|Item model number||RZ04-00720100-R3M1|
|Item Weight||1.59 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||10.2 x 9.4 x 5.2 inches|
|Item Dimensions L x W x H||10.2 x 9.38 x 5.2 inches|
Razer BlackShark Over Ear Noise Isolating PC Gaming Headset
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- Based on military helicopter headset designs
- Superior sound isolation for distraction-free gaming and music playback
- Gaming on the go
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Razer BlackShark Over Ear Noise Isolating PC Gaming Headset - Sound Locked and Loaded
Soldiers in intense combat situations need to be fully focused with minimal distractions to take the objectives successfully and come out alive. The same goes for gamers seeking the win - and that's what the Razer BlackShark gaming headset was built to deliver. Lock on to your sound and nothing else for the win with the Razer BlackShark.
Based on Military Helicopter Headset Designs
The design of the Razer BlackShark was inspired by aviator headsets worn by attack helicopter pilots. They provide the same level of comfort needed to endure extended mission times and superior sound isolation for absolute command-clarity in the most frenzied situations.
Superior Sound Isolation for Distraction-Free Gaming and Music Playback
With the over ear design and leatherette sealant of the headset’s ear cups, block out all unwanted, ambient noise and only hear the awesome, intense audio of your games and music.
Gaming On The Go
The Razer BlackShark’s detachable boom microphone makes this a highly versatile headset, at home both at a gaming setup and out on the streets for music playback. Go from immersive gaming audio and smack-talking foes at your desktop to listening to your music out and about in seconds. The combined audio/mic cable works with all portable audio/mobile/computing devices including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phones, Razer Blade, Macbook Pro, or today’s newer Ultrabooks. The included audio/mic splitter extension cable lets you use the combined audio/mic capabilities of the Razer BlackShark on computers that use separate 3.5mm ports for audio output and microphone input.
- Stereo sound with enhanced bass
- Sound-isolating circumaural ear cup design
- Detachable boom microphone for voice chat or added mobility
- Audio/mic splitter adapter cable
- Memory foam leatherette ear cushions for maximum comfort
- 40mm neodymium magnet stereo drivers
- Drivers: 40mm neodymium magnets with copper-clad aluminum voice coil
- Frequency response: 20Hz – 20KHz
- Impedance: 29 Ω
- Sensitivity @ 1KHz: 105dB ± 3 dB
- Input power: 50mW
- Cable: 1.3m rubber sheathed
- Connector: 3.5 mm audio + mic combined jack
- Frequency response: 50Hz – 16KHz
- Signal-to-noise ratio: 50dB
- Sensitivity @ 1KHz: -37 dB +/- 4dB
- Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
- Hardware Requirements
- Devices with separate 3.5mm audio and mic jacks
- Devices with combined 3.5mm audio + mic combined jack (works with all portable audio/mobile/computing devices including the iPod, iPhone, iPad, Kindle Fire, Android phones, Razer Blade, Macbook Pro, or today’s newer Ultrabooks.)
- 1m / 3.2ft audio/mic splitter adapter extension cable included
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So, I plunked down the most money I have ever spent on a headset and got it a few days later.
So what are the things that I like about? The construction quality is AMAZING. It's actual metal alright. The wires are routed in a neat way. You can detach the microphone (more on the quality in a second and pop in this metal nub thing to make it look complete without a headset. It is adjustable so it can fit on all sizes of heads AND the padding after 5 months, is still holding up. It still looks brand new- unlike other headsets I have used where the padding starts to look worn after months of use. It comes with a Y splitter so you can connect it to your PC (which is where i use it mainly)- but you can detach it from the splitter and use it on anything that accepts a regular 3.5mm headset (I have used it on my iPhone, iPad, 3DS and PS Vita).
The first thing I noticed when I plugged this thing in compared to my old headset? Bass. So much bass. In a good way.
The microphone works really well. It's on a little boom and is adjustable in all sorts of directions. I use it mainly in vent- but I have also used it for "narration" work for youtube videos. The input is very clear and crisp. The filter over the mic does well to guard against plosives while recording. So pop your p's and slur your S's- you won't pick it up in the recording (unless you are holding the mic RIGHT AGAINST your mouth).
So what do I NOT like? There are TWO things.
1. The cable is rubber. I think Razer should have used a threaded cable like they do with the Naga. Threaded cables can handle much more of a beating and do not fray or rip as easily. But to the headsets credit, the rubber cable feels sturdy enough and after 5 months of use there is not any signs of wear, fraying or warping- so maybe it's not so bad. This is more of a nitpick really.
2. GLASSES- if you wear glasses and plan on using this thing for hours like I do- listen up. If you have thicker plastic frames- the padding over the ears will press it a little against your temples. What this means is after 3-5 hours of use, your temples might be a little sore. If you adjust your glasses when you put them on and raise them up just a tad, then I have found I do not experience the tenderness. When I wear my thin framed glasses however, I do not get sore. If you wear contacts or nothing at all- you won't run into this issue.
But those aren't big deals for me. The cable so far seems like new and the soreness from my glasses can be avoided if I adjust my glasses when I put the headset on.
I definitely recommend the Blackshark. It looks awesome and works just how you would expect something in this price range to function.
Thought I would give an update. So far, so good. Everything is just as it should be in the sound department and hardware department. I am now at 9 months of use and am now starting to notice kinks in the rubber cable which was my biggest concern when buying this thing. Because of the kinks, those parts of the cable "coil" around themselves which bend the cable which reduces the total length and is annoying. My biggest concern is that the cable will either start to rip/fray around the kinked parts and eventually stop working. But as of right now, I'm not really worried about it. I haven't really been moving this thing around either. It always stays plugged into my system and rests on my desk when not in use. Obviously it was something I did to make the kinks- they just didn't happen on their own- but what worries me is how gently I treat this thing and for that to still happen. I can't think of anything where I misused the headset to cause the creasing in the cable.
Seriously Razer, if you are listening- threaded cable is the way to go with this beauty. With that said, I still stand by my original review and rating. Just keep that in "the back of your mind".
I'll update if anything should change.
This part of the device is top notch. I live in an apartment with several loud roommates and these headphones block out about 80% of their shenanigans just by having something at a low volume play. I have sensitive ears, so I listen to most things at low volumes and I find it hard to find good headphones or ear buds that really give the full auditory experience when you listen to things at such low levels but this definitely gave me great volume at those low levels. They are great for gaming, however if your looking for some really nice bassy ones for music you could find better ones at this price. Then again if you wanted to use these for music you probably wouldn't be looking at a headset with a mic.
The microphone on this device is great. The unidirectional mic insures that my keyboard and roommates can't be heard in the back ground. Even when they are play radioactive on our keyboard at max volume for the 50th time that day. The mic's sound quality is top notch, I use to use a blu snowball mic before coming to this apartment, however there is too much background noise for that now. I'd say this mic is about 80% as good as the blu snowball, which was a much better comparison than I expected. The only issues I have with this mic is it tends to be a little on the quite side (an easy fix with a tad bit of volume boosting) and it seems to have a constant white noise. For voice chat your friends probably won't notice it. If you're using it for recording purposes just throw it into audacity, adobe sound booth, or adobe premiere and they will be able to easily get rid of that bit of white noise however.
The short version:
These are bloody fantastic and I would highly recommend them if you want a fair balance between playback and recording quality at a reasonable price.
All that being said they would be a keeper but this headset is very uncomfortable wearing for long periods of time. I wear glasses and the amount of pressure was like having a vice strapped to my head. Even after trying to adjust it over and over again. Eventually I gave up and sent these back to amazon.
Well worth it if they are kept in one place, not for walking around or traveling.