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Updated April 11, 2024·

over-ear headphones, but they cater to different preferences. For an immersive music and TV experience with a wide soundstage, the Philips SHP9500 is excellent, particularly due to its open-back design, but it lacks noise isolation, making it not ideal for noisy environments or commuting. It also has a poor microphone, so if you need to make calls or attend meetings, it's not the best option. The Razer Kraken V3, on the other hand, with its closed-back design and fair noise isolation, is more versatile for various environments, and its good mic quality makes it suitable for gaming and calls. However, its sound quality is not as highly regarded as the Philips for music listening. Neither option supports wireless connectivity, so if you prefer wireless for exercise or mobility, you might need to look elsewhere. Give Feedback

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Advantages of the Philips SHP9500
  • Excellent for music
  • Excellent for TV and video
  • Very good for podcasts and audiobooks
Advantages of the Razer Kraken V3
  • The Razer Kraken V3 has no clear advantages over the Philips SHP9500.

Key differences

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Music

9.2
SHP9500
Kraken V3
7.3
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for music, while the Razer Kraken V3 is good.

Podcasts and Audiobooks

8.0
SHP9500
Kraken V3
4.7
The Philips SHP9500 is very good for podcasts and audiobooks, while the Razer Kraken V3 is poor.

TV and Video

9.0
SHP9500
Kraken V3
7.0
The Philips SHP9500 is excellent for TV and video, while the Razer Kraken V3 is good.

Noise Reduction

2.5
SHP9500
Kraken V3
6.0
The Razer Kraken V3 is only fair for noise reduction, while the Philips SHP9500 is poor.

Cost

$80
SHP9500
Kraken V3
$99
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The Philips SHP9500 has a price of $80 and the Razer Kraken V3 costs $99.
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Key similarities

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Gaming

7.2
SHP9500
Kraken V3
7.3
The Razer Kraken V3 and Philips SHP9500 are both good for gaming.

Phone Calls

4.9
SHP9500
Kraken V3
5.0
The Razer Kraken V3 and Philips SHP9500 are both poor for phone calls.

Build Quality

8.5
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Kraken V3
8.5
The Philips SHP9500 and Razer Kraken V3 both have very good build quality.

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How the Philips SHP9500 and the Razer Kraken V3 compare to other earbuds and headphones

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Spec Comparison

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Philips SHP9500Razer Kraken V3
Philips SHP9500Razer Kraken V3

GENERAL

Price
$80
$99
Brand
PhilipsRazer
Release Date
August 1, 2013June 1, 2021
Form Factor
HeadphonesHeadphones
Connectivity
WiredWired

SOUND

Music Score
9.3/107.3/10
Phone Calls Score
5/105.1/10
Gaming Score
7.3/107.4/10
TV and Video Score
9.1/107/10
Exercise Score
4.4/104.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
NoNo
Noise Reduction Score
2.5/106/10
Virtual Surround
N/AYes
Mic Quality
N/A7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
8.5/108.5/10
Comfort score
10/107/10
Weight (headset or single earbud)
294.8 Grams325 Grams
Microphone style
N/ABoom
Waterproof Rating
00

Shopping

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Headphones Lab

Brian Stone | April 2020
"You can’t go wrong with the Philips SHP9500 for their price. Their audio quality is superb, and the fact that you can use them for just about anything you can think of makes them well worth your money"

Razer Kraken V3

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Soundguys

Sam Smart | November 2022
"This Razer Kraken V3 is a great headset for gamers who want comfort, surround sound, and software customization for a reasonable price. It's primarily a headset for PC gamers since THX Spatial audio is only supported on Windows. If you want something more multifaceted for multiple systems, this won't be an ideal headset for you. Luckily, there are plenty of competent Kraken V3 alternatives available to you."

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About Philips

Philips is a Dutch conglomerate and electronics manufacturer with over 130 years of history. Philips makes the Fidelio audio line which includes several models of full-sized wired and wireless headphones, true wireless earbuds. soundbars and wireless speakers.

About Razer

Razer is an American-Singaporean hardware manufacturer aimed specifically toward the gaming market. They manufacture a very wide array of gaming laptops, tablets, phones, peripherals and, of course, headphones and earbuds both wired and wireless. Since 2016, Razer has owned the THX suite, aimed at quality assurance of audiovisual systems such as speaker sets, video game consoles and even movie theaters.

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