Cult of razer: headset Kraken

That awkward moment when night falls and all go to bed, and you prispichivaet listen to music, watch a movie, play or talk on Skype. What to do? That's right, the use of headphones. What if I want to still get excellent sound quality, superior voice and experience total immersion in the process? Especially for this company Razer has developed a series of headsets called Kraken

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They differ from ordinary "headset with microphone" two chips: a virtual three-dimensional sound system with the ability to accurately calibrate and USB-PC connection.






The system of "virtual 3D» allows you to fully immerse in the atmosphere of games and movies, but what USB connection - no steam on the subject connector somewhere on the back of your PC, or some hybrid microphone naushnichnogo monster in the laptop. Stuck - wait five seconds - works.




The system device is defined as a separate device and knocks settings "main" sound: all kinds of equalizer, balance sheets, sample rate and other amenities attached to the headset and work with her and only her, without affecting the speaker or built-in notebook speakers.

Appearance
Both headsets are made in the same style and of similar materials: soft-touch plastic so pleasant tactile leatherette. Easy headband, soft and no pressure either from above or from the side.




Ear cushions quite elastic and dense, and as the upper arch, devoid of excess: they do not get hot, insulation is sufficient, but not at the level of the "vacuum", the filler is not pinched ear (if it is larger than the inner volume of the headphones), in general - take care of comfort for five plus. Kraken is deservedly called one of the most comfortable headphones in this form factor. Six hours - no problem. Eight - normal flight. At the end of the day you remove the headset from the head and there is no feeling of "I am free": light headphones, do not press on your head, do not press the ears, "breathe", and, at the same time, provide an acceptable level of sound insulation in both directions.




By itself, the appearance of the models is very standard and not distracting from the overall design trend as in "gaming" industry and the trend products Razer: neat black matte body, insertion of high quality synthetic leather and woven / green wire + optional green light if the product there's highlight. In Kraken'ov highlighted logos on each of "cups", plus an older version of burning tip of the microphone when it is active. Trifle, but nice and clear - not to say that during the on-line battles have time to look at the microphone, but peripheral vision is always notices when the operation indicator is on, and when - no. Works especially well with the system of push-to-talk.

Features
Hardware Specifications headphones, on the one hand, speak volumes, on the other - on the box, you can write whatever you want. But some manufacturers do have a policy of « do not disclose the details, you are buying the same% brand_name%, when we vparivali hat you? I>», and do not talk about anything. Just say that they are the best and everything. Fortunately, Razer behaves honestly and reveals all the characteristics, with no marketing husk of the "dynamic contrast" and other PMPO.

Razer Kraken USB :

Full Specifications: Headphones:
Speakers: 32 mm, with neodymium magnets
The inner diameter of the ear cushions: 50 mm
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity (@ 1kHz, 1V / Pa): 112dB at 1 kHz max.
Input power: 30 mW
Approximate weight: 250 g
USB cable 2 meter
Microphone:
Analog
Swivel design
Frequency response: 100 - 12,000 Hz
Signal / noise ratio: 63 dB
Sensitivity (@ 1kHz, 1V / Pa): -40 ± 4dB
Polar Pattern: Unidirectional
Interfaces:
A gold-plated USB connector
System Requirements:
the PC with a USB port
Power consumption of 50 mW
Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Mac OS X (10.7-10.9)
Internet connection (for driver installation)
Free space on hard disk 100 MB
To use the full set of product features and to obtain software updates, require registration account at Razer Synapse 2.0 (need a valid e-mail address), downloading software, acceptance of the license agreement and an internet connection. Once activated, the full feature set of the product is available and additional stand-alone mode.
Warranty:
The guarantee in Russia 2 years

The older model is very different internals: almost all the "iron" is worth a higher level, hence the different price tag.

Razer Kraken USB 7.1 :

Full Specifications: Headphones:
Speakers: 40 mm, with neodymium magnets
The inner diameter of the ear cushions: 50 mm
Frequency response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
Sensitivity (@ 1kHz, 1V / Pa): 110 ± 4dB at 1 kHz max.
Input power: 50 mW
Approximate weight: 340 g
The USB cable is 2 meters in a protective sheath
Soft leatherette ear cushions
Microphone:
Digital
Retractable design
Noise, Normalize audio.
the Mute button and highlighting mode
Frequency response: 100 - 12,000 Hz
Signal / noise ratio: 63 dB
Sensitivity (@ 1kHz, 1V / Pa): -40 ± 4dB
Polar Pattern: Omnidirectional
Interfaces:
A gold-plated USB connector
System Requirements:
the PC with a USB port
Windows® 8 / Windows® 7 / Windows Vista® / Mac OS X (10.7-10.9)
Internet connection (for driver installation)
Free space on hard disk 100 MB
To use the full set of product features and to obtain software updates, require registration account at Razer Synapse 2.0 (need a valid e-mail address), downloading software, acceptance of the license agreement and an internet connection. Once activated, the full feature set of the product is available and additional stand-alone mode.
Warranty:
The guarantee in Russia 2 years

Features
In both cases, completing it as "Spartan" - will not name. In the box than the headphones and pieces of paper with instructions / warranty no-thing. No labels or cloth bags to carry the headphones (bear them useless to your phone is not connected, the music on the road does not listen), nor any adapter or spare parts.

Operating the



The possibility of the younger version of the headset is very pleasant: it connects via USB and is defined in the system as a separate audio device. To work it is recommended to put the software company Razer Synapse, but without the headset will work in Skype and games.



Universal interface Synapse allows you to customize the operation of any Razer-devaysa, but we are interested in the interaction with the headset. You can customize almost any parameter relating to the playback sound: connect to the signal processing equalizer, including increased LF / HF bands, adjust the microphone volume. Most importantly, it allows Synapce use and calibrate the system virtual 7.1 sound. Calibration takes place in one easy step: you offer to close your eyes and try to mouse wheel or buttons on the keyboard "move" sound so that it was in this sector.



Several repetitions with different sectors and the result will not take long: a test sample causes the virtual helicopter virtually fly your very real head. Not to say that the effect of the presence of 100% amazing, wonderful and delicious, but the system works.

In games and movies, by the way, works better than the example of the calibration software: we tested this thing in the simulator Warthunder, driving simulations in a series of GRID and DIRT, shooters BF4 and Crysis 2/3 - everywhere "immersion" in the game world is accompanied by sufficient convincing surround sound.



Most sense of presence gave Warthunder and Crysis. Work virtual 3D-sound simulator really let's know that the tail is someone and shoots. 30 or 45-mm cannons hard not to hear the roar of the engine, even for a piston fighter, and the direction of the sound is excellent shows which side to wait for the threat, and the same 12.7mm "Brownings" without tracers on well defined sound. Well, there Crysis Crysis, entertaining, exciting, beautiful, and even with the effect of the presence of headphones - worse, he just did not.



Maximum difficulty in Crysis does not have to play in Superman, so stealth, fast moving, active use of relief and short punches + constant environment sounds very crisp sense of direction really exciting and allow to plunge into the process.

On the same network shooter is not so simple: Battlefield 4 just do not have time to sort out, and in CS: GO, of course, many note the importance of the sound component, but as the game he did not like me. Change your texture in it, but call him UnrealTournament - no one will notice, realistic component of the CS-series has always been a little alone zadrotskie skill determines the outcome of the battle.



The older (and, therefore, more expensive) model, at first glance, has a few differences from the usual Kraken, almost all of them are centered around multi-user functionality, in particular - Microphone: firstly, it is digital, not analog, in the second is his response wider than the younger version, thirdly, the headset can work with normalization and noise reduction, and does it very active and much better than soft karaoke solutions, embedded in all sorts of TeamSpeak'i and other means of communication.

In fact, except the microphone, headphone different design themselves and their internal structure. Radiators are other (32 mm vs. 40), and the mass of the model added almost 50%: 250 grams of the younger version of the older 340 against. The price of a good, but the overall level set is different: if the base version - it's just a good headset with surround sound and firm buns Razer, then the highest - a decent solution for enthusiasts multpleera and night negotiations on Skype.



Separately want to mention the technology Crystal Clear, which in previous versions available: coupled with high sensitivity microphone, noise reduction hardware and normalization of the audio signal, it allows you to communicate in a whisper at night without causing problems for others and hatred among party members or buddies on Skype. Audibility excellent voice flat, without "spitting" hiss from the amplifier system sensitivity and noise from outside the window.

The increased size of the radiator directly affects the amount of bass and "depth" of the scene: the extra eight millimeters an easy clean "plastic" sound of gunfire and beats / explosions. In general, the headset becomes out of a pleasant product is old enough and balanced comprehensive solution reproduction and transmission of audio content. Movies, voice chat, games, music - all capable of. Minus-one and powerful - it can not connect to a smartphone or tablet.



Results of
So, to sum up. The junior model - fits perfectly in the price spectrum "entry" level of quality gaming headsets. For the money virtual surround + branded soft and high quality materials are hard to find. Older - this is the level for those who are really interested in games, especially multiplayer component: great job microphone subsystem, the opportunity to work with a headset for hours without any fatigue, excellent ergonomics and a really high quality software with cloud synchronization settings for all modern RAZER -The product (and a lot of players, and not only the players, starayustya stick mono-branded peripherals as reasons of "bigotry" and simply because of convenience).

Pros and cons of Kraken USB:
+ Body materials and embouchure, quality manufacturing and assembly;
+ Virtual 7.1 working no worse than in the older model;
+ Not a bad microphone;
+ Excellent software;
+ Price;
- Some of the lack of low-frequency gain is corrected in the software program;
- USB-only connection, no perehodika on 2h3.5mm or 1 combination connector;
- Poor equipment;
- "Out of the box," just a little too tight on your head, you have to "run».

Unfortunately, by the time of publication of goods temporarily ends. Stay tuned for updates on the site .

Pros and cons of Kraken 7.1:
+ Body materials and embouchure, quality manufacturing and assembly;
+ Ergonomics at 5+;
+ Virtual 7.1, works fine;
+ Digital microphone and ext. opportunities;
+ Excellent software;
+ Price;
- USB-only connection, no adapter to 2h3.5mm or 1 combination connector;
- Poor equipment.

Cost Razer Kraken 7.1 in store Yulmart is 8770 rubles.

If you do not need features for 3D sound, we have a version of Razer Kraken Pro , with a classic minijack. In terms of playing the same sound design themselves headphone and microphone work model "stuck" between 7.1 and USB: audio playback inherited from the older model, but due to lack of USB-connector microphone and everything connected with it - simple, from the younger .

Cost Razer Kraken 7.1 in store Yulmart is 6310 rubles.



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