Razer Kraken 7.1 V2

Who wants sur­round sound?

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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.

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