Razer Surround Audio Software Injects 7.1 Virtual Sound Into Ordinary Stereo Headsets

Paul Lilly

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Bummed that your headset doesn't support 7.1 surround sound? Cut your cans a break, perhaps there's unlocked potential within those drivers just waiting for somebody to tap into. With the help of Razer , you can do just that by adding a new dimension of sound. Specifically, Razer has developed a new audio engine that it claims will add 7.1 virtual surround sound support to any stereo headset, even earphones.

It's called "Razer Surround" and what it does is allow you to calibrate your own personal surround sound settings through a series of listening tests. In doing so, Razer says you can expect far superior positional audio over traditional virtual solutions, resulting in a 3D audio experience from a set of headphones born into this world as a simple stereo headset.

Razer Surround will be available as a complementary add-on integrated within Razer's Synapse 2.0 application, storing your custom settings in the cloud. Razer also said it's waiving its $20 price for the download through December 2013 so that people who sign up by then will get a free copy of the program. During that time, users will have the option of making a donation of any amount to Child's Play after the download begins.

Starting January 1, 2014, the price will hike back up to $20.

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