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This review is from: Razer Tiamat 7.1 Surround Sound Over Ear PC Gaming Headset
Pros: Positional Audio is really good (paired with a good card)
External Volume controls
Cons: Tinny audio
Not much Bass from the Woofer
Cushion isn't soft enough
Other Thoughts: I paired this with two different sound cards and also my built in sound card. Without violating the review guidelines all i can say is that they were not all the same brands. The sound was very tinny (think "echo effect") not much punch to the bass on the headset. I tried my best to use it, and though the sound wasn't the clearest, the positional audio was superb. I attempted to configure it in different ways with the sound software and i got it to be bearable, but not good. The headphone cups are very closed, and not so soft. After an hour or two my ears were hot, and hurt a bit after a couple of days of using them. This is a good headset for 7.1 audio, but not a good gamer headset in my opinion. Its pretty, and my daughter commented that it "looked cool", so its got that going for it. For the price, I was not satisfied This is an entry range device at a mid-level price. Not Newegg's fault, but Razer dropped the ball on this one.READ FULL REVIEW
This review is from: ASUS Xonar DS 7.1 Channels 24-bit 192KHz PCI Interface Audio Card
Pros: 7.1 Surround sound
Cons: Drivers are outdated(2011), dont work correctly.
"Optical Port" (also houses headphone jack)
Built in surround software is not that great.
Other Thoughts: I Paired this card with two different headphones, and also my surround speakers. here are my thoughts:
Sennheiser PC360: Decent sound, not any better than my built in sound card though. Virtual surround was OK, but didn't work well with front and rear noises.
Razer Tiamet 7.1 Surround Sound Headphones: The surround sound was amazing, all the sounds were positioned correctly, but the sound going to the headphones was very tinny, I think it may have been the headset as the other headphones sounded much better.
This device is good for speakers, powered speakers. Its really terrible for headphones as far as i can tell. It needs an AMP. If you wanted this for headphones, maybe go for something else instead. Much better sound with an amp. As far as the drivers go I was very upset when i saw the last thing on asus's changelog was "3. Fix compatibility issue with "Call of duty:world at war". Im very disappointed that this is still for sale when the drivers are that old.