Review: The Razer Tiamat 7.1 looks and feels great, but the sound falls short

Last Updated July 13th, 2021

the Razer Tiamat 7.1 is in a unique class of surround sound headsets, as it is one of few to actually have 10 built-in drivers. Many headsets advertised as surround sound often use software virtualization to simulate surround sound rather than actually having multiple drivers in each side. With the Tiamat 7.1, Razer has managed to fit five speakers into each side of the headset to create a true 7.1 positional surround experience. This is an impressive feat of engineering — but such an approach does have some drawbacks.

Appearance

The Tiamat 7.1 is a visual triumph that does not fail to impress. As is often the case with products from Razer, even the packaging is  impressive. The headset itself features a nice backlit Razer logo while the control unit has backlit buttons so that you can game through the wee hours of the night.

In addition, the Tiamat 7.1 features see-through windows on the ear pieces that allows users to see the individual drivers that power the headset. If that is too ostentatious for you however, there are optional plastic covers that you can use to hide the side window. As for the microphone, it can be tucked away so that it does get in the way when you don’t need it.

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One gripe that I have about the Tiamat’s aesthetics is that the channel volume selector dial on the control unit is not backlit while other parts of it are. So if you need to adjust the volume on a particular channel while gaming in the dark, you may need to fumble around a bit with the dial.

Comfort

The Tiamat 7.1 is one of the most comfortable headsets that I’ve ever used thanks to the ample ear cushions, which are both firm and supple. Even after hours of extended use, they remain comfortable, even when worn along with prescription glasses. Also, the Tiamat 7.1 features an elastic inner wrap-around headband that manages to keep rubbing and chaffing to a minimum.

How it sounds

So the Tiamat 7.1 has both aesthetics and comfort on its side, but how does it sound? Unfortunately it falls a bit short in this most important category. In order to fit 5 speakers into each side, the drivers are quite small and are not as high quality as those found in virtual 7.1 headsets. The audio quality just isn’t that good and is noticeably lacking in bass. Another issue is that the Tiamat requires a sound card that is capable of outputting 7.1 analog audio, which limits your sound card options quite a bit.

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For surround sound gaming, the Tiamat 7.1 is decent enough – though just barely. As an all-purpose headset for music, movies, and gaming though, it is not ideal. I frequently found myself switching to a pair of studio headphones whenever I wanted to listen to music or watch movies. As for the microphone, it is fine for voice communications but don’t expect to record an album with it.

Sturdiness

One stigma that is commonly associated with Razer products is a reputation for low build quality and durability. With my Tiamat 7.1, I have already had one replaced under warranty as the center speaker on the left side died. Thankfully the warranty replacement process is fairly quick and painless, though it was still a hassle. Other than a driver breaking however, I have not had any major issues.

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My View

Here are the criteria I consider most important for judging the Razer Tiamat 7.1:

#1 Appearance — 9/10

The Razer Tiamat 7.1 is a visually stunning headset and one of the best I’ve seen in recent years. From the packaging to the device itself, Razer clearly put a high priority on its presentation.

#2 Comfort — 8/10

One of the more comfortable headsets that I’ve used, thanks to the ample cushioning.

#3 Sound — 7/10

Having 10 drivers in one headset is an interesting idea that unfortunately doesn’t translate into great sound in the Tiamat 7.1.

#4 Build Quality — 6/10

Build quality is about average overall, though I did have to RMA my first headset for a malfunctioning center driver. Looking at customer reviews reveals not everyone has the same problems as I did, but quality concerns do seem to pop up frequently.

Overall: 7.5/10

With the Tiamat 7.1 Razer went all-in to produce a true surround-sound headset. It looks and feels great, but the sound that should be its biggest sellest point ends up falling a little short.

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