The Kraken is a stereo headphone from Razer that offer the possibility to be used in a virtual 7.1 mode. The quality is on very good levels in perfect Razer's style. If you are curious to see how they behave, follow us in our review.
Today, we will be checking one of the
Razer's latest 7.1 gaming headsets, the Razer Kraken 7.1.
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as well as ergonomics. The endresult therefore relies on the tester himself.
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- Medina - You and I
- Adam Lambert - Whataya Want From Me
- Lady Gaga - Lovegame and Pokerface
- Various House Mixes
- Senteced - Mourn
- Apocalyptica - Master of Puppets
- Poisonblack - Love Controlled Despair
- The Hunt for Red October
- Black Hawk Down
- Transformers I
- Battlefield 4
- Crysis 3
- GRID 2
Wearing confort and ergonomics
The Kraken 7.1 headset from Razer is very comfortable and lightweight,
mostly thanks to the used materials and the soft ear cushions. The headband
features a small amount of rubber which is very good, rather soft and pleasant to the touch. The headphones are made mainly from plastic and the overall quality is on good level and you
will not be able to find any manufacturing mistakes at all, something that we
certainly expected from Razer. The headband is made of plastic and can be extended up to 45 mm on each side (total 90mm) through 13 steps. The cable is not removable but rather long and covered with a
cable sleeve of good quality. The Kraken 7.1, as the name suggests, is a gaming
headset with a 7.1 virtual surround usable on computers with the USB 2.0 port.
To test the Razer Kraken 7.1 we have listened to a couple
of different audio sources including games, music, streaming media and high-definition movies. Razer has
decided to use 40 mm drives, which have been place in the center of big and soft bolster
which offer rather effective, passive noise cancelling. After a few days of use in various fields, we can say that the sound quality is on a good level. Unfortunately, by default this headset comes with an unbalanced preset. In our opinion, the bass is too present on the Kraken 7.1 by default and the mids and heights are too silent. Some people might appreciate this but if you prefer
a more linear audio experience, then you will definitely have to turn down the bass. Once adjusted, using a software equalizer, the headphones sound pretty good.
The 7.1 virtual surround performs very well, the audio experience with it will
be quite immersive and it is pretty cool, especially in FPS-type games.
The microphone in our opinion is very good and the design
used by Razer is a great addition. On the Kraken 7.1 you will not find a true
remote control as there is only a small button for the activation of the microphone on the microphone itself.
The software included in the bundle
with Kraken 7.1 uses an aggressive GUI design. The software is only necessary if you want to use the virtual surround 7.1. The software includes an equalizer, the ability to turn off the LEDs and various effects.
Other than that, it is intuitive and easy to use.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 gaming headset is a pretty good product. The build quality as well as the materials used is really good
and on a level that we expected from Razer. The comfort is quite important in
this segment and that is where the Kraken has been able to excel. The soft cushions fit perfectly and you will never experience pressure points. The sound quality is good but we would prefer a more balanced sound so we
do not have to swap headphones to enjoy music. The microphone is retractable, with green LED and remote control. Like we said,
the audio is not perfectly balanced but thanks to the Razer's software you can changing it to fit your needs. It is not the first time that we
have used a headset with 7.1 virtual surround sound and in this case the sound is pleasant and highly
immersive. If you are an MMO player and you have always to jump in and out from a voice chat or adjust your volume, you will be disappointed
as the Kraken 7.1 does not feature an in-line remote control.
Razer does not include a software CD inside the bundle but the software is free and available to everyone,
since you only need to register at Razer's site before download it. We think that this process could be annoying for some users. However the software
is still practical and intuitive to use.
The price of the Kraken 7.1 is in line with other similar products. The starting price
at Geizhals, excluding shipping costs, is set at 95 euro. For these reasons the Razer Kraken 7.1 receive 3.5 out of 5 stars