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Razer Kraken Ultimate gaming headset review – PC Gamer

Razer has released yet another Kraken headset, this time dubbed with an ‘ultimate’ moniker—pretty accurate considering Razer’s Kraken Ultimate has combined the best features of its existing Kraken line-up: USB connectivity from the Kraken X; THX digital surround sound from the Kraken Tournament Edition; and gel-cooled memory foam ear cushions from the ‘new and improved’ Kraken. There’s a price tag to match, $129.99, more compared to similar headsets with a chat mix, which the Kraken Ultimate lacks, but it’s not outrageous. What you get is a light-weight, well-constructed, stylish headset that feels great and sounds great.

Specs

Price: $129.99
Wireless: No
Driver-type: Custom-tuned 50mm with Neodymium magnets
Impedance: 32 ohms @ 1kHz
Frequency response: 20Hz -20,000Hz
Design style: Over-ear
Microphone: Unidirectional ECM boom
Connectivity: USB digital
Cable length: 6.56ft
Weight: 0.86lbs

Sound-wise, the Kraken Ultimate lives up to its THX promise. Whether playing games or watching a movie, environmental sounds were richer and fuller, and I could easily hear subtle environmental details like birds chirping or leaves rustling from the wind. So THX naturally makes this headset great for shooters that rely on directional sound, as well as slower-paced, first-person POV games that are visually and auditorily-rich. For the average music listener, the Kraken Ultimate does its job, but it’s no audiophile headset; stereo mode is still the best default setting for music. You can turn on ‘bass boost’ in Razer Synapse, but depending on the song it might sound a little muddy if you don’t mess with the equalizer settings.


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