Razer Targets Audiophiles with $300 Kraken Forged Edition

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neymar32

Totally sick video that Min Liang tag, Razer's CEO posted on his FB page for the Kraken Forged

http://youtu.be/L0eK9Uwlr9w

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TheMissingPiece

It looks alright, but I'm still very skeptical of the audio quality Razer boasts. For them to produce gaming peripherals and then releasing this one with an audiophile price tag, I don't know what they're expecting.

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NVZBLT

"low 32 Ω impedance and the headphones shouldn’t require a dedicated amplifier"
The lower the impedance the bigger the amplifier needed.
Amperage = Voltage / Impedance

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Hey.That_Dude

The same is also true for high impedance. You need very high voltages to get any respectable amount of current flowing to produce sound out of the coils. Otherwise, you're high impedance headphones get voltage starved.
The low impedance ones need amps because they current starved.

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NVZBLT

Yes and No. You must crank up the voltage to get the same volume out of a higher impedance headset but getting a bigger amplifier won't do that.
A tiny amp can put out thousands of volts, but, if you try to draw any amperage it will blow.
Amplifiers usually have a warning on them not to use speakers with less than a certain resistance or impedance as less than that will draw more current than is safe.

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Hey.That_Dude

Vice-versa you'd have to design an IC that can actually handle that kind of voltage without dielectric breakdown (not too difficult), and then design a power supply that can provide that kind of voltage in a small package (extremely difficult, especially as you start going into the KOhm range for speakers) not to mention the difficulty in providing sufficient protection and isolation.
The point still remains:
If you're driving High Impedance, they're likely to get voltage starved.
If you drive Low Impedance, they're likely to get current starved.
You use different amplifiers to drive them differently.

Also, most amps have that warning because they're rated for a certain current output. This has more to do with how transistors behave than anything else, even if your power supply could feed them those amperes.

Side Note: The only amps I've seen that actually output "thousands of volts" are tube based... and need a transformer, because of output impedance. (Something about not wanting exploding tubes...eh)

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DelroyMonjo

"Hand-assembled and clad in an aircraft-grade aluminium, the Kraken Forged Edition headphones look as beefy and powerful as they probably sound."
As they PROBABLY sound? I'm gonna' pay $300 for PROBABLY?

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JosephColt

I would have to hear them for myself, but Razer does not know audio, and I highly doubt they will make good quality cans.

I bet it will be garbage wrapped in quality exterior instead of cheap plastic. Specs mean nothing too, more to making headphones then a nice exterior.

To long to read, but from a reputable headphone company.

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fung0

Sounds like you don't know Razer. My Megalodon headphones sound great, surprisingly close to my $300 Sennheiser set, but at half the price and with remarkably good virtual 3D thrown in. Obviously, the new headphones need to prove themselves. But Razer does have a pretty reasonable track record in audio, so far...

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JosephColt

What are you smoking?

The Megaladon is a piece of garbage, and yes I've tried it, it has horrible sound and build quality.

Take note that the megaladon is a USB headset, and does not have a quality DAC. For audio quality you require a sound card or stand alone DAC to digitally convert audio which is why USB headsets are also terrible sound quality wise.

If your 300 dollar Sennheiser headphones sound close to a megaladon then you're doing something wrong.

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Ghost XFX

Ridiculous.

Could've bought yourself a i7-4770k like all the other nerds...

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JosephColt

LOL!?

Could have bought a lot of things with that money, I still don't get your point here? You have something with buying expensive headphones?

I wouldn't trust buying from Razer specially though.

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BrainFlush

Adding metal to the build makes me think they are finally using their heads. Never been a fan of Razor plastic or their customer service but this at least lets me know they are growing up just a little bit.

But I still am an ardent fan of VMODA M-100 for $300 or the LP for $200 prices vary from store to store. Go here v-moda.com/over-ear and they have the best warranty ever. 2 years no questions asked and after 2 years if you break them which you won't but if you do you can trade them in for the same pair at 50% off for the rest of your natural life.

Made of metal and hard plastic. 50mm drivers in the M-100 which are just monsters. Read and you will see. Google search and Amazon reviews will tell you what you need to know.

And yes I love to promote them as I have 2 pairs. One going on 2 years and another for 6 months. I will never go back to anything else.