Razer has already introduced the full surround sound version of the Tiamat but the Tiamat 2.2 stereo version is well worth a look for a lower costing headset with plenty of features for gamers and computer users.
Ease of Use, Performance: 4/5
Look & Feel: 4/5
How much I enjoy 4/5
Total: 4/5 Stars
PC gaming, occasional smartphone use, to jam out from a tablet or for a quiet evening without disturbing the neighbors are all possible with the Razer Tiamat 2.2 headset. The Razer Tiamat 2.2 comes as a four driver headset for stereo sound along with a three dimensional sound effect due to the two regular drivers and the two subwoofer drivers.
The Razer Tiamat 2.2 comes with the headset with the usual Razer guide and certificate of authenticity in a nice package for all you need in listening enjoyment. The Razer Tiamat 2.2 has two drivers per earpiece with a microphone on the left ear piece and an inline microphone and volume control.
The headset is over the ear with comfortable ear cushions and a padded two headband that works very well and is comfortable even while gaming for a long time. The headset is designed exactly as the Tiamat 7.1 headset that I previously reviewed which was also very comfortable but did have the advantage of full 7.1 surround sound due to five drivers in each ear piece.
The Tiamat 2.2 only uses two drivers per ear piece but you still get a really good 3 dimensional sound due to the design of the ear pieces and driver placement inside. The Tiamat 2.2 does a great job as an all-around headset that uses both the stereo sound of music and a more in depth gaming or computer headset for interactive computer use.
The headset sounds great and even when cranking up the music for a few minutes of enjoyment without worry about bothering others the headset sounds great. I enjoy cranking up the tunes for specific songs and the Tiamat 2.2 is a great sounding headset even at higher volumes that includes the nice bass.
The separate drivers of the Tiamat 2.2 includes some great bass and the four drivers with different positions inside the earpiece give you the best depth of sound. One driver points toward your ear through a light piece of fabric while the second driver in each ear piece points outward into a chamber that has a tube that goes toward each ear.
This chamber with a tube works exactly like a bass subwoofer with its speaker enclosed in a cabinet with a tube to direct the pressure sound wave toward the listener. It looks like the design is a compound or band-pass type subwoofer but I could be wrong about this as I don’t want to delve too far into the ear pieces and risk damage.
The Tiamat 2.2 does have very good bass and is noticeably more pronounced than typical stereo headsets but not really as good as the Tiamat 7.1 I have reviewed. The 7.1 did deliver more directional sound which was noticeable especially when gaming or listening to a movie with a full 7.1 surround sound track.
The more depth and 3 dimensional sound is from the bass driver delivering its sound to the chamber and then to the ear through the tube on each ear piece. This gives each ear its own bass sound for more depth to the music and especially any low frequency sounds like bass.
The Tiamat 2.2 headset does have surround but it does well with comfort as well as sound quality with the cushioning around the ears and the head strap that rests on the head. The head strap and main band above it allow you to have the ear pieces rest comfortably on the head but not with the full weight of the headset.
I really like this design and a few companies have worked headsets into this type of band for resting on the top of the head and Razer now has a couple to offer gamers. The headset does work well and is comfortable but there are a few cons to the headset as well, mainly that it is not a surround sound headset.
The microphone does pull out and push in to hide it when not in use and can be shut off when not in use with the inline controller. The microphone works well and sounds just fine when testing and gaming using software like TeamSpeak and Skype which is a good way to test the devices.
Music and general computer use is fantastic while gaming is great but without surround sound so position of enemies in first person shooters is not as good as it could be. You will not get that telltale crunch of boots from around a corner that you can use to your advantage as a full surround sound effect.
Razer makes no apologies in saying this is not a surround sound headset but it does make a fantastic stereo headset if you’re not all that concerned about getting full surround sound. I have been gaming and using the headset for movies as well as music and have found the Tiamat 2.2 is an excellent headset and very comfortable.
The Razer Tiamat 2.2 costs about $100 which is about half the ocst of the 7.1 version for a good price for a full ear piece headset that has the additional boost to bass. I highly recommend the Razer Tiamat 2.2 headset for stereo enjoyment of gaming, music and computer use at an affordable price.
Tiamat 2.2 @ Razer