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Razer Intros Aluminum Kraken Forged Edition Headset

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Here's a new high-end headset from Razer.

On Thursday, Razer released its new top-of-the-line headphones: the Kraken Forged Edition. This headset features ear cups that are machined out of aircraft-grade aluminum and finished with a matte texture. The Razer Kraken Forged Edition is also carefully hand-assembled, ensuring the build quality matches the premium looks and guts.

"Razer's renowned audio engineers spent countless hours fine-tuning the Kraken Forged Edition's 40 mm bass-heavy drivers to perfection," states the company's press release. "As a result, the neodymium pair work in unison with the headphone's acoustic chambers and isolated closed ear cup design to deliver booming bass, clear mids and crisp highs for sound that's optimized for music and pitch-perfect for gaming."

According to the specs, the headset features custom tuned 40 nm Neodymium magnet drivers, a frequency response of 20 to 20,000 Hz, a frequency response of 50 to 10,000 Hz, a signal to noise ratio of 60 dB, and a sensitivity of -38 dB ± 3n impedance of 32 Ω at 1 kHz and an input power of 30 mW. The omnidirectional microphone h dB.

"With plush leatherette ear cushions lining the ear cups, a fully adjustable headband and a lightweight, foldable design, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition headphones are designed for extended use," states the company's press release. "The Razer Kraken Forged Edition also includes a swappable cable with an in-line microphone, giving users the versatility to easily convert it into a headset for gaming or telephony."

Additional features include a comfortable, versatile form factor, closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation, a foldable ear cup design, and a hard carrying case for portability. A 1/4 inch audio connector is also included.

"These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "We've made some incredible audio products in our time, and I'm proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish."

For more information about the new headset, click over to here. The headset is priced at $299.99 USD and is available now directly from Razer. The worldwide release takes place next month.

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    chumly , November 28, 2013 9:52 AM
    For that price you're better off getting a pair of Sennheisers.
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    brandonjclark , November 28, 2013 8:24 AM
    Do want!
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    Rune Olsen , November 28, 2013 8:51 AM
    300$ good luck with that you get the sennheiser 350 and/or the logi G35 for like a 100$. I guess it is good to have ambitions and high hopes
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    NightLight , November 28, 2013 9:38 AM
    to be honest, i have had nothing but bad luck with razer products. when they work, they work really good, but they break down after a few months.
  • 18 Hide
    chumly , November 28, 2013 9:52 AM
    For that price you're better off getting a pair of Sennheisers.
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    gm0n3y , November 28, 2013 10:38 AM
    @NightLight, I think their mice are generally pretty reliable and I would consider them to make the best mice available. I've had a Razor Diamondback for 8 years and it is still an amazing device that I use for daily for gaming.
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    fearless1333 , November 28, 2013 10:40 AM
    :(  I just bought kraken 7.1's
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    Rune Olsen , November 28, 2013 10:44 AM
    Nothing against Razer, had mice that worked over expectations as i am left handed. Then again this product is overpriced, by far
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    TeKEffect , November 28, 2013 11:23 AM
    I spent over $100 on the mamba. It died and I went back to my old Logitech I've had for 7 years. First and last razer product I bought. Some people seem to have better luck
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    jasonpwns , November 28, 2013 12:22 PM
    I've only had good luck with Razer stuff.
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    UVB076 , November 28, 2013 1:47 PM
    Gaming headsets < Good head phones + mic
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    someguynamedmatt , November 28, 2013 1:52 PM
    So for $299, this is the same price as my pair of Shure SRH-940's. I'd like to see the laughable comparison between the two... not that I have anything against Razer, but when companies start to sell their branding instead of their product, it gets old fast. I have a desktop mic from the mid 1990's that works better than anything I've owned to date.
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    b23h , November 28, 2013 2:22 PM
    Screw that. I had two of their pro xbox controllers that broke within a month. I've had good luck with their mice and keyboard, but at the end of the day I am a Sennheiser boy and at $300 there is just no way I am going with a Razer product.
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    InvalidError , November 28, 2013 2:40 PM
    Butched specs copy-paste job in the article... "40nm drivers" in third paragraph, lol. Microphone and driver specs are mixed together without indication of which is which.
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    southernshark , November 28, 2013 3:50 PM
    Well I'm living in China right now, so hopefully a copy will be on the market for around $50 USD soon.
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    jimmysmitty , November 28, 2013 7:17 PM
    Quote:
    "These are the best headphones on the market for both music and gaming, period," says Min-Liang Tan, Razer co-founder, CEO and creative director. "We've made some incredible audio products in our time, and I'm proud to say that we have taken another huge step forward in terms of audio quality in a pair of headphones with phenomenal fit and finish."


    I love it when CEOs come out stating their product is the best. Just love it.

    One thing I can say is the Corsair Vengeance 1500s (V1) with memory foam are the most comfortable and have the best sound of all the headphones I have owned.
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    edogawa , November 28, 2013 7:54 PM
    I am honestly not sure where to start with this...

    Audiophiles are not as gullible as gamers, or are they stupid enough to buy Razer headphones marketed as audiophile quality.

    Buy some Sennheiser, AT, Grado, AKG instead for around same price.

    Like Jimmy above said, I also love it when CEOs praise their product so highly.

    They have never made incredible audio products before too, and there is NO such thing as best sounding headphones for music or gaming. Some headphones are good for some genres and others worse. Some have better sound stage, others not so much. Some bass, others not. You get my point.

    For all I know they could sound great though, but it's Razer which is a gaming company, not a known headphone manufacture.
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    InvalidError , November 28, 2013 9:44 PM
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    and there is NO such thing as best sounding headphones for music or gaming. Some headphones are good for some genres and others worse. Some have better sound stage, others not so much. Some bass, others not.

    In principle, the "best" headphones and speakers for any genre from a purely technical standpoint would have dead-flat frequency response: you get exactly the output that the electrical signal is supposed to produce with no amplitude or phase error.

    In practice, comfort, looks, weight, size, the room's acoustical properties and a ton of other factors like individual people's preferences in the way things should sound that have nothing to do with the headphone or speakers' own technical superiority will often steer people away from the most technically ideal speakers.

    Give people ideal speakers and I bet the first thing most will do after initial listening is mess with their (pre-)amplifier EQ to make them "sound right" because technically perfect sound does not meet their personal expectations.
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    Immaculate , November 28, 2013 10:11 PM
    You could get V-MODA M-100s for $300 instead.
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    edogawa , November 28, 2013 11:21 PM
    Quote:
    Quote:
    and there is NO such thing as best sounding headphones for music or gaming. Some headphones are good for some genres and others worse. Some have better sound stage, others not so much. Some bass, others not.

    In principle, the "best" headphones and speakers for any genre from a purely technical standpoint would have dead-flat frequency response: you get exactly the output that the electrical signal is supposed to produce with no amplitude or phase error.

    In practice, comfort, looks, weight, size, the room's acoustical properties and a ton of other factors like individual people's preferences in the way things should sound that have nothing to do with the headphone or speakers' own technical superiority will often steer people away from the most technically ideal speakers.

    Give people ideal speakers and I bet the first thing most will do after initial listening is mess with their (pre-)amplifier EQ to make them "sound right" because technically perfect sound does not meet their personal expectations.



    Pretty much. From a technical standpoint you are correct.


    Like I said no best sounding headphones because some people like their music to sound certain ways, and all that.


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    amk-aka-Phantom , November 29, 2013 12:57 AM
    When I was shopping for headphones, I had a budget of around $100 (taking third-world taxes into account). I have went to an "audiophile" shop and tried countless Sennheiser, Shure, Audiotechnica etc. headphones. The only pair I could tell sounded in the way I distinctly liked above others was Beyerdynamic Custom One Pro, but it was way above my budget, sadly. I ended up caving in to my original plan: I walked into a gaming peripherals store and bought Razer Kraken without even trying it on - because they refuse to open the packing for you (duh) and they didn't have a demo model.

    I don't regret that decision. They are extremely comfortable, light, the sound is great (and yes, for both gaming and music), the cable (too bad it's not detachable) is tough and I already had a few near-heart-attack moments "OMG THE CABLE TORE... oh wait, no it did not" when I was too clumsy with it. It's an amazing headset for the money and I just wish I wasn't so stingy and have bought the Pro version with its rumored-amazing inline mic.

    I've had the Kraken since March and it's as good as new. Now I'm looking for earphones (because as good as Kraken is, it's still a massive HEADSET) - and Razer got me covered again, Hammerhead Pro looks really damn good.

    So while I get why some people are really annoyed with Razer products (and I personally find most of their mice overrated, though some are good - I'm using an NZXT Avatar S and find it more comfortable for my hand than Deathadder or Mamba or Naga or whatever, but that's just me), they're really not all that bad! That said, I fully agree that this particular "Forged" edition is extremely overpriced. It's aimed at hardcore Razer fans who want something special, not the general gamer/audiophile. It's probably made in limited numbers at a customized process and Razer has to compensate for the production cost somehow.
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