85

conclusion:We like it

85

Razer's Tiamat 7.1 headset delivers the best surround sound experience available in any gaming headset. But you may need to upgrade your PC's sound card to take full advantage of them, which could make these $179 headphones an even pricier proposition. Once you've made that commitment, however, be prepared for a fully immersive experience for both gaming and watching movies on your computer. You may never take these off.

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Critic reviews

8.3
14 reviews
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    7.4
  • Sound quality
    8.2
  • Comfort
    9.1
  • Durability
    8.5
  • Design and form factor
    8.3

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User reviews

5.6
7 reviews
9.0
PC World Apr 9, 2012

The audio component works as advertised: the sound is crisp, and in the right games the sense of immersion and space is simply awesome ... but to get best surround sound experience, you're simply going to have to shell out extra cash for a 7.1-surround capable sound card.

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9.0
Wired Apr 28, 2012

What I will unequivocally say is that for those of you with sound cards that do currently support the 7.1 audio standard, this is a gaming headset that I would recommend.

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8.0
PC Mag Apr 18, 2012

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is an excellent-sounding gaming headset with plenty of bass, and while it's pricey for a wired headset, it's one of the best we've seen yet.

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8.0
AnandTech Jun 15, 2012

If you listen to a lot of music, you’re probably not going to be thrilled with the audio fidelity. But if you’re really into gaming, this is one of the more desirable headset options out there, and that's just how Razer wants it.

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10
Kotaku Apr 4, 2012

Some may also balk at the $179.99 price tag. I'd say this is a case of getting what you paid for. Hell, I'm shopping for sound cards now, convinced more hidden audio treasures are waiting to be uncovered by these inexperienced ears.

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8.0
GameSpot Jun 29, 2012

Some people may not see the value in individual drivers compared to the savings a virtual surround setup can provide, but the 7.1 Tiamat sounds great and the individual drivers more effective at reproducing and manipulating a 7.1-enabled soundscape than traditional virtual solutions.

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4.0
CNET AU Apr 10, 2012

These 7.1 surround-sound headphones pack a whopping 10 drivers; five times more than every other set. The aim is to deliver the best directional audio on the market, but it comes at a severe cost of sound quality.

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9.0
Ubergizmo Apr 18, 2012

The Tiamat 7.1 edge goes beyond its audio quality: it’s the industrial design – the whole package ... I’m not convinced that the Tiamat 7.1 can give you that big if an edge when enemies come from behind, but it does make the games more immersive.

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9.0
IGN May 16, 2012

The creation of the Tiamat is an achievement in and of itself, but the overall effectiveness of true 7.1 surround sound is lost when tightly placed inside the small confines of a headset.

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8.0
TechRadar Jun 16, 2012

If there's a downside to the Razer Tiamat 7.1, it's that they cost $179.99. Other than that, any respectable PC gamer will no doubt be happy with this headset.

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10
Hardware Heaven May 22, 2012

Well built and aesthetically pleasing, pair the Razer Tiamat 7.1 with a good quality gaming soundcard and it offers an excellent surround sound experience which enhances gameplay and movies on PC. This headset is especially great for those who love a lot of volume and power to their sound.

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9.0
Gaming Shogun Apr 1, 2012

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is pricey but, if you are looking for the best 7.1 channel gaming experience possible without a desktop speaker system, you simply won’t find better at this time.

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9.0
Gadget Review May 31, 2012

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 Gaming Headset is far from entry-level. It’s not even moderate to mainstream. This units sits at the bleeding edge of uber-enthusiast with a familiar price point, handsome feature set and absolutely canorous performance.

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8.0
Destructoid Apr 25, 2012

I was impressed by what the Tiamat does for immersion, and the fact that Razer managed to fit ten drivers into a single headset is absurd ... If you do have all the stuff you need and either the games or the movies to back the purchase, then the 7.1 set comes with my full recommendation.

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9.0
Miyazakiman Miyazakiman

I upgraded from the Logitec G35 5.1 gaming headset which I have been using for two years. While the G35 is a great headset, the surround is still emulated so I decided to give the Tiamat a try since it uses real drivers to deliver the 7.1 experience. I was very impressed by Razer's presentation...

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1.0
Terin Terin

It's a nice headset with some good mic quality and the sound is good. Thats all that there is positive about the headset the rest is terrible or not worth the price tag. The comfort of it is there but you have to shift it around after a few hours of gaming nothing game breaking yet. However is...

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5.0
taoybb taoybb

Design is awesome! And comfortable! And yeah....it's a true 7.1CH headphone XD . Surround Sound is great The bad is Sound Quality is very poor. With this price it should be better than this. Sound is very turbid not much clear. Bad for watch movie , Very bad for music. This headphone is just a...

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6.0
Beforedawn Beforedawn

The build quality of these headphones are amazing if only the microphone matched... the mic which is claimed to be of high quality sounds like your yelling at a desk mic from across the room... and even then its the quietest mic ive ever heard even after maxing boost. There is also constant noise...

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7.0
LiiNhh LiiNhh

The headphone is very comfortable and durable, its separation with speakers are amazing and worth it though the mic itself was a major let down, the extension for the mic are weak and could be broken very easily and unfortunately did. The mic quality alone is very unbearable, many players could...

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10
Dazerath Dazerath

Great set of cans, Mic could be louder and better quality but the build quality is amazing, they are comfortable and they look great!. I regularly fall asleep with these babies on and wake up and I'm crushing them with my 6ft4 115kg body and they just bounce back. I seriously think you need a...

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