Why is pinpoint positional surround sound important for gaming?

Audio is a crucial factor for getting total immersion and enjoyment in the games you play. It is also absolutely necessary for giving you the competitive advantage, as you’ll know how to react when you can hear exactly where flashpoints, enemies, and allies are located all around you.

For instance, you’ll be able to tell where enemy positions are located from their gunfire, or where allies are in need of support from their cries for a medic, or even stop an enemy from creeping up behind you for the backstab when you can hear his footsteps crunching on the leaves underfoot. You can’t know those things just from seeing the game. You need to hear it too.

What does true 7.1 surround sound mean?

True surround sound is achieved when a sound system or headphones has an individual discrete/physical driver for each audio channel to give you a surround soundstage that’s produced literally around your head. This differs from virtual surround sound which only has 2 drivers max and uses sound processing technology like Dolby Headphone to reproduce a sensation of surround sound.

How many drivers are in the Razer Tiamat headsets?

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is a true surround sound headset because it uses 5 drivers in each ear cup, a total of 10, to represent the 7 full range audio channels and 1 low frequency bass channel.

The Razer Tiamat 2.2 is a stereo headset with double the bass power from 2 bass additional drivers tuned specifically for bass over the 2 stereo audio drivers to deliver powerful stereo sound. The Razer Tiamat 2.2 is not a surround sound headset.

What type of drivers are in the Razer Tiamat headsets?

Razer Tiamat 7.1 (per ear cup)
1 full range 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and a Titanium coated diaphragm for bass
2 full range 30mm drivers with neodymium magnets for front and center
2 full range 20mm drivers with neodymium magnets for side and rear surround

Razer Tiamat 2.2
4 full range 40mm drivers with neodymium magnets and a Titanium coated diaphragm

Do the Razer Tiamat headsets have a microphone?

Yes, both the 7.1 and 2.2 Razer Tiamat headsets have a fully retractable unidirectional boom microphone attached to the left ear cup.

Are the Razer Tiamat headsets analog or digital?

The Razer Tiamat headsets are analog, connecting to a sound source via a standard 3.5mm jack. To get the best 7.1 surround sound experience with your Razer Tiamat 7.1, please ensure to have a 7.1 surround sound card installed in your system. There are 5x 3.5mm jacks extending from the Razer Tiamat 7.1 for the following channels: Front (green), center&subwoofer (orange), side surround (gray), rear surround (black), and microphone (pink).

The Razer Tiamat 2.2 uses 2x 3.5mm jacks that connect to the standard audio port (green) and microphone (pink).

What kind of adjustments can I make with the control unit of the Razer Tiamat 7.1?

Below is a list of features that are configurable with the included Razer Tiamat 7.1 audio control unit:
  1. Control the volume of each audio channel, as well as the master volume
  2. Toggle between 7.1 true surround sound or 2.0 stereo (for when not gaming)
  3. You can simultaneously connect your desktop speaker system to the audio control unit, alongside your Razer Tiamat 7.1. Then you can toggle between using your Razer Tiamat 7.1 or desktop speaker system with a single button press, ensuring you have the right audio setup for all your entertainment needs.

Do I need a sound card to use the Razer Tiamat headsets?

It is advised that you should have a 7.1 surround sound card installed in your system so you can experience the full true surround sound force the Razer Tiamat 7.1 has to offer.

Please click here to view a list of sound cards that are compatible with the Razer Tiamat 7.1. Note that if your surround sound card only offers 5.1 surround sound, your Razer Tiamat 7.1 will only produce 5.1 surround sound (no rear surround channel). If you do not own a dedicated surround sound card in your system, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 will only work in stereo mode.

No sound card is required to use the Razer Tiamat 2.2.

What is the difference between 5.1 and 7.1 surround sound?

5.1 surround sound consists of a center, left, right, side left surround, side right surround and the subwoofer channel.

7.1 surround sound consists of center, left, right, side left surround, side right surround, surround back left, surround back right, and the subwoofer channel.

So essentially, the more audio channels there are in your surround sound setup, the more “complete” and immersive the soundstage.

Does the Razer Tiamat headsets work on the Xbox 360 or PS3?

The Razer Tiamat headsets were designed for the PC. For a surround sound headset for the Xbox 360 check out the Razer Chimaera 5.1 here.

Can I use my MP3/audio player with the Razer Tiamat headsets?

Yes. Any audio source that uses a standard 3.5mm jack will deliver audio through the Razer Tiamat headsets.

What kind of ear cushions do the Razer Tiamat headsets use?

The Razer Tiamat headsets are designed with circumaural leatherette ear cushions for maximum comfort over extended wear, thanks to its memory foam that conform perfectly to your ears for a snug fit.

How can I remove the ear cup cover on the Razer Tiamat 7.1?

The opaque ear cup covers on the Razer Tiamat 7.1 are magnetic, so they are easily attachable or detachable. By removing them, it reveals through the transparent housing beneath, the precision circuitry and 5 audio drivers positioned within each ear cup.

What are the feature differences between the Razer Tiamat 7.1 and the Razer Tiamat 2.2?

Check out the table here for a detailed breakdown of the features in both these badass headsets.

I can hear a slight buzzing or hissing sound through my Razer Tiamat 7.1 when not playing any audio, how can I solve this?

The buzzing sound you are hearing is caused by the USB connection within computer systems that have a grounding issue and not due to the Razer Tiamat headset. Some USB ports will cause this so we recommend switching the USB cable to a different USB port on your rig. If all your USB ports show the same buzzing sound, you may need to purchase an AC to USB converter (sold separately). On laptops the buzzing sound may be slightly louder because of the way the USB ports are connected internally.

Please note, If you turn up the volume of the Razer Tiamat 7.1 to higher levels and have no audio playing you may still hear some hissing. Unless it is abnormally loud and still audible when audio is played through the headset, this would be considered normal and you will notice this sound when using any high quality analog headset that is capable of reproducing these higher frequencies.

How can I reduce the background noise picked up by the microphone?

The Razer Tiamat's microphone is designed for maximum audio clarity. If you wish to reduce the background noise received by the microphone, you need to activate the noise suppression option found under Windows Audio Settings. Please also make sure that the Mic Boost in your Microphone Properties under Levels is adjusted to an acceptable level.

How do I make the Subwoofers work in my headset? I have no bass response!

By default Windows has the Subwoofer channels disabled. Here are a few Windows settings we would like you to check and change to give you a better audio experience. By default Windows dose not send any signal to the sub channels.

To enable this we would like you to go to your Sound settings in the Control Panel and right click on your audio out-put device and click configure. Make sure to select 7.1 in each menu and click next and finished at the end.
Next right click your audio out-put device and go to Properties and click on the Enhancements tab. Now put the check mark in the box that says Bass Boost, then click Apply and OK. You should see a dramatic change in how your headset handles bass.

Please note this only applies to the default windows sound driver. If you have an aftermarket high end sound card please consult the manual or manufacturer on how to enable this feature.