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Razer launches Kraken 7.1 gaming headset

Razer launches Kraken 7.1 gaming headset

The new Razer Kraken 7.1 bundles the company's Razer Surround software, but fetches a £20 premium over the similar Razer Pro.

Razer has announced its latest gamer-centric peripheral, the Kraken 7.1 gaming headset - a surround-sound upgrade to its Kraken Pro.

Announced at Gamescom and available for immediate purchase, the Razer Kraken 7.1 is a USB-powered gaming headset featuring a customisable virtual surround engine which, the company claims, offers full three-dimensional positioning of sounds despite the headset itself featuring just one speaker driver per ear cup.

If that sounds familiar, it should: the company is basically talking about Razer Surround, a virtual surround-sound engine it is due to release as a stand-alone product in 2014 but which is available for a limited time only for a charitable donation to Child's Play.

'As we continue to develop and build on our software front, we're able to add more and more capabilities to our products,' claimed Min-Liang Tan, co-founder and chief executive, at the Gamescom unveiling. 'What we put into the Razer Kraken 7.1 is a great example of just that, from the customisable, personalised surround sound engine, to the optimized digital microphone algorithms that gives this headset its incredible performance. With its superior software capabilities, unrivalled sound quality and comfort, the Razer Kraken 7.1 is the definitive USB surround sound headset for PC gaming.'

Software aside, the Kraken 7.1 includes an omnidirectional digital microphone with what Razer claims is a tuned and optimised engine designed to offer clearer voice chat than is available on its rivals. The headphones themselves, meanwhile, offer a claimed frequency response of 20Hz-20KHz through 40mm neodymium-magnet drivers with a 30mW output power each. A two metre braided USB cable is included, with a gold-plated connector - more to produce a shiny finish than to have any effect on the digital signal.

The microphone, which offers a claimed response of 100Hz-12KHz and a 63dB signal-to-noise ratio, retracts into the left ear cup when not in use - meaning there's little chance of losing it, as with rival designs that feature detachable microphones.

The Razer Kraken 7.1 is available to order now, priced at £89.99 on the Razer Store - a £20 premium over the Kraken Pro, despite the latter being perfectly compatible with the downloadable Razer Surround virtual 7.1 software.

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hyperion 22nd August 2013, 13:30 Quote
Inb4 Release the Kraken :p
Shirty 22nd August 2013, 13:43 Quote
"Release the Kraken"

Oh ****, somebody got inb4 me >:(
wafflesomd 22nd August 2013, 21:57 Quote
meh, gaming headphones.
Eggy 23rd August 2013, 00:02 Quote
If the software is anything like their keyboard & mice software (Synapse) I recommend everyone to avoid it at all costs.
SAimNE 24th August 2013, 05:35 Quote
@Eggy. using the naga and the nostromo..... and the software is more than adequate to me. Easy to navigate and look at in terms of the UI, and i havent ran into any glitches or anything. really dont know why razer gets so much hate when i've yet to encounter a single problem with my hardware or software.

anyway one reason to buy this over the kraken pro is that it looks better..... I'll be getting the tiamat when i upgrade tho >_>
ssj12 24th August 2013, 06:13 Quote
Ignore Eggy... Razer's software is far from bad.
Elton 24th August 2013, 06:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Shirty
"Release the Kraken"

Oh ****, somebody got inb4 me >:(

In after Shirty got inb4'ed for trying to inb4.

Also, I can't stand Razer headsets. I've bought budget headphones that were more comfortable and less flimsy.
Eggy 25th August 2013, 23:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by SAimNE
@Eggy. using the naga and the nostromo..... and the software is more than adequate to me. Easy to navigate and look at in terms of the UI, and i havent ran into any glitches or anything. really dont know why razer gets so much hate when i've yet to encounter a single problem with my hardware or software.

anyway one reason to buy this over the kraken pro is that it looks better..... I'll be getting the tiamat when i upgrade tho >_>

I have the Razer Deathstalker keyboard but as soon as I start the software (which for some reason makes you login to their server, wtf?) keys stop responding and changing background lighting doesn't work anymore. I have this on several devices and I'm not the only one. The synapse software is a joke.
siliconfanatic 26th August 2013, 00:02 Quote
It works just fine for me, and I'm an avid Razer customer. I've got the Deathadder, Naga epic and Ourboros. That and the Deathstalker keyboard and the Tiamat. All of them work fine and dandy when the saftware is on. Dunno what makes it so glitchy for you.
wafflesomd 27th August 2013, 01:16 Quote
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Originally Posted by siliconfanatic
It works just fine for me, and I'm an avid Razer customer. I've got the Deathadder, Naga epic and Ourboros. That and the Deathstalker keyboard and the Tiamat. All of them work fine and dandy when the saftware is on. Dunno what makes it so glitchy for you.

I don't own any of their products because I've seen what happens to them over time. I have to buddys who owned mice and keyboards from razor and they all died. They owned 5 products and all 5 of them are in the trash, that's %100 failure rate. I'm never touching their stuff.
siliconfanatic 28th August 2013, 02:47 Quote
Not here... I've owned several dozen razer products in the past... None failed... Those that I'm not using are just retired due to being replaced or are on loan to friends/family. Guess some folks just have bad luck with razer.
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