I have been using the Tiamat's more than enough time to determine what I believe to be, the best analog surround sound headphones available for gaming. The operative word here is "GAMING". I compared them to the Roccat Kave's,Tritton hDA's,Turtle Beach Ear Force Z6A's,CM Storm Sirus,and of course,the Psyko Carbon's. I don't have any games that are 7.1 analog,so I can't really say how the Tiamat's sound in 7.1. I did enable Tiamat's 7.1 when playing games with 5.1,but all that did was kind of spread the 5.1 signal which made it difficult to pinpoint exactly where footsteps,gun shots etc. were coming from. The Tiamat's set to 5.1 were much much better in positional sound. All the headphones I listed, were purchased in my attempt to find a better Gaming set than the Psyko Carbon's. The Tiamat's almost did that. Almost. They are as close as you can get,but just close. The Tiamat's are pretty expensive when compared to the price of the Roccat's etc. with Psyko being the most expensive. For the money,I would go with the Roccat Kave's. At $80 to $100 less,and the fact that the Roccat's are very good in hearing where sounds are coming from etc. make it a no brainer. The Tiamat's are a good set,but not THAT good. As I said,I can't say anything about gaming with 7.1 analog,but for 5.1 the Tiamat's are not any better than the Roccat's. For sure not better than the Psyko's. One more thing..Every owner of Tiamat hear a humming or buzz. That's because of the USB power. The fix is to use a USB hub or plug them into USB 3. That's what I did. Please remember,I'm no sound expert or reviewer. This is just MY opinion. I tested all the Headphones using the Xonar Xense and the Xonar Phoebus sound cards. My preferred sound card is the Xense. Thanks all.