Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset - [Green]: Aluminum Frame - Retractable Noise Cancelling Mic - THX 7.1 Surround Sound USB DAC - For PC, Xbox, PS4, Nintendo Switch
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- FULL AUDIO CONTROLS: Turn on THX Spatial Audio for increased immersion, control both volume and bass levels, and even configure the game/chat balance
- THX SPATIAL AUDIO: Creating realistic depth by simulating positionally-accurate sound in a 360° sphere for a more natural and lifelike experience *Available with Razer Synapse
- GAME/CHAT BALANCE: Tune between game and chat audio for the perfect mix of immersion and communication
- CUSTOM-TUNED 50 MM DRIVERS: Provides a wide soundscape, from subtle footsteps sneaking up behind you to climactic explosions
- COOLING GEL-INFUSED CUSHIONS: Reduce heat build-up, while a soft cloth and leatherette combination provides comfort and sound isolation so you can enjoy gaming for hours
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Whether you're competing in an intense tournament or lounging at home, Kraken for Console is a headset dedicated to superior sound quality and long-lasting comfort so you can play at your best all day. Enjoy superior sound clarity and deep, punchy bass for a wide soundscape. From subtle footsteps sneaking up behind you to climatic explosions that blow you away, every sound detail is heard when you're gaming with the Razer Kraken for Console.
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The Razer Synapse 3 software is one of the many gems that makes this product stand out. Using this software, you can do all of the following with ease:
- Fine tune specific audio settings to your liking. This includes enhancements such as Sound Normalization and Voice Clarity, and you can also use the EQ to adjust 10 individual frequencies.
- Adjust/toggle microphone settings. This includes enhancements, sensitivity, volume, and even sidetone. Sidetone lets you listen to what your microphone is picking up with NO DELAY, so you can hear yourself and your real-life surroundings with the headset on.
- Customize audio for specific applications using the Mixer. You can select if you would rather have Stereo or Surround Sound for each application specifically, and you can also calibrate and adjust the spatial audio if you hear things differently.
- Manage/create multiple presets that contain all of the aforementioned settings to switch between on the fly. You can even assign these presets to applications, so your headset will automatically switch to them when a specific application is being used. It will switch right back to what you were on before when you stop using that application as well.
The microphone sounds just as good as the other Razer Kraken headset microphones if not better, and as I have mentioned, can be customized using the Razer Synapse 3 software.
The headset is extremely comfortable, and the cooling gel-infused ear cushions are amazing. They feel great and the headset is very light overall. For those wondering, the construction is made up plastic and what feels to be a lightweight aluminum. As advertised, the top cushion is definitely softer than previous Kraken iterations, and sometimes it almost feels as though I am not even wearing my headset! Good build quality and comfort.
The audio controller takes the headphone input in the form of a 3.5 mm audio jack and outputs to your PC via USB. I know already wrote a bit about the audio controller earlier in the review, but here are its features as well:
- Volume Up/Volume Down buttons
- Toggle Microphone Mute button
- Bass adjustment knob
- Game/Chat balance knob
- Toggle THX Spatial Audio button
There is also a basic in-line audio controller on the cable of the headset, and it allows for the following:
- Volume Adjustment knob
- Toggle Microphone Mute switch
The main thing that everyone wants to know is how do they sound? Well, I personally think that they sound great and are a clear upgrade from my previous Kraken 7.1 Chroma headset. I use the THX Spatial Audio for games, and it is actually crazy how easy it is to tell where things are in-game. It was one of the first things that I noticed when I used these for the first time when playing games.
In conclusion, this headset is honestly insanely good, especially for the price. I felt that I needed to do it justice by writing such a lengthy review to go over most of the features and shed light on some misinformed/uninformed reviews. I've spent a decent amount of time writing this, and hopefully at least some of you found it helpful. Let me know if you have any questions, and have a nice day/night.
P.S. Please excuse any spelling/grammar errors. If I made a big mistake in my writing then please let me know, and I will fix it.
The first point I want to make about this headset is how good it looks. Of course this is subjective, but I just love the look of it. Other people might find the green tacky, but I am very fond of it. The whole design and look of it makes it look tough and sturdy, which belies how comfortable and light they are. When these are on my head, they basically feel like nothing is on my head at all. I wear glasses and usually headsets press against my head very uncomfortably, but these feel like clouds on my head. So, I will say on build quality, comfort, and appearance, this headset gets full marks from me. 5/5.
On sound, however, is where some issues pop up. I've heard from a lot of reviews mention these are heavy on volume and bass, but I had some problems with this. The bass doesn't sound anywhere near as good as my old headset - it feels pretty light and when you boost it up (with the knob on the THX control) it makes music sound pretty awful. The volume doesn't get that loud to me either, by my standards. For this, I will say make sure you turn up the volume knob on the cord, then turn the volume to max on the THQ control, then make sure the game chat balance is turned off. The rest of the audio quality is passable, but could be better and clearer there as well. It's annoying that I have to fiddle around with an equalizer, rather than having some good settings already set up.
The mic on this headset is fantastic - by far the best mic on a headset I've ever experienced. It sounds so clear - almost like a professional grade microphone. It's one of the reasons I got this headset after hearing it, because I use Discord almost all day, and the sound of these will definitely make your peers happy. For these, I'd advise going into the Razer Synapse settings (the software supplied when you plug the headset in) and setting Mic Volume to 100, Mic Sensitivity to 75, Sidetone to 50, and turn off the enhancements. In whatever voice chat program you have, you'll want to the sensitivity of the program to be as low as possible.
I'd like to mention some other great features of this headset that probably aren't mentioned too often: it comes with two bands that allow you to adjust the length of the wires from both the USB sound card and the wire connecting it to the headset itself. I really appreciated having two of these, and it allows me to make the cord the exact length I want it without getting any unseemly kinks in the wire. It looks very neat. I also love the fact that the THQ sound controller has a adhesive back to it which allows you to - once you've peeled off the back part - stick the controller anywhere you want. This is very helpful and looks great.
I hope this review answers questions and issues other people might have had. I'd definitely recommend this headset for anyone looking for a really comfortable, reliable headset with a sturdy build quality and a great microphone. I would *not* recommend this headset for audiophiles. On sound, I've had Logitechs and HyperX headsets that sounded better, but these are completely passable for probably the vast majority of the population.
EDIT: UPDATE: I have actually grown to rather dislike this headset because of several annoying issues. Whenever I restart my computer and put my headset on, all of my sound sounds distorted like something from a horror movie. Really irritating problem. It is fixed by unplugging and then plugging back in the USB, but it is not something I should have to deal with. This combined with problems with Razer Synapse 3 where it was resetting all of my microphone settings every single time I restarted my PC made me stuff this headset back in the box and slap it on my shelf to keep as a backup headset in case my Logitech dies.