August 2013 Anthony Garland
Razer has taken their analog Kraken Pro headset and given it a very nice upgrade by swapping out the 3.5mm stereo jack with a USB interface. However, saying this is just a true digital version of the Kraken Pro does not do this new model justice.
While both use powerful 40mm drivers; retractable microphones (something that was sorely missing from the Megaladon); and earpieces which glow green when powered up, the capabilities of the Kraken 7.1 are much improved over the original thanks to its new digital interface and software.
Through its 2m USB braided USB cable, Razer have been able to significantly enhance both the microphone and soundstage performance when compared to the older analog model. On the microphone front, the Kraken 7.1 is able to filter all input from the retractable boom mic through custom algorithms to create ‘crystal clear’ audio. Just importantly, Razer is able to use that selfsame custom software package to and create an advanced 7.1 virtual surround which promises to be much better for gaming than the previous stereo only Kraken Pro model.
As icing on the cake, this new model uses the same proven chassis so it should easily be one of the most comfortable headsets you are likely to find in this price range. The only possible fly in the ointment is the fact that it is not wireless, but other than this minor nitpick, the Kraken 7.1 sounds like an excellent addition to Razer’s line-up. If this sounds like your next gaming headset, the Kraken 7.1 can be found online for about $100.