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Razer launches the new Megalodon headset
by Slobodan Simic on23 August 2008
Games Convention 08: We heard the surround sound
We had a chance to sit with Razer which showed us their latest Maelstrom audio engine and its new Razer Megalodon 7.1 surround sound gaming headset. The Maelstrom is actually the sound engine which has the ability to process audio algorithms up to 800% faster than traditional sound engines. This basically means that Razer is able to produce more convincing surround sound.
The Megalodon headset itself is, as we said, powered by the Razer Maelstrom Audio Engine and uses the so-called circum-aural headset design with replaceable ear-pad cushions, a cushioned headband and an adjustable boom microphone. When we said that the Maelstorm engine has the capability to produce more convincing sound we mean that it can actually create a more precise virtual sound image. We had a chance to hear the comparable audio track of Maelstorm on the Megalodon and some other audio engine, and the difference is noticeable.
Razer has decided to go for the large ear-cup this time where speakers are positioned around the ear, and as they explain, this is due to the different shape and size of an individual's ears. This way everyone can receive the sound directly to their ear-drum making the 3D audio experience even more real. With the Razer Maelstorm engine neatly packed in a small neat looking control pod the Razer Megalodon doesn't actually need a driver. All you have to do is plug it in and have a great 7.1-channel surround sound. The audio processing unit has the dial adjustment for every feature of the of the Megalodon so users can adjust the settings without actually leaving the game or using the software tools.
The final thing is the amplified boom microphone which with the ability to automatically and manually adjust the sensitivity and the leveling of the received sound.
The Megalodon should officially arrive in Q4 this year but we are almost certain that it will be in shops before the Christmas shopping spree. The price of the Megalodon is set at US $149.99 while the Euroland will get it for €139.99. Razer made a great product and all we have to do is wait for it to appear in e-tail/retail.