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Razer Kaira X for PlayStation Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Dec 10, 2021 at 10:50 am
Razer Kaira X for PlayStation Picture
7.1
Neutral Sound
4.8
Commute/Travel
5.5
Sports/Fitness
6.1
Office
5.2
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Kaira X for PlayStation are wired gaming headphones that come in console-specific color variants. Although we tested the PlayStation variant, all variants work with any console with an AUX port. That said, these headphones have a somewhat warm sound profile that delivers a touch of extra boom to mixes. Their boom mic also delivers a great overall performance, ensuring you're heard clearly, even in moderately noisy environments. However, they lack sound customization features, and they have a plasticky design.

Our Verdict

7.1 Neutral Sound

The Razer Kaira X are decent for neutral sound. They have a somewhat warm sound profile with a touch of extra high-bass to add boom to mixes. However, vocals and lead instruments are a bit thin and veiled. The headphones are also prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, and their passive soundstage gives the impression that sound is coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed around you.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No customization features.
4.8 Commute/Travel

The Razer Kaira X are poor for commute and travel. While they have a comfortable and well-built design, they aren't suitable for long days on the go. They don't block out the low rumble of bus or plane engines, and you can't detach their boom mic for a more casual look. These headphones also lack call and music controls, which is disappointing for casual use.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No call or music controls.
5.5 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Kaira X are disappointing for sports and fitness as they're not designed for this purpose. They have a bulky design that can fall off your head with moderate movement. Their audio cable isn't detachable either, and it could get snagged on something as you're moving. They lack an IP rating for water resistance, although that's to be expected for over-ear headphones.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • No call or music controls.
  • Bulky and can fall off your head with moderate movement.
6.1 Office

The Razer Kaira X are passable for office use. Thanks to their wired design, you don't have to worry about battery life throughout your workday. They also have a comfortable fit, and you can take calls using their great boom mic. However, the mic isn't detachable, making the headphones look gamer-centric. They also struggle to block out ambient chatter.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No call or music controls.
5.2 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Kaira X are wired-only headphones, and you can't use them wirelessly.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The Razer Kaira X are decent for wired gaming. They have a somewhat sound profile with a touch of extra boom to help bring out sound effects in gameplay. Their boom mic also offers an excellent recording quality, ensuring your voice is clear and natural. Unfortunately, they lack sound customization features, so you can't adjust their sound to your liking.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
  • Great overall mic performance.
Cons
  • No customization features.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.1 Phone Calls

The Razer Kaira X are decent for phone calls. They have a non-detachable boom microphone that offers a great overall performance, ensuring that you're heard clearly, even in noisy environments. The mic can separate your voice from moderate ambient sound, ensuring you're heard clearly, even if there's noise around you. However, the headphones struggle to block out background noise, making it harder to hear your call well.

Pros
  • Comfortable and well-built.
  • Great overall mic performance.
Cons
  • Poor noise isolation performance.
  • No call or music controls.
  • 7.1 Neutral Sound
  • 4.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.5 Sports/Fitness
  • 6.1 Office
  • 5.2 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Dec 10, 2021: Review published.
  2. Updated Dec 06, 2021: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Kaira X for PlayStation have a nearly identical color scheme to the Sony PULSE 3D Wireless with a white headband and black ear cups. They're meant to match your PS5 console and have Razer's logo on each ear cup in blue. However, if you prefer a different design, Razer retails an Xbox-centric line of these headphones that come in colors to match your Xbox console's controller: 'Black', 'White', 'Shock Blue', 'Pulse Red', and 'Electric Volt'.

7.5
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.6 lbs
Clamping Force
1.1 lbs

The Razer Kaira X are comfortable headphones. They're lighter than the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, and they don't clamp on your head too tightly. Their headband also feels good, and the ear cups have a good range of motion. However, the headphones are a bit bulky.

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

These headphones have a sub-par control scheme. There are only two physical controls, which are easy to locate on the left ear cup. The volume wheel stops at min and max volume while the mic slider is clicky and has a red sticker to let you know when you're muted. However, there aren't any call or music-related controls.

On the left ear cup:

  • Volume wheel: Adjusts the volume.
  • Mic slider: Mutes and unmutes the mic.

5.6
Design
Portability
L 9.9" (25.1 cm)
W 8.7" (22.2 cm)
H 2.0" (5.0 cm)
Volume 170.02 in³ (2,786.10 cm³)
Transmitter Required No

The Razer Kaira X aren't very portable, which is to be expected for gaming headphones. They have a bulky design, and while their ear cups can swivel to lay flat, they can't fold to take up less space. You can't detach their boom mic either. In their default position, they also take up quite a bit of space, and they don't come with a case to help protect them when you're on the go.

0
Design
Case
Type No case
L N/A
W N/A
H N/A
Volume N/A
7.5
Design
Build Quality

The Razer Kaira X are well-built. They're mostly made of plastic, which feels sturdy and durable. They also have cloth padding on the headband and memory foam ear cups. There are measurement markers on each side of the headband to help you adjust them evenly. However, unlike the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox, their hinges are made of plastic, which could make them prone to damage over time.

6.5
Design
Stability

The Razer Kaira X have fair stability. They shouldn't move around too much when on your head if you're gaming from your couch or desk. However, they can move around on your head during moderate physical activity and may fall off. Their audio cable can also snag on something and pull them off of your head.

Design
Headshots 1
Design
Headshots 2
Design
Top
Design
In The Box

  • Razer Kaira X headphones
  • Stickers
  • User guide

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
-0.83 dB
Treble Amount
-1.92 dB

The Razer Kaira X have a somewhat warm sound profile. They have a small bump in high-bass to add a touch of extra boom to your gameplay, which can help emphasize sound effects. However, vocals and lead instruments can sound a bit thin and dull. Unfortunately, they don't have an EQ or presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking.

5.3
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.47 dB

These headphones have disappointing frequency response consistency. They're very prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, and you may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses. Depending on their fit, seal, and positioning, you may experience significant deviations in audio delivery.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
8.0
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.58 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
61.69 Hz
Low-Bass
-4.12 dB
Mid-Bass
-1.19 dB
High-Bass
2.39 dB

The Razer Kaira X's bass accuracy is great. The low to mid-bass is underemphasized, resulting in less thump, rumble, and punch in your mixes. However, a bump in the high-bass adds extra boom, which can help emphasize sound effects while you game.

Note: The response here represents the average bass response and as bass delivery can vary across users, your experience may vary.

8.2
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.37 dB
Low-Mid
-1.31 dB
Mid-Mid
-2.9 dB
High-Mid
-0.02 dB

The Razer Kaira X have great mid-accuracy. It's underemphasized across the range, although it's somewhat minor. Vocals and lead instruments are slightly thin but clear. However, these sounds are also pushed to the back of your mix.

6.4
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
5.22 dB
Low-Treble
-4.38 dB
Mid-Treble
1.39 dB
High-Treble
-11.71 dB

The treble accuracy is acceptable. It's a bit uneven, and there is some mismatch between our unit's left and right drivers. The dip in the low-treble veils vocals and lead instruments. A small peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sounds sharp.

The response here represents the average treble response, and as treble delivery can vary across users, your experience may vary.

6.4
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
2.44 dB
Dips
1.83 dB

The Razer Kaira X's peaks and dips performance is acceptable. A large peak in the high-bass adds extra boom to your mixes, although it can muddy vocals and lead instruments. A dip in the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments and pushes them to the back of the mix. The left and right drivers are mismatched in the high mids to low-treble, so the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments are harsh in the left driver. An uneven low-treble affects the left driver more severely, so vocals and lead instruments are veiled and harsh. A peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like cymbals overly piercing.

7.0
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.26
Weighted Phase Mismatch
6.31
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
2.88
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
3.31

The Razer Kaira X's imaging performance is satisfactory. The group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. However, the L/R drivers are mismatched in amplitude and frequency response, which indicates a slightly imbalanced stereo image. There are also some peaks in the phase response's mid-bass to mid-range, which skews the stereo image to the left. It can be hard to hear with real-life content, though. That said, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

5.2
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
7.22 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
4.77 dB
PRTF Distance
10.14 dB
Openness
5.2
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.6

The Razer Kaira X's passive soundstage performance is disappointing. The soundstage is perceived as large but not very natural or open. It also struggles to produce an out-of-head audio experience, and sound seems like it's coming from inside your head.

0
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
No
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
No App
7.5
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.256
WHD @ 100
0.184

These headphones have a good weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a peak in the low-treble at both normal and high listening volumes, which results in a small amount of distortion present. However, the rest of the frequency range falls within good limits, resulting in somewhat clean 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 the Razer Kaira X. Our results are only valid when used in this configuration.

Isolation
4.7
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.58 dB
Bass
-0.57 dB
Mid
-9.86 dB
Treble
-31.03 dB

The Razer Kaira X's noise isolation performance is poor. They block out almost none of the low rumbles of bus engines and do a sub-par job of cutting down ambient chatter. They do a much better job of reducing the high-pitched hum of AC units, though.

6.8
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
40.59 dB

The Razer Kaira X's leakage performance is okay. Their leakage is concentrated in the mid to treble range, which sounds somewhat thin. However, if you're listening to audio at high volumes in a moderately noisy environment like an office, others around you shouldn't be able to hear it.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
No
8.6
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
20 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.99 dB
HFE
6,544.63 Hz
Weighted THD
0.129
Gain
28.81 dB

The boom mic's recording quality is excellent. It captures your voice well, so you sound clear, natural, and full-bodied.

7.5
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
34.15 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 Razer Kaira X's noise handling performance is good. The boom mic can separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. You should be heard clearly, even if you're talking near an open window with traffic.

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
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
0
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
N/A
Non-BT Latency
N/A
9.0
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable No
Length 4.46 ft (1.36 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

These headphones have a non-detachable 1/8" TRRS cable. Unfortunately, if it gets damaged, you'll need to replace the entire unit.

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

These headphones are fully compatible with PCs by plugging their 1/8" TRRS cable into the computer's AUX port.

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

You can connect the Razer Kaira X to PS4 and PS5 consoles by plugging in the 1/8" TRRS cable into your controller's AUX port. They have full audio and mic support via this connection.

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

These headphones are fully compatible with Xbox consoles via an analog connection.

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

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

These headphones come in console-specific color variants: the 'Razer Kaira X for PlayStation', which have a black, white, and blue color scheme, and the 'Razer Kaira X for Xbox', which have a black and green color scheme. We tested the 'Razer Kaira X for PlayStation', and you can see our model's label here. The Xbox variant is also available in the following color variants: 'White', 'Shock Blue', 'Pulse Red', and 'Electric Volt' to better match your console's controller. There isn't a difference in performance between any of these variants, and since they all have a wired design, you can use any of them on Xbox or PlayStation consoles without an issue.

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

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Kaira X are the wired sibling of the Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox. Although they have console-specific variants, this is so that you can match their color scheme to your console or controllers. They otherwise offer no specific or unique features per console. That said, they have a somewhat warm sound profile with a touch of extra boom, and their boom mic does a great job of recording your voice, even in noisier environments. However, their 1/8" TRRS isn't detachable, and unlike the Razer BlackShark V2, they also lack a companion app to help you adjust their sound to suit your tastes.

Check out our recommendations for the best headsets for PS5, the best gaming headsets under $100, and the best gaming headsets.

Razer Barracuda X Wireless

The Razer Barracuda X Wireless and the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable, the Barracuda X are wireless headphones with a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and low non-Bluetooth wireless latency. However, the Kaira X for PlayStation are wired headphones that are better built, and their mic has a better recording quality.

Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox

The Razer Kaira Pro Wireless for Xbox and the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation have different strengths and depending on your usage, you may prefer either one. While both headphones are comfortable and have great mic performances, the Kaira Pro are wireless headphones that are better built and have companion software that offers a graphic EQ and presets. They also support Bluetooth. However, the Kaira X are wired headphones with a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer.

Razer BlackShark V2

The Razer BlackShark V2 are better wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation. While both headphones are comfortable, the BlackShark V2 have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, and are compatible with Razer Synapse software, which offers a graphic EQ and presets. They also have a significantly better passive soundstage performance. However, the Kaira X for PlayStation are better built, and their boom mic delivers better overall performance.

Sony PULSE 3D Wireless

The Sony PULSE 3D Wireless are more versatile headphones than the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation. The Sony can be used wired or wirelessly with low latency. When connected to a PS5 console, they can also access a graphic EQ and presets to help adjust their sound to your liking. However, the Razer are wired-only headphones but they're better built, more comfortable, and have a more neutral default sound profile.

Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless

The Turtle Beach Stealth 700 Gen 2 Wireless and the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation have different strengths, and you may prefer either one. The Turtle Beach are wireless headphones that are better built, deliver audio more consistently, and are compatible with Turtle Beach Audio Hub software, which offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound to suit your tastes. They also support Bluetooth. However, the Razer are wired headphones that are more comfortable, have a more neutral sound profile, which some users may prefer, and have a better overall microphone performance.

Logitech G432 Gaming Headset

The Logitech G432 Gaming Headset is a slightly better-wired gaming headset than the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation. While both headphones are comfortable, the Logitech have a more neutral default sound profile, which some users may prefer, a virtual soundstage feature, and their boom mic has a better noise handling performance. They also have a companion app that offers a graphic EQ and presets so that you can tweak their sound on PCs. However, the Razer are better built and their mic has a better recording quality.

HyperX Cloud Alpha S

The HyperX Cloud Alpha S are somewhat better-wired gaming headphones than the Razer Kaira X for PlayStation. The HyperX are more comfortable, better built, and are compatible with companion software that offers an adjustable mic level. Their audio cable and microphone are also detachable. 

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