My Custom Headphones vs Razer Kraken Pro V2

Discussion in 'Off Topic Chat' started by TheBaymax, Apr 17, 2017.

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  1. TheBaymax

    TheBaymax Member

    Hello Razer forum,

    If you haven't really seen me around much, then it is because I came over here with Nextbit. This is not a Nextbit type of thread though.

    This thread will be more of a comparison over some headphones I made about a year ago compared to the Razer Kraken Pro V2 which I bought recently and whether I should have saved the money that I used to create my custom headphones.

    THE HEADPHONES

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    My Custom Gaming Headphones

    Back in April of 2016, I was given a challenge by a friend of mine to make a very comfortable pair of headphones that would be ideal for gaming for $50 (as the base number) or less. So, I accepted and when everything was done with lock, stock, and barrel, I had spent $50.54 of my earnings (and won the bet). This is an open-back pair of headphones. Should I have spent $30 more and just got the V2 like I did this year?

    My Razer Kraken Pro V2

    In April 2017, I went ahead and purchased the Kraken Pro V2 in hopes that my Razer Green keys wouldn't sound as profound to my friends when I type and game. Also after reading some very glowing reviews on the V2, I decided to take the plunge. Should I have spent the extra $30 over my tried-and-true custom headphones?

    THE SCIENCE

    Being a bit of an audiophile and knowing how I want things to sound, I was able to construct this test with the sounds of pipe organs in multiple levels of hertz.

    Custom

    As a control I started off with my older pair of headphones. With the pipe organ sounds, these headphones were quite good at mids, lows, and highs leveling off at around 40 Hz on the lows, 100 Hz on the mids, and 1000 Hz on the highs. The highs were quite punchy from the pipe organ, Mids were well rounded, and the lows were quite spectacular considering the price and design.

    Pro V2

    I ran the pipe organ sounds through the Pro V2 and immediately discovered the punchy bass of the V2 even at the highest level of Hz. The lows leveled off around 10 Hz, around 200 Hz on the mids, and highs leveled off around 800 Hz. As expected, the V2 performed very well on the lows, were a bit harsh on the mids, and well rounded on the highs.

    THE MICROPHONE

    These two have a microphone of two separate types due to the fact my custom headphones are one that I purchased and attached. The Pro V2 have a microphone built in. To perform this test, I will be just doing a typing test to see how well each microphone does in a typing environment while also carrying a conversation. So, I will be taking a typing test and having a generic conversation with myself at the same time.

    Custom

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1N1kYJCKI4y

    Pro V2

    http://vocaroo.com/i/s0p6SWGI2GiA

    THE CONCLUSION

    My ears definitely responded very well to the punchy lows on the V2, but the mids were a bit harsh. The highs on my custom pair of headphones were punchy without being too harsh, and the lows were quite good without being as punchy as the lows on the V2. Overall, I feel like one couldn't go very wrong with either type of headphones. It all depends on convenience. If you are willing to push the envelope and have enough resources, then a custom pair of headphones is quite nice; if you want something well made right out of the box with no sort of setup, then the V2 is for you. I also couldn't decide which microphone did a better job. Overall I am happy with both of these. I cannot choose one over another because they both have their strengths and weaknesses. I just wanted to share my comparison with you all.

    Hope you enjoyed reading this.
     
    Last edited: Apr 17, 2017
  2. Dragonator03

    Dragonator03 Member

    Wow dude, i can see you spent a while making this explaining everything. I would much rather just buy a pair of headphones from razer than try to find something or make something for cheap. I dont buy low quality things, even though im only 13 i fond ways to make money to buy things i want that are good quality but expensive.
     
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  3. That's an impressive review Baymax! I loved reading it.

    You clearly know a lot about sound and headphones to make your own custom pair. I'm glad to see that the Razer Kraken Pro V2 lives up to your standards.

    Thanks for sharing this with us :)
     
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  4. TheBaymax

    TheBaymax Member

    Thanks you two. It really means a lot to me to receive this feedback. I put quite a bit of effort into this comparison. [emoji1]
     
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  5. RazerMaDsSs

    RazerMaDsSs Member

    Personally, I think I liked the sound of the V2 mic. I think the first one was if I could describe it in a word, it'd be "Fuzzy" I think that the V2 mic was better.
    Also, great comparison. You seem to have put some hard work into it, and it payed off. :relaxed::ok_hand::thumbsup:
     
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  6. TheBaymax

    TheBaymax Member

    I agree. The mic is a cheap $7 mic on my Custom headphones. Might look into something else. I have quite a few choices I can go with.
     
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