Razer just gut punched every 5.1 gaming headset on the market by launching what it claims is the world's first discrete 7.1 surround sound headphone. It's called the Razer Tiamat, and it packs a total of 10 drivers -- five in each hear -- to pound your eardrums with positional sound from nearly every direction. Sound like overkill? Razer also released a 2.2 stereo version of the Tiamat with a total of four discrete drivers, two of which focus entirely on bass.
"The Razer Tiamat headset range is the pride of our audio engineering, the world’s first 10 driver headset, built to deliver the most powerful, clear and accurately produced positional audio gamers will ever need for the competitive edge," said Robert Krakoff, President, Razer USA. "Surprise the enemy trying to creep up for a stealth kill, when you can hear their footsteps loud and clear behind you."
The 7.1 version swirls your noggin with noise from two center channels, two left and right channels, and two surround back left and right channels, plus a subwoofer. Razer's control unit lets you fine tune the audio for each individual driver, as well as toggle between 7.1 surround and 2.0 stereo modes.
Also included are leatherette ear cushions Razer promises will keep your ears comfy during extended gaming sessions, and a noise canceling microphone.
Both the 7.1 ($180) and 2.2 ($100) will ship in the fourth quarter of this year.