Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset

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Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset

Adjustable circumaural ear cups for optimal sound isolation and comfort
Flexible microphone boom and detachable Xbox LIVE® communication cable
Rechargeable batteries for extended gaming sessions of up to 8 hours
Digital optical connection for superior sound quality
Docking base station for audio processing, recharging and advanced controls
Independent volume and microphone sensitivity controls on the ear cups
PC compatible** 3.5mm RCA cable required and sold separately

First Impression:
Very easy to set up. I used the optical cable connection so I could benefit from the full 5.1 experience. Make sure you have the HDMI audio adapter dongle if you plan to use it with your Xbox 360, though... it's like 3 bucks if you order it online, and you can't use the headset with the Xbox otherwise. I had no idea and ended up having to purchase it for way more from a local game store :(

Great sound! It's really movie theater-esque, and you can always turn off the Dolby surround sound or change the bass levels if it's overwhelming or otherwise not to your preference :) Because of the 5.8 ghz, you also don't need to worry about any interference from other wireless sources. In other words, no static!

Comfortable. I have a pretty small head (being an equally small person), so I'm always somewhat uncertain of big headphones... most sets end up being way too heavy and give me a headache within a few hours. The Razer is surprisingly painless to use, though. It does eventually hurt, but it took me seven hours before I felt it of straight gaming

Second Impression:
The main problem the Chimaera 5.1 has with its mic/master volume is that the two are not separated. While holding mode down until you hear one beep allows you to edit microphone outgoing volume without any problems, the holding mode for two for incoming volume ends up being ultimately affected by your master. For example, if you turn down master volume to lower your game volume, you inevitably turn down your friends. If you turn up your friends manually to compensate for the master volume turning everyone down, you find that you're unable to turn them up any higher. You have to go back and undo the initial lowering of the master volume if you want to up the max for incoming microphone volume... so you end up going back to the original loud game that you had started with and still can't hear your friends.

Final Impression:
In spite of the somewhat disappointing second impression, I would say the Chimaera 5.1's were worth the near 200 bucks I ended up spending for them. They're certainly better than any of the other alternatives available online (Turtle Beach, Astro, Tritons). If you are really into party chat, though, and need to have it on all the time or otherwise use it for the majority of your gaming, I'd urge you to reconsider simply because of, again, it being hard to hear anyone who is not using a Razer Chimaera 5.1 headset. Since I personally do a lot of single player, however, it doesn't bother me at all to have these... and if my party wants to talk too quiet for me to hear them through the in game noise, then they'll just have to deal with it!

Chimaera Wireless Gaming Headset OVERALL

- Easy set up
- Great sound
- Comfortable
- No interference from other sources
- Rechargeable battery that can be easily replaced... so if your headset dies during gaming, you can just pop new batteries right in :) No need to send to customer service
- Very nice appearance

- Master volume/mic volume not separated
- Controls for mic volume and adjusting incoming/outgoing microphone chat volumes not explained in instructions
- Lots of background noise easily picked up
- LAN chat requires RCA cables if you want to hear ingame music/effects/etc, so no surround sound (RCA can't do it)

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