Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset are decent gaming headphones. The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset has a great microphone for online gaming and have a great gaming software app, which the very similar Kraken Pro V2 lacked. Razer Kraken Tournament Edition comes with a nice dongle that gives you control over bass, volume, and THX surround sound, on top of having a mic-mute switch. However, they sound just okay, and are very bulky and won’t be for everyone. On the upside, they are well-built and, thanks to their wired connection, users won’t have any delay when watching video content or playing video games.
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset is a very capable wired gaming headset. It’s large, comfortable, and has powerful 50mm drivers that provide plenty of bass. It also works with almost any game system as a 3.5mm wired headset and provides very solid THX simulated surround sound with its included USB adapter cable for PCs. The adjustable bass is a nice touch, even if it doesn’t improve the headset’s slightly underwhelming performance in the highs.
This headset is known for gaming, including some very capable gaming headsets. The wired Razer Kraken Tournament Edition packs THX simulated surround sound, a 5.1-channel USB audio adapter, and dual 50mm drivers into a very comfortable design. It isn’t the fanciest headset out there, but it hits a sweet spot that delivers a solid feel, strong performance, and lots of features for a reasonable price.

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Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset
Over-ear

Enclosure:
Closed-Back

Wireless:
No

Noise-Cancelling:
No

Mic:
Yes

Transducer:
Dynamic

 

Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset Sturdy and durable build quality
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset Great microphone
Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset Good app support
best headphones Bulky design
best headphones Poor isolation
best headphones Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses

 

 

Design

Has Stereo Speakers
Has An Over-the-ear Foam
Has A Detachable Cable
Weight322g
Cable Length1.3m

Sound Quality

Impedance32 Ohms
Highest Frequency28000Hz
Lowest Frequency12Hz
Sound Pressure Level109dB/mW
Has A Neodymium Magnet
Has Passive Noise Reduction

Microphone

Has A Noise Cancelling MicrophoneX
No of Microphones1
Highest Frequency Mic10000Hz
Lowest Frequency Mic10Hz
Has A Removable MicrophoneX
Has A Wind Noise Reduction MicrophoneX

Power

Has A Rechargeable BatteryX
Has A Battery Level IndicatorX

Connectivity

Can Be Used WirelesslyX
Compatible With PlayStation
Compatible With Xbox Live
Has A 3.5mm Male Connector

Features

Can Be Used As A Headset
Has A Mute Function
Control Panel Placed on A Device
Has An In-Line Control Panel
Has Voice Prompts
Travel Bag Is IncludedX

 

Design
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition is a very bulky gaming headset that is well-crafted, but still has a few flaws. The headset is decently comfortable but traps a lot of heat inside the ear cups. The mic is not detachable, and the overall style won’t be suited for outdoor use or sports. On the upside, the headphones are very well-built and feel solid. They offer a few gaming-oriented controls like chat mixing and mic-mute, but for some reason the controls are inverted for use when wearing the headset. They are still very versatile as you can use them with 1/8” connector and also with the USB dongle.
StyleComfort
The Kraken Tournament Edition are almost identical to the previous Kraken Pro V2. They are decent-looking gaming headphones with a bulky design that won't be for everyone. They have large circular ear cups with a lot of padding, and a wide headband that's reinforced with a sturdy metal frame. This makes them look and feel very durable. They also have a retractable mic, but they're not versatile enough to use as casual headphones outdoors.The Kraken Tournament Edition are as comfortable as the Kraken Pro V2. The build is very similar, but there are very slight differences in the padding of the ear cups. The pads are still thick and distribute pressure well. However, they’re a bit tight, and the lack of a proper swivel hinge means they don't always fit well around your ears, which can be a bit fatiguing over time. They won't be the best headphones to wear for long gaming sessions.
PortabilityBuild Quality
Like most gaming headphones, these are not very portable. They don’t fold or swivel to lay flat and their overall design is very bulky. The cups are very thick and the design takes up a lot of space. They also don’t come with a traveling case. The build of the Kraken Tournament is very similar to that of the Pro V2 model. The headband is reinforced with a wide and sturdy metal frame. The ear cups are dense enough that they won't break from accidental drops or impacts, and the padding material of the ear cups looks and feels high-end. It is still better-built than the Kraken Man O' War and Kraken USB.
StabilityControls
These are barely stable headphones. They're a bit tight on the head so they don't move much during casual listening or gaming sessions. However, the large ear cups and bulky design sway a lot during physical activities, which means they won’t be the best option for sports or if you're often on the go. In this case, you may want to consider the more stable a Kraken X especially if you often use your gaming headsets with your phone.The Kraken Tournament have a typical gaming control scheme on their in-line remote, but they come with an additional dongle which offers more controls than the Pro V2 model. On the in-line remote, you get a two-sided volume dial and a mic on/off switch. On the dongle, you get physical buttons for volume up and down and a mic mute button. Additionally, on the sides of the dongle, you get a bass slider, a channel mixing slider, and a button to enable THX surround sound. All the controls are fairly easy to use, but when connected they are inverted, which means the ‘minus’ for volume and bass controls is actually on the top of the remote. This isn’t very intuitive. Also, there is no way of knowing which bass setting you're on.
Sound
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition are okay sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They have a decently extended, deep, and punchy bass, but it is overpowering and boomy, and prone to inconsistencies across different users. They have a decent mid-range, but it's a bit muddy and cluttered which makes vocals sound a little thick. Also, their treble lacks some presence and detail, making the overall tone of these headphones dark and bass-heavy.
Note that these headphones were measured with the bass slider set at the level that would give you the same amount of bass you'd have without the dongle.
BassMid
The bass range performance is passable. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 38Hz, which is good, but low-bass is lacking by about 5dB. This means that these headphones are light on thump and rumble. Additionally, mid-bass and high-bass of this headset are quite flat but overemphasized by about 5dB, which results in excess punch and boominess. Overall, their bass is slightly too boomy and overpowering. You can also get extra bass thanks to the bass slider when using the dongle. However, it would be overdone for most people and there's no way of knowing on which bass setting you're on.
Also, their bass delivery varies significantly across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses.
The mid-range of this edition is mediocre. The response shows a 10dB tilt favoring the lower frequencies. Actually, this is the continuation of the high-bass bump, which is showing up in low-mid and mid-mid. The result will be a mix that sounds muddy and cluttered, and vocals/lead instruments that sound a bit thick. They will also lack some projection and intensity, relative to the bass instruments and kick drum.
Isolation
The Razer Kraken Tournament Edition are not the best headphones to use in loud environments. Like a lot of the gaming headsets we've tested so far, they only passively isolate against ambient noise, which should be fine in a relatively quiet setting. However, in a competition-like environment, you will easily be able to hear the chatter around you, which won't be ideal depending on your use case. They also leak a bit at high volumes, so they may be a bit distracting if you're not gaming alone in a quiet room.
Noise IsolationOverall Leakage
The isolation of this headset is poor. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling and do not isolate in the bass range, where the thump and rumble of airplane and bus engines sit. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they achieve about 10dB of isolation which is okay. In the treble range, which is occupied by sharp S and T sounds and A/C systems, they are able to reduce ambient noise by about 29dB which is good.The Kraken Tournament Edition are slightly leaky. The significant portion of leakage is spread from 300Hz to 2kHz, which is a narrow range. This means that their leakage will sound fuller than that of in-ears and earbuds, but not as bright and loud as open-back headphones. However, the overall level of leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at 42dB SPL and peaks at 56dB SPL, which is just about the noise floor of most offices. Overall, their leakage will be audible to people around you at moderately loud volumes.
Microphone
This Edition’s boom microphone has a great performance. In quiet environments, speech recorded with the mic will sound deep, full, and natural, but lacking slightly in brilliance and airiness. In noisy situations, the microphone is able to separate noise from speech to a great degree, making it ideal for very loud environments such as a loud gaming competition.
Battery
These headphones are passive and have no battery life.
Connectivity
The Razer Kraken Tournament are wired-only headphones that can be used without their USB dongle thanks to a 1/8" TRRS connector. Those two options make them very versatile and they can be used with any platform. However, you'll have to use the USB dongle to get access to Razer Synapse. Since they are wired, you won't have any latency when watching video content or gaming, which is great. Unfortunately, this means you'll be limited by their cables' length, which amounts to about 12ft when using the USB dongle on top of the analog cable.
BluetoothWired
These gaming headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.The Kraken Tournament can be used with or without their USB dongle. With the normal 1/8” TRRS connector, they support audio and microphone on all platforms with the appropriate jack. With the USB dongle, they can be used on PC and PS4, but aren’t compatible with Xbox One.
Wireless RangeBase/Dock
These headphones are not wireless, so they don’t have any range. However, you can get up to about 12ft of range with their 1/8” cable and USB dongle.The USB dongle on the Kraken Tournament Edition doesn’t have any inputs, but supports audio and microphone for PC and on PS4. However, to use this headset with an Xbox One, you’ll need to connect the 1/8” TRRS cable to the controller.

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