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Razer Carcharias Review

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Mattmc91 21st January 2011, 11:54 Quote
Would like to see this compared to the Roccat Kave!
Floyd 21st January 2011, 12:26 Quote
I have these headphones and LOVE them!
mrbens 21st January 2011, 12:36 Quote
You already posted this review at the beginning of December: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/peripherals/2010/01/03/the-best-gaming-headset/1
Claave 21st January 2011, 13:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by mrbens
You already posted this review at the beginning of December: http://www.bit-tech.net/hardware/peripherals/2010/01/03/the-best-gaming-headset/1

After some reader feedback, we're currently tweaking how we do the 'What is the Best' articles. They're mostly for people searching for recommendations in Google, so if you follow your link you'll see that article has been changed to reflect this.

At the same time, we wanted to surface the individual reviews much better for regular readers, and have them slip down the content order in more familiar way.

We think we've cracked the problem for both types of reader, so hopefully (after a few days of these changes, as we don't want to flood the site with 10 peripheral reviews at once) this will all make sense.

Thanks again to all those that gave constructive criticism, now back to the discussion of the Razer Carcharias: how exactly do you pronounce the name??
Blademrk 21st January 2011, 13:28 Quote
Don't know if it's right but I'd pronounce it car-ch-are-eye-as :D

How comfy are these for those of us that were glasses?
benji2412 21st January 2011, 14:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
After some reader feedback, we're currently tweaking how we do the 'What is the Best' articles. They're mostly for people searching for recommendations in Google, so if you follow your link you'll see that article has been changed to reflect this.

Thanks again to all those that gave constructive criticism, now back to the discussion of the Razer Carcharias: how exactly do you pronounce the name??

I'm glad you see it as that! When I offered my opinion I was flamed, granted I was an arse about it!

I bought these under recommendation and I think they're fantastic. Had them now for a few months and they're fantastic. The only problem I've had is that people I know on steam, when I'm on group chat, struggle to hear what I say. The microphone doesn't seem to bend close enough to my face to pick up what I say.

It's not a big deal, I just tell them to turn me up :P But otherwise BUY THIS HEADSET ;)
Digi 21st January 2011, 15:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
How comfy are these for those of us that were glasses?

Due to the cups being soft the glasses arms just sink into the fabric and you won't notice the difference, it's the same level of comfort as without. I have had my pair for 6-9 months or so and have been recommending them to friends for about 5.9-8.9 of those months. :)

I was weary of Razers gimmicky approach to gaming peripherals at first with the 'for gamers, by gamers' moniker but this and the deathadder have convinced me that they do in fact deliver a high-quality product. I don't work for them and I am not gushing with admiration as a free plug, just giving praise where praise is due.
Kovoet 21st January 2011, 15:04 Quote
MIne arrive on Monday and cannot wait to see how they compared against my old G35 set
Phalanx 21st January 2011, 15:41 Quote
I've got the Carcharias, and I can say without a doubt it is the best set of headphones I have ever used. Comfort, durability, sound level. It has it all, and for the price, it's amazing.

Slowly but surely, I've moved to Razer for all my peripherals now. Mouse (Deathadder), Mousemat (Sphex), Keyboard (Blackwidow Ultimate) and headset (Carcharias). I don't regret any of them.

Oh, and I wear glasses, for those who wonder how well the Carcharias sits with them. You don't even feel them press against the arms.
Kovoet 21st January 2011, 15:47 Quote
I was different, started off with Razer with the Diamondback then Deathadder and then the Lachesis which I hated. So went over to Logitech Mx518 then the G5 and now I have the G9X and got a deathadder as spare as that still remains one of the best mice out there.

Still and always used a razer pad and now on the destructor but cannot wait for these headphones, but will give my feedback
Floyd 21st January 2011, 15:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Blademrk
How comfy are these for those of us that were glasses?

I have glasses and it doesnt bother me at all. The glasses sink right into the headset.
Everyone that has worn my headphones has gone out and bought the same ones. For the price they are insane quality.
Phalanx 21st January 2011, 15:51 Quote
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Originally Posted by Claave
...how exactly do you pronounce the name??

kar-KAR-ee-uhs (Capitalisation signifies the emphasis).

It's named after a shark :)
Yslen 21st January 2011, 16:47 Quote
I'd still like to see a review comparing these and similar models to proper headphones available for the same price. The AKG K-240's are £74, for example, and the quality goes up from there quite rapidly if you're prepared to spend say £90.
fev 21st January 2011, 16:57 Quote
car--cha--reee---arrrs from the sales directors mouth
sear 21st January 2011, 17:17 Quote
As always, I won't trust PC-branded audio equipment. Typical consumer-grade stuff is just hell on my ears these days and even the best headsets or surround setups can't even come close to touching a decent pair of audiophile-grade speakers or headphones.
Yslen 21st January 2011, 17:28 Quote
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Originally Posted by sear
As always, I won't trust PC-branded audio equipment. Typical consumer-grade stuff is just hell on my ears these days and even the best headsets or surround setups can't even come close to touching a decent pair of audiophile-grade speakers or headphones.

Exactly, I'm using some AKG K-601's with my PC. Fairly basic by audiophile standards but they're way ahead of any "gaming headset" i've ever heard.
Farfalho 21st January 2011, 17:50 Quote
Thankfully I'm Portuguese and can pronounce it properly xD
I think the best way for English speaking natives is saying Car-Care-Re-As - (Re as Re of Retail)
Claave 21st January 2011, 18:48 Quote
Thanks for all the pronunciation tips everyone - hopefully now I can avoid sounding like a Gelf every time I try to refer to these!
Kasius 21st January 2011, 18:58 Quote
Carcharias - Car-sha-rai-as i would imagine :)
Sloth 21st January 2011, 19:21 Quote
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Originally Posted by Yslen
I'd still like to see a review comparing these and similar models to proper headphones available for the same price. The AKG K-240's are £74, for example, and the quality goes up from there quite rapidly if you're prepared to spend say £90.
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Originally Posted by sear
As always, I won't trust PC-branded audio equipment. Typical consumer-grade stuff is just hell on my ears these days and even the best headsets or surround setups can't even come close to touching a decent pair of audiophile-grade speakers or headphones.
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Originally Posted by Yslen
Exactly, I'm using some AKG K-601's with my PC. Fairly basic by audiophile standards but they're way ahead of any "gaming headset" i've ever heard.
Headphones are not comparable to headsets. They are two totally different products, one is for listening and the other is for communicating. If you are a gamer who wishes to communicate with his teammates then it doesn't matter how great your headphones sound, they fundamentally do not meet the requirements.

Get into any competitive level of gameplay and you will be hard-pressed to play without a headset. You'll need decent vocal communication, something hard to get with standalone mics.
Kovoet 21st January 2011, 19:31 Quote
I find in matches with PC gaming for the microphone to be the most important piece of kit with headsets and could not agree more with the above statement.

Hence I went for these although not as good as all these above mentioned headphone the reviews they have had with them is that it's a good all rounder
wafflesomd 21st January 2011, 19:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by Sloth
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Originally Posted by Yslen
I'd still like to see a review comparing these and similar models to proper headphones available for the same price. The AKG K-240's are £74, for example, and the quality goes up from there quite rapidly if you're prepared to spend say £90.
Quote:
Originally Posted by sear
As always, I won't trust PC-branded audio equipment. Typical consumer-grade stuff is just hell on my ears these days and even the best headsets or surround setups can't even come close to touching a decent pair of audiophile-grade speakers or headphones.
Quote:
Originally Posted by Yslen
Exactly, I'm using some AKG K-601's with my PC. Fairly basic by audiophile standards but they're way ahead of any "gaming headset" i've ever heard.
Headphones are not comparable to headsets. They are two totally different products, one is for listening and the other is for communicating. If you are a gamer who wishes to communicate with his teammates then it doesn't matter how great your headphones sound, they fundamentally do not meet the requirements.

Get into any competitive level of gameplay and you will be hard-pressed to play without a headset. You'll need decent vocal communication, something hard to get with standalone mics.

You honestly think that stand alone mics are going to be inherently worse than ones attached to headphones?

So are you saying since the two products are different, or in different markets, that it's ok for one to be inherently worse than the other? These headsets are really bad in comparison.

How hard is it to attach a quality microphone to a quality headphone?

Only company I've seen with a good headset is beyedynamic.

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/multimedia/mmx-300.html#
HourBeforeDawn 21st January 2011, 19:49 Quote
ONE PAGE IS NOT A REVIEW!

k... Im done.
Sloth 21st January 2011, 19:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by wafflesomd
You honestly think that stand alone mics are going to be inherently worse than ones attached to headphones?

So are you saying since the two products are different, or in different markets, that it's ok for one to be inherently worse than the other? These headsets are really bad in comparison.

How hard is it to attach a quality microphone to a quality headphone?

Only company I've seen with a good headset is beyedynamic.

http://north-america.beyerdynamic.com/shop/hah/headphones-and-headsets/multimedia/mmx-300.html#
Not terribly hard at all! There are some nifty ones that just clip right on.

But keep in mind that you are now buying two products, and you're mentioning two quality products. Your cost for both has to comparable to the headset, or else you're getting into a whole new kettle of incomparable fish.

For example, I have no doubt that Beyedynamic headset is amazing, but it'd have to be three times as amazing as my Soundblaster Arena to be equal value, let alone better.
Mr Happy 21st January 2011, 20:30 Quote
I had this set of headphones, and like my last set from Razer they broke, they were not abused in any way shape or form but decided to stop working 1 week after the warranty ran out

I personally wouldnt give them such a high rating but they do a good job

My new stereo headset is way better though for half the price, and the only thing i didnt get was a mic, but they cost very little

I wouldnt buy this again
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