Reviewed on Mar 12, 2019

Razer Nari Ultimate Wireless HEADPHONES REVIEW

Usage Ratings - Version 1.2
6.8
Mixed Usage
7.4
Critical Listening
6.3
Commute/Travel
6.0
Sports/Fitness
6.8
Office
6.8
TV
7.6
Gaming
Type : Over-ear
Enclosure : Closed-Back
Wireless : Yes
Noise-Cancelling : No
Mic : Yes
Transducer : Dynamic

The Razer Nari Ultimate are good closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They’re comfortable and well-built, but are very bulky and have poor stability. If you don’t mind having to constantly readjust them, they sound decent and have some unique features, like Razer's HyperSense, which is a haptic feedback system that transmits vibrations or rumbles to the user. It may help immerse the wearer when playing single-player video games but can get tiring after a while, especially during multiplayer games. The headphones also have a disappointing battery that lasted for only about 5 hours with haptic feedback and RGB lighting activated. On the upside, they have an excellent wireless range and superb latency performance.

Test Results
Design 6.4
Sound 7.4
Isolation 5.7
Microphone 7.3
Active Features 5.6
Connectivity 7.7
Pros
  • Unique haptic feedback system
  • Well-built and relatively comfortable
  • Excellent wireless range and latency performance
Cons
  • Unstable fit prone to slipping off head
  • Short battery life
  • Poor isolation performance
  • Bass delivery varies significantly across users. Sensitive to glasses

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6.4

Design

The Razer Nari Ultimate have a gamer-centric look, complete with Razer’s signature Chroma RGB lighting on the ear cups. They’re significantly bulkier than most headphones, even when compared to other gaming models, and have a very loose fit that may need to be readjusted frequently, even while gaming. Their controls aren’t the easiest to use, but provide decent feedback. Otherwise, the Nari Ultimate are quite comfortable and have a sleek design that feels well-built.

Style

The Razer Nari Ultimate have a sleek, polished look even though they’re very bulky headphones. They have large, circular ear cups with thick, dense padding. Though they have a similar design, the Razer Nari Ultimate have a more premium look and feel than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless, even though the Nari are bulkier. They have an all-black design with gunmetal accents and feature the Razer logo with dynamic RGB lighting on the ear cups.

7.5 Comfort
Weight : 0.9 lbs
Clamping Force
:
1.5 lbs

The Nari Ultimate are comfortable headphones for most people. They have large, soft ear cups with lots of thick padding that fit well around the ears. The headband is coated in a more breathable mesh material and has less padding than the ear cups, but is still comfortable. Although the Nari clamp down quite a bit and start to feel tight and heavy after a while, they were comfortable enough to wear for an hour of uninterrupted gaming and should be fine for a bit longer.

5.8 Controls
Ease of use : Okay
Feedback : Decent
Call/Music Control : No
Volume Control : Yes
Microphone Control : Yes
Channel Mixing
:
Adjustable
Noise Canceling Control : No
Talk-Through
:
N/A
Additional Buttons : No

The Razer Nari have an unremarkable control scheme. It’s easy enough to use once you get the hang of it, but the power and mic muting buttons are very small and a bit challenging to locate at first. The volume and channel mixing dials are easy-to-use and fairly responsive, though, especially since the channel mixing dial has a notch in the middle to signal when the game and chat audio are at 50/50.

5.7 Breathability
Avg.Temp.Difference : 7.8 C

The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor breathability and will make your ears warm after wearing them for a while. They're a bit less breathable than typical closed back over-ear headphones, since they fit quite tightly on the head and have thick leatherette pads that block a lot of airflow. This means you may need to take some breaks now and then during long gaming sessions and they will not be suitable to wear while exercising.

5.8 Portability
L : 8.7 "
W : 7.2 "
H : 4.0 "
Volume : 251 Cu. Inches
Transmitter required : No

The Razer Nari aren’t portable headphones. They are among the largest headphones we have measured so far and are very bulky. They will take up a lot of space in a bag and do not come with a carrying case. Although they don't support Bluetooth and require their own transmitter to be used wirelessly, they can be used wired with the included audio cable. They also have swiveling cups, so you can wear them around your neck if you don’t mind.

0 Case
Type : No case
L : N/A
W : N/A
H : N/A
Volume : N/A

These headphones don't come with a case.

7.5 Build Quality

The Razer Nari Ultimate are well-built gaming headphones. They feel much better built than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. They’re mostly made of plastic, but they don’t feel cheap. They have a metal headband frame that feels solid and the plastic used in the rest of their build feels dense and high-grade. However, they’re not very flexible, and the joint where the ear cups rotate feels like a potential weak point. They’re also quite heavy and might break if you drop them. The exposed audio cable shouldn’t be a problem, but could see some damage over time.

4.5 Stability

The Nari Ultimate have poor stability. They have an auto-adjusting headband that is quite comfortable but doesn’t provide enough stability for the headphones to rest securely on your head. The headphones swing around a lot when turning or tilting your head, even minimally. This is especially disruptive while gaming since you need to stop what you’re doing to readjust the headphones quite often.

Cable
Detachable : Yes
Length : 4.4 ft
Connection : 1/8" TRRS

The Razer Nari Ultimate come with a USB-to-micro-USB cable and a right-angle 1/8” TRRS audio cable.

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7.4

Sound

The Razer Nari Ultimate are decent-sounding closed-back over-ear gaming headphones. They have deep, punchy bass, a very good and even mid-range, and good treble. However, their bass is noticeably boomy and muddy, their mid-range sounds a bit cluttered and results in slightly distant-sounding vocals and leads, and their treble lacks presence and detail. They also have poor frequency response consistency, which means that not everyone wearing them will experience the same bass or treble performance. Overall, they’re a good choice for those who want the feel the punchy bass of video games and action films, but won’t be ideal for fans of more vocal-centric genres of music.

7.3 Bass
Std. Err.
:
3.94 dB
Low-Frequency Extension
:
10 Hz
Low-Bass
:
0.57 dB
Mid-Bass
:
4.36 dB
High-Bass
:
5.71 dB

The Nari Ultimate have decent bass. Low-frequency extension (LFE) is at 10Hz, which is excellent. Low-bass, responsible for the thump and rumble common to bass-heavy music and video game effects, is flat and follows our target quite tightly. However, there is a bump starting around 60Hz which raises mid-bass and high-bass up to about 6dB over, making these headphones sound boomy and muddy.

Also, their bass delivery varies noticeably across users, and is sensitive to the quality of fit, seal, and whether you wear glasses. The response here represents the average bass response and your experience may vary.

8.1 Mid
Std. Err.
:
2.52 dB
Low-Mid
:
2.37 dB
Mid-Mid
:
-1.42 dB
High-Mid
:
-2.59 dB

The mid-range is very good. The response is mostly flat but has an 8dB tilt favoring lower frequencies, which is a continuation of the bump in the bass-range. This makes their mid-range also a bit muddy and cluttered, while nudging vocals and leads to the back of the mix, making them sound slightly weak.

7.8 Treble
Std. Err.
:
3.69 dB
Low-Treble
:
-1.07 dB
Mid-Treble
:
-4.37 dB
High-Treble
:
-3.79 dB

Their treble performance is good. Low-treble is relatively uneven, but dips around 2.5KHz and again at 4KHz, negatively affecting the articulation and detail of vocals and lead instruments. The rest of the treble range is mostly underemphasized, sometimes by up to 10dB, which lends a darker sound, especially on brighter tracks.

5.5 Frequency Response Consistency
Avg. Std. Deviation
:
1.21 dB

The frequency response consistency of the Razer Nari Ultimate is poor. Their bass delivery is quite inconsistent across our human subjects, with a maximum of about 10dB of variation. Some subjects experienced more bass, while others experienced less. If you have a lot of hair between the headphones and your ear, or wear glasses, then you may experience a noticeable drop in bass. There’s also a fair amount of inconsistency in the treble range, depending on the position of the headphone on our dummy head. This means that your treble response may change as the headset moves around on your head.

8.2 Imaging
Weighted Group Delay
:
0.35
Weighted Amplitude Mismatch
:
1.06
Weighted Frequency Mismatch
:
2.21
Weighted Phase Mismatch
:
4.38

The imaging performance of the Nari Ultimate is great. Weighted group delay is at 0.35, which is quite good. The GD graph also shows that the entire group delay response is below the audibility threshold. This ensures a tight bass and a transparent treble. Additionally, the left and right drivers of our test unit were well-matched in amplitude, frequency and phase. This is important for the accurate localization and placement of object (voices, instruments, video game effects) in the stereo field. However, these results are only valid for our unit, and yours may perform differently.

6.5 Soundstage
PRTF Accuracy (Std. Dev.)
:
2.35 dB
PRTF Size (Avg.)
:
4.46 dB
PRTF Distance
:
12.41 dB
Openness
:
4.5
Acoustic Space Excitation
:
4.4
Correlated Crosstalk
:
0.0 dB

The Razer Nari Ultimate have an okay soundstage. The PRTF graph shows a decent amount of activation and interaction with the pinna. There’s no notch present at 10KHz, which, coupled with the closed-back design, suggests a soundstage that is located inside the listener's head, rather than being very speaker-like.

7.8 Total Harmonic Distortion
Weighted THD @ 90
:
1.214
Weighted THD @ 100
:
1.156

The harmonic distortion performance is good. The overall amount of harmonic distortion is within good limits; however, the peaks around 3-4KHz could make the treble of these headphones sound a bit harsh and impure at louder volumes.

5.7

Isolation

The Razer Nari Ultimate have inadequate isolation. Like most gaming headsets we've reviewed so far, they only passively prevent noise from seeping into your audio. This makes them poorly suited for loud environments, especially where there’s a lot of low-frequency noises, like a crowded room or a busy street. They should be okay if you game alone in a relatively quiet room, but you will hear most of the ambient noise and chatter if you bring them to a gaming convention. On the upside, their leakage is not very loud.

5.4 Noise Isolation
Isolation Audio
:
Overall Attenuation
:
-13.8 dB
Bass
:
-0.17 dB
Mid
:
-10.32 dB
Treble
:
-31.73 dB
Self-Noise
:
17.81 dB

The Razer Nari Ultimate have poor noise isolation performance. They don’t have active noise-cancelation (ANC), and do not produce a tight enough seal to isolate at all in the bass range. This means they will let in all the rumble of airplane and bus engines. In the mid-range, important for blocking out speech, they reduce outside noise by 10dB, which is passable. On the upside, they reduce the treble range, responsible for sharp “S” and “T” sounds and fan noises like A/C systems, by 32dB, which is good.

6.2 Leakage
Leakage Audio
:
Overall Leakage @ 1ft
:
44.1 dB

The Nari Ultimate have mediocre leakage performance. The significant portion of the leakage is spread from about 200Hz to 5KHz, which is a broad range. This makes the leakage relatively full sounding, compared to that of in-ears and earbuds. However, the overall level of the leakage is not very loud. With the music at 100dB SPL, the leakage at 1 foot away averages at about 44dB SPL while peaking at 60dB SPL, which is just above the noise level of most offices.

7.3

Microphone

Integrated
:
No
In-line
:
No
Boom
:
Yes
Detachable Boom
:
No

The Razer Nari Ultimate have a decent retractable boom microphone. In quiet environments, speech recorded with this mic sounds clear and easily intelligible, but a bit thin and lacking in airiness and brilliance. In noisy environments, it does a good job of separating speech from background noise and will be suitable for use in most places, except the very noisiest.

6.6 Recording Quality
Recorded Speech
:
LFE
:
522.85 Hz
FR Std. Dev.
:
2.15 dB
HFE
:
5664.61 Hz
Weighted THD
:
0.104
Gain
:
29.12 dB

The Razer Nari Ultimate have a microphone with decent recording quality. The LFE (low-frequency extension) of 522Hz suggests that speech recorded or transmitted with this mic will sound relatively thin and lacking in fullness. The HFE (high-frequency extension) is at 5.7KHz, which means that speech will have enough detail and clarity to be understandable but will lack a bit of airiness and brilliance.

8.0 Noise Handling
Speech + Pink Noise :
Speech + Subway Noise :
SpNR
:
27.95 dB

The Nari Ultimate’s boom microphone has very good noise handling. It achieved a speech-to-noise ratio of 28dB SPL in our SpNR test, indicating it is able to fully separate speech from ambient noise in most situations. However, it may struggle a bit in very loud environments, like a gaming convention or party.

5.6

Active Features

The Nari Ultimate feature Razer HyperSense, which is a haptic system that provides tactile feedback in the form of rumbles or vibrations through the headset. They also feature Razer Chroma RGB lighting on the cups. These two features are controlled via the Razer Synapse app that also provides sound customization options. However, the haptic feedback and RGB lighting are additional features that drain the battery quite a bit. When activated, the Nari Ultimate have a battery life of only 5 hours. They also do not provide audio passively, so once the battery is dead you will have to charge them to use them again.

5.2 Battery
Battery Type
:
Rechargable
Battery Life
:
5.3 hrs
Charge Time
:
2.9 hrs
Power Saving Feature
:
No
Audio while charging
:
Yes
Passive Playback
:
No

The Razer Nari Ultimate have disappointing battery performance. With haptic feedback set at level 50 and RGB lighting on, the headphones only lasted for slightly over 5 hours, which is far less than the 8 hours of battery life advertised by Razer. We do expect better performance with the haptic feedback and RGB lighting disabled. Fortunately, the Nari provide audio while charging, since they take nearly 3 hours to charge.

8.5 App Support
App Name : Razer Synapse
iOS : N/A
Android : N/A
Mac OS : Yes
Windows : Yes
Equalizer
:
Graphic + Presets
ANC control
:
N/A
Mic Control : Yes
Room effects
:
No
Playback control
:
No
Button Mapping : No
Surround Sound : Yes

The Nari Ultimate are compatible with the Razer Synapse program, which offers many customization features. You can adjust the level of haptic feedback, customize the sound of the headphones with a graphic EQ or through various presets, set the Chroma lighting, and more. The only downside is you need to create an account and register with Razer to use their software.

7.7

Connectivity

The Razer Nari Ultimate have very good connectivity. Although they only work wirelessly on PC and PS4, they provide wired audio and microphone support if you plug them into your PC, PS4, or Xbox One controller. They don’t support Bluetooth like the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless, but they have an excellent wireless range with their own USB transmitter and have low latency which is ideal for gaming headphones.

0 Bluetooth
Bluetooth Version
:
N/A
Multi-Device Pairing
:
N/A
NFC Pairing
:
N/A

The Razer Nari Ultimate are not Bluetooth compatible. If you want a gaming headset with Bluetooth support, check out the SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless or the Turtle Beach Stealth 700.

9.1 Wired
OS Compatibility
:
Not OS specific
Analog Audio
:
Yes
USB Audio
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone

The Nari Ultimate can be used wired with the included audio cable; however, they need to be powered on to work. When wired, they can be plugged into the controller of an Xbox One or a PS4, or directly into a PC to provide audio and mic compatibility. They do not have USB audio.

4.2 Base/Dock
Type
:
Wireless USB Dongle
Optical Input
:
No
Line In
:
No
Line Out
:
No
USB Input
:
Yes
RCA Input
:
No
PS4 Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Xbox One Compatible
:
No
PC Compatible
:
Audio + Microphone
Power Supply
:
USB
Dock Charging
:
No

The Razer Nari Ultimate come with a small USB dongle that has no additional input options and does not charge the headphones. The dongle is compatible with PCs and the PS4 but not the Xbox One. If you’re looking for a gaming headset with a charging dock that’s compatible with the Xbox One, check out the Astro A50.

9.1 Wireless Range
Obstructed Range
:
57 ft
Line of Sight Range
:
131 ft

The Nari Ultimate have an excellent wireless range. They reached up to 57ft when the USB dongle was obstructed by walls, meaning you could probably walk over to the next room without experience audio cuts. They will rarely drop any audio if you're gaming directly in front of your TV.

9.1 Latency
Default Latency
:
41 ms
aptX Latency
:
N/A
aptX(LL) Latency
:
N/A

The Razer Nari Ultimate have only have 41ms of latency, which is excellent. This makes them a suitable option for gaming and even watching movies, since latency below 50ms is barely noticeable for most users.

In the box

  • Razer Nari Ultimate Headphones
  • Micro-USB to USB cable
  • 1/8” TRRS cable
  • USB dongle (inside headset)
  • Manuals

Compared to other Headphones

The Razer Nari Ultimate are good wireless gaming headphones that set themselves apart with their haptic feedback feature. Though they sound decent and are overall quite comfortable and well-built, they’re also significantly bulkier and less stable-fitting than most gaming headphones. If you’re looking for gaming headphones and want to see a greater variety of fit options, check out our recommendations for the best wireless gaming headsets, the best gaming headsets for PC, PS4, and Xbox One.

SteelSeries Arctis 7 Wireless 2017
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis 7 is a much better gaming headset than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The Arctis 7 have a better control scheme and a much more stable fit. They also sound much better and have a significantly better microphone. Their battery lasts longer, too. The Razer Nari does have more wireless range and haptic feedback, but the Arctis 7 is an overall better headset.

SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless
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Amazon.com

The SteelSeries Arctis Pro Wireless is a much better gaming headset than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The Arctis Pro Wireless sound significantly better, have a much better microphone, and superior battery performance. The Arctis Pro Wireless also support Bluetooth for added compatibility with mobile devices. However, the Nari Ultimate have access to a wider range of customization options with the Razer Synapse program, like haptic feedback and Chroma lighting control.

Razer Man O’ War Wireless
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Razer Nari Ultimate are better gaming headphones than the Razer Man O’ War Wireless. The Nari Ultimate are more comfortable and have significantly better build quality. They have a better wireless range and less latency, and can also be used wired with the Xbox One. However, the Man O’ War have a much better microphone and battery life. They also have a more stable fit and are less likely to slip off your head while gaming.

Logitech G933 Wireless Gaming Headset
SEE PRICE
Amazon.com

The Logitech G933 is a slightly better gaming headset than the Razer Nari Ultimate. The G933’s control scheme provides much better feedback, is easier to use, and features 3 mappable buttons for great customizability. They have a better microphone, a longer-lasting battery, and less wireless latency. On the other hand, the Razer Nari have better isolation performance and greater wireless range.

Conclusion

6.8 Mixed Usage

Decent for mixed usage. Though the Nari Ultimate are very bulky and difficult to carry around, they sound decent enough to be suitable for most forms of audio and are highly customizable for different use cases thanks to the Razer Synapse program. They have great latency when wireless and can be used wired with most mobile devices. They have an unstable fit, though, and are not ideal for sports or commuting since they easily fall off the head.

7.4 Critical Listening

Decent for critical listening. The Razer Nari Ultimate are quite comfortable and will stay on your head if you’re sitting still. They have deep and punchy bass but also sound muddy and boomy. Their mid-range is relatively even but sounds a bit cluttered and nudges vocals and leads to the back. They have good treble but will lack in detail and brilliance. Overall, they sound decent but lack a large and spacious soundstage.

6.3 Commute/Travel

Mediocre for commute and travel. The Razer Nari Ultimate are very bulky and difficult to carry around without occupying a lot of space in a bag. They don't isolate any noise in the bass range and will let the sounds of subway cars and traffic seep into your audio. They also have a very unstable fit, which can be disruptive while commuting.

6.0 Sports/Fitness

Not a good choice for sports or fitness. These bulky over-ears do not have a stable fit and tend to slide all over with minimal movement. They will fall off your head if you try to run or do exercise with them on. They’re also not very breathable, like most gaming headphones, and can also only be used wirelessly with a USB device.

6.8 Office

Decent for office use. The Nari Ultimate will work wirelessly with your office desktop and sound decent. Unfortunately, they don’t isolate noise well and have a poor battery life. You also have to install the Razer Synapse software to control their numerous features, which some workplaces may not allow.

6.8 TV

Decent for TV. If your home theatre system revolves around a PC or PS4, they are a wireless option that provides a bass-rich listening experience well-suited for action films. However, if you don’t have a gaming system set up with your TV, you would need to purchase a long AUX cable to use them wired from your couch, which is not ideal for most. They may also get uncomfortable during a long film.

7.6 Gaming

Good for gaming. They’re wirelessly compatible with PC and PS4 and can be used wired with PC, PS4, and Xbox One as well. They have very low latency when wireless, which is perfect for gamers, and are comfortable enough to wear for a while without too much fatigue. They have lots of customization options via the Razer Synapse app and have a decent microphone. They have a very unstable fit, though, and need to be readjusted often, which is frustrating while gaming. Their battery life is also poor, and you may need to plug them in to charge them after playing for a while, depending on your settings.

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