EPOS, which has an impeccable record and is well-known throughout Europe and the world, just introduced a new batch of gaming headphones.
The EPOSGSP 500 headset, developed by the famous developers Sennheiser (Germany) and sold under the EPOS brand, is one of the most recent versions of gaming headphones, an overview of which you may read in this post. The EPOS GSP 500’s look is elegant with a touch of aggression:
- the headset is made of durable polymer – it is pleasant to the touch, thick, flexible and non-marking plastic;
- the essential shade of the new headphones is black without gloss – only the stripes separating the inside of the cups from the outside are shiny;
- ear pads, which have received a large size, covering the auricles completely, are distinguished by a classic oval shape and the presence of a spectacular decor in the form of headbands of an expressive scarlet colour;
- the headband is made in the tradition of the brand – the developers have not abandoned their favourite split design, reminiscent of a pilot’s headset and light logos that adorn the ends of the arc;
- The cups are linked to the headband through a metal two-axis hinge mechanism, which allows for easy opening while still providing maximum structural strength.
The EPOS GSP 601 model, which is reviewed here. According to official sources, this device gained universal approval from specialists even during the presentation. The headphones have once again proved unshakeable brand ideals like as quality, ergonomics, practicality, and a modern design that is in line with current fashion trends.
In addition to the headphones themselves, the following items are included in the product package:
- Console cord with a 4-pin L-shaped connector, 1.2 m long;
- a cable with a double branch at the end, containing a pair of 3-pole headset and microphone jacks, length 2.5 m;
- two white side plates – an alternative to stationary bronze colored plates;
- user manual;
- warranty card.
Pros and Cons
|GSP 500||GSP 601|
|Excellent audio performance||Premium look and feel|
|Open back acoustics||Sleek, professional style|
|Excellent microphone||Sturdy, premium design|
|Comfortable & Lightweight||Active noise-cancelling|
|Made entirely of plastic||Lacks decent bass|
|GSP 500||GSP 601|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Weight||358 gr||395 gr|
|Dimension||80 x 190 x 165mm||80 x 190 x 165mm|
|Type||Open back||Around ear|
|Colour||Black, Red||White, Black|
|Impedance||28 ohms||28 ohms|
|Frequency Response||10 Hz – 18 kHz||10–30,000 Hz|
|Battery Type||No battery||No battery|
|Cable length||2500 mm||2500 mm|
|Compatibility||PC / Softphone, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac OSX, PS5, Xbox Series X||PC / Softphone, PS4, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch, Mac OSX, PS5, Xbox Series X|
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 500- Interestingly, the earpads of the device are distinguished by an open acoustic format – in their upper part; you can see a metal mesh.
We should pay tribute to the ergonomics of the design performance of the novelty – the headband can be moved apart, adjusting it to the size of the user’s head.
The upholstery for the inner side of the ear cushions is a special fabric, soft and perforated to prevent the gamer’s ears and the skin around them from sweating.
Underneath this textile material is a resilient foam filler that retains its shape perfectly and does not deform over time.
The right cup on the outside is equipped with a wheel responsible for adjusting the volume – it is large, so it is located immediately and rotates effortlessly, smoothly and quickly.
The bundled cables of wired headphones do not interfere during sessions – they, placed in a braid, are distinguished by minimal weight and elasticity. Such cables are not prone to twisting.
The product has proven that the EPOS GSP 500 headphones do not put pressure on the head even during a long game and do not fall off it if, for example, a gamer reacts too emotionally to the events of a tournament. This signature headset is uniquely cosy and comfortable.
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 601- The brand’s designers have made the EPOS GSP 601 modification more than just aesthetically pleasing. The look of these headphones demonstrates discreet chic with a note of determination and courage, aiming the conquerors of virtual arenas to win.
The model is made in a black and white combination. Such a contrasting solution is in trend now. The flexible headband, equipped with a unique ventilation system and soft foam pads and all internal areas of the structure, received a dark colour.
Black trims are present on the outside of the ear cups and boom. The ear cups are oval-shaped. Their back surface allows the ear cushions to fit the body without leaving a feeling of discomfort. The earbuds have been tested and proven to fit comfortably, no matter how long you play.
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 500- When it comes to sound the speaker system of the device includes modern drivers with powerful, evident, transparent and detailed sound. The audio of these emitters is also distinguished by its scale, excellent balance and richness, regardless of the genre of the game.
The device reproduces high frequencies gently, focusing the listener’s attention on the minor nuances. The mid-tones sound juicy and biting, and the bass is expressive but without pronounced dominance.
Thanks to these headset properties, its owners can enjoy the effect of the realism of the sound picture of gaming sessions and instantly find their virtual opponent, no matter how skillfully he is hiding.
Since the novelty is made open, its sound will be heard not only by the player himself but also by the people nearby.
The EPOS GSP 500 gaming headphones will not let you down during online games that involve voice communication with team members.
The microphone of the model will provide the broadcast of your voice in excellent quality. Experts call the quality of the player’s speech transmission by this microphone practically a studio one. The user’s voice is always conveyed clearly and naturally – and the far from the quiet environment of the player will not interfere with this.
The design of the microphone is non-removable but flexible – its location is adjustable. If you don’t need to use a microphone, you can turn it off instantly by lifting the boom. When folded, this part will not interfere with the gamer.
The new headset is suitable for gaming on all possible devices. These headphones connect to a stationary computer and various types of consoles – they are compatible with the latest generations of PlayStation consoles, Mac OS and Xbox One controllers.
Using a short cable, you can connect the EPOS GSP 500 model to smartphones and other mobile gadgets – these headphones, created for true esports fans, are truly versatile.
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 601- The EPOS designers was concerned with the trendy design and ergonomics of their creation, as well as its core purpose – sound reproduction.
The EPOS GSP 601 headset is equipped with dynamic neodymium speakers, the sound of which impresses with several good characteristics:
- purity – you will be convinced of the transparency of the soundtrack of games;
- scale – the sound stage is characterized by breadth;
- realistic – players feel themselves in the center of virtual events, which adds to their drive;
- clear detail – the detail of the sound makes it possible to accurately determine the location of the enemy;
- optimal balance between bass, midrange and treble.
At the same time, the gadget offers a considerable power range – the headset’s sensitivity is 113 dB.
A closed type of construction distinguishes the novelty. It can be safely bought by the inhabitants of apartments and houses, in which a not quiet atmosphere often reigns.
Putting the headset on your head, you will immediately see the excellent soundproofing of the cups. The earpads cover the ears entirely and prevent external sounds from reaching them.
If your family members turn on a TV or other audio device near you, it will not prevent you from focusing on the game. You will only hear the soundtrack of your battle and nothing else.
In turn, the explosions and cannonades accompanying your virtual adventures will not annoy others. You will only hear these sounds.
The non-detachable headphone microphone is in an upright position in the package. To activate it, you just have to lower the barbell down – the principle of enabling/disabling this element of the device is simple.
But the microphone of this headset is good not so much for the convenience and practicality of use, as for the high-quality voice transmission.
During chatting, the player’s voice communication with the interlocutors always remains consistently clear, delays and interference are not observed, and the timbre of the gamer’s voice is not distorted. All instructions and comments regarding the process of the game, members of your team will be heard and taken into account.
The headset is equipped with a sturdy inner frame and a metal swivel adjustment mechanism.
The plastic parts of the headphones will also not let you down in reliability. A super-strong polymer is used for them, which is difficult to scratch, let alone break.
Its proprietary quality distinguishes the assembly of the device. You will not have to face troubles in the form of creaks, backlashes and poorly fitted elements.
The headband and cups of the EPOS GSP 601 gaming headphones are adjustable; adjusting their position, you can ensure the fit of the arch and ear cushions to the anatomical features of a particular user.
The headband, which provides optimal fixation of the device on the head and its most comfortable fit, is adjustable in the degree of pressure.
The overlays attached to the bottom of the bow are made of spongy, shape-memory material and covered with a mesh fabric that allows air to pass through, keeping the back of the player’s head from sweating.
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 500- Professionals include the following features in the list of advantages:
- stylish spectacular design – the branded headset looks presentable and solid;
- strength and durability of the structure – manufacturers give a two-year warranty;
- ergonomics thought out to the smallest detail – you can play in such headphones for days on end without experiencing discomfort;
- brilliant sound, creating the illusion of complete immersion in the world of the game – you will find yourself in the centre of virtual events, feeling as their eyewitness and direct participant;
- high-quality microphone – background noises will not prevent your interlocutors from clearly hearing your commands and remarks;
- compatibility with all gaming platforms – you can indulge in gaming using any gadgets for this exciting activity.
Some issues in the EPOS GSP 500 headphones were also detected. Among them is a lack of sound insulation: the soundtrack of your sessions will be heard by others, and it is unlikely that such a feature would prevent them from watching TV or just conversing. The headset’s drawbacks include some of its bulkiness and a high price.
You may improve the sound of the headphone by purchasing an amplifier – which is not included in the box.
EPOS Sennheiser GSP 601- Summing up the overview information about this headset, it is worth mentioning a few of its key advantages:
- stylish appearance – the headphones look elegant;
- high-quality sound – the sound of the device is especially delightful in games, although most music lovers will also like it;
- well, thought-out ergonomics – the design is comfortable to use, regardless of the duration of the tournament and the parameters of the user’s head;
- universal compatibility – you do not have to limit yourself in choosing a gadget for virtual battles (can connect the accessory to any modern platforms for games – from PCs and laptops to consoles of various types, tablets and smartphones);
- Structural strength – your emotional playing style will not break your branded headset;
the reliability of the microphone – it will not let down fans of network gaming!
1MORE ComfoBuds Pro Review: Affordably ANC
The ComfoBuds Pro, 1More is now delivering a design change towards a full-fledged in-ear. And although the two earbuds are very similar, there are apparent differences. Which are they?
As already mentioned, the Pro model is based on the Non-Pro version. That means we are dealing with a chopstick design again. This measures 42 x 17 x 20 mm (L x W x D) . 1More dares to approach a blue version with the Pro version. There are then three colors from Aurora Blue , Titanium Black, Mica White.
In terms of color, the headphones are stylish in every variant. The relatively dark lacquer on the earbuds looks almost like metal, but plastic is actually used.
Charging station (450 mAh, 5V)
3 pairs of silicone attachments (XS, S, L)
USB Type-C to USB-A charging cable (50 cm)
Plastic carrier bag (10.5 x 8 cm)
1More Bear Stickers
Multilingual operating instructions
|Multiple noise cancellation modes||No aptX|
|Good sound, strong bass||Expensive|
|Good voice quality|
|BT 5.0, SBC, AAC & IPX4 rating|
|1MORE ComfoBuds Pro|
|Released||March 15, 2021|
|Dimension||1.65 x 0.94 x 0.82 inches|
|Colors||Aurora Blue, Titanium Black, Mica White|
|Driver||13.4 mm dynamic driver|
|Water resistance||IPX4 rating|
|Music Controls||ANC Strong/Mild/OFF, Transparency, |
Wind Noise Resistant
|Codec||HFP / A2DP / AVRCP|
|Frequency||2.400 GHz ~ 2.4835 GHz|
|Charging Time||2 Hours|
|Battery capacity||50 mAh|
|Battery Life||Up to 20 Hours|
|Compatibility||Windows, Playstation, XBOX|
At the upper bending point of the style, the touch area is delimited by a different place. The microphone communication is, as usual, at the lower end of the stem and is turned slightly towards the mouth. There is also a two-color status LED at the end of the handle, but it only lights up in the station. The primary microphone is joined by another one directly on the driver and one above the touch surface.
Inside, there is an opening for pressure compensation and the area for the infrared proximity sensor, which detects whether the earbuds are being worn – sometimes even when they are on a table. The two charging contacts are also recessed inside, indicating that the earbuds are not placed in the station.
The 6 x 4 mm loudspeaker output is provided with a red aluminum grille, allowing other plugs. There is usually space in the charging cradle for attachments made of molded foam, but you need narrower attachments. With the larger ones, the station can no longer be closed.
The case measures 80 x 38 x 30 mm (L x W x H), but is still made of plastic. There was a downgrade for the hinge, which is now made of plastic instead of aluminum. The red-colored USB Type-C charging port has remained. A small multi-colored status LED was installed directly and in the middle below the notch for the opening. Inside there is the well-known pairing button and the socket for the earbuds.
Of course, the Pro version is also well processed and hardly allows any criticism. The design can be described as ergonomic and almost completely dispenses with edges. Transitions between the materials are easily noticeable here and there. It is a pity that the lid lacks a snap-in point at the maximum opening angle, so this closes relatively easily.
With the high-priced 1More models, the packaging is always an eye-catcher. Less from the outside because the different cardboard boxes are very similar. The concept drawings of the buds are shown inside again.
Another feature that suggests that the ComfoBuds Pro is very close to the normal ComfoBuds is the feature list. We get Bluetooth 5.0 with SBC and AAC codec, no aptX. This is a bit of a shame for the Pro at the significantly higher price point.
The same applies to the 13.4 mm dynamic driver. So you can assume that this is almost identical to the normal model. After all, 1More recognizes the opportunity and also integrates ANC. We use the raw data table to clarify whether the ComfoBuds convince us this time.
1More also has some settings that can be made via the app to adjust the sound profile.
ANC is available in several stages. These include “medium”, “strong”, “transparent” and “wind”. You can only hear a few differences between medium and strong. The damping is of course not quite as strong with medium. This mode, which is intended for rather quiet places, is not really worth it.
Different sound profiles can be selected via the equalizer in the 1More MUSIC app. In addition to Bass Boost and Bass Reduce, there are some other profiles, each with two levels. Here, among other things, the slightly restrained heights can be amplified, giving them the kick they need.
The ComfoBuds Pro needs their station to carry out the pairing, but the head in the station is not a must. When opening the charging case, the earbuds switch to pairing mode. If the device is already known, it will be connected again immediately, and new devices can now establish a connection.
The earbuds, of course, are controlled via the touch field on the outside. The following settings are possible as standard.
Tap R / L twice: pause / play
Press R / L for 3 seconds: ANC-strong / transparency / off
Tap R / L three times: Voice Assistant
Tap R / L twice, for a call: accept / hang up
As you can see, the controls are quite limited. In this case, it doesn’t matter because everything can be freely selected via the app except for switching the ANC modes, and even these can be adjusted to determine which ANC modes are chosen yourself.
App – 1More Music
1More is known to have two apps on the high edge. 1More MUSIC and 1More Assistant. The 1More Music app is your choice if you want to get the most out of your earbuds. Both are simply downloaded from the Google Play Store.
The app has a simple structure. Without a start page, you will land directly on the overview page of the earbuds. You can switch the ANC modes manually, choose how the proximity sensor should react, or activate the equalizer and change the touch control.
3 microphones per earbud are built into the 1More ComfoBuds Pro. Although only one is responsible for the direct recording of the speech, the other two improve the noise cancellation quality.
The ComfoBuds Pro showed a similar picture to the normal version in several test phone calls but goes one step further with an additional microphone.
Voices are recorded again clearly and distinctly, and background noises are usefully eliminated. Compared to the normal ComfoBuds, the Pro do a better job when it comes to heights and sudden peaks in the background noise. These are not entirely suppressed but are intercepted much better.
Longer conversations are no problem with the ComfoBuds Pro. The partner should not notice much of your surroundings and at the same time receive a comparatively natural-looking voice.
The ComfoBuds Pro also does not have an unlimited range. 20 meters are also easy here, but then the connection breaks off quickly.
Although the ComfoBuds and the ComfoBuds Pro look almost identical, 1More has incorporated slight design adjustments. Nuances have been changed, little things have been adjusted, and an angle has been readjusted here and there. This means that the ComfoBuds Pro sits much more comfortably, even for a long time.
The weight remains close to the previous model at 5.2 grams and because part of the load is now in the ear canal, this low weight is even further divided.
In contrast, the charging station has become a good deal “heavier” at 40 grams. Since the shape has only changed minimally here, it goes largely unnoticed in your pocket.
After all, the headphones themselves are also splash-proof. You get an IPX4 certificate. The station should be kept away from the water if possible.
In addition to a 50 mAh battery per earbud, a 450 mAh battery is used in the station. Despite the large case, the battery is only increased by 40 mAh. That, in turn, is enough for full charges of the earbuds, plus something on top. When charging, the station then needs almost 2 hours for 100%.
The earbuds, on the other hand, are fully charged again after just under an hour. At 50% volume, you can get a good 5 hours with the earbuds if ANC is switched on. This is an excellent value that some other headphones can only achieve without ANC.
1More was more convincible with the ComfoBuds Pro than with the normal ComfoBuds. Most of the negative aspects of the half-open version are eliminated with the Pro version. Nevertheless, you expect a little more for $100. There is no high-quality codec to minimize possible compression, and the sound test lacks that feeling that knocks you out when you start your favorite song.
The sound of the ComfoBuds Pro is excellent, but you can also do it the safe way instead of, for example, working out the highs properly. Otherwise, there is not much you can do wrong here.
Overall, the 1More ComfoBuds Pro gets a recommendation. Perhaps one is waiting for an offer in which the earbuds slip into more competitive realms.
OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless Review: Affordable
We haven’t heard from OneOdio for a long time after the grand debut on our site. Then came the Super EQ, a new sub-brand from OneOdio, and it disappointed us a bit. Now OneOdio wants to prove to us once again that you can produce excellent and affordable over-ear headphones.
This review looks at the OneOdio Pro C Wireless ( or OneOdio Studio Wireless C Y80B ). For less than $50, these headphones combine two worlds and offer wired and wireless transmission. You can find out in the test whether the balancing act works with this model.
Packaging has so far been more helpful at OneOdio. This also applies to the small box in which the Studio Pro C Wireless is offered. There isn’t much to see here, and there aren’t any big surprises inside either.
2m audio cable with boom mic&volume control.
Dual 3.5mm “Y” extended cable.
Micro USB charging cable.
|Comfortable to wear||Micro USB and no aptX|
|Large battery, long runtime||Earpads could be bigger|
|OneOdio Studio Wireless C Y80B|
|Released||Over the Ear|
|Dimension||6.65 x 5.67 x 4.13 inches|
|Driver||50 mm Neodymium|
|Charging Time||4-5 Hours|
|Battery Life||Up to 80 hrs|
|Connector Type||Wired & Wireless|
|Compatibility||Windows, Playstation, XBOX|
If you look at the headphones, you can see old friends. The Pro 50 & Pro 10 Studio already had an identical design. Here you save a lot of design costs, but the aha effect when unpacking is no longer so great.
The headphones earbuds are structured in synthetic leather. Both are also lined with a lot of molded foam. The headband can be extended to the left and right in 9 steps or the equivalent of 3 cm.
Both sides of the headphones are provided with joints in order not only to fold the OneOdio Studio Pro C but also to turn the driver itself by 180 °. All essential connecting elements are made of plastic.
The Studio Pro C can handle both Bluetooth and a 3.5 mm jack, a control panel on the right earpiece consists of a plus button, a minus button, and a multifunction button. The proprietary 3.5 mm jack connection is located directly below it. OneOdio provides you with a suitable jack cable and microphone. The connection is proprietary because the jack plug is particularly thick to avoid unintentional pulling out or loosening by carrying. Still, if you have a relatively narrow jack cable, this will also fit into the opening.
The status LED for the wireless connection is also located between the buttons and the AUX connection. There is a built-in microphone facing towards the mouth, which is only active during the wireless connection.
There is nothing on the left, apart from the power connector for charging the battery. Unfortunately, OneOdio still relies on a micro-USB connection for the Studio Pro C Wireless, no longer up-to-date. Here you should consider not simply rereleasing the headphones as a Type-C variant.
At least with our test model, OneOdio was a bit sloppy because the two cushions for the ears are different sizes. While the said pad on the left is thicker, the ear on the right gets more space in the headphones but is not so thickly padded. Apart from that, there are no other mistakes. But the same design is not exciting either.
In addition, the OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless is not offered in different colors. It should only be black. A bit strange if you consider that the Pro 10 Studio, almost identical in construction, without a Bluetooth module, is offered in umpteen different versions.
The OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless practically supports two pairing methods. On the one hand, the wired, on the other hand, the wireless one via Bluetooth. The former is very simple. Take an AUX cable and a device with a suitable connection to hand (which should now be the bigger hurdle in the mobile sector) and plug the cable into both devices, done.
But the connection via Bluetooth is also simple. The headphones are activated via the multifunction button, and a confirmation tone sounds after a few seconds. After switching on, the over-ear headphones immediately switch to pairing mode and can now be found in the Bluetooth menu. There is no voice output.
SBC and AAC are supported. In addition, comes Bluetooth 5.0 for use. With headphones in this price range, the absence of aptX isn’t that tragic, but it’s still a shame. OneOdio also advertises the 50 mm drivers. According to the statement, the neodymium magnets provide stereo hi-fi sound and, of course, super-rich bass. Well, let’s see if that’s true.
The buttons on the headphones do not work in wired mode and are only intended for Bluetooth control. The button on the cable functions as a pause/play button.
- Hold the multifunction button for 5 seconds: on / off
- Press the multifunction button once: pause/play Press the multifunction button for 3 seconds: voice assistant
- Press the plus button once: increase the volume
- Hold down the plus button for 2 seconds: next track
- Press the minus button once: decrease the volume
- Hold down the minus button for 2 seconds: previous track
- Press the plus and minus buttons simultaneously for several seconds: reset pairing history
- Press the multifunction button once, for a call: accept/hang up
The functions are manageable but cover the entire audio control, including volume control. At least in wireless mode, you can operate the music player without using your smartphone. OneOdio still does without an app. There are no firmware updates or an alternative control system, but they are not necessary with the OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless.
The OneOdio model makes a considerable amount of heat around the ears. There is no ventilation mechanism or the like. The OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless also provides an excellent seal without having to rely on ANC.
The inside radius is only 4.5 cm; the padding is 2.5 cm wide and 2 cm thick. There is only limited space for my ears; they don’t quite fit in, which means they are pressed against my head. This can lead to discomfort after a long period of wear.
There is another polyester layer directly above the driver, unfortunately without padding. There is also no water protection. OneOdio would have preferred not to have seen the Studio Pro C Wireless underwater.
If you want to use the headphones for a long time, you should know that the OneOdio Studio Pro C is not the lightest, even if the weight is well distributed over the headband. The over-ear headphones weigh 260 grams.
As before, the wireless on the right earbud goes two ways. If you connect the over-ears via the aux cable, the wireless part is deactivated. The headphones then draw their energy from the host device battery.
If you use the Bluetooth connection, an integrated battery is, of course, used. OneOdio specifies this with a full 1500 mAh. However, the headphones with their 260 grams are significantly lighter than the recently tested Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX, which in turn had a smaller and lighter battery with 1200 mAh.
The battery life specified at 80 hours also speaks in favor of a large battery. If you take the Bang & Olufsen Beoplay HX again for comparison, it looks wildly exaggerated. Here are 40 hours (B&O without ANC) against 80 hours (OneOdio, no ANC available), with only 300 mAh more.
If the OneOdio runs on battery, it will last an excellent 50 hours as long as you are in the medium volume range, which is enough for many occasions. If you increase the volume, the hours drop somewhat, but they can certainly stay within an adequate range of around 40 hours. So the battery is probably bigger, but not 80 hours.
If the OneOdio Studio Pro C Wireless has to be charged, you should bring some time with you. Almost 3 hours for a full charge is a house brand.
Again a combination device from OneOdio and again a helpful companion. Compared to the Pro M Wireless, however, the differences are limited. The Pro M is equipped with a real microphone but with the same range of functions.
And there we are at the crux of the matter. Most of the elements are covered with the even cheaper Pro M Wireless. The sound also does better with the Pro M model, especially since the headphones are not so far apart in price that one could expect incredible leaps in quality.
If you look closely, only the battery power speaks for the Studio Pro C Wireless model. Those who rely on long mileage will probably be happy with these over-ears.
Ultimately, the price is usually decided. Both over-ears are often on offer and thus slide below the $40 mark. As a rule, the Pro M Wireless is still cheaper. Therefore, the Studio Pro C Wireless is not recommended unless you need these 50+ hours.
Razer Kraken V3 X vs Razer Blackshark V2 Pro: Which is Better
The choice of high-quality, functional, and technological gaming headphones is not an easy task. And if you have to choose among wireless models, the complexity of searches increases significantly. That’s why we got so excited when the Razer brand released the second version of their famous Blackshark. Today we are comparing the Blackshark with the Razer Kraken V3 X.
The Razer Kraken V3 X is an entry-level wired gaming headset with 7.1 surround sound, USB connectivity, and stylish looks. In this review, we’ll explore how an inexpensive dedicated headset can improve your gaming experience.
And even though they are noticeably different from their predecessors who conquered the gaming world, which had a clear resemblance to aviation headphones, they have noticeably improved many external and internal characteristics. Lets check out.
|Razer Kraken V3 X||Razer Blackshark V2 Pro|
|Solid build quality and appearance||Excellent sound quality|
|Succulently soft ear cups||Fit well on the head|
|Great, microphone||Detachable microphone|
|Non-removable ear pads||Solid and reliable build quality|
|Windows only software||Inconsistent bass and treble delivery|
|Razer Kraken V3 X||Razer Blackshark V2 Pro|
|$||CHECK PRICE||CHECK PRICE|
|Released||September 22, 2020||March 25, 2021|
|Model||Razer Kraken V3 X||Razer Blackshark V2 Pro|
|Weight||9.9 pounds||1.58 ounces|
|Dimension||3.55 x 6.78 x 3.55 inches||6.5 x 3.94 x 7.88 inches|
|Driver||TriForce 40mm Drivers||TriForce Titanium 50mm Drivers|
|Microphone||Bendable HyperClear Cardioid||Removable Mic|
|Software||Razer Synapse||Razer Synapse|
|Connector Type||USB||Wireless 2.4GHZ / 3.5mm|
The Razer Kraken V3 X is made of lightweight and durable plastic and weighs only 285 g. The headphones are entirely invisible on the head, even after prolonged use. The slider guides for adjusting the size are made of plastic; the travel is quite stiff. The inner part of the headband is covered with eco-leather with a soft filling.
The ear cups are medium in size, have one degree of freedom, no additional pivoting hinges are provided.
The side cups of the headphones are made with nice perforation; the logo with RGB backlighting is embedded in the center. Outwardly, the headphones look significantly more expensive than they cost.
On the left side, there is a microphone on a flexible boom. His teammates appreciated his work perfectly; the voice was heard loud and clear.
The luminous Razer logo is embedded on the sides of the cups; the backlight color is constantly changing. There is an engraving with the brand name on the top cup of the headband.
Even the packaging on the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro grabs attention, not to mention the headphones themselves. Their box is made of black and acid-green matte cardboard. It is a pleasant combination that attracts attention. The box shows the headphones themselves and information about their main characteristics. It opens like a box, and inside they lie on a black background – the Razer Blackshark V2 Pro headphones.
Included with the main star of the attratction is a thin bag for transportation, which in general will not protect the accessory from damage. There are also two wires in a fabric braid: one for recharging the gadget, the other for turning it into wired headphones with a slight hand movement. In case they suddenly sat down, for example, or, more likely, for use with devices that cannot be plugged into a USB receiver. It seems to me that it will be convenient to store these wires in the transport bag.
The earbuds look very stylish, although some elements raise concerns about their durability. But, looking ahead. The metallic thin black elements that connect the ear cushions to the soft headband, although they look flimsy, actually perform very well. The headphones are almost entirely black, except for the button design on the left ear cushion. The bowls are made of matte plastic, very similar to the one Razer uses for its mice. This material is delightful to the touch and completely non-marking.
The Kraken V3 X ear cushions are filled with soft memory foam and covered with soft-touch eco-leather and soft fabric on top. The material is well ventilated, the skin under the headphones hardly sweats. The depth of the ear pads is sufficient to make your ears feel comfortable.
Unfortunately, the ear pads are not removable.
We could not immediately find a comfortable fit for the headphones, as it was not very snug. However, after a while, the ear pads adjusted, and the fit became more comfortable.
Passive soundproofing is at an average level; while playing or watching a movie, you will hear a significant proportion of external noise, if any. The depth of the Razer Kraken V3 X’s cups is quite comfortable.
Razer Blackshark V2 Pro- You need to talk about the ear pads in more detail, since they are thought out and implemented very worthily. The inside of the bowl is made as if from memory foam and covered with the same material as the headband inside. Apparently, the combination of these two materials made it possible to bring passive noise cancellation to a high level. Indeed, little is heard from the outside in them, especially when music is playing inside. Moreover, those around you will not hear anything from what will be broadcast in this headset.
And the cups are adjustable here. And although this whole structure of thin metal between the “ears” and the headband looks not too reliable, in fact everything is more than reliable. The fit at the ear cushions is perfect and will fit any head and ear shape. The Razer Blackshark V2 Pro as the number one headphone I’ve used. For reference: there are more than fifty of them.
In order to make such a massive headset almost invisible on the head, it was necessary to try hard. Yes, of course, the lion’s share of this merit is in a high-quality and well-thought-out adjustment system and comfortable soft large ear pads. But without light, well-chosen materials, the effect would not be the same. And the lack of a dangling wire under the chin is expensive. After all, with him, whatever one may say, in movements, especially sharp ones, you will be limited so as not to accidentally pull him out of the audio jack.
The Razer Kraken V3 X headphones do not require any unique settings. You need to connect the model to the USB port of your device. The headset works with a computer; Kraken V3 X can be connected, for example, to an Xbox or PlayStation.
Unfortunately, the connection cable is not removable. However, it is quite soft and has a braid made of pleasant rubberized material. For easy storage, a small rubber tie is provided on the cable, it is also non-removable, so there is no need to worry about getting lost. A protective cap is provided for the USB connector. If you suddenly have only the usual AUX headphone jack free, you will also have to purchase a USB – AUX + MIC adapter.
On the left earcup, there is a volume control and a button for turning on the microphone. The layout of the control, in my opinion, is excellent. If you put your palm on the left cup, your thumb hits the microphone on/off button. The microphone button has good travel, and you can tell by touch what position the switch is in.
For playback in the Razer Kraken V3 X headphones, 40mm drivers are responsible. Pseudo-3D soundstages are generated using intelligent audio signal processing. You only need to install the proprietary Razer software – it is free and available on the manufacturer’s official website. Unfortunately, only Windows OS is supported. As a MAC OS user, you will have to enjoy typical stereo sound.
In addition to providing 3D sound using the software, you can experiment with the equalizer settings.
The sound in the headphones during games pleasantly surprised me. Localization of actions in surround sound mode is entirely accurate. Hero steps, shots, or caterpillar sounds are perfectly positioned, adding new emotions to the gameplay.
The soft black headband is made of leatherette on the outside and fabric on the inside. On top of it, the name of the manufacturer’s brand is printed in large letters using embossing. On the left side are all the controls, including a very steep protruding analog volume control, which has a lock in the middle position and changes the volume only in the headphones. It can easily be groped blindly with a hand, and it seems to be one of the model’s chips. There are also two buttons here: an on / off switch and a microphone switch. In addition, there are micro-USB and 3.5-mm jack connectors.
Thanks to the presence of a USB transmitter, the communication quality, and range are very high here. There is no hint of sound compression, but everything works well, even through a couple of concrete walls. We recommend using these headphones in conjunction with the Razer Synapse 3 utility, which is unavailable if the headphones are connected via the jack. This will keep the microphone working. To turn on / off the headset, you need to hold down the power button for a long time. Using the utility, you can set auto shutdown after 15-60 minutes when idle.
Low frequency tends to dominate the sound profile of gaming headsets, and the Razer Kraken V3 X headphones are no exception. Explosions of shells, thunder, drums are reproduced as dynamically as possible and slightly obscure the overall musical picture. The high frequencies, on the other hand, sound somewhat restrained. The clang of metal is conveyed quite confidently.
Mid-range sounds neutral, vocals and voice – confident and without distortion. This applies to both the general sound picture and the lines of other players. For its price category, the headphones sound very convincing, but it is better to choose something more classic for listening to music. The Razer Kraken V3 X is fun to play and comfortable to watch movies.
The dynamic 50mm TriForce drivers are responsible for sound production. They have a titanium-coated diaphragm. The sound here is excellent for audio: the music of different genres, games, films. The sound is balanced, with low surround frequencies in the background.
The microphone is inserted separately. This is very convenient since it can be removed if it is unnecessary. The bar is flexible and has a great memory effect, so if you adjust it once, you don’t have to worry about it anymore. The foam pop filter dampens exhalation, and the unidirectional microphone saves from external noise, as does the active noise suppressor on the other side. The application provides the ability to improve the sound quality of the microphone.
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