In the past few hours, Razer has announced the arrival on the market, through authorized resellers and the Razer.com site, of two new headphones for gamers and beyond, the standard Barracuda and Pro, with the X model that remains in the list, but in version updated.
Carrying on the announcements of last summer (relating to the Barracuda X headphones, now updated), the Californian brand Razer has announced new headphones within the Barracuda range, dedicated not only to gaming which is now also enriched with the unpublished Barracuda Pro models ( premium) and Razer Barracuda (middle-range).
Starting from the top model, the Razer Barracuda Pro are over-ear headphones, sober in terms of color, without LEDs, with memory foam pavilions covered in leatherette, comfortable in prolonged use even with regard to the upper headband. On the left there is the button to press to silence the integrated microphone device (it remains pressed during muting), the volume wheel and the on-off button while, on the right, there is the SmartSwitch button.
The interior houses the Triforce 50mm bio-cellulose drivers, the THX Achromatic Audio Amplifier (which increases sound fidelity while keeping distortion and consumption low), and microphones (Feedforward and Feedback) for ANC, hybrid active noise cancellation: the latter can be activated, switched off, or switched to transparency mode by pressing the SmartSwitch button. Thanks to the Razer Audio app, you can switch between 10 levels of ANC settings and manage the equalization presets. Using the PC program, Razer Synapse 3, you can adjust the individual equalizer parameters, energy saving and activate spatial audio (Spatial Audio THX).
On the microphone side, the noise cancellation intervenes, which can be set in two levels, or can be deactivated entirely, to benefit from the vocal clarity mode which ensures similar results but without metallic sound. In terms of connectivity, the Razer Barracuda Pro have two wireless connectivity: with Bluetooth (which goes into low-latency gaming mode via the Razer Audio app) you connect to PCs, tablets, smartphones, Macs, while with the dongle (2.5 GHz) for the Razer Hyperspeed connects us to the Nintendo Switch, tablets and smartphones as they are equipped with Type-C (but, with the adapter for Type-A, also to PS and PC). The user can switch (Razer SmartSwitch Dual Wireless) from a connectivity by pressing the SmartSwitch button or let them work in synergy in connecting two sources together (e.g. telephone and PC) to switch from gaming to an incoming phone call (unless on the app has not activated Do Not Disturb mode) and vice versa (after the call has ended) automatically.
Equipped with a not very compact case, due to the fact that the headphones only have rotatable earpads and cannot fold), the Razer Barracuda Pro headphones have an autonomy of 40 hours, and are priced at 289.99 euros.
The standard Razer Barracuda model, priced at 189.99 euros, shares several specifications with the Pro: for example, it always has the Triforce 50mm drivers, but in titanium, with the earpads covered, but in fabric. Other points in common are dual wireless connectivity, 2.4 GHz Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, dual noise-canceling microphones, spatial audio, FlowKnit memory foam padding, 40 hours of battery life, and cable. charge in Type-C. In terms of differences, there is also the 3.5 mm jack for wired use, the weight is lower (300 vs 340 grams of the Pro), and the ANC is missing.
Characterized by 7.1 surround sound, cardioid microphone, and 40 mm Triforce drivers, the updated Barracuda X headphones (119.99 euros) benefit from the already seen dual connectivity technology SmartSwitch Dual Wireless and, compared to the past, double the autonomy. now for 50 hours.