Advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine The Razer Kraken 7.1 comes equipped with an advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine that immerses you deeper into the game.
The left ear cup houses an enhanced digital microphone boom that pulls out only when you need it, maintaining the headset's sleek form factor while protecting the microphone during transportation and storage.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 surround sound gaming headset has been field-tested by countless professional gamers to determine the optimal ergonomics for extended gaming sessions.
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Razer Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound Over Ear USB Gaming Headset
Get the complete 7.1 surround sound gaming experience with the Razer Kraken 7.1 USB gaming headset. This headset adopts the comfortable form factor of the Razer Kraken Pro, tested by numerous professional gamers to determine the optimal ergonomics for extended gaming sessions. In addition gamers get personalized 7.1 surround sound via a powerful sound configurator through Razer Synapse.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 comes equipped with an advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine that immerses you deeper into the game. The engine is capable of ultra-low latency audio processing and modulates the audio source to simulate a 360⁰ surround sound experience that is usually achievable only by incorporating more than one positional driver in each ear cup.
Unidirectional digital microphone with optimized voice algorithm
Get balanced, natural sounding vocal tones when speaking into the Razer Kraken 7.1’s digital microphone. The mic is adjusted to pick up minimal background noise and produce crystal-clear voice. There is a quick mute button at the tip of the mic as well as a green LED that signifies when the mic is active.
The left ear cup houses an enhanced digital microphone boom that pulls out only when you need it, maintaining the headset’s sleek form factor while protecting the microphone during transportation and storage. The flexible design and integrated mute button allow the microphone to be adjusted to individual needs, ensuring that it is always positioned the way you need it.
Best-in-class 7.1 virtual surround sound via Razer Synapse
Razer Synapse allows a personal surround sound calibration fit for your ears, giving you the ability to configure your perfect individual setting. Experience a greater sense of involvement in your favorite titles through the advanced surround sound engine.
The Razer Kraken 7.1 surround sound gaming headset has been field-tested by countless professional gamers to determine the optimal ergonomics for extended gaming sessions. The foldable design allows you to quickly and conveniently stow away and carry the headset on-the-go. Combined with the plush leatherette padding on the ear cups, the Razer Kraken 7.1 immerses you in absolute comfort.
Razer’s powerful Synapse unified configuration software is capable of a high degree of customization, your personal audio calibrations will automatically be saved in the cloud, ready for use wherever you game.
Frequency response: 20 – 20,000Hz
Impedance: 32Ω at 1kHz
Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): 110 ± 2dB at 1kHz max
Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium magnets
Frequency response: 100 – 12,000Hz
Signal-to-noise ratio: 63 dB
Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): -40 ± 4dB
Pick-up pattern: Omnidirectional
Inner ear cup diameter: 50mm / 1.97”
Cable length: 2m / 6.56ft braided USB cable
Approximate weight: 340g / 0.75lbs
Connector: Gold plated USB
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Analog music & gaming headphones
Analog gaming & music headset
Essential USB gaming headset
Advanced 7.1 surround sound USB gaming headset
Elite analog music & gaming headphones
7.1 virtual surround sound
Analog 3.5mm combined jack
Mic stores inside ear cup when not in use
Mic mute light
Backlit ear cups
Foldable ear cups
Rubber sheathed cable
Neodymium magnet drivers
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- 2m / 6.6ft splitter adapter (combined jack to audio & microphone output)
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Date First Available
August 22, 2013
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I have a love hate relationship with this set. I'm a little bit of a audiophile (AKA someone who really likes nice quality headphones). I bought these guys quite some time ago after reading and watching some positive reviews. This was my first high-ish quality pair of headphones. Now that its been awhile, my tastes and expectations have evolved and I am better able to judge these headphones for myself.
Pros. The build quality on these puppies still impresses me even now that I have moved on to bigger and better things. Much of this headset is metal and it feels great in the hand. Going along with the build quality, the styling on these headphones is really distinctive and aggressive. Just looking at them makes me want to use them. Its a Razer product. While this could go in the Cons sections as well depending on where your allegiances are, many consider Razer products to be cool, gamer friendly, and aggressive.
Cons: Lets start with the comfort of these headphones. Because of the metal, bulky looking design, these guys are not light weight. Well, I guess that's not totally true. I should say they were build with style in mind, not comfort, this makes them feel a little heavy and slightly uncomfortable for me. Keep in mind, I own a number of other mainstream headphones and headsets such as the HyperX Cloud 2s, Audio-Technica M50x, and Sennheiser 558's. All three of those headphones are more comfortable than the Krakens. I think my main complaint about the Krakens is that they are rather tight on my head. I don't have an overly large head or anything, they just squeeze rather tightly. This would be OK if the cups on the ears were soft and plushy, but they are rather firm, and they sit more on the ear than around the ear. Because of the stiff cups and the tight hold, it makes it hard to wear these for any more than around 2-3 hours. However, if you had smaller ears, then you'd probably be just fine.
Sound. Now, sound is VERY subjective, so take what I say with a grain of salt. The bass is heavy compared to my other pairs of headphones, but if your into that, than great, you might very well like these headphones. Compared to the HyperX Cloud 2s, these sound much cheaper. The sound is muddy, deep, and the highs and mids are a bit drowned out by the loose, heavy, bass. There, now that that's out of the way, I can say that if you are a casual listener, the sound quality of these headphones will probably be just fine for you, but those of you with a refined ear my be disappointed. You can download some software to Razer that allows you to adjust the sound of these headphones, but I have yet to find settings that help me enjoy the sound these headphones produce.
The number one complaint I have about his headset is the cable. Seems silly right? I can deal with uncomfortable, and I can deal with headphones that don't sound amazing, but the cable is just one flaw too many for me. I have the USB these headphones use connected to my Keyboard right now, and as I type I can hear the vibrations from the keys traveling up the cable and into my ear. Its hard to explain, but it gets very old very quickly. Alone with that, every time the cable brushes up against my clothes, it sounds like someone is running some sandpaper on the back of my headphones. The braided cabling on this headset is just not right. I think its probably too stiff, and that's what causes the sound transfer. I have dealt with similar problems in other braided cable products, but this is by far the worst, and its what keeps me from using these headphones much.
The mic is just so-so. My friends tell me I sound different using this mic, but not in a bad way. It adjusts nicely to most positions, and the ability to slide it into the headset is REALLY nice. Also, the mute button on the end of the mic is also fantastic.
That about sums these headphones up from my perspective. I want to like these headphones, and I do, but when compared to headphones that are even just 20 dollars more expensive, these just don't cut it.
I was trying to replace a pair of Razer Maelstroms that I beat to death and used very hard, every day, for about 4 years. I chewed them up pretty thoroughly and they just kept going. This is supposed to be the upgrade to the Maelstrom - NOT. Total downgrade.
The sound from them is just fine, but I'm not an audiophile. I was disappointed that they didn't have an on-board volume control or capacity to switch between 2.0 and 7.1 on the fly. They were also very tight on my head. Worst of all, they do not work with Lync - my main on-line meeting software. They did fine with WebEx and Skype, but Lync is very popular and no matter what on-line solution or configuration I tried, they just don't work.
I ended up trading them to my son's girlfriend for a pair of Maelstroms she had. Razer needs to try again on these and go back to something more comfortable and more functional.
A little background, I have been through a bunch of headsets, mostly budget-friendly ones. I kept a Plantronics GameCom 367 headset in almost great condition until recently (a week ago), while also switching between Logitech headsets and coming back to the GameCom. These past few weeks, I decided that I was going to listen to and watch reviews on Kingston HyperX Cloud II and Razer Kraken 7.1 headsets. This review is only for the Razer Kraken 7.1's and I hope to give you a little insight on the headset, as I have been using it for the past hour+half or so. This review is not bias, I was not discounted to review and hopefully you get an idea of what you should choose. Whether this, or another.
The packaging was great, looked very Razer-styled and having purchased an Expert MMO gaming mouse from Razer, packaging was quite similar. I won't bore you with the packaging details or anything, if I were to do that, I would've just made a video review. ;)
The problem, which is not a problem to me but is to others, is that when you first begin to work with this headset, using the Razer Synapse can be quite complicated. Without using Razer Synapse, you are pretty much not exploring this headset's true potential and power. With the program installed, the Razer Kraken 7.1 configured (I'm still tweaking to getting it as perfect as I can get), and going right into Discord, TeamSpeak 3, MMORPGs, etc, I can safely say that this headset is very, very, versatile and has amazing sound quality. I've had some people confirm my voice sounds clearer and in turn, I can hear people just as clear. Remember, this is mostly due with the program but the headset itself also provides some useful features (AGC, for example). So remember. With Razer Synapse - need tweaks, but great quality. Without it - basic stereo headset.
I'm not the best at explaining how or why something is worthwhile, but I will tell you this. When people have said that they can hear things they have not heard before while gaming (not hallucinations, though lol), I have to confirm that this will open your hearing capabilities to a much more immerse level. You will hear sounds that you might have not cared about or knew existed in whatever games you play. I'd even suggest to play FPS games and compare without using this headset, then listening with this headset. You will notice a huge difference.
Regardless what others have said, with lower-ratings, I gave this a 5-Star and even right now, I'm using this to jam out to as much music as I can. I think that with a bit of tinkering, you can exceed and surpass your expectations. If you are questioning yourself on whether to buy it or not. I say...
Do it. You won't regret it!
Finally, for a tl;dr section...
---Positives/Negatives--- + Comfortable + Sound Quality + Microphone Quality + Structure Build/Style +- Razer Synapse (can be complicated, slightly problematic, but once configured: amazing.)
Good luck and hopefully this review, as inexperienced as I am, helps YOU out!