Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review – a wireless, 5.1 gaming headset with Dolby Surround magic

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Review of: Razer Chimaera 5.1

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On 2 September, 2011
Last modified:28 April, 2014

Summary:

This awesome looking wireless headset works for both PC and Xbox 360. It comes with an even more awesome looking docking station.

So we’ve got all these wireless Bluetooth headsets to chat over the phone or listen to our music to. We’ve also got the wireless portable speakers on our desks that sound so wonderful that you just want to listen to them every day and night.

But, but, what about a wireless gaming headset? Not many of them out there, so Razer Chimaera 5.1 is special. Though Razer Chimaera 5.1 seems to be designed mainly for Xbox 360 gamers, it also works great for PC gamers.

Since I don’t have an Xbox 360 to test it on, I’ll write my review solely from my PC gaming experience with the Razer Chimaera 5.1.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review

Unboxing Video

Packaging

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - packaging frontRazer Chimaera 5.1 Review - packaging back

The packaging box is quite huge and inside the packaging, you’ll find:

  • Razer Chimaera 5.1 wireless headset
  • Base station for charging and audio processing
  • Manuals, Stickers, etc
  • 3.5 mm Microphone cable
  • Optical cable to connect to your Xbox 360
  • 3.5 mm to connect your Xbox 360 controllers directly to the headset
  • RCA to RCA cables
  • Power Adapter + different plug connectors
  • 2 x AAA rechargeable battery

Now, to be able to use this on the PC, you also need an extra RCA to 3.5mm that is not included in the packaging, bummer. But it only costs around $3 on eBay so I quickly grabbed it when I’ve heard that the Razer Chimaera 5.1 sample was headed my way to be reviewed.

Design

The headset itself is pretty large like the packaging box but amazingly, it feels light and I never felt tired even if I wore it for hours of non-stop gaming. The overall look of the headset and the charging base station is really nice and elegant. Having the Razer Chimaera 5.1 in my room also adds an aesthetic value to my bedroom, especially when the headset is rested on the base station.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - on stand

Headset

The headset has soft padding around the headband and also 2 over-sized ear-cups design. The cushions are cloth based, not leather’s (which I prefer, as leather-based ear cushions tend to make my ears go red after a while. Not to mention the sweat during the Summer!). This design also allows comfortable gaming even to us geeks who wear glasses.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review angled

The microphone boom is on the left side of the headset and unfortunately, non-retractable. To use it, simple pull it down and the microphone automatically turns itself on. Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - microphonePull it up and the microphone mutes itself. It’s a pretty cool design as you don’t have to mute/un-mute your microphone manually (though you can, by pressing the mute button if you want to).

On the left side of the headset, there are Mute Microphone and Standby buttons. On the right side, we have the Mode (to change between local team communication and Xbox LIVE) and Mute Audio/Sync button.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - mode n syncRazer Chimaera 5.1 Review - power and mute

When the Razer Chimaera 5.1 is placed on the stand to be charged, the headset auto turns itself off, which is nice. Though I find that you still have to turn it on manually when you take it out of the stand.

There are also volume control buttons on the sides that are easy to reach. The AAA batteries go inside the right cup and thankfully you only need to do it once (or when you need to replace the batteries) as opening the battery compartment is not the easiest thing to do.

Base Station

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - recharging

The base station simply rocks. Sure, it takes quite a bit of space but I’m sure not many would mind it at all. It looks great with black glossy finish and the green lighting makes it even prettier.

There are LED indicators on the stand so you’ll know what settings you use and also whether you have a full battery before you game.

Connecting the cables is pretty simple and you also have the guides everywhere (on the manuals and on Razer’s site). I set-up my Razer Chimaera 5.1 within minutes on my PC and after leaving it on the stand for a few hours to be recharged, I gamed away.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - to recharge

Experience

Sound

I’m totally impressed with the Razer Chimaera 5.1 as it does not have many speakers in each cup, yet can still produce highly accurate 5.1 surround sound. This goes to the wonderful Dolby Surround Sound technology used in the Chimaera 5.1. I was a bit skeptical at first as I treated it as a “virtual surround sound”. However, after using the headset for around two weeks straight (few hours gaming each night), I’m totally sold.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - power

In Battlefield: Bad Company 2, the sounds of the action came to live as bullets and explosions rattled around my ears. In Left 4 Dead 2, the experience was even better as I could accurately position the Special Infected Zombies when they respawned. I could pinpoint the source of the sound whether it’s from front left or rear right. At times, it’s easy to exactly pinpoint “he’s definitely behind that big tree” and at once I actually said to my team “She’s on the roof”. I’d highly recommend wearing the Razer Chimaera 5.1 and its Dolby Surround Sound when you are playing an online competitive game!

The Dolby Surround technology is really cool too. It feels as if the sound does not come from your headphones but from speakers inside your room. It feels distant yet believable (sorry, it’s hard to explain it!). It is a totally different experience altogether compared to listening other ordinary headphones. If you are using Razer Chimaera 5.1 (or other Dolby Surround headphones), try some Dolby Surround demo on YouTube such as this one.

You can also set the equalizer to Standard, more Bass, or more Treble (through the base station).

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - base

In “Bass mode”, the sound of action is heavier and as a result, the sound of gunfire and explosions are more powerful than ever. I did find that people’s voice tend to get a bit muffled so I switched between the Standard and Bass every now and then.

You can also link up to four base stations so you can talk with your team mates on a local communication channel, lag-free.

Design

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - different adjustments

I like how the Razer designer team designs the usability overall as I have mentioned on my earlier paragraphs:

  • Lower the microphone boom – auto turns the mic on. Raise it back and the mic is turned off/muted.
  • Place the headset on the base station to recharge and it auto turns itself off.
  • If there is no audio signal within 10 minutes, the headset turns itself off to save battery.
  • The placement of the buttons

I also like the fact that they use rechargeable batteries as it’ll be annoying if you have to replace the batteries with new ones every now and then. This design also means you can carry a few spares with you if you have to play in a tournament and you don’t have a chance to recharge the batteries. According to Razer, it takes 3 hours to fully recharge the Chimaera 5.1 with 8 hours of battery life in total.

Conclusion

Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review - with Razer Mamba

Overall, I’m totally impressed with Razer Chimaera 5.1. The sound is amazing and of high quality. The headset is also comfortable, thanks to the padding on the headband, lightweight design, and comfy over-sized ear cups.

Razer Chimaera 5.1 is also wireless and supports AAA rechargeable batteries. I normally store away my USB gaming headset in my drawer when not in use, but now, I show-case my Razer Chimaera 5.1 next to my monitor. It looks good and always available whenever I want to play some games without having to make some noise at home :)

Razer Chimaera 5.1 is also designed for Xbox 360 gamers through optical connection (cable provided) and this means if you game both in PC and Xbox 360, this is the wireless headset that you should get.

Now, if you excuse me, I really need to publish this review fast so I can continue my gaming online with my baby, um, I mean the Razer Chimaera 5.1.

Check out Razer Chimaera 5.1 at Razer Australia

Pros

+ Great looking, add aesthetics to the room
+ Wireless
+ 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound
+ Lightweight for its size
+ Rechargeable
+ AAA rechargeable batteries for endless gaming sessions
+ Can be used as a universal AAA batteries charger
+ For both Xbox 360 and PC
+ Easy to set-up
+ Good sound quality
+ Great design (microphone boom, buttons, etc)

Cons

- No battery level indicator, apart from “Full”, “Not full”, and “Almost empty”.
- Takes an amount of space (huge)
- Wish the lights can be changed to blue to complement my Mamba and BlackWidow Ultimate :)
- No 7.1

Note: Razer Chimaera 5.1 Review unit was sponsored by Razer for the review



Chimaera 5.1 Wireless Gaming Headset - Xbox 360 (Video Game)

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  • http://www.coupontriumph.com/ Kristina L.

    Hi, Michael.
    I bet the sound is awesome! It seems you are happy with the product…and, so, I would also like to try it out.Of course, not for PC (are there still any PC gamers left?)
    I would try it out on the XBox.
    It’s just that the price is not that low…and what I am surprised about is that the used one doesn’t cost any particularly less than the brand new product.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Still heaps of PC Gamers, Kristina :) Alive and well! Always thought that PC gaming is dead but apparently it’s not and it’ll never be! (or hope so). You can’t just compare the experience of playing a game in a PC with a console (though it depends on what kind of games)

  • Martin

    Thanks for a great and informative review. I bought the Chimaera 5.1 as soon as they became available to preorder from Razer and I´m extremely pleased so far. One thing I wonder about and that I think you can help me with is this: while playing CoD Black Ops (in game audio settings: “Surround headphones”), the sound is much more “clonky” when the headsets are set to surround sound compared to when they are set to stereo on the Chimaera 5.1 base station. The “clonky” sound I´m talking about is mainly noticeable when reloading your weapon, it sounds a little bit like you are in a can or something. The clonly sound also appears when watching an “Inside XBOX” video in the Xbox dashboard menu, in this case the “clonky” sound only appears when someone is intervjued or there is a narrative voice. For example, I watched the video about MW3 some weeks ago and the guy talking sounded very different if I switched the Dolby Headphones feature on and off on the Chimaera 5.1 base station. Is this normal, I mean, the interview is hardly recorded in 5.1 so the sound in the headphones should not differ if I choose to listen in stereo or if I switch on the Dolby Headphone feature on the Chimaera 5.1 base station?

    Have you experienced the same or do I have a bad copy of the headphones?

    Thank you.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Hi Martin, sorry for my late reply. I haven’t played Black Ops for long so I can’t confirm this. Have you tried it with the other games that you normally play?

      Did you plug it to your sound card or to your onboard motherboard audio plugs?

  • L. Greyx

    Hi there Michael. It’s interesting that you said, “It feels as if the sound does not come from your headphones but from speakers inside your room.”

    AFAIK, most headphones will make any sounds from the front channel sound as if they’re coming from somewhere between your brain and the top of your skull. Does the RC5.1 here actually sidestepped this problem, and managed to place the front channel somewhere near your tv instead of making us feel we glued the center speaker to our forehead?

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Ugh, I guess that’s the way to put it – Somehow I felt like it’s coming around my head (or having speakers in a helmet kind of thing) but the sounds are distinct, like from a distance

      I believe it’s the Dolby Surround technology, so you might want to read more about that technology to find out :)

    • L. Greyx

      Well, real life performance doesn’t always follow what they advertised :D
      I’ve been looking for headset that can replace my 5.1 surround system, but so far none passed the front channel test.

      They do well in telling you where a certain sound comes from – you’ll know if the enemy is at your 10 o’clock or 4, you can also feel that they are “at a distance.” But not with the one at your 12 (and your 6) – this one will sound much, much closer compared to those at your sides. In fact, it’s inside your head.

      In other words, you can say that they don’t emulate the distance between you and the center speaker/ TV. But they do emulate the distance between you and the left/ right speakers (your “10″ and “2″).

      How’s your experience, Michael? Using RC5.1, do you feel that the center front speaker is somehow closer to your head than the left/ right speaker?

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Yeah, it feels like it’s coming on my forehead? If that makes any sense….

  • Eric Oum

    Hi guys! I recieved this headset today, and i love it so much right now for PC. however im having difficulties switching back and forth from pc to xbox. There is no sound from my xbox 360 slim using the optic wire provided. I connected the HDMI cable from xbox to my computer monitor, then the optic wire from xbox to the base station. I’m just confused on switching from pc to xbox and hoping sound for both works. Also what would happen if i do not disconnect the wires from my pc while using xbox as mentioned in the guide booklet? Ty again if you could respond very soon =D

  • Eric Oum

    Oh one more question. When recharging, do we leave the base station on? Or can it be off/ standby?

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      I just leave it on all the time, not sure whether it’s bad for the battery or not when it’s already full :) I’m sure it won’t get overcharged but yeah

      Sorry can’t answer your other question, don’t have an Xbox 360

  • Bryan

    Hi Michael,

    I’ve actually taken an interest in the Chimaeras, I intend to use them solely for my PC gaming sessions. Something that has been holding me back is, the 5.1 surround only applies to the xbox 360 console? or does it apply to the PC platform as well?

    Many thanks in advance

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      As far as I’m aware, 5.1 surround sound applies for PC as well (5.1 sound when playing games is quite obvious to me)

    • Bryan

      hmm, thats strange, I’ve been viewing a youtuber’s review on this headset for awhile and he claims that you are only able to attain stereo sound when connected via PC since it just uses RCA cables instead of the given Optical cable. Sorry just a little lost, but if you can confirm that you are indeed getting the 5.1 capability on PC platform, I’ll forego the logitech G930s and go with these.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      I know what you mean, I saw the video as well in which the guy wrote it in the description (I’m sure we’re talking about the same video). I’ve been searching for it on Google but no one else mentions about it. There’ s not even an info about this on Razer’s site.

      Maybe it’s “Stereo” (because of the 2 RCA cables – left and right) but since it’s using Dolby Technology, it manages to convert them into a surround sound really well?

      Best is to ask Razer if you still have any doubts though. So far, I’m happy with using the headset to play online FPS like Left 4 Dead 2 (which requires a good audio positioning)

    • Bryan

      just dropped a support ticket with razer, will let you know if it is supported. You have my thanks for the information provided thus far. =DD

    • holyshit

      my PC fortunately has a S/PDIF to enjoy a full 5.1 digital surround with this headphone. :) honestly, i didn’t really know the port is there all along and i had the PC since 3 years ago.

      Watching Avatar is a breeze using this headphone!

  • Jonathan

    Hi, I’m looking to get this headset mainly for use with my PC for games like Left 4 Dead. Just wondering, how does it connect to the PC for the Mic to work, so I can chat online with my friends? Does it need a cable going from the actual headset to the PC, or just from the base station to the PC? My PC is in the front room, so really I need it to be fully wireless, and I’m sure I read on a review somewhere that chat doesn’t work on the PC? Thanks for your help

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      You connect the cable (not included in the packaging) from your sound card (PC) to the Base station. The headset is still wireless so you are good :)

      and yeah, I use it in Left 4 Dead 2 + chat with my teammates with the Chimaera, wireless (the wire is only from base station to the PC)

    • Jonathan

      That’s great, thanks for your help! Although i’ve just come across the Astro A40 & Mixamp 5.8, which I think does the same thing. Have you ever used that setup or have any experience of it? Thanks again

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      I’ve never tried them before unfortunately, sorry can’t give any valuable opinion

  • Ben

    Hi all, and nice review. I got this headset almost 4 months ago because I wanted wireless and 5.1 and was really happy with it, but recently the batteries seem to run out so fast. I never got the promised 8 hours, but I was good with 5-6 hours (including using the mic). But now it runs out after 2-3 hours even if I only use it to listen.

    I usually leave the charging unit on standby or on even if the batteries are full and was wondering if that might reduce battery life? I tried some brand new batteries of the same type but it’s the same. I use it with my PC only.
    Just wondering if anybody else has this issue. I start to regret not having bought a headset that can be charged while in use.

    Cheers!

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Hm I always put them on the charging unit all the time but after reading your comment, I started to think maybe I shouldn’t.

      But if you already put in new batteries and the performance is still the same, then there’s a possibility of faulty then? Because you’ve already put in the full juice

    • Ben

      Sorry for digging up this older comment, just wanted to share my further experience. I decided to send the headset in after another problem surfaced: the headset would lower the volume to zero by itself every now and then. The sound control on my PC was still at 100% but the headset just turned itself down… not very helpful when you’re being swarmed by zombies!

      Anyway, Razer was quick to arrange a RMA and after 3 short weeks I had it back (living in Canada). I don’t actually know if they repaired or replaced it, but in short: I still only get 3.5 hours of use out of one charge, even with the brand new batteries they sent along. On top of that, it still does the thing where it randomly reduces the volume to zero. Maybe I’m just the unluckiest buyer around or there’s something that influences at least the muting, but after my initial excitement about this product I personally can’t recommend this thing to anyone anymore. The fact that I had to spend another 90 bucks on import charges when I got it back doesn’t really help either… :(

  • Joel

    Had the same battery problem with mine.
    I think it came from me not running the cell down and not waiting for a full charge.
    Do that alot after 3 months it mess’es with the ability to hold a charge.
    Solution?
    Ran the cells down to zilch.
    Then I used a Infapower 1 Hour Charger(yep it charges AA & AAA in One HOUR!! beats waiting 8 hours) to recharge them from scratch.Seem to reformat/reset them.
    Now they work Fine.
    Hope this helps.
    And for the record these are amazing headphones.
    Good sound,no interference,never droped a signal ..EVER :)
    I am the DESTROYER of headsets,always the cables,they just wear or break.
    So for me wireless cost more but in the long run works out cheaper for 4 months down the line they are still working.Its like the controllers on consoles,once you go wireless you can never go back.Other wise it just feels ..restricted & Wrong.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Wow, one hour charge is great. I guess if you game for a whole long day, then you will definitely need a quicker charger. For my case, I game a few hours a day at most so I can always keep it recharge through the night

      Thanks for dropping by and writing a comment on your experience :)

  • Michael

    Hi there great review :) I’m having a little problem with the mic working on my PC. I have a Creative Fatality Titanium Pro sound card but the mic just wouldn’t work. The way I set up the Razer Chimaera 5.1 Headphones is through the Base Station optical in to my PC sound card optical out and it sounds splendid. Then I had the 3.5mm out from the Base Station to my 3.5mm mic in of my PC sound card. I just can’t get the mic to register any sound activity. Hope you can help. thanks in advance.

    PS: FYI, I used the 3.5mm cable that comes with the Headphones. Might be the the cause of the problem I’m having… I’m not sure.

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Hm..not too sure, best is probably to email them (Razer support), I guess

    • SiC1512

      Bought myself the set today, to find out to my disgust that the mic does not work when using SPDIF only RCA so you only get stereo. To get 5.1 you can’t use the mic…. returing it tommorow…….

    • Thiago R

      Actually, you can get 5.1 using RCA and your mic. Its a virtual (not true) 5.1, but it’s very impressive. Check out my older post to see the possibilities you have. Best regards!

  • Tobias Rob

    Hello,
    I’m not the most technical of sorts, so there were things I didn’t really get : – o
    But, if you could just confirm if I got this right:

    The headset itself is wireless ofcourse, but all the cables that is from the charging station to the computer itself and vice-versa?

    Also I intend to only use it for a computer, is there a “better” wireless headset for PC gaming?
    Thanks in advance

    • http://www.cravingtech.com/about/about-me Michael Aulia

      Yes, the cables are from the charging station to the computer and the headset is wireless (synced with the station)

      I haven’t tried any other wireless headset for PC gaming unfortunately. Not sure if there is one

    • Haley

      the cable that is not included, that goes from the computer to the charging station too?
      And is it possible to ask for it included when you buy it?
      then again, probably depends on who / where you but it.

  • Daniele Russo

    hi all,

    michael, i have the same problem with the mic…
    station optical to pc and tryed different cables 3.5mm.

    to michael aulia, i have the sensation, that the surround is positioned on the left side…
    the link above (Dolby Surround demo on YouTube) dont give me the feeling as described.(box of matches moving around your)

    some ideas to this two questions?

  • Ola Lindholm

    Hey,
    I’ve used this for a couple of days now, and they’re working great. But, as it says on razer’s website, there’s a 3,5mm cable missing which one needs to purchase separetely, which I indeed did (to get the microphone working for PC). So, it’s all hooked up to my PC now, alas, the microphone does not seem to function, at least it doesn’t serve it’s purpose as of right now. In all microphone-tests I do (skype, teamspeak etc.) it looks as if it would be working (green bars lighting up) but alas yet again there’s no reflection of my voice in the skype test call or the real calls even.

    Anybody aware of a solution to my problem?

    A million thanks in advance!

    • Daniele Russo

      hi lindholm,

      if you use the rca to 3.5mm for sound and a 3.5mm to 3.5mm for mic, press the mode button, so that the symbol local team communication is green (master guide page 10).

      if you use the optical cable for sound, it wont work… for the moment… i ask razer and are wating for an answer…..
      will write the answer as soon i have one.

      to my problem withe the sound positioned on left side:
      solution is to press the button EQ-on/off 2 sec. (master guide page 9).
      looks so that it was only stereo and not dolby.

      now it works perfect with rca cable for sound and 3.5mm cable for mic.
      liks to use it with optical cable but i have to wait till somebudy have a solution or razer give me one.

      i wish a happy new year to all….
      regards….

  • Daniele Russo

    Hi all and welcome to 2012….

    here the answer from razer-support….

    Hello Daniele,

    When hooking the headset up to the computer you can use a 3.5 mm cable. Hook on end of the cable into the optical out on the back of the stand and then the other end into the headset jack onto your computer.

    If the headset is not paired, how to pair it is:
    Make sure both the stand and the headset is powered on > then you want to hold down the sync button on the stand until the lights start to blink > then hold down the sync button on the side of the headset until the lights on the stand stop blinking, then they should be paired.

  • firestorm

    Great review Michael.

    Do you have to instal some software on the pc for the surround sound to work?

  • Roger

    Hello,
    I was just on amazon and I saw:
    Compatible with Windows Vista / XP and Xbox.
    Does that mean I can’t use it for my windows 7?
    Also I read somewhere ( don’t remember ) that certain headsets don’t work with skype, anybody know?

    —-link removed by admin – no affiliate link please—-

    Please reply fast = )

    • Daniele Russo

      hi roger,

      it works with win7… i have win 7 64bit.

      to firestorm:
      see my answer 31.12.2011…

      ….to my problem withe the sound positioned on left side:
      solution is to press the button EQ-on/off 2 sec. (master guide page 9).
      looks so that it was only stereo and not dolby.

  • Frank Bielik

    I just bought one of these for PC.
    I really took offense to what kristina said about pc gamers. First off there are more PC Gamers then there are console gamers combined. Figure almost every home in the world has a computer. Everyone who has a computer play’s games on it, hence they become a pc gamer. Gaming consoles are not in everyone’s home, and are geared towards younger generations. Please think with reason before posting faulty opinions.

  • Marc H.

    Hi Michael.
    Is there an aux output in the basestation? Having wired speakers also, will make a hassle having to switch the cable all the time :)

  • Thiago R

    [PC] Hello all. I use the product only on a PC and have tried every possible combination to get this headset working. I have 1 TV (living room) and 1 monitor/TV (Samsung T27A550) on bedroom, both connected to the headset. Why? I play RTS/FPS on monitor and arcade games such as Fifa12, F1, Street Fighter, etc on the TV with wireless xBox 360 joysticks for Windows.

    1st option: To solve any problems you might have connecting Razer Chimaera 5.1 on PC: The best option I found is send the sound to the TV within HDMI and use the RCA OUT on the TV’s back panel to connect to the base with the provided RCA-RCA cable, using the 3.5mm, also provided, to connect the mic on PC’s mic-in and that’s it: 5.1 sound without problems. The provided RCA-RCA is very usefull if you want to connect a second device to the headset – my case.

    2nd option: You can buy a 3.5mm-to-RCA cable, not provided as informed by Razer. From that point, you have 2 possibilities:

    – If your TV/monitor does not have RCA OUT (that’s the case on my Monitor. My TV has RCA out), you can use the headset out (I think almost all monitors/tvs should have) to connect to the base and get the 5.1 working well. The only inconvenient is that you have to disconnect the cable to watch TV with it’s original speakers.

    – [NOT RECOMMENDED] The other possibility is to connect in the PC’s audio-out jacket but, if I do that, my headsets keeps on MONO. Seriously, I uninstalled and changed the Audio Driver, turned everything to OFF, searched for it everywhere on the internet and found nothing. I DO NOT recommend this option until someone shows a solution for that. After a solution is found, maybe this will be better than connect directly to the TV to solve the incovenient said earlier (if you won’t use the headset to watch TV).

    3rd option (not an option for PC gamers, at all..): If you connect through optical, you can’t get access to microfone, as it’s said on user guide. I realize it’s mainly because you need to use the “local communicator mode” in order to mic works without that xBox’s headset-to-joystick wire. If you want to use digital optical, you MUST disable the communicator mode and the mic will only works on xBox (please, correct me if I’m wrong).

    Final TIP: If you use 3mm-3mm to conect the AUDIO (From a TV or from your computer) it will works BUT if you are trying to talk with your friends, the sound of your TV or PC will go straight to your friends. I think its because if you use the audio-in jacket (on station) with communicator mode ON, that’s the right thing to do – replicate the sound to other stations through the audio-OUT – exactly what you are using to connect the mic to PC.

  • http://360hdmi.com/xbox_hdmi_cable/feed Dan

    I am so impressed with the Razer Chimaera, especially with it having few speakers in each cup and still having the capability to produce highly accurate 5.1 surround sound. The Dolby Surround Sound technology used in the Chimaera is awesome too.

  • http://360hdmi.com Mr. Brown

    Actually what fascinates me most about this device is the surround technology that is used. The Dolby Surround technology is really cool too. When you are using it you feel as if the sound does not come from your headphones but from speakers inside your room.

  • Frak

    I hope I’m not too late to the party, but it seems that when I try use the microphone on my computer to record, it pans my voice to the very left. It does so too on skype conversations, etc.

    Do you know if there’s a reason it’s doing this, or if there’s a way to fix it?

    Thanks!

  • Chris

    The mic is absolutely awful. Basically have to use it as a pair of headphones because it picks up sounds from the headset itself. There is a massive amount of feedback and in no way could we adjust the settings to lower it. Open mic is not an option. Push to talk still offered offensive feedback. If you’re looking for a headset to coop with, this one is not for you.

  • Paul

    Just found these locally with a $40 instant rebate, gonna have to buy them now!

  • Alex

    A lot of confusion it seems…

    In order to get 5.1 that this headset is “supposed” to recreate you need to be plugged in through the OPTICAL SPDIF on xbox OR PC. Always plug in using optical otherwise all you are doing is listening to a simulation the same as you would on a cheap 10$ headset plugged into your computer and whatever software your sound card comes with for “3d simulation” which most of the time is simply an effect that gives an illusion of the sound surrouding you, but zero in terms of actual location of an intended sound.

    So if you would like to have 5.1 with this headset on your PC you have to plug into your PCs soundcards SPDIF output and make sure that its pumping out raw dolby 5.1 that this headset will then decode for a much better experience.

    So once again it is not possible to create 5.1 out of a stereo signal, RCA stereo is an analog input with no directional data coming through.

  • http://twitter.com/fxharyanto Haryanto

    Thank you for your review. I just bought one for XBOX360 playing.

    • http://www.CravingTech.com/ Michael Aulia @CravingTech.com

      You’re welcome :) Happy to know!

  • http://www.facebook.com/felipe.b.barbosa.1 Felipe Bueno Barbosa

    Hi Michael, thanks for the great review! I have a question that I hope you can help: I just got the razer chimaera 5.1 for PC and Xbox360 gaming. I´ve read a IGN review after purchasing it that got me a bit scared, they said that in the PC you can only reproduce audio without voice communication… is that accurate? Before buying it I made sure that it was also compatible with PC, it would be a big dissappointment if I cannot use this to play LOL with friends.

    Thanks in advance!
    Best regards,

    Felipe