Looking back on the sleepless nights I spent during my youth playing Diablo, I don’t remember the spotty graphics, but how my heart would start to race when I heard the goatmen in the dark catacombs. The clamor of an undetected blade or a sudden ominous harmony can make anyone’s palms start to sweat no matter how good you are with keystrokes. With the much needed advancements of graphics in PC games, also comes a stellar surround sound audio upgrade. Until now, there wasn’t really anything that was eye catching with a fair price tag until word started circulating about Razer’s Tiamat 7.1.

Touted as the world’s first circumaural gaming headset packed with 10 individual drivers, this sleek pair of headphones provide an impressive surround sound quality despite the confined space of an earpiece designers had to work with. At first I was wary that the individual drivers would end up emitting an inaudible excess of noise, but was surprised with a spot on surround sound. The sound quality is similar to a small room being hooked up with all of the bells and whistles you can get for home audio. That being said, the earphones only work wonders with a 7.1 surround sound card. If you’re thinking of putting the headphones up against an earlier model, you will only hear what your sound card can process.

Razer’s attention to detail (see: glowing logo and exposed drivers on both sides) and design which fits all sizes comfortably is great for extended game play. Seriously, you won’t believe how comfortable they are. The retractable microphone is a great touch, but can at times sound tinny to other players.

Although the quality of surround sound is definitely the most impressive thing about this headset, the attached volume control unit is remarkable. Consisting of a volume knob, a volume toggle switch and three buttons (mute, toggle between speakers and headset and switching between 7.1 and 2.0 output modes) the unit gives users the freedom to produce their perfect audio set-up, not to mention it’s great to have all of those adjustments on hand, especially swapping from headset to speakers.

All in all, for $179 these headphones are worth the price if you either already have a 7.1- surround capable soundcard, or are looking to upgrade. Sure, there were a few USB grounding issues and questionable microphone feedback, but these sort of issues are all stagnant to one person. As a whole, the Tiamat 7.1 headphones exceeded all expectations I had for them. Even the box they came in was impressive!

Since the demand for a pair of the Tiamat 7.1’s is extraordinary, be sure to sign up to have them notify you when they are back in stock on their store here: Razer Store