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Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Jan 14, 2022 at 10:21 am
Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense Picture
7.0
Neutral Sound
4.8
Commute/Travel
5.2
Sports/Fitness
5.9
Office
5.3
Wireless Gaming
7.2
Wired Gaming
6.6
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless No
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are wired gaming headphones with a USB-A connector that offers low latency. They're part of this manufacturer's Kraken V3 lineup and stand out due to their adjustable HyperSense feature, which adds vibrations while you game. Like other headphones in this range, they have a comfortable and well-built design with customizable RGB lighting and robust sound customization features in their companion software to help adjust their otherwise boomy sound to your liking. Their boom mic also offers a very good overall performance, ensuring you're heard clearly, even in moderately noisy environments.

Our Verdict

7.0 Neutral Sound

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are decent for neutral sound. Out of the box and with their haptic bass feature set to 'Low', they have a warm sound profile that delivers extra boom to mixes. That said, you can adjust or turn their haptic bass feature off. You can also customize their sound to your liking using their companion software's graphic EQ and presets. However, the headphones are prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery, so you may need to adjust their fit each time you use them.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
  • Robust sound customization features and haptic bass feature.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
  • Poor passive soundstage performance.
4.8 Commute/Travel

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are poor for commute and travel, although they're not designed for this use. They have a non-detachable USB-A connector, so you can't use them with your smartphone unless you have an adapter. They also don't block out any of the low rumbles of bus and plane engines and have a very gamer-centric design. On the upside, they have a decently comfortable fit.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Struggles to block out bass-range noise.
  • Poor passive soundstage performance.
5.2 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are disappointing for sports and fitness. They're not designed for this purpose and can fall off your head with moderate head movements. You can only connect their USB-A cable with devices that support this connection, so if you want to use them with your smartphone, you'll most likely need an adapter. The cable can also snag on something and pull the headphones off your head.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • Mediocre stability.
  • No call and music controls.
  • Poor passive soundstage performance.
5.9 Office

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are sub-par for office use. They have a USB-A connector, so while you can't use them with your smartphone without an adapter, you can use them with your PC without issue. They have a decently comfortable fit and can passively isolate you from ambient chatter at work. Their boom mic also lets you take calls from your office computer and ensures that you're heard clearly, even if there's ambient chatter around you.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
Cons
  • No call and music controls.
  • Poor passive soundstage performance.
5.3 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are wired gaming headphones, and you can't use them wirelessly.

7.2 Wired Gaming

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are decent for wired gaming. These headphones offer a few customization features like RGB lighting, HyperSense haptic feedback, virtual surround, and a graphic EQ and presets to tweak not only their sound but their microphone performance. As a result, you can play around with their settings to help you find your best gaming settings. They also have a decently comfortable fit, and their boom mic can capture your voice clearly, even in noisy environments. They have low latency via their USB-A connection too.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
  • Robust sound customization features and haptic bass feature.
  • Decent overall boom mic performance.
Cons
  • Prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery.
  • Poor passive soundstage performance.
6.6 Phone Calls

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are okay for phone calls. Unfortunately, they have a USB-A connector that you can't use with your smartphone unless you have an adapter. That said, you shouldn't have problems if you're making calls from your computer. Overall, they have a very gamer-centric look, but if you don't mind this, their boom mic offers a decent recording quality, and it can separate speech from background noise very well. These headphones also have a decently comfortable fit.

Pros
  • Decently comfortable and well-built design.
  • Decent overall boom mic performance.
Cons
  • Struggles to block out bass-range noise.
  • No call and music controls.
  • 7.0 Neutral Sound
  • 4.8 Commute/Travel
  • 5.2 Sports/Fitness
  • 5.9 Office
  • 5.3 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.2 Wired Gaming
  • 6.6 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Jan 14, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Jan 10, 2022: Early access published.

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Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSenseย look like the Razer Kraken V3 with a nearly all-black design. The ear cups have metal grilles and Razer's logo in the center. If you prefer a flashier look, the logos have customizable RGB lighting that you can adjust to your liking in the companion app. That said, the headphones only come in one color variant: 'Black'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.76 lbs
Clamping Force
0.9 lbs

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have a decently comfortable fit. They have a similar design to the Razer Kraken V3 as their ear cups have faux leather padding with a cloth-like material interior. There's also some leather padding in the middle of the headband to help keep you comfortable during long gaming marathons. Unlike the Kraken V3, we didn't experience as much clamping force over time, either. That said, they have a bulky design, and their ear cups have a poor range of motion.

5.6
Design
Controls
OS Compatibility
Not OS specific
Ease Of Use Good
Feedback Decent
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 Kraken V3 HyperSense have sub-par controls. The control scheme is very similar to the Razer Kraken V3, with a volume wheel and a mic mute button on the left ear cup. The mic mute button is indented to let you know when you're muted, and it clicks in place. Unfortunately, the volume wheel doesn't have notches to let you know when you've reached min or max volume.

These headphones also have a HyperSense button on the right ear cup. It allows you to toggle the haptic feedback between low, medium, high, and off. This button is also clicky, and it makes a chime when pressed.

5.4
Design
Portability
L 8.0" (20.2 cm)
W 7.1" (18.0 cm)
H 3.7" (9.5 cm)
Volume 210.78 inยณ (3,454.00 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

Like most gaming headphones, the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense aren't very portable. They have a bulky design, and they can't fold or swivel to lay flat to reduce their footprint. They also don't come with a carrying case.

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

These headphones have a good build quality. They feel better built than the Razer BlackShark V2 and Razer Kraken V3 X with a mostly plastic build, a thick braided audio cable, and a metal headband to help reinforce their build. There are also markers on the headband to help you know the height when you're adjusting it. That said, their audio cable isn't detachable, so if it gets snagged on something, they could pull the headphones off your head and damage them.

6.0
Design
Stability

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have mediocre stability. They can easily fall off your head with moderate head movements. Their non-detachable audio cable can also snag on something and pull them off your head. That said, they shouldn't move around if you're using them for gaming in front of your computer or console.

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In The Box

  • Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense headphones
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
1.42 dB
Treble Amount
-4.05 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have a similarly warm sound profile to the Razer Kraken V3. A bump in the high-bass adds extra boom, which can help bring out sound effects like footsteps. At the same time, dialogue and lead instruments sound clear and accurate. These headphones have an adjustable haptic bass feature. While we did a sweep with each of the levels, there wasn't much of a difference between the 'Low' and 'Medium' levels. As a result, our testing was done with this feature set to 'Low'.

5.7
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
1.08 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have middling frequency response consistency. Like most gaming headphones, they're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery due to their fit, seal, and positioning on your head. You may especially notice a drop in bass if you have thick hair or wear glasses.

Sound
Raw Frequency Response
7.4
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
3.94 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
10.6 Hz
Low-Bass
-0.35 dB
Mid-Bass
3.28 dB
High-Bass
6.39 dB

The bass accuracy is decent. With HyperSense set to 'Low', they have adequate thump and rumble. That said, they pack a lot more punch and boom, which can help emphasize sound effects in your gameplay. However, this can also really muddy tracks.

Note: The response here represents the average bass response. Bass delivery can also vary across users depending on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning. Your experience may vary.

8.5
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.03 dB
Low-Mid
2.06 dB
Mid-Mid
0.09 dB
High-Mid
-1.7 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have excellent mid accuracy. There's some overemphasis coming from the bass range into the low-mid, which muddies mixes. While the mid-mid is flat, the high-mid is slightly underemphasized, weakening vocals and lead instruments.

7.0
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.45 dB
Mid-Treble
-3.43 dB
Low-Treble
-3.7 dB
High-Treble
-7.8 dB

These headphones have satisfactory treble accuracy. It's fairly underemphasized across the range, so dialogue and lead instruments are veiled and lack details. Sibilants like cymbals are also very dull and lispy.

Note: The treble response here represents the average response. Treble delivery can vary depending on fit and positioning, so your experience may differ.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.53 dB
Dips
1.07 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense's peaks and dips performance is good. The dip in the low-bass weakens their thump and rumble, while a peak in the high-bass adds extra boom, which can also muddy your mixes. A dip in the low-treble can veil vocals and lead instruments. The mid-treble is uneven, so sibilants like S and T sounds are alternatingly dull and piercing.

7.4
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.27
Weighted Phase Mismatch
29.67
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.6
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
1.65

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have a decent imaging performance. Their weighted group delay falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched when it comes to amplitude and frequency response, which helps ensure a balanced and stable stereo image. However, there's a high phase mismatch. The low-mid is louder in the right driver, and it's audible with real-life content. The small peak in the high-bass is very hard to hear with real-life content. That said, our results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

3.8
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.46 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
2.07 dB
PRTF Distance
2.13 dB
Openness
5.0
Acoustic Space Excitation
2.7

The passive soundstage performance is poor. Their soundstage seems natural but small, and sound seems like it's coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you. Due to their closed-back design, their soundstage also is perceived as closed-off. If you're looking for closed-back gaming headphones with a more immersive passive soundstage, check out the Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019.

2.9
Sound
Virtual Soundstage
Head Modeling
No
Speaker Modeling
Adjustable
Room Ambience
No
Head Tracking
No
Virtual Surround
THX

These headphones are compatible with THX virtual surround. You can choose from the following modes: 'Game Mode', 'Movie Mode', 'Music Mode', and 'Custom Mode'. Each mode changes the speaker modeling set up to better suit that genre of audio. That said, you can also calibrate each mode to best suit your tastes or create a new mode. You can select which app uses which audio mode or let the program automatically set itself.

7.3
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.411
WHD @ 100
0.170

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have a decent weighted harmonic distortion performance. There's a peak in the low to mid-treble at normal and high listening volumes. However, this can be hard to hear with real-life content.

Sound
Test Settings
Firmware
Unknown
Power
USB
Connection
USB
Codec
PCM, 16-bit, 48kHz
EQ
DEFAULT (Flat)
ANC
No ANC
Tip/Pad
Default
Microphone
Boom

These are the settings used to test the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. Note that we also tested the haptic bass feature on 'Low'. Our results are only valid when used in these settings.

Isolation
5.0
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-13.99 dB
Bass
0.38 dB
Mid
-12 dB
Treble
-31.47 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense's noise isolation performance is disappointing. Like most gaming headphones, they don't block out bass-range noise like bus and plane engines. That said, they do a better job of reducing ambient chatter and can cut down high-pitched noise like the hum of an AC unit.

7.7
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
35.67 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense have a good leakage performance. The leakage is spread across the range. As a result, it sounds full-bodied, especially in comparison to in-ear headphones. However, if you're listening to audio at high volumes, escaping sound shouldn't be too noticeable in a moderately loud environment.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
7.0
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
500.69 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
2.14 dB
HFE
6,639.82 Hz
Weighted THD
0.131
Gain
16.83 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense's boom mic has a satisfactory recording quality. Speech sounds natural, but it lacks body and openness.

7.8
Microphone
Noise Handling
SpNR
40.85 dB
Noise Gate
On/Off Toggle
Speech + Pink Noise Handling
8.0
Speech + Pink Noise Audio Sample
Speech + Subway Noise Handling
7.5
Speech + Subway Noise Audio Sample

The microphone's noise handling performance is very good. It can separate your voice from moderate ambient noise around you. If you game in a noisy environment, your teammates should have no problem hearing you clearly.

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
No
Charging Port None
8.0
Active Features
App Support
App Name Razer Synapse
iOS No
Android No
macOS No
Windows Yes
Equalizer
Graphic + Presets
ANC Control
No
Mic Control Adjustable Level
Room Effects
No
Playback Control
No
Button Mapping No
Surround Support
Yes

The Razer Synapse software is great. Thanks to its 10-band graphic EQ and presets like 'Bass Boost', 'Sound Normalization', and 'Voice Clarity', you can customize their sound to suit your tastes. You can also turn on and off THX Spatial audio, select which modes use which programs, and calibrate each mode to your liking. The software offers robust microphone controls too. You can turn on and off the voice gate as well as sidetone and adjust the mic using a 10-band graphic EQ and presets like 'Volume Normalization', 'Voice Clarity', and 'Ambient Noise reduction'. You can also customize the RGB lighting's brightness, color, and effects or turn this feature off if you prefer.

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
8.4
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
No
USB Audio
USB Type A
Detachable No
Length 6.50 ft (1.98 m)
Connection
USB
Analog/USB Audio Latency
22 ms

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense come with a non-detachable USB-A cable. Like the Razer Kraken V3, it has very low latency, which makes them a suitable choice for gaming.

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

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are fully compatible with PCs via their USB-A cable. However, you can't use them in any other way.

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

You can connect these headphones to PS4 and PS5 consoles with full compatibility via their USB-A connector.

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

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense come in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see our model's label here. These headphones are part of Razer's Kraken V3 lineup, comprising four headphones with RGB lighting and virtual surround. The entry-level Razer Kraken V3 are simple gaming headphones that lack sound customization features. A step up from these headphones are the Razer Kraken V3, which are compatible with Razer Synapse software to help you tweak their sound to your liking. The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are top-of-the-line gaming headphones. They have a wireless design, support HyperSense technology, and have an analog connection if you prefer a wired design.

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

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are the next step up from the Razer Kraken V3. Although they look very similar to other headphones in this line-up, they support HyperSense haptic technology, which can help give you a more immersive and sensorial gaming experience. They have good build quality, RGB lighting, and have robust sound customization features so that you can make them sound the way you like. However, you can't use their USB-A connector with Xbox consoles, which some users may find disappointing.

Check our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best headsets for PS5, and the best wired headphones.

Razer BlackShark V2

Depending on your preferences, you may prefer either the Razer BlackShark V2 or the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. The BlackShark V2 are more comfortable, have a more immersive passive soundstage feature, and support a 1/8" TRRS connection as well as a USB-A connection. However, the V3 HyperSense have a haptic bass feature that can make your gaming experience more sensorial, their boom mic offers a better noise handling performance, and the headphones feel better-built.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless

The Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. While both headphones are well-built and have similarly boomy sound profiles, you can use the Nari Ultimate wirelessly with low latency, are more comfortable, and have a more immersive passive soundstage. However, the V3 HyperSense have more robust virtual soundstage features.

Razer Kraken V3

The Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense are the next step up from the Razer Kraken V3. While both headphones have a similar build quality and use USB-A connectors, the HyperSense have an adjustable haptic feedback feature, which helps give you a more sensorial gaming experience. Otherwise, they both have the same customization features, RGB lighting, and very good microphone performances.

Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019

The Astro A50 Gen 4 Wireless 2019 are better gaming headphones than the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. The Astro are wireless gaming headphones with very low latency and over 17 hours of continuous playback time. They're significantly comfier, better-built, and can deliver sound more consistently. They also have a more immersive passive soundstage, and their microphone offers better overall performance. However, the Razer are wired gaming headphones with a USB-A connector. They have a haptic feedback feature, customizable RGB lighting, and robust virtual soundstage features.

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