Razer Kraken Tournament Edition Gaming Headset Review

General Setup
Now you can connect the Kraken Tournament Edition to any device using the 3.5mm connector and it will work right off the bat, but if you want to use any of the THX audio features you’ll need to plug in the USB audio controller. When you plug the controller in this prompt will come up on your screen.

You will be given the option to install different Razer software, you will however need to install Synapse to access the different features of the Kraken Headset.

With Synapse installed, opening it up and going to the Audio section on the main screen we are shown our headset as well as directions for the USB audio controller. Moving over to the mixer section we can see all of the applications that use sound. We have the ability to switch them from Stereo to Surround. You can see that we do have THX Spatial Audio turned on. When you have it turned off there will be no options here. There is also a calibration section for the surround sound.

Under the Enhancement section there are options to turn on Sound Normalization and Voice Clarity. Sound Normalization will make it so all sounds from your system are at the same level. You don’t want to be playing a game and have a Windows alert or Discord message come blaring through your headphones. Voice clarity will enhance the clarity of your voice through the microphone. The next section is EQ where you have a simple equalizer. There a presets for “Game”, “Movie”, “Music” and a custom one.

The last setting section is MIC, which of course is for the microphone. You can toggle the microphone on or off and set the microphone volume as well as sensitivity. You can enable sidetone to hear yourself talking through the headset. As far as enchnacements go you can enable volume normalization, which will try and keep your voice at the same level, ambient noise reduction which will try and block out background noise, and vocal clarity which should clean up your audio.

One thing that you might notice is that there are actually two audio devices installed when you plug in the headset. You have “Speakers (Razer Kraken TE – Game)” and “Headset Earphone (Razer Kraken TE – Chat). This is for the game / chat balance toggle on the audio controller. So you want to set the output for your voice chat applications to the “Chat” device and your Windows default audio device to the “Game” device. No when you are in-game you either pump up the game audio or the voice chat audio. This is great as sometimes you are just playing by yourself, but if you jump on with a team you want to hear them more clearly and most importantly you don’t have to leave your game to make this change.

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