Razer Barracuda HP1 Gaming Headphone ReviewFormer staff writer - September 19, 2006
TestingWhat’s the best way to test gaming headphones? Pop in your favorite game and crank up the volume to the max! I decided to play Call of Duty 2, and for the first time I can honestly say that I felt like I was actually there. The sound encompassed me and I was able to hear every footstep and gunshot. Impressive. With headphones I have used in the past (Logitech, Sennheiser and Plantronics) it always seemed that the higher I raised the volume, the more crackle I got out of the speakers.
The Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones has four volume controls (Front, Rear, Center and Sub-woofer) that can all be adjusted to your desired volume, and the pair comes with one Master Volume Control as well. While testing, I lowered all the volume controls except the master, and then one by one raised each. It actually sounded as if there were individual speakers for each control.
So you’re not a gamer. OK, maybe your thing is listening to music. I tried that also and BAM!! You will think that you are in a theater with the surround sound pumping, as the music comes from all directions.
ConclusionI usually don’t get too excited over a set of headphones, but once I put these on I was utterly impressed. In fact, I just might not use my speakers anymore. The headphones were very comfortable. Even after two hours of use, the soft ear cushions posed no problems and were just as comfortable as when I first put them on. I also like the fact that there is no need to adjust the size of the headphones, they are self-adjustable. At first I thought that the microphone might have been too small and would not pick up my voice very well. So while using it in game, I started speaking at different volumes, but still everyone heard me. Overall the quality, sound, comfort and features are something to brag about. I’m sure that when the Audio Card is finally released, listening to these headphones in true digital will be amazing.
- Removable Microphone
- Five sound Adjustments
- Self Adjustable