told back at CES that Razer's Chimaera 5.1 would soon be on sale, and sure enough, the company's keeping its word with today's launch. As of... oh, right about five minutes ago, the wireless Xbox 360 headset has been listed for pre-order, with $199.99 (or €199.99 in Europe) netting you a 5.1 channel Dolby surround sound headphone, 5.8GHz wireless technology, a docking base station (up to four are supported), adjustable circumaural ear cups, independent audio and microphone controls on the ear cups and a flexible microphone boom and detachable Xbox Live communication cable. We're told that they'll keep up the good fight for eight hours on a full charge, which should be plenty for even the hardest of hardcore single-session freaks. Word on the street has these shipping in April, but there's no time like the present to commit.
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Razer's Chimaera 5.1 wireless Xbox 360 surround sound headset
Razer™ Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset Roars To Life In Surround Sound
Tuesday, 22 February 2011
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
RAZER CHIMAERA WIRELESS GAMING HEADSET ROARS TO LIFE IN SURROUND SOUND
Razer Brings Wireless 5.1 Surround Sound to Xbox Gaming
Carlsbad, Calif. - February 22, 2011 - Boom. That's the sound of gamers being blown away as Razer, the world's leading high-end precision gaming brand unleashes their wireless Razer Chimaera 5.1 Surround Sound and Razer Chimaera Stereo Gaming Headsets for Xbox 360®. Be it the explosions and gunfire in Halo, the high octane release of nitro in Need for Speed, or grooving beats on DJ Hero, the Razer Chimaera kicks Xbox gaming immersion into overdrive.
"Putting on this headset may cause serious jaw-dropping aural intensity," said Robert "RazerGuy" Krakoff, President Razer USA. "With the Razer Chimaera 5.1, we're giving every gamer the opportunity to experience surround sound in complete wireless freedom. We drew from our expertise in PC gaming audio and worked with Dolby® to develop a headset that lets you hear everything with absolute clarity to pinpoint enemy locations, prevent backstabs, and just take your gaming enjoyment further. I recommend using it with the Razer Onza controller for serious Xbox ownage."
Both 5.1 and Stereo editions of the Razer Chimaera are wireless so you can hear the destruction of your opponents anywhere, be it on the couch or on the way to the fridge to get a refreshment. With up to 8 hours battery life on the 5.1 edition and 12 on the Stereo edition, as well as extra large circumaural ear cups, your Xbox gaming marathons just got longer, without worry and in maximum comfort. When it's time to charge, just hang the headset onto the base station that doubles as the audio processing unit, letting you customize the game audio to your absolute satisfaction.
You and three teammates can also locally connect 4 Razer base stations for a crystal clear, lag-free, and dedicated voice channel for laughing together at the opposing team as you crush them mercilessly.
And as the icing on the cake, both editions of the Razer Chimaera are PC compatible, so you can have just as much audio fun on the PC as you will on the Xbox.
About the Razer Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset for Xbox 360
The Razer Chimaera 5.1 gives discerning gamers a tournament-grade surround sound audio solution for the most immersive and competitive Xbox gaming edge. With massive 50mm speakers in each sound-isolating ear cup, interference-free wireless up to 8 hours, flexible boom mic and a base station with audio processing and local team-communication capabilities, your perfect Xbox gaming experience is now complete.
Price: US $199.99 / EU €199.99
Razerzone.com – April 2011
Worldwide – April 2011
* 5.1 Channel Dolby® surround sound
* 5.8 GHz interference-free wireless headset (up to 33ft / 10m receiving range)
* Docking base station for audio processing, recharging and advanced controls
* Connect up to 4 base stations for dedicated lag-free team communications
* Adjustable circumaural ear cups for optimal sound isolation and comfort
* Independent audio and microphone controls on the ear cups
* Flexible microphone boom and detachable Xbox LIVE communication cable
* Up to 8 hours rechargeable battery life
* Digital optical connection for superior sound quality
* PC compatible*
*RCA to 3.5mm cable required and sold separately
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