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(IS IT WORTH IT?)Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma

Discussion in 'Audio' started by flashfree, Nov 7, 2015.


Should I get the Kraken Chroma?

Poll closed Dec 5, 2015.
  1. yes

  2. no

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  1. firstknight

    firstknight Member

    Headphones are never the same with each personal usage.... Reviews are general guide from users own preference... some like the bass and say its great... some say overwhelming because they are looking for some other signature in their audio preference...

    The best way to know whether is it worth or not is from your own personal testing of the headphones itself before buying it. If you cant get to a shop for testing, it is actually a hit and miss situation for you by relying on others review.

    I have tried Razers headphones and chroma is mainly for bling bling feel. The main thing would be the sound that you wanna hear. Razer headphones give gamer an immense feel of the game with the bass so you can feel explosion and gun fires with an impact. Other than that you just EQ till you like.

    Sorry Razer, but your headphones are not my type. Tried it and its not my type.
  2. Predator5

    Predator5 Well-Known Member

    Who said you can't have your opinion? ;) No need to be sorry
  3. firstknight

    firstknight Member

    Just saying sorry Razer that their headphones sucks.. lol...
  4. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    You are stating your opinion as a fact.

    The Kraken 7.1 Chroma I have sounds better with the factory EQ than the Beats Mixer Pros I have owned, along with some Sennheiser 449 a roommate lent me for a while after the clumsy Turtle Beach X12 (awful brand, by the way, from the box I knew I was in for a disappointment) broke.

    And don't get me started on the Trittons and some wireless Sony and Phillips headsets of the same price tag as the Kraken... buff. Those were horrible.

    See? Those are facts related to my personal experience with them.

    And, according to these I have experienced, I can state your statement as false with more veracity than the one you have provided.

    The Kraken 7.1 Chromas are the first headphones in a veeeery long list of products that have captured my attention and surpassed it amazingly.

    But it is true that I usually go for the bass, which may not be what OP may be looking for, but then again, they have a more balanced relation between bass and high tones than the Mixer Pros (which were a mess of bass with no tremble whatsoever).
  5. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    anything is better than beats dude, and you have a pretty good point oh and I have a few questions on the headset since I will be getting them by the end of this month

    1. can the mic quality be improved via software?

    2.Do you feel that there is a need to use a custom eq to boost the sound clarity or is it already at 'least' decent stock?

    3. If I do a headphone burn in with these will It sound better?

    4. As I stated before I like bass a lot infant, since I listen to trap and hip hop Do I need to bass boost it by like 8% or are they bass stock?

    5. Do this bass test and tell me how low it went (stock) and 10% bass boosted
    Last edited: Nov 13, 2015
  6. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    1. The mic already is amazingly good at picking voices and clearing out ambient sound. Look up people testing it.

    Take into account that it is a digital, omnidirectional microphone (even if the website says it is unidirectional, that is a mistake, it is omnidirectional, at least according to my experience and the box itself).

    With some adjustements, it sounds almost like a good Blue microphone mounted on the desk.

    I use:
    Volume - 91 (set by default by Windows when Skyping)
    Sensitivity - 80
    Noise Normalization - 25
    Ambient Noise Reduction - 30

    (You can set all of these parameters through Razer Synapse).

    Here you have a test I made some time ago without Noise normalization or Ambient noise reduction, so it has a bit of background noise:

    2. I don't even use the EQ, I get higher tones than with the Beats Mixer Pros, Tritton and Turtle Beaches.

    To answer your question directly, yes, I think it is already clear enough right outta the box.

    I get no echo and I do not feel like the high tones are muted or overpowered by the bass or middle tones, I quite like the balance.

    3. I have never done so on purpose. But after 7 months of use, while the sound has been improved a bit, I would say it takes a bit more to be burned in than other headphones.

    I personally have never bothered burning in any pair I have owned, and this one doesn't give that much of an incentive.

    So nope, don't do it.

    4 . They already have some nice stock bass. But you can increment the amount of bass even more through the Synapse software.

    The stock bass is more powerful than those of the Turtle Beachs and Astro, but not as loud as the Beats'.

    When you set the volume a bit high, it will sky-rocket , reaching even a more than the Beat Mixer Pros if you set the bass boost at 50% or more.

    I set the bass increate at 81% because I like it like that. Don't worry, you will not lose quality by increasing the bass through Synapse until you like it, so you can play with that setting as much as you want.

    5. Here are the results on the video:

    • On stock, it starts humming at 6Hz, and it starts vibrating a bit at 15Hz.
    • With 10% bass increase, it starts humming at 6Hz, and it starts vibrating a bit at 10Hz.
    • With 81% bass increase, it starts humming at 5Hz, and it is already vibrating nicely at 10Hz.

    Let me know if there is something else I can help you with or if I didn't explain something correctly!
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  7. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Here you have another microphone test for the Razer Kraken 7.1 Chroma.

    Note that it was recording using the Game DVR feature of Windows 10.
  8. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    Ok I'll use your mic settings, and set the bass boost to 10% and It should not drown out the mids and the highs like you said.

    another question is where should I buy it online

    1. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Razer-Krake...374561?hash=item20ee7194e1:g:7TsAAOSw-vlVg8KW

    2. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Razer-Krake...054868?hash=item461f2256d4:g:UHsAAOSwZd1VVofZ

    3. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Razer-Krake...818046?hash=item1c4beba27e:g:ugMAAOSwD0lUgWk3

    (these are all the ebay ones, It's my first time considering to shop on ebay and I want your opinion on which one of the 3 I should get)

    4. http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00ULMQ28Q...TF8&colid=1WEJJS35CM1NL&coliid=I2EN5KKEVUS9WO

    5. http://www.amazon.com/Razer-Kraken-Chroma-Gaming-Headset/dp/B00MTWV0RO/ref=sr_1_1?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1447560521&sr=1-1&keywords=Razer+Kraken+7.1+Chroma&refinements=p_n_shipping_option-bin:3242350011

    6. The grills on the krakens are they meta?

    7. are the ear foams leather or a similar materiel?
    Last edited: Nov 14, 2015
  9. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    I personally do not like to buy at eBay mainly because they are all different sellers, just go for the one with the highest reputation, in this case, number 3 (who has a 99.4% of positive feedback).

    But those three seem to be reliable enough.

    I prefer Amazon because of it being more "serious" overall, and usually takes a bit less to arrive, at least in my experience.

    So, I think at the end the crucial factor, as long as you are buying from a reliable eBay seller, is the price, with the shipment costs added. Make the sum and check with the seller if there may be taxes added which are not applied to warehouses like Amazon.

    And, from what I have heard, some refurbished headsets in general may have scratches or other very slight defects in the headband or other parts that are not replaceable.

    Oh, and Amazon has a more straight forward return policy, so it may be a good idea when buying such things. Liking headsets or not is something more relative to the individual, unlike a monitor or GPU.

    6. I have no idea! They don't sound metallic, but that could be because they rest on a soft material or that because they are painted in black. Also, they are not easy to scratch or deform, but then again, I have no idea of this...

    7. I'm pretty sure they are actual leather. Unlike the Carcharias' leatherette replacement cups; the Kraken's cups smell like leather, transpire better, don't get as hot as leatherette, get softer after months of use, and my cat loves to try to rub against them (scientific testing right there, I know).

    So yeah, I'm 80% sure they are leather.
  10. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    Does the razer synapse work like a amp/sound card for the headset?
    I'm wondering because I've herd people saying that they don't as good without it.
  11. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    No, since it is just software.

    But you will need Synapse to use 7.1 Surround Sound as well as configuring the Chroma lights. Otherwise, I don't see why buying the 7.1 Chroma version if you are not going to use such features.
  12. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    oh and when you say vibrate do they physical vibrate?
  13. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Yeah, you can feel the outer part of the headset moving, and once the sound is 30Hz or so, the inner part vibrates as well.
  14. Purelyluck87

    Purelyluck87 Active Member

    best headset for FPS i would say

    XAEROCOOL Member

    Its basically up to you how much you want to spend.
  16. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    OK I got them my thoughts so far..
    They are light and comfortable
    the sound quality is fine
    The headset is more bassy when set to 7.1 for some reason so I leave it on that
    The bass wasn't as much as I expected so I had to crank up the bass boost to 100%
    They sound leaks from the outside so people near me can here what I am listening too is there a way I can fix it?

    overall It's a good headset.
  17. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    It has more bass in 7.1 than in 2.0 because of precisely that. The .1 at the end of "7.1" means it has a Bass channel, while 2.0 (stereo) does not.

    Haven't had much of a sound leak myself. The leather should get used to your head and isolate better with time. I give more importance to it isolating exterior sounds though.

    Pressing a bit your earcup's sides so that they are a bit more elongated into the insides may help.

    Did you set it to DVD quality in the Windows Audio Panel? It may help with getting better sound and could help with a wider bass.

    Also, have you had the chance to try out the mic and 7.1 sound?
  18. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    ''Did you set it to DVD quality in the Windows Audio Panel? It may help with getting better sound and could help with a wider bass.''

    how do I do this?
  19. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    On Windows, look for the little audio icon in the lower right corner, in your taskbar.
    Right click on it and click on "Playback Devices."

    There, you will see your headsets, along with other audio devices you may have plugged in.

    Right click on the Razer Kraken. Now go to the Advanced tab and select the quality.

    In this case, "2 channel, 16 bit, 48000Hz (DVD Quality)."

    Keep in mind that you may have to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.

    Try it out and let me know if it helps, if it causes issues, you can always revert back or try another quality in the same way.
  20. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    OK thanks, as for the 7.1 the first 3 channels on the front are perfect
    but the 2 on the sides and the 2 on the back are extremely quiet and don't seem to have any sound differentiation Is there any way I can fix this? or is this how it is supposed to sound I can here people in front of me with no problem but anything at the sides and back sound like normal stereo.
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