Audio enhances interactive entertainment, from televisions shows and movies to video games. In fact, gaming stresses aural feedback a lot — poor sound effects and music are detrimental to the experience, and entire video games, such as Rock Band, are built around sound. Some companies, such as Razer, design headsets meant to augment your play time. Does their latest product, the Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2, meet today’s standards?

RAZER TIAMAT 7.1 V2 REVIEW

The original Razer Tiamat Elite 7.1 was released back in 2012. According to recent reviews, the directional audio it exhibited was superb, but it was let down by the poor overall sound quality.

Razer Tiamat 7.1

Razer Tiamat 7.1

Likewise, Razer’s newest contribution promises to provide detailed audio that will transplant you into the game world. Do you wish you could detect where your foes are shooting from? If you want to “jump on your enemies with pinpoint positional accuracy,” then this headset could provide you the edge to do so. The V2 hopes to achieve this thanks to its internal components: “10 discrete drivers – 5 in each ear cup.”

Sadly, according to CNET’s report, the V2’s other components – ” a 40mm subwoofer, 30mm front and center drivers and 20mm rear and side surround drivers” – are identical to the previous iteration, meaning the overall sound quality likely won’t receive much of an upgrade.

Razer strived to produce a headset that’s easy to wear, from the leatherette cushions that nestle on each ear to how the weight is distributed in an appreciable manner. Furthermore, if you’re not a fan of the green glow emitting from the V2, Razer Chroma allows you to customize it. There are no less than 16.8 million colors, with some preset options available as well.

Additionally, an easy to move mic rests from the device, which will be handy when you need voice chat to work with your teammates.

Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 Audio Control Until

Razer Tiamat 7.1 V2 Audio Control Until

Plus, the V2’s Audio Control Until was given a tweaking. While Razer’s Chroma also allows the tool to bask in a colorful glow, the mechanism can alter each channel’s volume and it can allow you to swiftly shift between stereo audio or 7.1 surround sound.

The Razer Tiamat Elite 7.1 V2 was announced on July 25, but they’re already available to purchase. They cost $199.99, which is the same price the first version of the Tiamat 7.1 sold for.