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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. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Strange. Maybe try with another game? The back ones do sound a bit less in order to make it more realistic, since in real life, the shape of the ears keep us from hearing what happens at our back so clearly.

    But the difference shouldn't be that noticeable.
  2. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    After a 24hr burn in I had to lower the bass boost to 50% XD
  3. guysguhan

    guysguhan New Member

    I think they're good man. Get em.
  4. guysguhan

    guysguhan New Member

    Just DO IT. DONt let dreams be dreams.
  5. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Woah, I haven't noticed any burn after 7 months with them, but glad to hear that lol

    So, overall, enjoying them? Remember you can still try out other games with 5.1 or 7.1 support and Chroma Apps to control the lights.
  6. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    Yea I've tried the 7.1 in other games such as Battlefield, Team fortress 2, and cod but the 7.1 doesn't seem that helpful, the only time I found it useful was when I was hiding from an enemy or trying to pin point their location when It isn't chaotic. Apart from the negative everything sounds grand and epic when set to 7.1, you can feel the bass near explosions and gun fire sounds epic.

    I'm not sure if there is a fix for this but the sound leaks out of the headset and anyone around me can here it, my headset mic picks it up as wel and is played back on Skype or teamspeak, This annoys a few people I talk to So I was wondering if there is a fix for this.
    Apart from the negatives It isolates background noise which is a plus in my book.
  7. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    The games I can position the 7.1 sound better in are Skyrim, Dead Space 2, Halo Online (only available in Mother Russia), Battlefield, RainbowSix Siege, and Crysis 2/3 if you want to try with these.

    Keep in mind that what has impacted my 7.1 experience the most (apart from some games only working in 5.1 and therefore lacking back speakers) was the calibration through Synapse.

    Virtual surround sound is all about tricking the brain into thinking the sound is coming from behind or in front of you, so it has to be calibrated for each person; because not all ears are shaped the same, therefore your brain is used to hearing sound from behind different than mine.

    To calibrate them properly, I found this to be very useful:

    1. I placed in my room seven stickers (or post-its, just something easy to remove) in the floor, one for each speaker. Six of them forming a perfect hexagon, the seventh one right in front (as shown in the Synapse picture).
    2. Sit in the middle of the figure with the headset on.
    3. Go to Synapse > Calibration > Calibrate Now
    4. This will let you configure the first sound channel, the one front-right (northeast of you)
    5. As the calibration software of Synapse does the cycling between all the audio channels, I placed my smartphone on each of the stickers with a similar helicopter sound. So, for the first case, I place my smartphone in the front-right sticker while calibrating that very same channel in Synapse.
    6. Do it for every channel, trying to match the sound you get from the headset with that of the actual source (the smartphone, in this case).

    Hope that helps with improving the 7.1 effect.

    Now, regarding the sound leaks, it can only happen because the leather isn't firmly holding on to your head.

    But even if that's the case, there will always be a faint leak. In my case, I won't get any, but then again, I use them with a volume ranging from 40 to 70. What volume do you tend to use them at?
  8. Pros:
    good quality.
    mic mute button and retractable mic.
    nice elegant cable.
    Great Bass.
    Headband is soft and can be worn for long durations.
    They are very sturdy so far (3 months or so).
    Cable makes a really terrible sound whenever it touches anything .
    You can't customize the mic LED.
    Its USB, comes with no adapter.
    Although it is chroma its not the best form of chroma (it can only be one colour at a time and not multicoloured).
    The earcuffs are a bit loose and tend to spin around whenever your moving the headband too much.
    Mic Is high quality but its really hard to optimize and even optimized it reacts weird when anyone raises his voice.

    Its the best razer headset ive owned and ive had quite a few (pirhana, charcharias(?),tiamat, and 2 other krakens)
    I definitely recommend to get it
    The Pros Overcome The Cons
  9. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Just making an annotation there, you can still use apps like Keyboard Visualizer (lights up following the sound you are listening to), Ambient Effect for Razer Kraken (lights up the headset with the average color of what you are seeing on-screen, co-developed by me), and every Chroma-compatible videogame (like Call of Duty Black Ops 3).
    EcchiBuxGunny likes this.
  10. You are Right
    What I meant to say is that there is still room for improvement
  11. Tcullen21

    Tcullen21 New Member

    If you want the pointless chroma on a headset then yes (I got the classic version for the cheaper price) most of the cons you listed can be fixed using synapse and I would have to 100% agree with the pros!
  12. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    When I went to buy the headset, both the normal and the Chroma version were at the same price tag, 100$. Depends a lot on the retailer.
  13. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    My Chroma broke like a week ago and I bought the 2015 e sport editions instead since they are new, If I bought a 7.1 usb sound card adapter like this one http://www.roccat.org/en-US/Products/Gaming-Sound/Juke/ It should make it 7.1 ?
    being The Chroma has only 2 drivers but the usb sound card and software gave the illusion of 7.1 surround sound. So If I order the adapter and install the adapter software it should recreate the 7.1 that I had with the Chroma.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
  14. TheFranubian

    TheFranubian Active Member

    Yeah, it should work, not has good as with proper 7.1 to stereo sound cards like SoundBlaster's, but yeah.

    If you have a good on-board audio card or panel, you can try it out with Razer's Surround Sound pro software first.
  15. flashfree

    flashfree New Member

    I've already tried Razer Surround Sound when getting the 2015's, It's not as accurate like my chroma's. Anything behind and in front sounded the same and were really quiet, Razer Surround sound is OK if you can't afford a dedicated sound card adapter.
    Last edited: Dec 18, 2015
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