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Razer Barracuda X Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Aug 11, 2021 at 10:25 am
Razer Barracuda X Wireless Picture
7.4
Neutral Sound
5.7
Commute/Travel
6.2
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
7.3
Wireless Gaming
7.3
Wired Gaming
6.9
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Barracuda X Wireless are budget-friendly headphones with a gaming-oriented design. They come with a detachable boom microphone that can transmit your voice clearly, even if you're gaming in a noisy setting. They have a neutral, though slightly warm sound profile that adds a little extra punch to action-packed scenes in your favorite games. You can use them wirelessly with the included wireless USB dongle or wire them to your console's controller with the included cable. Unfortunately, they don't have any companion software, which is disappointing.

Our Verdict

7.4 Neutral Sound

The Razer Barracuda X are satisfactory for neutral sound. Out-of-the-box, they have a fairly neutral, though slightly warm sound profile that adds a little extra thump and punch in the bass range. However, higher frequencies of vocals and lead instruments may be a bit dark or dull. Unfortunately, there aren't any sound customization features available to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Excellent imaging performance.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
5.7 Commute/Travel

The Razer Barracuda X are middling for commute and travel. While these headphones are comfortable enough for long days on the go, they aren't very portable, and they don't come with a case to help protect them. Also, they have poor noise isolation, meaning that you can hear ambient noises like bus and plane engines and people chatting nearby. That said, they have a long battery life that's suitable for long flights, and you can use them wired if you prefer.

Pros
  • Over 24-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • No carrying case included.
  • Bulky design.
  • Poor noise isolation.
6.2 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Barracuda X are mediocre for sports use. While they're very comfortable, they aren't designed for this purpose. They aren't stable enough to stay on your head during your workouts. Also, you have to use their wireless USB-C dongle to get them to work wirelessly, which isn't very suitable for bringing them on the go.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Bulky design.
6.8 Office

The Razer Barracuda X are fair for office use. Thanks to their over 24-hour continuous battery life, they can easily last through your 9-5 workday. They're also very comfortable, so you shouldn't feel fatigued after long listening sessions. Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation, so you can still hear coworkers talking nearby, which can be distracting.

Pros
  • Over 24-hour continuous battery life.
  • Comfortable fit.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • Leak some noise.
7.3 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Barracuda X are satisfactory for wireless gaming. Thanks to their wireless USB dongle, they support non-Bluetooth wireless gaming with very low latency. They have a comfortable fit, and they come with a detachable mic that transmits your voice clearly to your teammates on the other end of the line. While they're compatible with your PC, PS4, and PS5, unfortunately, you can't use them wirelessly with Xbox consoles, and they don't have companion software.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • Poor noise isolation.
7.3 Wired Gaming

The Razer Barracuda X are satisfactory for wired gaming. They come with a 1/8" TRRS cable that lets you connect them to your PC, PlayStation, and Xbox consoles for full audio and microphone compatibility. Over a wired connection, they have negligible latency. Also, their boom microphone can transmit your voice clearly, even in noisy settings. Unfortunately, they don't offer any sound customization features.

Pros
  • Comfortable fit.
  • Low latency.
Cons
  • No sound customization features.
  • No companion app.
6.9 Phone Calls

The Razer Barracuda X are reasonable for phone calls. They have a detachable boom microphone that offers a satisfactory recording quality, so your voice is clear and natural but also a bit thin. The mic has good noise handling, so your voice isn't drowned out by background noises, even if you're calling from a noisy place. Unfortunately, they have poor noise isolation, meaning that you may be distracted by ambient noise during your calls.

Pros
  • Good noise handling performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation.
  • 7.4 Neutral Sound
  • 5.7 Commute/Travel
  • 6.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.8 Office
  • 7.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.3 Wired Gaming
  • 6.9 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Aug 11, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Aug 09, 2021: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Barracuda X have a simple, sleek design. These headphones are designed for gaming, and they come with a flexible boom microphone. You can also remove the mic for a more casual look if you prefer.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.59 lbs
Clamping Force
0.8 lbs

The Razer Barracuda X are comfortable. The headband and the ear cups are well-padded, and they don't clamp very tightly on your head. That said, it may be hard to get a good seal sometimes.

7.1
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control Yes
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Razer Barracuda X have decent controls. There's a power button on the left ear cup that you can press once to play/pause audio, twice to skip to the next track, and three times to go back to the previous one. There's also a volume wheel and a mute microphone button. The wheel has limits when you reach min and max volume, which is nice. While the controls are easy to use, unfortunately, the manual says that some power button functions may not work with some devices.

5.8
Design
Portability
L 7.7" (19.7 cm)
W 8.9" (22.7 cm)
H 2.0" (5.0 cm)
Volume 134.50 inยณ (2,204.02 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required Yes

The Razer Barracuda X aren't very portable. Like most over-ears, they have a bulky design, so they may not fit easily into your bag. Fortunately, the ear cups fold flat, which makes them a bit easier to store.

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Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.0
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Barracuda X have a decent build quality. Although they don't feel as well-built as the Razer Opus X Wireless, their mostly plastic design still feels solid and durable. There's faux leather padding on the headband, and the ear cups are cloth. Unfortunately, the glue holding the headband padding came off slightly on our unit. While we could press the padding back into place, it doesn't seem like a long-lasting solution. However, this issue could be unique to our unit.

7.0
Design
Stability

The Razer Barracuda X are decently stable. While they should stay on your head during casual gaming sessions, they can move around a bit when you shake your head. Also, they can fall off during high-intensity shakes, so they aren't suitable to wear while working out.

Design
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In The Box

  • Razer Barracuda X headphones
  • Manuals
  • USB-C wireless transmitter
  • USB-A to USB-C adapter cable
  • Extension cable to connect wireless transmitter to USB-A connection
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • 1/8 TRRS cable
  • Detachable boom microphone

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.41 dB
Treble Amount
-2.3 dB

Out-of-the-box, the Razer Barracuda X have a pretty neutral, though slightly warm, sound profile. There's a little extra emphasis in the bass range that adds warmth and punch to your audio. However, the dip in the treble can make some instruments hard to hear. That said, these headphones should be suitable for listening to most types of audio content.

5.8
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.03 dB

These headphones have a middling frequency response consistency. There's some mismatch in the bass and treble ranges, so your audio may sound a bit different depending on their fit, seal, and positioning on your head.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.11 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
24.13 Hz
Low-Bass
0.66 dB
Mid-Bass
3.31 dB
High-Bass
4.21 dB

The Razer Barracuda X have very good bass accuracy. The range is slightly overemphasized, especially in the mid and high-bass, so your audio has a little extra punch and warmth. That said, this represents an average response, and your perception of their bass delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning.

8.8
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.61 dB
Low-Mid
1.98 dB
Mid-Mid
0.55 dB
High-Mid
-1 dB

The Razer Barracuda X have amazing mid accuracy. The range is neutral and balanced, so vocals and lead instruments reproduce clearly, accurately, and with detail.

6.9
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.53 dB
Mid-Treble
-0.35 dB
Low-Treble
-1.33 dB
High-Treble
-4.07 dB

The treble accuracy is fair. Sibilants like cymbals, vocals, and lead instruments are bright and present. However, the dip in the low-treble can make vocals and lead instruments a bit difficult to hear at times. That said, this represents an average response, and your perception of their treble delivery can vary depending on their fit, seal, and positioning.

7.3
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.62 dB
Dips
1.56 dB

The Razer Barracuda X have decent peaks and dips performance. There's a peak across the bass range that adds punch and boom to your audio, though the mismatch between the L/R drivers means that this may be more prominent in the right ear. Also, the uneven low-treble can make vocals and lead instruments alternately harsh and piercing or hard to hear. The peak in the mid-treble can make sibilants piercing.

8.6
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
5.43
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.4
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2

The Razer Barracuda X have an excellent imaging performance. Weighted group delay falls mostly below the audibility threshold, resulting in a tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. Also, the L/R drivers of our units are well-matched in phase, amplitude, and frequency, so sound objects like voices and game effects are accurately placed and localized within the stereo image. That said, these results are only valid for our test unit, so yours may perform differently.

5.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.29 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.57 dB
PRTF Distance
4.49 dB
Openness
5.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
4.0

The Razer Barracuda X have a disappointing passive soundstage performance. The soundstage is perceived to be small and located inside the head. Due to their closed-back design, their soundstage is perceived as more closed-off compared to open-back headphones.

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Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App

There's no dedicated companion app for these headphones. However, the manufacturer says that you can purchase the THX Spatial Audio Surround Sound Application on the Razer website. It lets you access 7.1 THX Spatial Audio, but only through Windows. We don't test for this feature.

7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.314
WHD @ 100
0.146

These headphones have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a small peak in the treble range at normal listening volumes, but it can be hard to hear with real-life content. Most of the range falls within good limits, even at max volume, so audio reproduction is clean and pure.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
On
Connection
Wireless (Proprietary)
Codec
PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings we use to test these headphones. Our results are only valid with these settings.

Isolation
4.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-12.08 dB
Bass
0.32 dB
Mid
-9.4 dB
Treble
-27.98 dB

The Razer Barracuda X have poor noise isolation. They don't have an ANC feature, and they struggle to passively isolate against bass-heavy background noises like bus and plane engines and mid-range noise like people talking around you. That said, they perform better against higher-frequency ambient noise, so you don't hear the hum of nearby AC units.

6.5
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
42.48 dB

These headphones have a fair leakage performance. While they leak some noise, it isn't very loud, so it shouldn't be too noticeable in an average office setting.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
7.3
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
261.43 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.53 dB
HFE
5,583.4 Hz
Weighted THD
2.399
Gain
17.86 dB

The microphone's recording quality is decent. Your voice sounds natural but also a bit thin. Whoever's on the other end of the line should be able to understand you.

7.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
23.3 dB
Noise Gate
Always On
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The mic has a good noise handling performance. Whoever's on the other end of the line can understand you, even if you're in a noisy environment like a busy train station.

Active Features
8.9
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
24.7 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
24.7 hrs
Charge Time
3.3 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
Yes
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Razer Barracuda X have an excellent battery performance. They last for over 24 hours off a single charge, which should be more than enough to get you through long gaming sessions and lasts longer than their advertised continuous battery life of 20 hours. You can even listen to audio while the headset is charging, which is handy, and there's an auto-off feature to help conserve battery. However, battery performance can vary depending on usage habits, so your real-world experience may differ.

0
Active Features
App Support
App Name No App
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows No
Equalizer
No
ANC Control
No
Mic Control No
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
No
Connectivity
0
Connectivity
Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
No Bluetooth
Multi-Device Pairing
No
NFC Pairing
No
Line Of Sight Range
N/A
PC Latency (SBC)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX HD)
N/A
PC Latency (aptX-LL)
N/A
iOS Latency
N/A
Android Latency
N/A
9.3
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
142.72 ft (43.50 m)
Non-BT Latency
4 ms

This headset has a fantastic wireless performance. When connected to a USB-A port using the included adapter, it has very low latency, so the audio you hear is in sync with the video you see. You can also connect the wireless dongle to devices with a USB-C connection, like an Android device or a Nintendo Switch. When connected to an Android device, the latency is 96 ms, and the line of sight range is 24 m, so you may notice a bit of a delay with your audio. That said, latency with Android devices can vary depending on the device and app you're using, so your real-world experience can vary.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.36 ft (1.33 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a USB-A to USB-C charging cable and a 1/8 TRRS cable for audio playback. They have negligible latency over a wired connection, which is great for gamers who don't want to have any delays between their audio and video. They also come with a USB-A to USB-C extension adapter for the wireless dongle, so you can connect it via a USB-A connection.

Connectivity
PC Compatibility
Analog
Audio + Microphone
Wired USB
No
Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

You can wire the Razer Barracuda X to your PC using the included 1/8 TRRS cable. You can also connect them to your PC wirelessly via their USB dongle, and you can receive audio and use the microphone to talk to your teammates.

Connectivity
PlayStation Compatibility
PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS4 Wired USB
No
PS4 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PS5 Wired USB
No
PS5 Non-BT Wireless
Audio + Microphone

The Razer Barracuda X are also compatible with both PS4 and PD5 consoles. You can either wire them to your console using the included 1/8 TRRS cable, or you can connect them wirelessly via their USB dongle. Either way, you can receive both audio and microphone compatibility.

Connectivity
Xbox Compatibility
Xbox One Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Wired USB
No
Xbox One Non-BT Wireless
No
Xbox Series X|S Analog
Audio + Microphone
Xbox Series X|S Wired USB
No
Xbox Series X|S Non-BT Wireless
No

You can wire the Razer Barracuda X to the controller for your Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S console for full audio and microphone compatibility. However, you can't connect them to Xbox devices over a wireless connection, which may be limiting for some users.

3.4
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
Wireless USB Dongle
USB Input
Yes
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
USB-C

The Razer Barracuda X come with a wireless USB dongle that gives your headphones non-Bluetooth wireless capabilities. It connects to your devices using a USB-C connection.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Barracuda X come in Black, and you can see the label for the model we tested here.

If you come across another version, let us know in the discussions, and we'll update our review.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Barracuda X are gaming headphones with a budget-friendly price. Thanks to their wireless USB dongle, you can connect them to your gaming console using a wired connection or wirelessly, depending on your preferences. Unlike other budget-friendly gaming headphones, they don't offer companion software, and they don't come with any sound customization features.

See also our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets, and the best PS5 headsets.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Razer Barracuda X Wireless or the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The BlackShark are more stable, and they come with companion software with a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize their sound. That said, the Barracuda are better-built and leak less audio. Also, their microphone has a better recording quality.

SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the SteelSeries Arctis 1 Wireless or the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The SteelSeries leak less audio, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ so you can customize their sound. That said, the Razer are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable.

Corsair HS70 Wireless

The Corsair HS70 Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Corsair are better-built and they have better frequency response consistency. Their default sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ to customize their sound. That said, the Razer also let you game with a wired connection, and their mic has a better recording quality.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset is better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech are better-built, more comfortable, and more customizable thanks to the graphic EQ available with their companion software. Their mic has a better recording quality, and some users may prefer their more neutral out-of-the-box sound. That said, the Razer also let you game via a wired connection, and they're more stable.

Razer BlackShark V2

The Razer BlackShark V2 and the Razer Barracuda X Wireless are both budget-friendly gaming headphones with similar wired gaming performances, but only the Barracuda X support wireless connectivity with the included USB dongle. The Barracuda X are also better-built, and their microphone has a better noise handling performance. That said, the BlackShark V2 come with companion software that offers more customization features. They're also more stable, with a more neutral sound out-of-the-box and better frequency response consistency.

HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless

The HyperX Cloud 2/Cloud II Wireless are a bit better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The HyperX are better-built, more comfortable, and more customizable thanks to their companion software that includes a graphic EQ. That said, the Razer are more stable, and you can also use them with a wired connection.

Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the Logitech G733 LIGHTSPEED Wireless or the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech have a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box, and their companion software has a graphic EQ to customize their sound. That said, the Razer also let you game via a wired connection, and they're more stable. They also have a better mic performance.

HyperX Cloud Flight

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the HyperX Cloud Flight or the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The HyperX have a better mic performance, and they have companion software that lets you adjust the mic level. That said, the Razer are more stable, and some users may prefer their more neutral out-of-the-box sound compared the HyperX's v-shaped sound.

Razer Opus Wireless

The Razer Opus Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Opus are better-built, more comfortable, and more stable, and their ANC feature offers better noise isolation. Some users may prefer their more neutral sound profile, and they also have a graphic EQ and presets to customize their sound. They leak less audio, too. However, the Barracuda are better suited for wireless gaming since they have lower latency with PCs, and a better microphone performance.

Razer Opus X Wireless

The Razer Opus X Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Opus X are better-built and more comfortable, and they have better noise isolation and leakage performances. Also, their continuous battery life is longer, and some users may prefer their more neutral out-of-the-box sound. There are even some presets so you can customize their sound. That said, if you're looking for wireless gaming headphones, the Barracuda X are a better choice. They have a better mic performance and they're compatible with more gaming consoles.

HyperX Cloud Alpha

Depending on your listening habits, you may prefer either the HyperX Cloud Alpha or the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The HyperX are more comfortable, better-built, and their microphone has a better performance. Also, they have a somewhat more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer. That said, the Razer also let you game wirelessly, unlike the wired-only HyperX.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The SteelSeries are better-built, more stable, and they have a better mic performance. Their default sound profile is more neutral, which some users may prefer, and you can also customize them using the graphic EQ with their companion software.

Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset

The Logitech G533 Wireless Gaming Headset is better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech are better-built, with a more neutral sound profile out-of-the-box. They offer a better passive soundstage, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ so you can customize their sound. The Razer have longer continuous battery life, and unlike the Logitech, you can use them wired. They're also more stable, and they leak less audio.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset is better for wired gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech have a better microphone performance, and their default sound profile is more neutral. Also, their companion software gives you access to a graphic EQ and presets so you can customize their sound. That said, the Razer also let you game wirelessly.

ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless

The ROCCAT Elo 7.1 Air Wireless are better for wireless gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The ROCCAT are better built and have companion software with a graphic EQ to customize their sound. Also, their microphone has better recording quality and noise handling performances. That said, the Razer also lets you use them with a wired connection, which some users may prefer. They have a comfier, more stable fit, and their continuous battery life is longer.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G432 Gaming Headset is better for wired gaming than the Razer Barracuda X Wireless. The Logitech have a better microphone performance, and they have companion software with a graphic EQ so you can customize their sound. Also, they leak less audio. However, the Razer also support wireless gaming, which some users may prefer. They're also better built and more stable.

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