Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Overview
As you can see we received the Razer green version of the Kraken Tournament Edition, but it also comes in a Black version for those who want a more subtle look. I actually love the look of the neon Razer green color. You can also notice the attention to detail as even the audio cable on the headset is green!
Picking up the headset for the first time and taking a look at it, it was actually larger than what I thought it would be and it definitely has some weight to it. It feels like a quality heatset and quite a lot of it is actually made of aluminum. While the headband is made of aluminum it is pretty flexible, it does not feel like you are going to bend it too much and it well break.
Talking about the headband it has the Razer logo on the top and on the bottom side is some cushioning with breathable mesh on top. This should make the headset quite comfortable to wear, even during extended gaming sessions.
Moving down to the actual ear cups we can see that the headband is adjustable and is a single piece of aluminum. It comes down and goes into a circle which is open at the center. This attaches to each ear cup, but also provides some pretty good protection. Over the years I’ve dropped headsets and have had one of the ear cups explode so it is nice to see the protection here. The outside of the earcups look great with the Razer logo in the center and black honeycomb mesh. For those wondering there are no RGB LEDs on this headset at all.
Razer has really thought out the ear cushions on this headset. First you have a cooling gel layer, which reduces heat build-up during long gaming sessions. Then you have the soft memory foam, which should contour to your head. The outside layer of the ear cushions uses heat-transfer fabric. There is even indented eyewear channels built into the ear cushions as well. Razer has packed in custom-tuned 50 mm drivers into each ear cup.
On the left ear cup you’ll find the retractable microphone. I love that fact that it is retractable, when you aren’t using it, it can be out of the way and when you are ready to use it you just pull it out. The left ear cup is also where you will find the audio cable coming out of the headset. Sadly this cable is not removable.
The cable on this headset is green as I mentioned, which is a nice little touch. While we do have the USB controller that offers volume control, there is also in-line controls on the headset cable as well. You have a simple volume wheel and microphone mute button. Many headsets that have a USB audio controller do not have these controls on the cable as well, so when you go to plug them into anything other than a PC you don’t get any real volume control.
The USB audio controller that comes with the headset is what will give you THX spatial audio and much more. So if you want these controls as well as many other features you are going to want to plug the headset into this and than this into your PC. The controller has volume up and down buttons on the top as well as a microphone mute button. On one side there is bass control and on the other there is game / chat balance (which we will explain in a bit), and a button to toggle THX spatial audio.