Razer Carcharias headset review
Carriage Carnage Carnifex Carcharias is a shark you put on your head for an edge over your enemies. No wait, it is a headset named after the genus for sharks, but good sound does give you an advantage! Razer continues its line of products named after animals, both mythical and mundane, with this rather comfy headset.
Part of Razer’s range of professional gaming hardware, this headset has been designed with the gamer in mind. The Carcharias has three whole metres of braided cable to connect to your PC, in case your machine is in the next room or you like to go to the fridge without taking your headset off. That much cable means you don’t have to worry about if you keep your rig on the floor or the cord running in contradiction to your cabling, if you bother making them nice and neat. The Carcharias sports a tiny in-line remote with a volume control and a microphone on/off switch. The remote is small without being hard to find by touch alone midgame and it doesn’t weigh down the cable or the headset. The remote also sports a clip so you can attach it to your shirt or your chest hair, should you like the controls to be in a specific place for fast access (Your raid party members don’t want to hear you and the Mrs discussing little Timmy’s bowel movements, do they?).
As with every set of circumaural speakers that I try on, I point out that I have pretty large ears and that there is nothing worse than trying to game for a few hours while your ears feel like they are being tortured. Luckily this is not the case here, as this headset really is comfortable to wear for several hours at a time. The soft covering over the foam also helps to ensure your ears don’t become a sweaty overheated mess over time. The headset’s mic is inside a rather sturdy boom which can be conveniently positioned out of sight. The boom works really well, keeping the microphone a constant distance from your mouth, an important feature if you are using voice activated technology to communicate with your peers (No one wants to listen to your heavy breathing).
This headset provides solid audio clarity with a nice punch, the 40mm drivers able to crank out just over 100dB while letting you hear noises from 20Hz to 20kHz. All of this is done without being powered, meaning you can use this headset on any device sporting a 3,5mm jack, making them great travel companions, or just keeping your USB ports open for the millions of devices that require that precious space.
Expect to pay R799 for this headset. For a comfortable headset with great stereo audio, it is worth it.
Here are the technical specs:
- Frequency Response: 20 – 20,000 Hz
- Impedance: 32 ? at 1kHz
- Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): 102 dB ± 4dB at 1 kHz Max
- Input Power: 200 mW
- Drivers: 40 mm, with neodymium magnets
- Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 50 mm / 1.97”
- Cable Length: 3 m / 9.84 ft
- Approximate Weight: 225 g / 0.5 lbs
- Frequency Response: 50 – 16,000 Hz
- Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): -37 dB ± 4dB
- Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
- Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
- Cable: 3 metres, Braided Fibre Sheath
- Connector: 3.5 mm jack (headphone and mic)
Razer Carcharias headset was reviewed by Garth Holden