Dirac and Philips Collaborate to Create 3D, 7.1 Budget Gaming Headset

Philips is entering the gaming audio space with its new Philips TAGH401BL headset designed to use spatial audio and virtual surround sound to more accurately immerse gamers.


As gaming headphones and headsets become the next big audio trend, Swedish digital audio company Dirac has teamed up with Philips to create an affordable gaming headset that integrators can sell to clients interested in gaming rooms or multifunctional home theaters.

The Philips TAGH401BL produces a virtualized 3D, 7.1 surround sound experience through the 2-channel headset to put users at the center of the action. The company says the new headset also offers ultra-lightweight comfort and quality audio performance. It features lightweight over-ear design, an adjustable headband and soft cushions to ensure an optimal fit for long wear.

“Dirac solutions breathe a new layer of life and detail into the gaming experience; sounds that were previously lost are now present and accurately placed around the gamer as if real-life,” says Lars Isaksson, Dirac VP of headphone & streaming audio. “By collaborating on developing Philips new gaming headset, we’re delivering their customers the realism and immersion that makes the difference between an ordinary and extraordinary gaming experience. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Philips Monitors to push the boundaries of gaming audio.”

According to the company, Dirac’s spatial audio solution that is now featured in Philips’ gaming headset, creates high-precision spatial audio. Gamers will feel completely surrounded by the sound and will be able to hear where the sound comes from and from how far. Furthermore, the solution’s sound optimization technology takes the headphones’ acoustic performance to next level, providing balanced sound where dialogue is crisper and more intelligible.

With overall improved sound quality and a natural, accurate spatialization, gaming experiences become much more comfortable even with long sessions. This also allows the headset to be used for various content, such as movie and music listening. In fact, users can even toggle between two sound modes – a spatial sound mode ideal for gaming & movies, and an optimized sound mode ideal for music – through a switch on the headset’s USB cord. 

“With our first gaming peripherals, we sought to deliver our customers a headset that can boost any gaming session just like our monitors already do,” says César Acosta, gaming product manager Europe / IT acessories & touch monitors team leader Europe, MMD. “By collaborating with Dirac, we’ve equipped our gaming headset with a degree of immersion and realism typically found in much more expensive devices. We look forward to continued collaboration with Dirac as we introduce more headsets that push the boundaries in terms of quality and comfort.”

The Philips TAGH401BL marks the first collaboration between the two tech innovators, and the headset is now available internationally at an MSRP of ~$70 (converted from euros).

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