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Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless Headphones Review

Tested using Methodology v1.5
Reviewed Feb 14, 2022 at 10:58 am
Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless Picture
7.5
Neutral Sound
5.9
Commute/Travel
5.8
Sports/Fitness
7.0
Office
7.6
Wireless Gaming
7.7
Wired Gaming
7.1
Phone Calls
Type Over-ear
Enclosure Closed-Back
Wireless Yes
Noise Cancelling No
Mic Yes
Transducer Dynamic

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are the Razer V3 HyperSense's wireless sibling. Like this model, the Pro have customizable RGB lighting and a HyperSense haptic bass feature that you can use to add vibrations while you game, which can make for a more immersive audio experience. However, there isn't much difference when this mode is set to 'Low' or 'Medium'. Using the 'Low' setting, they have an excited sound profile that delivers extra boom, emphasizing sound effects like footsteps in gameplay while brightening dialogue in cinematic cut scenes. That said, their companion software has robust sound customization features if you want to tweak them. They have very low latency and over 45 hours of continuous battery life. Their boom mic also delivers a good overall performance, so your teammates hear you clearly, whether you're shot-calling or chatting.

Note: Unfortunately, we received a defective unit. When using the haptic bass feature, we could hear rattling inside both ear cups. Some users have also reported experiencing this issue with their units when the haptic bass feature is on. We replaced our unit and didn't experience this issue with our second pair, which works as expected. This review is tested with the second unit. If you've encountered this, please let us know in the discussions.

Our Verdict

7.5 Neutral Sound

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are good for neutral sound. Out of the box and with their haptic bass set to 'Low', they have a slightly v-shaped sound profile that adds extra boom to mixes. Vocals and lead instruments are also bright and sparkly. While you may find they sound a little muddy, their companion software offers a graphic EQ plus presets to help you customize their sound to suit your tastes. Unfortunately, they're prone to inconsistencies in audio delivery, so it's important to take the time to adjust their fit.

Pros
  • 10-band graphic EQ and presets via companion software.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
5.9 Commute/Travel

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are sub-par for commute and travel. To use them wirelessly, you'll need an adapter to use their USB dongle with your smartphone. Unfortunately, they don't block out any of the low rumbles of bus or plane engines, and their bulky design makes it hard to easily take them on the go. Luckily, you can detach their boom mic for a more casual look.

Pros
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Doesn't block out bass-range noise.
  • No call or music management controls.
5.8 Sports/Fitness

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are sub-par for sports use, which isn't their intended usage. They're bulky, can move around your head with moderate head movements, and lack dedicated call plus music controls. You also need an adapter to use their wireless USB-A dongle. That said, they're decently comfy, well-built, and their wireless design ensures that you don't snag a cable and accidentally pull them off your head.

Pros
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Bulky design with mediocre stability.
  • No call or music management controls.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.0 Office

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are decent for office use. They have a decently comfortable fit, over 45 hours of continuous battery life that easily lasts through long days at the office, and are well-built. They can passively block out ambient chatter around you. However, they lack call and music-related controls. They also have a gamer-centric design, although you can turn off their RGB lighting for a more work-appropriate look.

Pros
  • Cuts down mid-range noise.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • No call or music management controls.
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.6 Wireless Gaming

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are good for wireless gaming. Their wireless USB dongle delivers very low latency, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync. With their haptic-bass feature set to 'Low', they have an excited sound profile that adds extra boom to mixes while vocals and lead instruments are bright. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software offers a graphic EQ and presets to help you customize their sound. You can also adjust the level of their haptic bass, but there isn't much of a difference between the 'Low' and 'Medium' settings.

Pros
  • 10-band graphic EQ and presets via companion software.
  • Boom mic has good overall performance.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.7 Wired Gaming

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are good for wired gaming. Thanks to their 1/8" TRRS cable, you can plug them into your console's AUX port with full compatibility. They have a haptic bass feature that you can use to add more boom and rumble to your mixes. If you prefer a different sound, their companion software has a graphic EQ and presets to help you adjust their sound to your liking. Their boom mic also offers a good overall performance, ensuring your teammates hear you clearly.

Pros
  • 10-band graphic EQ and presets via companion software.
  • Boom mic has good overall performance.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • Disappointing passive soundstage.
7.1 Phone Calls

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are decent for phone calls. If you don't mind their gamer-centric look, they have a detachable boom mic that offers a good overall performance. Your voice sounds clear and intelligible, even if you're calling from a moderately noisy environment like a busy street. However, they struggle to block out noise like the rumble of bus engines. As a result, you may have trouble understanding whoever is on the other end of the line if surrounded by moderate noise.

Pros
  • Boom mic has good overall performance.
  • Well-built and decently comfortable.
Cons
  • No call or music management controls.
  • 7.5 Neutral Sound
  • 5.9 Commute/Travel
  • 5.8 Sports/Fitness
  • 7.0 Office
  • 7.6 Wireless Gaming
  • 7.7 Wired Gaming
  • 7.1 Phone Calls
  1. Updated Feb 14, 2022: Review published.
  2. Updated Feb 08, 2022: Early access published.

Test Results

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Design
Design
Style

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have an identical look as the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense and Razer Kraken V3. They have a nearly-all black design with metal grilles. The manufacturer's logo is on both ear cups, and it has customizable RGB lighting that you can adjust in the companion app. These headphones come in one color variant: 'Black'.

7.0
Design
Comfort
Weight 0.8 lbs
Clamping Force
1 lbs

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have a decently comfortable fit. Like the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, they have ear cups with faux leather padding with a cloth-like interior. There's also a small amount of leather padding in the middle of the headband. Unlike the Razer Kraken V3, the clamping force doesn't feel fatiguing during long listening sessions. However, the headphones have a bulky design, and the ear cups have a poor range of motion.

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 Haptic Bass

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have sub-par controls. They have an almost identical control scheme layout as the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense with a mic mute button and volume wheel on the left ear cup. There's also a HyperSense button on the right ear cup, which allows you to control the amount of haptic bass in your audio between 'Low', 'Medium', 'High', and 'Off'. The mic mute button is clicky, and it's indented when muted. The HyperSense button is also clicky, and it makes a chime when pressed. Unlike the Razer Kraken V3, the volume wheel also stops when you reach min or max volume.

5.4
Design
Portability
L 7.8" (19.7 cm)
W 7.1" (18.0 cm)
H 3.7" (9.5 cm)
Volume 205.57 inยณ (3,368.70 cmยณ)
Transmitter Required No

These headphones aren't very portable. Like most gaming headphones, they have a bulky design that can't fold or lay flat to help reduce their footprint. They also don't come with a carrying 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 Kraken V3 Pro have a good build quality. They have a mostly plastic build with a metal headband, but unlike the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, this model's headband has faux leather padding instead of cloth. There are markers on the headband to indicate their height when adjusting it. Their audio cable is also braided and is detachable. That said, there's a cable running near the ear cups, and it feels like it could be prone to snagging or wear and tear over time.

Note: Unfortunately, we received a defective unit. When using the haptic bass feature, we could hear rattling inside both ear cups. We didn't experience this issue with our second unit, and it works as expected.

6.0
Design
Stability

These headphones have mediocre stability. Like the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, they shouldn't move around while you're gaming from your couch or desk. However, they can fall off if worn during more intense physical activity. Luckily, you can use them wirelessly, which reduces the risk of the headphones snagging on something and pulling them off your head.

Design
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Design
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Design
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Design
In The Box

  • Razer Kraken V3 Pro headphones
  • Wireless USB dongle
  • Port covers
  • Detachable boom mic
  • 1/8" to 1/8" TRRS cable
  • USB-A to USB-C charging cable
  • Manuals

Sound
Sound
Sound Profile
Bass Amount
0.92 dB
Treble Amount
-0.57 dB

When the haptic bass feature is at 'Low', the Razer Kraken V3 Pro have a more excited sound profile than the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. They still have a bump in bass that adds extra boom to mixes, which can help emphasize sound effects like footsteps. Their treble response is a lot more neutral too, and while it's still a bit overemphasized, dialogue and instruments sound clear and bright. That said, if you're looking for more bass, their haptic bass feature can add a lot more rumble and boom when set to 'High'. You can see a comparison of their raw frequency response with the different levels of haptic bass here. You can also cycle through the different levels by pressing the HyperSense button or via the app. However, there isn't much difference between the 'Low' and 'Medium' settings.

6.2
Sound
Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
0.84 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have mediocre frequency response consistency. They're prone to inconsistencies in bass and treble delivery based on 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
7.3
Sound
Bass Accuracy
Std. Err.
4.05 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
13.35 Hz
Low-Bass
1.94 dB
Mid-Bass
4.64 dB
High-Bass
5.3 dB

These headphones have decent bass accuracy. With their HyperSense haptic bass feature set to 'Low', they have a thumpy, rumbly bass. A larger bump in the mid to high-bass adds extra body and boom to mixes. However, if you're not a fan of extra bass, you may find this sound a bit muddy.

Note: The response here represents the average bass response. Bass delivery can also vary depending on the headphones' fit, seal, and positioning, so you must take time to adjust them to your head.

8.9
Sound
Mid Accuracy
Std. Err.
1.47 dB
Low-Mid
0.13 dB
Mid-Mid
-0.41 dB
High-Mid
2.08 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have excellent mid accuracy. The range is fairly flat, so dialogue and lead instruments are present and clear. However, a bump in the high-mid can make these sounds harsh.

8.3
Sound
Treble Accuracy
Std. Err.
2.59 dB
Low-Treble
1.84 dB
Mid-Treble
2.02 dB
High-Treble
-2.89 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have great treble accuracy. The range is somewhat overemphasized, but this improves the detail and clarity of the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments while sibilants like cymbals are bright.

Note: The treble response here represents the average response. Treble delivery can vary depending on fit and positioning, so it's important to take the time to ensure a good fit.

7.7
Sound
Peaks/Dips
Peaks
1.49 dB
Dips
1.14 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have a good peaks and dips performance. A peak in the mid to high-bass adds extra body and boom to mixes, while a dip in the low to mid-mid thins out vocals and lead instruments, nudging them to the back of your mix. Another peak in the high-mid to low-treble makes the upper harmonics of vocals and lead instruments a little harsh. A peak in the mid-treble makes sibilants like S and T sounds piercing.

7.7
Sound
Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
0.41
Weighted Phase Mismatch
15.98
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
0.58
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
2.25

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro's imaging performance is good. Although there's a small peak in the group delay's mid-bass range, it can be hard to hear with real-life content. That said, the rest of the response falls below the audibility threshold, resulting in mostly tight bass and transparent treble reproduction. The L/R drivers are also well-matched in amplitude, which can help balance the stereo image. However, there's some mismatch present in frequency response, and there's more significant mismatch in phase response. The low-mid sounds louder in the right driver, and you can hear this mismatch in regular content. That said, imaging can vary between units and can indicate a manufacturer's quality control and ergonomics.

5.0
Sound
Passive Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
2.3 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
3.56 dB
PRTF Distance
7.56 dB
Openness
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
3.0

The passive soundstage performance is disappointing, common for closed-back gaming headphones. The soundstage seems natural and somewhat wide, but not very spacious or open. You'll perceive sound as coming from inside your head rather than from speakers placed in the room around you.

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

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are compatible with THX virtual surround. There are a few modes that you can select: 'Game Mode', 'Movie Mode', 'Music Mode', and 'Custom Mode'. Each mode changes the speaker modeling set up to better suit that genre of audio. You can also calibrate each mode to your liking, select which app uses which mode, or let the program automatically select itself.

8.0
Sound
Weighted Harmonic Distortion
WHD @ 90
0.214
WHD @ 100
0.104

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have a great weighted harmonic distortion performance. All frequencies fall within good limits, resulting in clear and pure audio reproduction.

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

These are the settings used to test these headphones. The results are only valid when you're using them in this configuration.

Isolation
5.4
Isolation
Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
Overall Attenuation
-15.97 dB
Bass
0.25 dB
Mid
-14.3 dB
Treble
-35.2 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro's noise isolation performance is disappointing. They don't block out any of the low rumbles of bus and plane engines. That said, they can cut down ambient chatter as well as the high-pitched hum of an AC unit.

7.4
Isolation
Leakage
Leakage Audio
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
37.01 dB

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have a decent leakage performance. Audio bleed is spread evenly across the range and sounds full-bodied, especially when compared to in-ear headphones. That said, if you like to listen to audio at high volumes in a shared space, you shouldn't bother others around you.

Microphone
Microphone
Microphone Style
Integrated
No
In-Line
No
Boom
Yes
Detachable Boom
Yes
7.7
Microphone
Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
LFE
99.35 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
1.77 dB
HFE
6,177.3 Hz
Weighted THD
2.811
Gain
18.31 dB

The boom mic's recording quality is good. Your voice sounds full-bodied and natural. While there's some distortion present, speech is still clear and easy to understand.

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

The noise isolation performance is good. Although the pink noise is a bit more present with this mic than that of the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, the Razer Kraken V3 Pro's mic can easily separate your voice from moderate ambient noise. You sound clear, even if you're talking near an open window with traffic outside. These headphones have different levels of noise gate, but there isn't a difference between any of the levels, except for 'Low'.

Active Features
8.7
Active Features
Battery
Battery Type
Rechargable
Continuous Battery Life
45.8 hrs
Additional Charges
0.0
Total Battery Life
45.8 hrs
Charge Time
3.6 hrs
Power-Saving Feature
Auto-Off Timer
Audio While Charging
No
Passive Playback
Yes
Charging Port USB-C

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have an excellent battery performance. The manufacturer says they'll last 44 hours continuously with the haptic bass feature and RGB lighting off and 11 hours with the haptic bass feature and RGB lighting on. However, the manufacturer doesn't specify which setting to use for that. That said, we measured over 45 hours with the haptic bass set to 'Low' and RGB lighting on. If you want to conserve battery life, they have a power-saving feature. You can also use these headphones passively with their 1/8" TRRS cable.

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 Rzer Synapse software is great. It offers a 10-band graphic EQ plus presets like 'Bass Boost', 'Sound Normalization', and 'Voice Clarity' to help you customize their sound. The software also offers volume controls, haptic bass levels, and customizable RGB lighting, meaning you can change the brightness, color, and effects. In terms of mic performance, the software has a 10-band EQ plus presets like 'Volume Normalization', 'Voice Clarity', and 'Ambient Noise reduction', a voice gate with a level that you can toggle on and off, and sidetone.

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
8.6
Connectivity
Non-Bluetooth Wireless
Non-BT Line Of Sight Range
61.68 ft (18.80 m)
Non-BT Latency
21 ms

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro have excellent non-Bluetooth wireless latency. Using their USB dongle, they have very low latency, ensuring your audio and visuals stay in sync as you game.

9.5
Connectivity
Wired
Analog Audio
Yes
USB Audio
No
Detachable Yes
Length 4.46 ft (1.36 m)
Connection
1/8" TRRS
Analog/USB Audio Latency
0 ms

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro come with a USB-A to USB-C cable for charging the headphones. They also come with a 1/8" TRRS cable if you want to use them passively.

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

These headphones are fully compatible with PCs via their wireless USB dongle and 1/8" TRRS cable.

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

You can wirelessly connect the Razer Kraken V3 Pro to your PS4 or PS5 console with full audio and mic compatibility when using their USB dongle. You can also plug their 1/8" TRRS cable into your controller's AUX port if you prefer an analog 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

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are fully compatible with your Xbox console when you plug in their 1/8" TRRS cable into your controller's AUX port. However, you can't use their USB dongle with these consoles.

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

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro come with a USB-A dongle for wireless connectivity.

Differences Between Sizes And Variants

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro come in one color variant: 'Black', and you can see our model's label here. If you come across another variant, let us know in the discussions.

Compared To Other Headphones

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro are part of this manufacturer's V3 lineup and are wired gaming headphones with low latency. Like the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, they have customizable RGB lighting and the HyperSense haptic bass feature to help add more vibrations to your audio while you're gaming for a more immersive experience. They're also compatible with Razer Synapse software so that you can customize their performance to your liking. Their over 45-hour continuous battery life also exceeds most other Razer headphones like the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless and the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless.

Check out our recommendations for the best gaming headsets, the best wireless gaming headsets, and the best bass headphones.

Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are better gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2 Pro Wireless. The V3 Pro are better-built, have a more neutral default sound profile, and have a significantly better boom mic performance. They also have a longer-lasting continuous battery life, lower non-Bluetooth wireless latency, and customizable RGB lighting. However, the V2 Pro are more comfortable.

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are somewhat better gaming headphones than the Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless. While both headphones are well-built, the Kraken V3 Pro have a more neutral sound profile and significantly better battery performance. Their mic also has a better recording quality. However, the Nari Ultimate are more comfortable, have a more out-of-head passive soundstage, and their mic has better noise handling.

Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the Logitech G PRO X WIRELESS LIGHTSPEED Gaming Headset. You can use the Razer wirelessly with lower latency, and they support a wired 1/8" TRRS connection if you want to use them passively. They also have customizable RGB lighting, and their mic has a slightly better noise handling performance. However, the Logitech are more comfortable, and their mic has a better recording quality.

Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are the wireless variant of the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense. While both headphones are decently comfortable and well-built, the V3 Pro have a more neutral sound profile, a better passive soundstage performance, and low wireless latency. You can also passively use them with a 1/8" TRRS cable. The HyperSense have a USB-A connector, which some users may prefer.

Razer BlackShark V2

The Razer Kraken V3 Pro Wireless are more versatile gaming headphones than the Razer BlackShark V2. You can use the Kraken V3 Pro wired or wirelessly, they're better-built, and they have a better overall boom mic performance. They also have an adjustable haptic bass feature to add more rumble and boom to your mixes. However, the BlackShark are more comfortable.

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