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Razer Kraken 7.1 Surround Sound USB Over Ear Gaming Headset

  • Advanced 7.1 Virtual Surround Sound
  • Designed For Extended Gaming Comfort
  • Wired USB Interface
  • 40mm Neodymium Magnet Drivers
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Powerful yet stylish, the Razer Kraken 7.1 USB Headset raises the bar for gaming audio with a complete 7.1 surround sound gaming experience. It comes with an advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine that modulates sound to simulate a 360-degree surround experience, allowing to you pinpoint directional audio to know exactly where your enemies are. The headset’s 40mm neodymium magnet drivers power a sound signature that features deep bass, warm mids, and crystal-clear highs for total gaming immersion. A flexible, omnidirectional digital microphone gets you into distinct contact with teammates, while the retractable design allows you to hide it in the left ear cup for easy transport and storage. The comfortable form factor is adopted and tested by numerous professional gamers to ensure optimal ergonomics for extended gaming sessions.

Feast your ears on full-blooded gaming audio with the Razer Kraken 7.1 surround sound gaming headset.

  • newegg 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 engine is capable of ultra-low latency audio processing, and modulates the audio source to simulate a 360-degree surround sound experience that is usually achievable only by incorporating more than one positional driver in each ear cup.
  • newegg Synapse 2.0 Software Razer’s powerful Synapse 2.0 unified configuration software is capable of a high degree of customization, allowing you to tweak the engine to specifically position each surround sound channel, boost bass levels, and even balance incoming voice audio for astounding aural precision. The sophisticated engine also allows you to control surround and positional audio settings for each individual program, ensuring that you get the best possible experience whether you are playing a game, watching a movie, or listening to music.
  • newegg Enhanced Digital Microphone 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. The omnidirectional digital microphone comes equipped with an optimized algorithm, promising a pristine voice quality unachievable through traditional analog microphones. Boasting an impressive signal-to-noise ratio, extended wideband frequency response, and higher sensitivity rating, the Kraken 7.1's digital microphone ensures crystal-clear voice reproduction with minimal background noise pickup, and balanced, natural-sounding vocal tone.
  • newegg Designed for Extended Gaming Comfort 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. With the plush leatherette padding on the ear cups, the Razer Kraken 7.1 immerses you in absolute comfort.


Learn more about the RAZER Kraken 7.1

General

Brand
Razer
Model
Kraken 7.1
Part
RZ04-01010100-R3U1

Feature

Color
Black

Headphone

Driver Unit
40mm neodymium magnets
Headphone Frequency Response
20Hz–20KHz
Headphone Input Impedance
32 ohm
Headphone Sensitivity
@ 1kHz: 112dB
Connector
Gold plated USB
Ear Coupling
Circumaural
Cord Length
2m / 6.56 ft braided USB cable
Weight
340g

Microphone

Microphone Frequency Response
100Hz-12KHz
Microphone Signal to Noise Ratio(SNR)
63 dB
Microphone Sensitivity
-40dB +/- 4dB

Feature

Features
Advanced 7.1 virtual surround sound engine

Enhanced digital microphone

Designed for extended gaming comfort

Razer Synapse 2.0 enabled

Powerful drivers for highest-quality gaming audio

Closed ear cup design for optimal sound isolation

Foldable ear cups for maximum portability.

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


Customer Reviews of the RAZER Kraken 7.1

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/15/2014 10:26:56 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsoutstanding...

Pros: one of the best sounding headsets if not the best

Cons: 2 major cons are it's USB only so it's for pc users and its all plastic

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  • Torin A.
  • 7/11/2014 5:33:14 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsLOUD!

Pros: Very loud, the virtual surround is pretty cool.

Cons: Build quality could be a little better to be honest but we see this alot with razer products. still a great value at around a hundred bucks. also would have liked to see a bit more cable length.

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  • Nathan B.
  • 6/27/2014 9:47:36 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsDisappointment

Pros: Presentation, packaging, overall aesthetics.

Cons: Uncomfortable. My point of reference is a Logitech G930, and a Audio Technica M50. Both are much more comfortable. I was looking for a replacement headset for my Logitech (as it broke) and I saw the Razer at a less expensive price point. Not only is it hard to wear for extended time (something that should be important for a gaming brand headset) but if you have large/larger ears, they will bump against the hard plastic back plate of the ear cup.

Mic quality is very poor. I liked the retractable mic by design, but you have to have it at a perfect angle. If you tilt it too far forward, it will immediately pick up your breathing. If you turn it too far backward, it won't pick up anything. I've messed with all of the settings on the drivers and the audio programs themselves, to no avail. Additionally (I wouldn't take a star off for this, but it's worth mentioning) there is a green light on the tip of the mic to let you know if it is muted or not. The problem with this is that if you're playing in dark settings, you will constantly have a green light at the bottom of your vision. There is no way to turn this off via their drivers.

Sound quality is absolutely terrible. This is by far the main reason for the 1 egg review. For a while, I thought I received a faulty product because it was just a night and day different between this headset and my Audio Technica M50. While I expected it to be a step down from the M50, it isn't even on par with the Logitech G930 (which is a wireless headset for f&k's sake). The overall quality is bad not only because of where the speakers are placed inside of the headset cups, but also because there is a slight feedback/static sound- similar to what "noise cancelling headphones" sounded like in the 90s.

Lastly, the drivers are such a joke that it's funny. You go through a "calibration" that allows you to set up your 7.1 surround, by choosing where the sound is coming from in reference to you. This should not need to exist. The rest of the headset options are equally droll, from a "bass boost" which kills the quality of the sound further (something I didn't think was possible), to "presence level", which tries to detect human voices and filter your sound accordingly.

All in all, I was a Razer fan who had no experiences with their high quality mice, but after using this product it is very unlikely I will buy Razer products ever again. Razer should be embarrassed by this product.

Other Thoughts: I have never been so disappointed with a Razer product in my life. I've owned a Lachesis, Taipan, and Blackwidow all of which I've loved. Yet this headset singlehandedly destroyed my faith in the future of this company. My advice to them is to spend less on branding and other tacky stuff (such as the pulsating Razer lights on the side of the headset) and spend more on the products themselves.

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  • Russell K.
  • 6/20/2014 4:55:29 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsAmazing gaming headphones

Pros: They sound great gaming and do a really good job at letting you know where things are around you through sound, and it makes for a much more immerse experience.

Cons: They are still not true surround, but I am still giving it a 5/5 because the software does a great job at simulating the 7.1 and it can tuned in you think it is off.

The one big problem I have is that the only connection on the headphones is a USB connector and because of that it really does limit what you can use them on, but again i am giving them a 5/5 because I bought them for PC gaming so I don't really have a problem with this but i could see others having a problem with it.

Other Thoughts: Over all another good gaming headset from Razer.
also i really like the flexible and retractable mic on the Kraken it works a lot better than I thought it was going to.

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  • David G.
  • 6/19/2014 6:38:51 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood gaming headset

Pros: The retractible microphone was a suprise and quite welcome. Has folding earpieces and fits snug.

Cons: Sound quality is not great - my other headset (sennheiser 280) has far superior audio quality for nearly the same price point. I would not use these headphones to listen to music but audio quality is acceptable for gaming. The software included with the microphone leaves a lot to be desired. It has support for 7.1 Audio which I think is a bit of a gimmick. They software at a minimum should offer some sort of microphone test utility. Configuring the microphone is much more difficult than it needs to be because I had to test in game instead of with a setup program.

Other Thoughts: Fix the software and improve the sound quality to get 5/5. Its a bit of a nuisance to switch the headphones on and off because I will not use them to listen to music.

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  • Anonymous
  • 6/3/2014 7:27:53 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

4 out of 5 eggsSmexy and Good ;)

Pros: - Good sound quality
- Comfy
- No sweaty ears
- Very good mic (For a pair of headphones

Cons: - Braded cable makes noise in left ear cup (When it rubs against something)
- Took awhile to get it to work properly (Maybe just me) (Windows 8.1)

Other Thoughts: Very good worth the price.
*Doesn't actually some with surround sound, you need to download that from Razer's website (Surround Sound)*

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  • Logan O.
  • 5/28/2014 7:07:46 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsA good value, a lot given for only $99.99

Pros: Razer never skips out on their packaging. Opening the box is incredibly as it is held on with a magnet, and flips out like a chest. The Headset is placed in a well molded cloth base, with high quality dyed cardboard. After removing the plastic window, you are met with the headset, and very simplistic literature greeting you to the product, and thanking you for your interest with Razer. Enough with the packaging and now to the product. The products build quality is good. The strong points on the build quality are that the drivers come placed in a soft leatherette with thick padding that lets your ears sink in for a comfortable fit, but not so far you touch the drivers. The soft plastic headband is encased in a soft mesh, and leatherette like you will find on the drivers. The headband flexes a lot, but still is durable enough to take the stress without breaking. Moving back down, the 40mm magnetic drivers sound amazing. In video games such as Crysis, Borderlands, Battlefield and Titanfall. Every sound comes alive, when it comes to the highs of bullet casings hitting the ground, and the lows of footsteps from afar, you can hear it all. These headphones are some of the best sounding gaming head set I have heard. Lastly, the retractable mic is a lovely touch, easily accessible, and can very easily be put away. The boom is soft touch, with a low profile mic the lights up when is on, and is not distracting.

Cons: However, I would have like to have seen Razer implement metal bands in the headphones for support on the drivers. The plastic sliders for height adjust do not feel as premium that you will find with other headsets in this price range. Also, the headset has a hard break in period, the pads on the drivers come a lot harder than other headsets I have worn, and the plastic needs to be stretched to adjust to your head. But, after a short time, the head set is very comfortable. Next, out of the box, the bass does not pound as hard as I would like. I like a lot of bass in my music, and games, so when I went into the software and changed the frequency levels, the headset came alive. The base pounded hard, and still maintained clear highs and clear lows. Lastly, the software takes some getting used too. For the average user, they are going to have a hard time getting around the software required for the headset. Without a strong basic background of tech knowledge, I can see frustration with the software.

Other Thoughts: In conclusion, the headset is solid, after a break it, and a tweak on the sound frequency's, the headset came alive, and I love it. I can feel the drivers pushing air, and vibrating the whole headset for an amazing experience. Not only to mention the open backing. The headsets have a well balanced sound stage that you wont find with any other headset in this price range. I would just like to see Razer take into account adding metal supports inside the headset for more premium and solid feel. This headset is an easy buy, and not one to be shut down.

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  • Anthony C.
  • 5/5/2014 12:44:24 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsRazer Love

Pros: I've read a few reviews about this headset. Some reviews said that the Razer Synapse 2.0 software was annoying/difficult to use, and took a while to setup the audio and mic the way they wanted. This might have been the case with a older version of the software, but for me it took about 5 minutes to setup. With the software you can adjust almost everything to exactly what you want it to be like. The layout is very user friendly.

There were some comments about people not liking how the mic lights up when it is not muted, but there needs to be some indication that tells the user if they are muted or not. I've talked to people for far too long without realizing I was muted.

The leather covered ear muffs are extremely comfortable for me. My ears are pretty small maybe for people with larger ears it might not be as comfortable.

There have been reviews that said this headset is too loud. Being too loud isn't a problem for headsets. There such a thing called volume control... Most headsets have the issue of being too quiet, but I love the fact that these can as loud as they can. The 7.1 surround sound system is amazing. I know exactly where sounds are coming from. Listening to music is also a great experience.

I've bought a few other headsets that costed far more than this one, and they were not as clear or they would have some other problems.

If I had it my way I would never take these headsets off. I recommend this headset to anyone that doesn't want to spend a crazy amount of money, and want a good headset.

Cons: Very small, but the mic would not stay certain locations when I bent them. They would move like 1 cm higher then I preferred them to be sitting, but that is that big of a deal.

The 6 foot long USB braided cable is a little shorter then I would like it to be. For most people 6 foot is plenty, but I sit a little further from my desktop then most people.

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  • Brian W.
  • 4/21/2014 2:02:19 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot a bad headset

Pros: * Comfortable (does not hurt after wearing for several hours)
* Great microphone and sound quality for the money
* The 7.1 surround sound can help for FPS games.
* Surround sound can be calibrated to your preference.
* The microphone is rather decent compared to most headset mics I have used or heard.
* Totally better than my last headset (Turtlebeach junk)

Cons: * Volume can get too loud. ( I keep my volume lvl of the headset at just 25% and I adjust volume on applications.)
* Would not suggest setting volume control to %100.
* Sometimes the button on the mic to mute does not work so I have to open the Razor Synapse 2.0 configurator to mute the mic, but thats a minor issue to me.
* The end of the microphone lights up which can be somewhat annoying, but that is just my opinion.

Other Thoughts: The headset comes with software (Razor Synapse 2.0 configurator) that is easy to install. I have had only minor issues with the headset and that was the loudness of the headset. I like that the configurator settings are saved through Razor Cloud. Overall I am satisfied with the headset so far.

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  • Lori W.
  • 4/15/2014 8:41:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

3 out of 5 eggsThey're OK

Pros: I've owned these things for 2 years and they haven't crapped out yet. Listening to music is fine and I can decently hear where people are in game thanks to the help of Razer's 3D audio software.

Cons: I HAD to buy a separate $15 microphone for these because of the sound quality.
For the first year they were very uncomfortable (maybe they shaped my head).
After about 5 hours of use they start to hurt.
To be honest there are headsets with better sound quality and comfort out there for lower the price. I don't suggest.

Other Thoughts: A month back they started buzzing and I thought they were breaking but it turned out to be my motherboard's audio jacks.

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