Razer Kraken 7.1 V2
Who wants surround sound?
Unlike some of the more expensive headsets, the Razer Kraken uses virtual surround sound. That’s not to say it isn’t effective, but under the sleek shell are two quite normal 50mm drivers. On the plus side, the Kraken is quite affordable and there is a normal stereo ‘Pro’ model that is otherwise the same, for $15 cheaper. The Razer Kraken uses large, oval, over the ear style pads, and handily, they are also interchangeable with some optional varieties available. The microphone partially retracts into the left side and the position can be adjusted.
The Kraken 7.1 connects to a computer (Mac or Windows) or PS4 via USB, but does not have a 3.5mm option. The surround sound effects (as well as the overall headset management) is done via Razer’s excellent Synapse 2.0 software (PC only). In use, the virtual 7.1 sound isn’t as good as those with individual drivers, but after some tweaking is remarkably effective. The headset has a better-thanmost 12 – 28,000Hz frequency response, and impressively crisp mid and high ranges, while still packing some punch in the bass. The headset isn’t ideal for music, but fiddle with the software profiles and you’ll reap fine results. The microphone got the job done, but didn’t wow us. The Kraken is a big headset, and weighs in at a heavy 346g. Still, it’s quite comfortable to wear, even for longer sessions.
Available in black, gunmetal grey and white, it includes customisable RGB LEDs in each side for some added character.