Think "Kraken" and the image of a murderous sea monster with tentacles a plenty comes to mind, but starting today Razer hopes consumers think of something significantly smaller though no less killer.
With earcups cut from aircraft-grade aluminum, the Razer Kraken Forged Edition promises the rumbliest basses, crispest highs and most melodic middle tones as it channels sound for games and music.
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The isolated closed earcups work together with the headphones acoustic chambers, Razer explained in a press release, to create a rich delivery system straight to the ear.
Priced at $299.99/€299.99, or about £185/AU$372, the pair is available now through Razerzone.com. A worldwide release is slated for December. The price is certainly on the higher end, but consumers are getting a sharp looking (and sounding) set for their money.
Razer Kraken Forged Edition specs
The headphones weigh approximately 390 grams, supporting a frequency response of 20 - 20,000 Hz. Input power is marked at 30mW, and the set includes custom-tuned 40mm neodymium magnet drivers.
Those who order the Kraken will also receive a swappable cable with an in-line microphone, so they can switch from singing alone to a song to talking smack on Battlefield 4. The mic's frequency response lands between 50 and 10,000 Hz, and its signal-to-noise ration is 60 dB.
Specs aside, there's a promise of comfort, too.
The ear cushions are lined with a plush leatherette material, and the headband is full adjustable. This handcrafted headphone is designed for hours of use, not to drive you to the point of tearing it off in a discomforted rage.
The Kraken also includes a 1/4-inch audio connection to plug into like-sized or 3.5mm audio jacks.
Razer said that for audio + microphone usage, devices need a 3.5mm audio + mic combined jack. The Kraken is compatible with iPhones, HTC and BlackBerry handsets. As long as a smartphone or laptop has a default 4-pin TRRS audio + mic combined jack, those devices should work with the Kraken.
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