Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset Review

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset Review

On deck for today is the review for the Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset. The Razer Carcharias were built to work with both the PC and Xbox 360. They look simple but stylish and comfortable to wear. The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset are at a modest price point from Razer.com for $69.99. These are not the best set of headphones I have used but for the price, utility between the PC and Xbox 360 they are well worth having a set for the budget to mid-range gamer.

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset 2

Tech Specs from the Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset Webpage:

Headphones

  • Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 O at 1kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): 102 ± 4dB at 1 kHz Max
  • Input Power: 200 mW
  • Drivers: 40 mm, with Neodymium Magnets
  • Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 50 mm / 1.97”
  • Cable Length: 3 m / 9.84 ft
  • Connector: 3.5 mm jack (headphone)

Microphone

  • Frequency Response: 50 – 16,000 Hz
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
  • Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): -37 ± 4dB
  • Pick-up Pattern: Unidirectional
  • Connector: 3.5 mm jack (microphone)

Adjust-ability and Comfort:

The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset I would say in one of the more comfortable headsets I have used. They have very large cups that even fit over my ears and if you haven’t read my review on the Razer Blackshark’s you should do so to understand what I mean. I have a large noggin so finding a headset that fits me becomes something of a task. These are not as adjustable as the Razer Blacksharks or other headsets but Razer did a good job of the size of the cups to compensate. The headband does adjust up and down to for the individual persons head, and while the cups do not adjust they are large to accommodate just about anyone. The actual cups have a nice think padding with a felt cover so they are comfortable on your ears and not scratching or sticking to your head after long gaming sessions. The cups I would not say are loose on the ears but they don’t put any pressure on them either. The microphone does not adjust but it does move up and down so you can move this out of the way for just listening to movies or music. Also Razer had enough foresight to make the cable almost 10 ft long so it may be messy at a PC but using them on a Xbox 360 you have enough length to sit back and enjoy playing games.

Also I want to point out the weight of the Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset. These headphones do not weigh anything. When you put them on you will notice them but after gaming for a while due of the weigh you might forget they are even there.

What is inside the box?

  • Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset
  • Xbox 360 Adapter
  • Microphone Cable
  • Audio Adapters
Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset

Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset 3

Installation:

For the PC installation of the Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset you have two 3.5mm audio jacks for microphone and headset along with a USB to power the headphones lights on both sides along with the inline volume controller. The jacks and USB are clearly marked so you know which jack is which.

For the Xbox 360, the installation is slightly more complicated only because you have to use the adapters for the Xbox 360. To connect the Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset you need the Xbox 360 Adapter, Audio Adapter, and Microphone cable. The Xbox 360 adapter plugs into the back above the HDMI slot where Microsoft’s component or composite cables would go. From there you plug in the audio adapter which turns the individual RCA left and right audio cables (red and white) into a plug for your 3.5mm headphone jack coming from the headset cable itself. Once you have those plugged in; the last step to plug in the microphone cable from the inline audio controller to the actual Xbox 360 Controller.

Noise Cancellation:

The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset do have noise cancellation technology built into them as well as for the microphone but I would say depending on how they fit on you it could be better. As I stated earlier the cups fit comfortable but loose on the ears so depending on how they fit is if you will hear sounds. I personally didn’t have issues with them but if something was loud enough I could hear it faintly.

Sounds:

The Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset are 2.1 Surround sound. They have excellent sound for being a 2.1 and sub $100 set of headphones. If you own a 5.1 or 7.1 you aren’t going to change over. Once again for the price the quality is excellent. The headset does have good quality sound connected to my motherboard onboard sound but they were even better coming off a dedicated sound card. Quality on the Xbox 360 is just as good.

Would I recommend these for a gamer?

Absolutely I would. The best things about these headphones is for the price they have excellent quality but also for the fact they can be transferred over to the Xbox 360 in a matter of a minute or so once you have put them together once. Now these are 2.1 so sound gurus will probably keep looking but for the average gamer, you get enough sounds to hear in different directions that they work well.

Personal Overview:

I bought my set of Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset from Razer when they were 50% off. I ended up paying about $45 for this pair so they were $90 but have dropped in price to $69.99 from Razer’s website.  For the price, quality, and utility to move these from the PC to Xbox 360 or vice-verse you really cannot beat them. The 2.1 surround sound does very well and sounds are crisp and clean. I haven’t heard any distortions or static. From asking people I talk to over Xbox Live, Teamspeak, and Ventrilo they have told me my voice is clear. As long as you are not paying over $75 for these headphones I would wholeheartedly recommend them to anyone that does not want to spend a whole lot of money on a set but do want quality. They work for watching movies, listening to music, and playing games on the Xbox 360 or PC.

 

Pictures and Specifications from Razer.com


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