Music is such an important part of the video game universe these days and equally important is having the right equipment to hear this music with. Games such as Amnesia rely so heavily on music and sound effects that if you aren’t playing with either a good pair of speakers of headphones you’re missing out on the unified experience.
So that’s where Razer have tried to step in; since 1998 Razer have been making bespoke professional gaming peripherals which have helped pull gaming into the spotlight and away from the simple hobby it used to be. People will now spend hundreds of dollars on mice, keyboards and controllers which they feel are best for their skill level. This is no different to other pursuits such as sports or arts – people usually prefer to purchase bespoke equipment for their passion.
So Razer have released the Tiamat 2.2 and sent it to us at The Gadget Corner offices, we’re always happy to check out new products and try to report as honestly and truthfully as possible. This isn’t Razers first time in the headset fight though, they have released several intricately named headsets in the past such as the Chimaera, The Orca, The Kraken and even a set of small uni-directional speakers called the Ferox so the Tiamat 2.2 must be the pinnacle of Razers audio technology right? Well, almost…
The Techy Bit:
Optimized positional audio for immersive gameplay
Dual bass drivers for deep, thumping bass
Comfortable, snug fit for extended play
Precise, noise-filtering unidirectional mic
Slim, easy-to-use inline remote
Replaceable soft-touch leatherette ear cushions
Braided fibre cable
Drivers: 4 x 40mm Neodymium Magnets with Titanium Coated Diaphragm
Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000Hz
Sensitivity @ 1kHz : 109 ± 3dB
Input Power: 60mW
Frequency Response: 50 – 16,000 Hz
Sensitivity @1kHz: -36 dB ± 2dB
Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
Pick-up Pattern: Unidirectional
In-Line Volume Control
Microphone Mute Switch
“Built to last…”
There’s no denying a Razer product, the solidly built headset weighs enough that it feels nice and sturdy without feeling heavy and only weighing roughly three quarters of a pound it’s not going to cause any undue strain – indeed, after playing a game recently for a solid 12 hours there was very little discomfort from my wearing the Tiamt 2.2 during that time. The ear cups themselves are nicely padded with cushioned leather and the speakers subtly hide a full bass system inside each headphone. The head strap, emblazoned with Razers name, is non adjustable but it’s a unique design of strap which adjusts to the users head allowing for an almost ‘one size fits all’ approach (this was tested on someone in the office with a large head and a small head for consistency)
Wires play a surprisingly important role in my life and a good wire can mean the difference between a comfortable experience and being surrounded by meters of plastic spaghetti. The Tiamat 2.2 offers up to ten feet of braided nylon cord (similar to the Razer DeathAdder we looked at a while ago) meaning that you have plenty of cable to play with despite potentially awkward positioning of your rig.
“Does it go up to 11?”
It doesn’t matter how comfortable a car is, if it’s on bricks, you’ll never be able to enjoy it as it was made to be enjoyed and that awful analogy leads me nicely onto the Tiamats sound quality.
Overall, the sound quality is great – the sound is clear and there is enough bass to make the differentiation between a standard gaming headset and a surround sound experience. My concerns with the Tiamat only focus on overcompensation…
The leather cushioned earcups make it so that whilst the experience is probably the most comfortable I’ve encountered with any gaming headset – they didn’t cancel out all of the surrounding sounds from the office – I was still able to hear people commenting on my terrible gaming performance despite having loud sounds and music playing in my ears. There are also a couple of occasions where I felt the bass in the earcups was too loud – the ability to turn the bass down/off would have improved certain gaming moments/cutscenes.
“Can you hear me now?”
The second key factor in this product almost went unnoticed by this eagle eyed reporter. The microphone on the Tiamat 2.2 is stealthily hidden inside one of the earcups. Sliding out from the earcup, the adjustable mic offered crystal quality and was seriously a shining point on the Tiamats performance list.
There’s a lot of love for Razer in the gaming industry, and with good reason – they make exceptional products, are genuinely passionate people and love their work – unfortunately with the Tiamat 2.2, I find it hard to see it as a ‘happily ever after’ headset. It’s an intermediary stepping stone from the regular headset you currently have and a more expensive headset – as a starter headset even, the Tiamat is a fine weapon of choice, weighing in at roughly the $99 mark it’s not cheap but it is a quality product.