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Razer Tiamat Over Ear 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset
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  • Owned For: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggs Needs More Refinement in Product on Design, Less Emphasis on Packaging 08/10/2012

This review is from: Razer Tiamat Over Ear 7.1 Surround Sound PC Gaming Headset

Pros: - Pretty Comfortable
- Nice Controls (7.1 on/off, volume, external speaker switching, individual channel volume)
- Noticeable separation of surround channels
-10 Drivers, Ermagherd!

Cons: - Requires extensive tuning/customization of surround channel volume levels and EQ settings to get this thing to sound acceptable. Then in my mind it still lacks tonal quality.
-In 7.1 mode, Bass/Sub driver presence was not there. Had to boost the heck out of low range frequencies in the EQ.
-Noise from USB was bleeding into the sound (hiss). This has been remedied by other customers via an external USB power converter, but this should NOT happen out of the box. Razer needs to design better filter/isolation in their circuitry.
-Overall Tonal quality is lacking. I am gravitating towards audiophile headphones + simulated surround (i.e., Astro A40).

Other Thoughts: Used the Tiamat 7.1 with the HT Omega Claro II, which is a very respectable high-end card with 7.1 analog output.

This is my first rodeo with exploring surround headphones. I initially thought that individual drivers would provide the best surround (as opposed to 2-channel with simulated surround), and the Tiamat 7.1 proved my theory wrong.

I noticed that out of the box, Movies and games sounded like I was in a bathroom. Mid range was blowing me out of the water! This was probably because the surround channels had too much presence in the overall sound picture. Dialing down the surround volume level helped alot.

Bought a pair of Astro A40s with the mix amp just a week before this with the intention of keeping one of the two. I RMA'd the Tiamat 7.1, so you know how that turned out. I would go with Astro the A40s 99 times out of 100.

Oh and lastly, this product is great for those who get off on doing unboxings, which was apparently the focus of development/design.

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ASUS P8H67-I DELUXE (REV 3.0) LGA 1155 Intel H67 HDMI SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 Mini ITX Intel Motherboard
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: UEFI Bios - Asus is way ahead of the game on this one
Stable - I've had no major problems with this board. If anything, I'd attribute any weakness to a lack of attention to some much needed H67 chipset video driver improvements (Intel)

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: For my purposes, the feature set (such as integrated Wifi) is way beyond my requirements. Asus makes a few models in between that were not offered on Newegg at the time. Went ahead and bit the bullet, and no regrets!

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Mushkin Enhanced Callisto Deluxe MKNSSDCL60GB-DX 2.5
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  • Owned For: 1 month to 1 year

Pros: - Speed. I am very impressed by the sheer speed of OS boot time (but not surprised, this is the REAL deal here)
- Reputation. I am a huge fan of Mushkin and their support availability, and will continue to buy from them given the opportunity.

Cons: None for this specific unit

Other Thoughts: I would like to understand more about limitations and any reliability issues of SSDs. I am making monthly ghost images of my operating system, which is nothing different than what I do for conventional mechanical drives.

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Curtis V.'s Profile

Display Name: Curtis V.

Date Joined: 10/13/05

  • Reviews: 7
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  • First Review: 12/28/09
  • Last Review: 08/10/12
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