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Razer BlackShark V2 X Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.4
Reviewed Aug 19, 2020 at 08:48 am
Razer BlackShark V2 X Picture
5.5
Mixed Usage
6.3
Neutral Sound
4.9
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
5.5
Office
5.1
Wireless Gaming
7.1
Wired Gaming
7.5
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are the Razer BlackShark V2's pared-down, budget-friendly sibling. Even though they don't offer a lot of features such as companion software or a USB sound card, these wired headphones still deliver a decent audio experience for gaming. They're comfortable enough for multi-hour gaming sessions, they have full wired compatibility on most consoles, and their excellently-performing boom microphone is able to capture your voice clearly, even in loud environments. Although we don't currently test for it, these headphones also have a downloadable virtual soundstage feature. That being said, they're prone to inconsistent bass and treble delivery and some parts, like the metal hinges and audio cables on their ear cups, feel a bit fragile.

Our Verdict

5.5 Mixed Usage

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are disappointing for mixed use. Although they have a simple but bulky design, their boom microphone isn't detachable, which keeps them from looking like casual headphones. They also struggle to isolate noise, including bus and train engines and office chatter. Even though they have a stable fit, they're not suited for physical activity as their audio cable could get snagged on something. Instead, they're at their best when gaming. They have an excellent boom microphone that captures voice clearly and thanks to their TRRS cable, they're fully compatible with most consoles.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Gamer-centric design.
6.3 Neutral Sound

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are passable for neutral sound. Depending on the headphones' fit, positioning, and placement on your head, you may experience inconsistent bass or treble delivery. That being said, they have a dark and bass-heavy sound profile. They don't have companion software to EQ them to your liking, either.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Downloadable virtual soundstage feature available.
Cons
  • No companion software.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
4.9 Commute/Travel

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are poor for commute and travel. Although they're comfortable enough to wear for long bus rides, they have a gamer-centric design that stands out, especially as their boom microphone isn't detachable. They also don't really isolate almost any bass-range noise like bus or train engines, and they lack basic call/music management controls. On the upside, since they're wired, you don't have to worry about them running out of battery life before you reach your destination.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation.
  • Sub-par controls.
  • Gamer-centric design.
5.5 Sports/Fitness

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are disappointing for sports and fitness. While they have a stable and comfortable fit, they aren't the most portable. Since they're wired, their neon green audio cable can snag on something, which may pull them off your head. They also have pretty limited controls, and although you can adjust their volume, they don't have any other call/music management buttons.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Sub-par controls.
  • Gamer-centric design.
  • Non-detachable audio cable.
5.5 Office

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are disappointing for office use. While they should be comfortable enough to last throughout your workday, they really struggle to isolate noise around you like office chatter. On the upside, if you want to listen to your music at a fairly loud level to compensate for their sub-par noise isolation, your coworkers shouldn't be able to hear your audio. That being said, they look like gaming headphones and you won't be able to remove their boom microphone to make them look more casual.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation.
  • Gamer-centric design.
5.1 Wireless Gaming

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are wired-only gaming headphones and aren’t compatible with wireless connections.

7.1 Wired Gaming

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are decent for wired gaming. These comfortable over-ears have full wired compatibility with PC, PS4, and Xbox One. While they have inconsistent bass and treble delivery, their average response is a bit bass-heavy and dark, which can be suited for action-packed games with a lot of explosions. Their boom microphone performs excellently, so your voice is heard clearly, even in loud environments.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
  • Downloadable virtual soundstage feature available.
Cons
  • No companion software.
  • Inconsistent bass and treble delivery.
  • Sub-par controls.
7.5 Phone Calls

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are good for phone calls. They have an excellently-performing boom microphone that can capture your voice clearly, whether you're speaking at home or out and about in the city. However, these headphones have disappointing noise isolation, which means that you hear a lot of what's going on around you. They also don't have any call management controls.

Pros
  • Excellently-performing boom microphone.
  • Comfortable and stable fit.
Cons
  • Disappointing noise isolation.
  • Sub-par controls.
  • 5.5 Mixed Usage
  • 6.3 Neutral Sound
  • 4.9 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.5 Office
  • 5.1 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.1 Wired Gaming
  • 7.5 Phone Calls

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer BlackShark V2 X, unlike other Razer headphones such as the Razer Kraken X or the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless, have an oval ear cup shape more reminiscent of casual headphones. They have a black plastic design with neon green accents and use thin wire hinges that give it a distinct look. However, you can't detach their boom microphone to make it a little more casual.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.61 lbs
Clamping Force
1.3 lbs

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are comfortable headphones. They have thick memory foam ear cushions and a padded headband, which is good if you've got a multi-hour gaming session ahead of you.

5.7
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Good
Call/Music Control No
Volume Control Yes
Microphone Control Mute/Unmute
Channel Mixing
No
Noise Cancelling Control No
Talk-Through
No
Additional Controls No

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have disappointing controls. Although it's to be expected from entry-level gaming headphones, they have only two buttons, but they're both easy-to-use and have good feedback. There's a volume wheel on the left ear cup that stops at min/max, and there's a mute mic button.

5.3
Design
Portability
L 7.8 "
W 6.8 "
H 4.3 "
Volume 228 Cu. Inches
Transmitter Required No

These headphones, just like most gaming headphones, aren't very portable. They come with a really thin and flimsy carrying pouch, and they can't fold or swivel to lay flat, which makes them a bit more difficult to take with you if you don't have a bag.

5.0
Design
Case
Type Pouch
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A

These headphones come with a flimsy and cheap-feeling soft pouch. It won't protect your headphones from anything but scratches.

6.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have fair build quality. They're mostly made up of plastic but don't feel very durable. The thin metal hinges and the cables between the ear cups and the headband are the headphones' weakest parts. These parts seem particularly fragile and could break or bend if you're not careful. The audio cable doesn't detach, so if it breaks, you need to replace the entire headset.

7.5
Design
Stability

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are stable headphones. They feel lightweight but they don't move around too much on your head. However, they don't have a detachable cable, so if it gets caught on something, these headphones could get yanked off your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Razer BlackShark V2 X headset
  • PC Y-splitter
  • Soft pouch
  • Razer stickers
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
2.47 db
Treble Amount
-4.42 db

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have a dark and bass-heavy sound profile that can help bring out the intensity of explosions in action games. However, they have inconsistent bass and treble delivery, and their position, seal, and whether you have glasses or thick hair can all affect your listening experience each time you use them.

5.9
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.96 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have disappointing frequency consistency performance. Bass delivery can vary and a drop in bass may occur if the ear cups aren't flush to your head, especially if you wear glasses or have thick hair. There are also inconsistencies in the treble range as treble delivery seems to be sensitive to the headphones' positioning and placement.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.8
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.02 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
19.43 Hz
Low-Bass
0.55 dB
Mid-Bass
3.17 dB
High-Bass
4.19 dB

The bass accuracy is good. It's slightly over-emphasized in the mid-high bass range, which gives it a punchy, boomy sound that fans of action games may enjoy. However, the response here represents the average bass response and as bass delivery can vary across users, your experience may vary.

8.4
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.09 dB
Low-Mid
-2.02 dB
Mid-Mid
0.0 dB
High-Mid
-2.43 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have impressive mid accuracy. The range is mostly flat and accurate. Although there's a dip in the low-mid and the high-mid, which can thin and weaken vocals and lead instruments, it shouldn't be too noticeable.

4.1
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
7.85 dB
Low-Treble
-6.97 dB
Mid-Treble
-4.84 dB
High-Treble
-10.69 dB

These headphones' treble accuracy is poor. It's underemphasized across the range, resulting in a veiled and dark sound. However, as treble delivery can vary across users, your experience may differ.

7.0
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.76 db
Dips
2.05 db

The Razer BlackShark V2 X's peaks and dips performance is satisfactory. There's a peak in the high bass that makes the mix sound muddy, and the dip in the low-mid further clutters vocals and lead instruments. There's also a dip in the low-treble, which further reduces their clarity. Finally, the peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals piercing.

7.9
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.24
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
1.33
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.53
Weighted Phase Mismatch
7.15

These headphones have very good imaging. Their weighted group delay falls beneath the audibility threshold, ensuring a tight bass and transparent treble. While their L/R drivers are well-matched in regards to amplitude and phase response, a bit of frequency mismatch is present, which can have a very minor impact on the stereo image's evenness. That being said, these results are only valid for our test unit, and yours may perform differently.

4.3
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
3.99 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.26 dB
PRTF Distance
6.31 dB
Openness
4.4
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.5

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have a poor passive soundstage, which is common for closed-back gaming headphones. They don't have a particularly large or natural-sounding soundstage, and audio is perceived as coming from the inside of your head rather than in front of you.

2.0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
On/Off
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
Yes

These headphones have a virtual soundstage available which can make your PC 7.1 surround-compatible. However, we don't currently test this feature, and you need to download this software in order to use it.

7.6
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.374
WHD @ 100
0.126

Their weighted harmonic distortion is good. There's a small peak between the low to mid-treble range but it shouldn't be too noticeable. Its frequencies otherwise fall within good limits, which should result in clear and pure audio reproduction.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
No Firmware
Power
Passive
Connection
Wired
Codec
PCM, 24-bit, 48kHz
EQ
No EQ
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test these headphones. Our results are only valid when using these settings.

Isolation
5.6
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-14.6 dB
Bass
1.09 dB
Mid
-11.3 dB
Treble
-34.63 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have disappointing noise isolation. They don't block out any bass-range noise like bus or train engines, so they won't be suitable for commuting. They do a slightly better job of reducing mid-range noise such as background chatter, but it still may not be enough for a work environment. However, they're able to cut down a lot more treble sound like the hum of an A/C unit.

7.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
34.73 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 X have good leakage performance, especially for gaming headphones. All noise falls below the noise floor of an average office.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No

These headphones have a boom microphone.

8.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.2 dB
HFE
8365.65 Hz
Weighted THD
0.194
Gain
30.58 dB

The boom microphone has excellent recording quality. You voice sounds full-bodied, natural, and clear.

8.6
Microphone
Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise
Speech + Subway Noise
SpNR
35.6 dB

The Razer BlackShark V2 X's boom microphone is excellent at noise handling. It's able to separate speech from ambient noise, even in noisy environments such as gaming tournaments.

Active Features
0
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
No Battery
Continuous Battery Life
N/A
Additional Charges
N/A
Total Battery Life
N/A
Charge Time
N/A
Power-Saving Feature
No
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Passive Headphone
Charging Port None

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are passive headphones and don't have a battery.

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

These headphones can't be used with Razer Synapse software. If you're looking for a similar pair of gaming headphones that can be used with the Synapse software, check out the Razer BlackShark V2.

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

These headphones are wired and don't have a Bluetooth connection. If you want a pair of similar wireless gaming headphones, check out the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless.

0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A

The Razer BlackShark V2 X don't have any non-Bluetooth wireless connectivity options.

9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.3 ft
Connection 1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones come with a non-detachable 1/8" TRRS cable as well as a PC Y-splitter for mic and audio compatibility with desktop PCs.

Connectivity
PC / PS4 Compatibility
PC/PS4 Analog
Audio + Microphone
PC/PS4 Wired USB
No
PC/PS4 Non-BT Wireless
No

The Razer BlackShark V2 X can be plugged into a PS4 controller with full audio and microphone compatibility. They're also fully compatible with desktop PCs when using their Y-splitter.

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

These headphones can be plugged into your Xbox One controller for full audio and microphone compatibility.

0
Connectivity
Base/Dock
Type
No Base/Dock
USB Input
No
Line In
No
Line Out
No
Optical Input
No
RCA Input
No
Dock Charging
No
Power Supply
No Base/Dock

These headphones don't come with a base or dock.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are entry-level wired gaming headphones. Although they're less feature-heavy than their sibling headphones, the Razer BlackShark V2, they still have an excellently performing boom microphone and a comfortable fit. However, unlike the similarly performing Astro A10, they don't have any companion software to easily customize their sound and they don't feel as well-built as other budget headsets like the HyperX Cloud StingerIf you're still looking around for gaming headsets, check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best PS4 gaming headsets, and the best Xbox One headsets.

Razer Kraken X

The Razer BlackShark V2 X are somewhat better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken X. The BlackShark V2 X are more comfortable, deliver bass and treble more consistently, and leak less sound. They also have a downloadable virtual soundstage feature, and they come with a soft pouch. However, the Kraken X's boom microphone is slightly better at noise handling.

Razer BlackShark V2

The Razer BlackShark V2 are better gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. The V2 have a better-balanced sound profile out-of-the-box, and their boom mic is detachable. Also, the V2 come with a USB Soundcard and are compatible with companion software that allows you to customize the sound profile, access custom game modes, and adjust the microphone settings. That being said, the V2 X have a better microphone performance out-of-the-box.

HyperX Cloud Stinger

The HyperX Cloud Stinger are decent budget gaming headphones compared to the Razer BlackShark V2 X. Both headphones are similarly comfortable and have full wired compatibility with PC, PS4, and Xbox One. However, they also have similar inconsistent bass and treble delivery and lack companion software. That being said, the Razer have a slightly better performing boom microphone, leak less sound, and have a virtual surround feature that you can download.  However, the HyperX are better-built.

Logitech G433 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G433 Gaming Headset headphones are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. While both headphones are similarly comfortable, the Logitech are better-built, and their boom microphone is even more easily able to separate voice from noisy environments. They also have companion software so you can customize their sound, they come with a lot of cables including a USB headset adapter, and they have a better passive soundstage. However, the Razer leak less sound and are significantly more stable on your head.

Astro A10

The Astro A10 are somewhat better wired gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. The Astro are better built, they have a significantly more consistent bass and treble delivery, and their passive soundstage is better. The Razer, on the other hand, have a downloadable virtual soundstage feature, and are more stable and comfortable on the head. However, both headphones have boom microphones with excellent performances.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 X. The Pro can be used wirelessly, and they come with a wireless USB dongle that's compatible with Razer Synapse software so you can customize them. However, the V2 X have a better microphone recording quality out-of-the-box.

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