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Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator Review

Propane    -   January 13, 2008
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Testing:

Most people do not use a headset just for gaming, so testing just gaming would be silly. Instead, these headphones will be tested in several different environments. The Razer Piranha will be tested with games, music, movies, and VoIP communication. This will allow everyone to see how well the headset works, no matter why you're in the market for one. This headset will be compared with the Logitech Free Pulse (which I reviewed here) when the voice communications is not a factor (the Free Pulse are just headphones, not a headset).

Testing Setup:

  • Intel Core2Duo E6600 Processor
  • Gigabyte 965P-DS3 Motherboard
  • 2048MB G.Skill HZ RAM
  • eVGA 8800GTS 640MB Video Card
  • GameXtreme 700w Power Supply
  • Western Digital 74GB Raptor
  • Western Digital 500GB Caviar
  • Sony Optical Drive
  • Antec Sonata II Mid-tower Case
  • Windows XP Professional
  • Logitech Wireless Mouse.

 

Gaming:

World of Warcraft:

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator:

The Razer Piranha headset preformed beautifully in World of Warcraft. All the sounds (ambient, casting effects, and other noises) came through loud and clear. The sounds were nice and crisp, and no loss could be detected. Some people may think that World of Warcraft is not a very good test, but in reality it works very well. With so many people casting spells around you, along with the ambient sounds and enemy sounds, sound can get distorted quickly with low quality headphones, and this was not present at all with the Razer Piranha.

Logitech Free Pulse:

The Free Pulse headphones also sounded nice and came through clear. There was almost no difference between the two, with the Piranha beating out the Free Pulse in the bass and isolation departments.  However, as stated earlier, voice communication is not possible with the Free Pulse.

 

 

Music:

To test the music I used V0 quality classical music.

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator:

When you listen to music on the Piranha, strong, thundering bass is heard and crisp highs are present. These headphones sounded much better than the Free Pulse in every category. In addition, even at low volumes, the Piranha did a great job canceling out the outside noise around my house, allowing me to just enjoy my music without distraction.

Logitech Free Pulse

The Free Pulse, with its smaller driver and open eared design, doesn't hit the bass quite as hard and the isolation feeling just isn't there. Not quite the same experience as the Piranha.

 

 

Movies:

To test these headphones with movies, I used an h.264 rip from BluRay of "300". This movie used the a52 codec for audio.

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator:

As with music, there was a noticeable difference between the Piranha and Free Pulse in the bass and treble regions of the audio, however these differences were minimal.  Where the Piranha made the difference was in comfort; it was very comfortable over the course of the movie.

Logitech Free Pulse:

The Free Pulse headphones performed similar to the Razer, but was slightly less impressive in the very high and very low sections of the dynamic range.  In addition, the Free Pulse didn't hold a candle to the Razer in terms of comfort.

 

 

VoIP:

Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator:

The Razer Piranha headset has VoIP applications in the forefront of its mind. The microphone picks up voices well and clearly; better than my former Logitech headset. In addition, It was easier to hear people speak, since ambient noise was kept to a minimum with the nice isolation that the Razer Piranha provides.

 

 

Other Factors:

The Razer Piranha Gaming Communicator excels in more than just the audio clarity provided by the drivers and the microphone. One of the very outstanding features of the Piranha is the extreme comfort provided by the foam ear pads and the foam top band. Together, these provide for a very comfortable listening experience. I was able to wear this headset throughout the writing of this review, and even longer.

Another nice feature that the Piranha has is the sound isolation they provide. Even at low volumes, I was able to be shut out from the rest of the outside world. While it wasn't the best at sound isolation, it was much better than open ear headphones.

Finally, the headset just looks cool. The glowing Razer logo adds a nice accent that just makes people want to go, "Wow, that looks pretty sweet!" Razer has a fine reputation for making hardware that not only works well, but also looks sweet, and this headset it no exception.




  1. Introduction & Closer Look
  2. Closer Look (Continued)
  3. Installation & Configuration
  4. Specifications & Features
  5. Testing
  6. Conclusion
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