Razer Nari Ultimate Gaming Headset
The Razer Nari Ultimate Gaming Headset for ps4 is a special headset. Instead of just delivering high quality audio, these headphones also deliver haptic feedback straight to your ears. If we speak broadly, it’s not the first of its kind – I was using a vibrating headset as far back as 2011. But it is the first of its kind that does haptic feedback in exactly this way. The Nari Ultimate is equipped with Razer HyperSense and it completely changes how you’ll experience the audio in your games. Inside each earcup are two massive 50mm L5 haptic drivers. The sound they produce is big and wide with good channel separation for picking out oncoming enemies before they’re even in sight. I was impressed by the level of clarity in the mids and highs, too, which is important to hear the fine details in cacophonous games where little details often get lost in the mix. More than perhaps any other headset I’ve used, I would describe these as cinematic. It’s a weird way to discuss a gaming headset. I get it but hear me out. The defining feature of the Razer Nari Ultimate is that haptic feedback. Working with Lofelt, makers of the Basslet, Razer has developed a system. That feels like nothing short of a subwoofer, vibrating the headset in tune with exactly what’s happening on screen. Think of sitting in a theater.
When deep noises take over the scene and you can feel them reverberating through you or those big moments hit. and you can feel the shake in your chest. That is what this headset does in the comfort of your living room. That headset I had in 2011, and every one since, has worked with vibration motors like you’d find in a game controller. It’s off or on, nothing or everything, and they would give you a headache after a while. The L5 drivers are the next generation of that idea and respond to the exact waveform coming through the speaker. Big explosions will hit hard and let you feel the power of the blast. But orchestral scores, planes flying overhead, the honk of a semi, will each land with a tight, constrained feedback that exactly matches the intensity you’d expect it to.
It’s not head-rattling or headache inducing. In fact, the actual shake of the headphones isn’t that bad at all. By embedding the haptic tech in the driver housings, that vibration can feel pretty profound without shaking you all that bad at all. This headset is clearly tuned for games, so I found the default EQ needed to be adjusted to my taste for music. Thankfully this was easy to do inside the Synapse 3 software. Which also allows you to control the intensity of haptic feedback and perform other customizations. Like adjusting the noise filtering on the microphone or the color of the RGB logos on each ear cup. Once everything is dialed in, the Nari Ultimate can sound good for music, Netflix, or anything else you’d care to throw at it.
The best part of this Razer Nari Ultimate Gaming Headset is, the haptic feedback will work even without being connected to a PC. You’ll be getting the full experience even when strapped up to your controller or smartphone with a 3.5mm cable. We weren’t able to test the headset on PS4, but according to the documentation we received, you can ever use the headset wirelessly with the included transmitter, but outside of PC, The Nari Ultimate also features THX Spatial Audio. It sounds great and works well to retain positionality without soaking the signal in reverb. Combined with the L5 haptics, the Nari actively tries to draw you into the game, which honestly made action titles like Battlefield V more fun to play. The haptic feedback is just plain cool. Being able to feel the game like you’re sitting in the middle of a THX-certified theater enhances the experience in a way that’s instantly more immersive. Few headsets can claim to literally change the way you experience your game. This is one of them and it’s nothing short of a blast to game with.
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|Has Stereo Speakers||√|
|Has An Over-the-ear Foam||√|
|Has A Detachable Cable||√|
|Has A Tangle Free Cable||√|
|Sound Pressure Level||107dB/mW|
|Has A Neodymium Magnet||√|
|Has Passive Noise Reduction||√|
|Has A Noise Cancelling Microphone||X|
|No of Microphones||1|
|Highest Frequency Mic||6500Hz|
|Lowest Frequency Mic||100Hz|
|Has A Removable Microphone||X|
|Has A Wind Noise Reduction Microphone||X|
|Has A Rechargeable Battery||√|
|Has A Battery Level Indicator||√|
|Has A Removable Battery||X|
|Can Be Used Wirelessly||√|
|Compatible With PlayStation||√|
|Compatible With Xbox Live||√|
|Has A 3.5mm Male Connector||√|
|Can Be Used As A Headset||√|
|Has A Mute Function||√|
|Control Panel Placed on A Device||√|
|Has Voice Commands||√|
|Has Voice Prompts||√|
|Travel Bag Is Included||X|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have a gamer-centric look, complete with Razer’s signature Chroma RGB lighting on the ear cups. They’re significantly bulkier than most headphones, even when compared to other gaming models, and have a very loose fit that may need to be readjusted frequently, even while gaming. Their controls aren’t the easiest to use, but provide decent feedback. Otherwise, the Nari Ultimate are quite comfortable and have a sleek design that feels well-built.|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have a sleek, polished look even though they’re very bulky headphones. They have large, circular ear cups with thick, dense padding. Though they have a similar design, the Razer Nari Ultimate have a more premium look and feel than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless, even though the Nari are bulkier. They have an all-black design with gunmetal accents and feature the Razer logo with dynamic RGB lighting on the ear cups.||The Nari Ultimate are comfortable headphones for most people. They have large, soft ear cups with lots of thick padding that fit well around the ears. The headband is coated in a more breathable mesh material and has less padding than the ear cups, but is still comfortable. Although the Nari clamp down quite a bit and start to feel tight and heavy after a while, they were comfortable enough to wear for an hour of uninterrupted gaming and should be fine for a bit longer.|
|The Razer Nari aren’t portable headphones. They are among the largest headphones we have measured so far and are very bulky. They will take up a lot of space in a bag and do not come with a carrying case. Although they don't support Bluetooth and require their own transmitter to be used wirelessly, they can be used wired with the included audio cable. They also have swiveling cups, so you can wear them around your neck if you don’t mind.||The Razer Nari Ultimate are well-built gaming headphones. They feel much better built than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. They’re mostly made of plastic, but they don’t feel cheap. They have a metal headband frame that feels solid and the plastic used in the rest of their build feels dense and high-grade. However, they’re not very flexible, and the joint where the ear cups rotate feels like a potential weak point. They’re also quite heavy and might break if you drop them. The exposed audio cable shouldn’t be a problem, but could see some damage over time.|
|The Nari Ultimate have poor stability. They have an auto-adjusting headband that is quite comfortable but doesn’t provide enough stability for the headphones to rest securely on your head. The headphones swing around a lot when turning or tilting your head, even minimally. This is especially disruptive while gaming since you need to stop what you’re doing to readjust the headphones quite often.||The Razer Nari have an unremarkable control scheme. It’s easy enough to use once you get the hang of it, but the power and mic muting buttons are very small and a bit challenging to locate at first. The volume and channel mixing dials are easy-to-use and fairly responsive, though, especially since the channel mixing dial has a notch in the middle to signal when the game and chat audio are at 50/50.|
|These are decent-sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They have deep, punchy bass, a very good and even mid-range, and good treble. However, their bass is noticeably boomy and muddy, their mid-range sounds a bit cluttered and results in slightly distant-sounding vocals and leads, and their treble lacks presence and detail. They also have poor frequency response consistency, which means that not everyone wearing them will experience the same bass or treble performance. Overall, they’re a good choice for those who want the feel the punchy bass of video games and action films, but won’t be ideal for fans of more vocal-centric genres of music.
|The Nari Ultimate have decent bass. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and video game effects, is flat and follows our target quite tightly. However, there is a bump starting around 60Hz which raises mid-bass and high-bass up to about 6dB over, making these headphones sound boomy and muddy.
Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses.
|The mid-range is very good. The response is mostly flat but has an 8dB tilt favoring lower frequencies, which is a continuation of the bump in the bass-range. This makes their mid-range also a bit muddy and cluttered, while nudging vocals and leads to the back of the mix, making them sound slightly weak.|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have inadequate isolation. Like most gaming headsets we've reviewed so far, they only passively prevent noise from seeping into your audio. This makes them poorly suited for loud environments, especially where there’s a lot of low-frequency noises, like a crowded room or a busy street. They should be okay if you game alone in a relatively quiet room, but you will hear most of the ambient noise and chatter if you bring them to a gaming convention. On the upside, their leakage is not very loud.|
|Noise Isolation||Overall Leakage|
|This headphone have poor noise isolation performance. They don’t have active noise-cancelation (ANC), and do not produce a tight enough seal to isolate at all in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 10dB, which is passable. On the upside, they reduce the treble range, responsible for sharp “S” and “T” sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, by 32dB, which is good.||The Nari Ultimate have mediocre leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is spread from about 200Hz to 5KHz, which is a broad range. This makes the leakage relatively full sounding, compared to that of in-ears and earbuds. However, the overall level of the leakage of this headphone is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 44dB SPL while peaking at 60dB SPL, which is just above the noise level of most offices.|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have a decent retractable boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded with this mic sounds clear and easily intelligible, but a bit thin and lacking in airiness and brilliance. In noisy environments, it does a good job of separating speech from background noise and will be suitable for use in most places, except the very noisiest.|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have disappointing battery performance. With haptic feedback set at level 50 and RGB lighting on, the headphones only lasted for slightly over 5 hours, which is far less than the 8 hours of battery life advertised by Razer. We do expect better performance with the haptic feedback and RGB lighting disabled. Fortunately, the Nari provide audio while charging, since they take nearly 3 hours to charge.|
|The Razer Nari Ultimate have very good connectivity. Although they only work wirelessly on PC and PS4, they provide wired audio and microphone support if you plug them into your PC, PS4, or Xbox One controller. They don’t support Bluetooth like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have an excellent wireless range with their own USB transmitter and have low latency which is ideal for gaming headphones.|
|These gaming headphones are not Bluetooth compatible.||The Nari Ultimate can be used wired with the included audio cable; however, they need to be powered on to work. When wired, they can be plugged into the controller of an Xbox One or a PS4, or directly into a PC to provide audio and mic compatibility. They do not have USB audio.|
|The Nari Ultimate have an excellent wireless range. They reached up to 57ft when the USB dongle was obstructed by walls, meaning you could probably walk over to the next room without experience audio cuts. They will rarely drop any audio if you're gaming directly in front of your TV.||The Razer Nari Ultimate come with a small USB dongle that has no additional input options and does not charge the headphones. The dongle is compatible with PCs and the PS4 but not the Xbox One.|