The Razer Kraken Pro V2 are a sturdy and durable gaming headset with a great microphone. The mic accurately reproduces your voice and filters out a lot of background noise. They also have a decent sound that unfortunately, you can't customize with the Razer Synapse software, unlike the Kraken USB. This makes them a little less practical but their low latency wired connection means they're still a decent option for gaming and home theater.
- Sturdy and durable build quality.
- Great microphone.
- Lack of software support.
- Bulky design.
- Poor isolation.
The Kraken Pro V2 have a durable design that's a bit too bulky and cumbersome. They won't pass for regular casual headphones due to their gaming aesthetic and non-detachable mic. However, the mic is retractable which makes them a bit more appealing for outdoor use. They also have a lot of padding on the ear cups and headband, which offers a decently comfortable fit. Unfortunately, the somewhat cumbersome design is not easy to carry around without a bag, they're not stable enough for sports, and they tend to get a bit warm after a couple hours of use.
The Kraken Pro V2 are a decent looking gaming headset with a slightly bulky design that won't be for everyone. They have large circular ear cups with a lot of padding and a wide headband that's reinforced with a sturdy metal frame. This makes them look and feel very durable. They also have a retractable mic but won't be versatile enough to pass for regular casual headphones.
The Kraken Pro V2 are decently comfortable headphones with thick pads that better distribute pressure. However, they're a bit tight out of the box and the lack of a proper swivel hinge means they don't always fit well around your ears and can be a bit fatiguing over time. They won't be the best headphones to wear for long gaming sessions.
These headphones have a typical gaming control scheme. They have a two-sided volume dial and a mic on/off switch. They have no additional buttons and they're fairly easy-to-use. However, the volume dial doesn't have distinct notches which would have been helpful when setting a preferred volume level. The control scheme also doesn't cater to mobile devices which makes them less versatile for casual use than some of the other gaming headsets we've reviewed.
The Kraken V2 like most gaming headphones are not very portable. They do not fold into a more compact format and the ear cups are quite large and do not lay flat. This makes them a hassle to carry around on your person especially if you don't have a bag. Unfortunately, they also do not come with a case or pouch which is a little disappointing.
The build quality of the Kraken USB Pro V2 is a lot more durable than that of the Kraken Man O' War and the Kraken USB. The headband is reinforced with a wide and sturdy metal frame. The ear cups are dense enough that they won't break from accidental drops or impacts, and the padding material of the ear cups looks and feels high-end. Unfortunately, the main audio cable is not replaceable and the slightly exposed cables that link the ear cups could get damaged from wear and tear or by getting tangled or hooked on something.
The Razer Kraken Pro V2 is an average sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headset. They have an extended and slightly overpowering bass, a decent but cluttered mid range, and a below-average treble. Also, their bass delivery is prone to inconsistencies, their soundstage is a bit lacking, and our test unit showed a noticeable L/R mismatch.
Decent bass range performance. Low-frequency extension is at 28Hz, which is great. However, low-bass which is responsible for low-end thump and rumble is lacking by about 2dB. Bass and high-bass are overemphasized by about 5dB, which makes them sound noticeably bass-heavy.
Above average mid range performance. The overall range is relatively flat and consistent, but with a 10dB tilt favoring the lower frequencies. This makes the mixes sound slightly cluttered and muddy, and decreases the projection and intensity of vocals/leads.
Mediocre treble range performance. Although low-treble is relatively flat and consistent, it is consistently under our target by about 5dB. This will have a negative effect on presence and detail of vocals/leads.
Poor consistency performance. In the bass range, these headphones have quite an inconsistent delivery from person to person, with a maximum variance of 18dB at 20Hz. They also seem especially prone to a drop in bass if the user is wearing glasses. Their performance in the treble range, although more consistent that the bass range, leaves some room for improvement.
Poor soundstage. Although the ear cups on the Kraken Pro V2 are relatively deep, their small size and closed-back negatively affects the soundstage performance. This results in a soundstage which may not sound natural and spacious.
Decent imaging performance. The average phase performance is good, and has minimal audible error. However, the L/R drivers of our test unit showed significant phase mismatch in the bass range, which will have a noticeable negative effect on their stereo imaging.
Very good harmonic distortion performance. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is low, which is good. It also seems that at 100dB SPL the THD performance is not significantly worse compared to 90dB SPL, which is a plus.
The Kraken Pro 2 are not the best headphones to use in loud environments. Like a lot of the gaming headsets we've tested so far, they only passively isolate against ambient noise, which should be fine in a relatively quiet setting. However, in a competition like environment, you will easily be able to hear the chatter around you, which won't be ideal depending on your use case. They also leak quite a bit at high volumes so they may be a bit distracting if you're not gaming alone.
Poor isolation. These headphones don't have active noise cancelling and do not isolate in the bass range range. In the mid range, they achieve about 7dB of isolation which is poor. In the treble range however, they are able to reduce ambient noise by about 32dB which is good.
Poor leakage performance. The significant portion of leakage is spread from 300Hz to 10KHz, which is quite a broad range. However, the overall level of leakage is not very loud.
Impressive microphone performance. Speech recorded with the Kraken Pro V2 will sound deep, full, and natural, but lacking slightly in brilliance and airiness. In noisy situations, the microphone is able to separate noise from speech to a great degree, making it ideal for very loud environments such as a subway stations.
Very good recording quality. Low-frequency extension is at 90Hz, which is great, and the response is also flat up to 7KHz. However, the drop in frequency response above 7KHz, will negatively affect the presence and airiness of recorded voice.
- 100% SpNR
Great noise handling performance. The Kraken Pro V2 achieves a speech-to-noise ratio of 33dB, meaning in our test setup it was able to separate voice by more than 30dB.
No active features.
Not compatible with the Razer Synapse software.
In the box
- Razer Kraken Pro V2 Headphones
- Headset Adapter