well, this is what Razer has to say about the availability of the Razer Tiamat 7.1 -

“The demand for the Razer Tiamat 7.1 has depleted our first wave of units. Rest assured that we’re working hard to meet the demand and get them back in stock by mid-March. We appreciate your continued support and interest in the Razer Tiamat 7.1. (Source – Razer)”

That being said, the only thing you could possibly do right now to get your hands on the Razer Tiamat 7.1 is click on the “Notify me” button on the Razer Tiamat 7.1′s web page. Once you have clicked on the “Notify me” button and filled up the necessary information, Razer will notify you about the availability of the Tiamat 7.1 whenever stocks are replenished. Priced at $179.99 this eardrum pounding gaming headset will be well worth the wait.

Now PRAY, so that you don’t miss out the next time the Razer Tiamat 7.1 is in stock!

 

Razer Tiamat 7.1 at GamesCom

Below is a video posted by Nvidia at the Razer booth at GamesCom 2011 showing off the Razer Tiamat: