Razer Kraken V3

Razer Kraken V3

Razer Kraken V3

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BEST RATING
Gaming:
4.2
MUSIC: Good7.3/10
CALLS: Poor5.0/10
GAMING: Good7.3/10
TV: Good7.0/10
PODCASTS & AUDIOBOOKS: Poor4.7/10
EXERCISE: Poor4.1/10
AIR TRAVEL: Fair6.1/10
NOISE REDUCTION: Fair6.0/10
BUILD QUALITY: Very Good8.5/10

The Razer Kraken V3 headphones are a lower mid-range price option with a wired connection and over-ear form factor. They have a closed enclosure which provides a degree of passive noise isolation. However, they do not offer wireless connectivity. The overall sound quality is rated as poor, which suggests that audio enthusiasts might want to look elsewhere for high fidelity sound. The soundstage and imaging, which contribute to a sense of the music's space and directionality, are also rated as poor, potentially affecting your sense of immersion. Comfort is marked as poor, which could be a concern for prolonged use. The microphone, build quality, and built-in controls all receive low ratings, which may impact your gaming or call-making experiences. They may not be ideal for music, calls, gaming, TV, or listening to books and podcasts. Exercise, air travel, and portability aspects are poorly rated too. They come with a boom microphone and support virtual surround sound, but this does not seem to make up for the overall poor performance across multiple categories. The included boom mic and virtual surround sound features could be beneficial for gaming, but the low ratings in other areas may impact its overall gaming performance. With a cable length of 1.3 meters, they lack a detachable cable, but they do feature a dynamic driver type. More advanced features such as active noise cancelling, low latency, sweat and dustproof certifications are not available in this model, while the weight is 325 grams. Give Feedback

this description is based on the product variant with some specs. At the time of writing, the variant with some specs cost some dollars.




Evaluation

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Pros
  • Affordable lower midrange price
  • Over-ear design for comfort
  • Closed-back for noise isolation
  • Built-in microphone
Cons
  • Poor sound quality
  • Poor noise handling
  • No wireless connectivity
  • Heavier build

Ratings by Category

Gaming:
4.2
This score evaluates the product when used to play videogames. It takes into account wireless latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. Finally, the gaming score takes into account microphone quality for in-game voice chat. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Music:
4.1
This evaluates the product when used solely to listen to music. It takes into account the sound quality, whether or not they support high quality codecs, their ability to reproduce soundstage, and whether or not it has any virtual surround capabilities.
TV & Video:
4.0
This score evaluates the earbuds or headphones when used to watch videos, movies and TV. In the case of wireless products, it takes into account latency - the perceived delay between the action on screen and the sounds playing in your ears. The score also considers soundstage quality, whether they have a virtual surround feature, and overall comfort. It’s important to note that the device paired with the earbuds heavily influences their performance in regards to latency or delay.
Air Travel:
3.1
This score evaluates the product for use on airplanes and other similar kinds of travel. It takes into account noise reduction and portability, including case shape, case size, and weight. It also incorporates the battery life of the product, long-haul comfort, noise reduction (both active and passive), and sound quality. We generally consider wireless products to be more suitable for air travel.

Full Specs

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GENERAL

Price
$80
Brand
Razer
Release Date
June 1, 2021
Form Factor
Headphones
Connectivity
Wired

SOUND

Music Score
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7.3/10
Phone Calls Score
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5.1/10
Gaming Score
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7.4/10
TV and Video Score
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7/10
Exercise Score
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4.1/10

FEATURES

Active Noise Cancelling
No
Noise Reduction Score
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6/10
Virtual Surround
Yes
Mic Quality
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7/10

BUILD AND DESIGN

Build Quality
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8.5/10
Comfort score
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7/10
Weight
325 Grams
Microphone style
Boom
Waterproof Rating
0

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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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