Razer BlackShark V2, review: the predator returns

Still slightly underrated when it comes to creating the ideal gaming PC setup, headsets continue to take on more weight as one of the basic peripherals. And it is that beyond or comfort, audio technologies continue to prove to be a great differentiating factor and a real advantage for gamers. Although if we can find a device that, like the newly updated Razer BlackShark V2, that unite all these virtues, the difference will undoubtedly be greater.

Arriving as one of the great bets and novelties of the Taiwanese company for this 2020, beyond its personalized masks, during the last days we have had the opportunity to try one of those that aims to be the favorite option for the players’ scene professionals for years to come.

Specifications Razer BlackShark V2

  • Speaker: Custom Dynamic (Razer TriForce Titanium) 50mm
  • Impedance: 32 Ω @ 1 kHz
  • Sensitivity (at 1KHz): 100 dBSPL / mW
  • Frequency: 12 to 28,000 Hz
  • Pads: Ultra-breathable fabric with Memory Foam foam
  • Inner cup diameter: 65 x 40mm
  • Connectivity: 1.8 meter cable with 3.5mm stereo jack output
  • Software: Razer Synapse 3 + THX AIO
  • Weight: 262 grams
  • Others: THX sound card adapter with USB output

Removable microphone

  • Type: Unidirectional
  • Sensitivity (at 1KHz): -42 dB V / Pa
  • Sound signal ratio: 60 dB
  • Frequency: 100 to 10,000 Hz
  • Connectivity: removable 3.5mm jack

Razer BlackShark V2 Review Review

Changing slightly with respect to other of his headphones, this time we will find with different packaging and much more care for the Razer BlackShark V2. And it is that beyond varying the method of opening the box, the headphones will come protected with a small cardboard structure, in addition to a padded case, its carrying case, and various small additions to protect sensitive parts such as connectors or the microphone.

However, one detail that does not change are the additional contents, among which we can find the classic letter of thanks from the company, and of course, the Razer stickers.

With a minimalist design In which they will hardly highlight a wheel for volume control and a button to mute the microphone, the Razer BlackShark V2 reminds us of a small sum of the designs of other headphones of the brand, with lines from the Kraken, Tiamat and Electro, and adding some of its own details and something more avant-garde.

The main structure of the headband is made up of two thin aluminum barsCovered with foam padding and breathable fabric for the interior, and a hardened leather finish for the exterior. In this way, it is possible to maintain a good solidity and resistance at the same time as the final weight is significantly reduced, making the headphones rest in a really soft and comfortable way on our head, without feeling uncomfortable or heavy even during long sessions. of use, facilitating an immersive experience that in many moments will make us almost forget that we are wearing them.

Although part of this weight reduction also happens through the exclusive use of exterior plastic headphone finishes, as well as the notable reduction of material for the points of connection of these with the headband. And it is that we will only have an extension of the bar itself that makes the structure, together with a small plastic brake that will act as a brake and allow us to regulate it. However, despite the apparent fragility that this structure may transmit to us, the final result is much more robust than it may appear at first glance.

Where we can detect a greater change in the pads, which instead of using synthetic leather, focuses exclusively on a breathable fabric lining and really nice to the touch. A comfort that those of us who use glasses will notice more, with a rather comfortable result that will allow us to use it during long gaming sessions, without pinning our temples or causing us the annoying figure of «floating glasses».

However, we cannot avoid avoiding comparisons with the Krakken Tournament Edition, perhaps missing the inclusion and use of the cooling gel. Although again we will meet again with headphones without any lighting, missing being able to customize the color of their logos, in this case screen printed.

Making its debut in the Razer BlackShark V2, the Razer TriForce Titanium 50mm drivers feature a completely new patented design that splits the audio driver separating the frequencies by three to achieve individual tuning for the high, mid and low ranges.

In this way, the dedicated tuning ports on the Razer controllers allow for brighter, clearer audio with clearer trebles, richer mids, and powerful bass tones compared to traditional drivers, which tune frequencies using the same section of the audio driver, often lead to cloud problems of the final sound.

Thus, although the THX function is dependent on this device, this audio enhancement system will not be limited only to games, being able to enjoy a remarkable change when we activate it when listening to music, and even when we watch series or movies on Netflix. And, after all, THX sound has always been linked to the experience of large movie theaters. To do this, we have tested the different modes of audio enhancement, specifically designed for each of these activities, conducting various tests with the different musical genres and some of the latest series released in recent weeks.

However, helmets are designed to play, so most of the tests and time we have dedicated to this. Specifically, we have been testing these helmets in some titles in which we have an enormous amount of ambient sounds, rich soundtracks, or in which being able to distinguish their orientation and distance becomes a key factor, with games like Final Fantasy XIV, Apex Legends, Valorant, Destiny 2 and F1 2019.

And it is without a doubt this will be the section where we most notice its true capabilities, such as compatibility with 5.1 and 7.1 stereo sources, which together with the THX spatial algorithms and modeling technology, will offer us a 360º sound environment.

So, after a great binge of series, music and several gaming sessions, it can only be concluded that the performance of the Razer BlackShark V2 it is outstanding for all of them. Although it is true that, depending on the use that we are going to give it, it will not always be advisable to leave all the enhancement functions or equalizers active, since they could come to undermine the true capabilities of the headphones.

In this aspect, we can truly notice a difference with other products of the brand, solving some of the rough edges of previous models, and offering a much more focused care as far as the gaming experience is concerned. And it is that although it may seem somewhat propagandistic, you can really appreciate that these headphones have been tuned by some of the professional players on the eSports scene.

Although this does not mean that they also have improvements for the user himself. One thing that we especially liked was the fact that noise cancellation is bi-directional, or what is the same, that the Razer BlackShark V2 not only do not let sounds from outside but also block the output of the audio itself beyond whoever uses them. And it is that even at high volume levels, the outgoing noise is practically zero, easily imperceptible among the ambient noise of a normal house.

Regarding communications, inside the left earphone we will also find a jack socket to connect the removable microphone, for which we may miss some kind of cover to protect the port when we do not use it. In addition, it highlights that despite the absence of an active noise cancellation for the microphone, making use of a unidirectional pickup pattern, Using a HyperClear Cardioid It achieves a fairly natural and crisp voice output. Although this will not prevent part of the environmental noise from slipping in, such as the sounds of our keyboard (especially when using mechanical switches).

Therefore, the true noise cancellation will be limited to the use of the Razer Synapse software, where if we activate all the improvement options, we will achieve an almost perfect improvement when it comes to voice detection, practically completely reducing the ambient noise of a normal ; however we can still see how some loud noises or very close voices can sneak in. On the other hand, if we abuse these tools, it is possible that on the other side of our communications our voice is heard too muffled and compressed.

Although whenever we use the Razer BlackShark V2 together with the additional USB sound card, we can access advanced microphone controls, where we can opt for even greater tuning and features such as Mic Boost, Voice Gate, Volume Normalization, Microphone Equalizer and Reduction of ambient noise. Thus, if we install the controller, with just spending a few minutes, we will be able to achieve quite natural voice and tone quality, and more than notable noise cancellation.

So, it will be from the Razer Synapse application itself where we will control and configure most of the headphones. Doing a quick review, we will find five options tabs with which we can readjust the functions of the buttons on the controller; calibrate the THX Spatial’s audio; two tabs for audio and microphone settings; and a last one, a section for the equalization of the sound.

Additionally, and with a launch date scheduled for August 6, the Razer BlackShark V2 will benefit from the arrival the “THX Game Profiles” sound software (which we have had the opportunity to test beforehand), with which we can further delve into the audio experience of this technology, in addition to accessing a series of specific profiles specific to the game with THX, certifying by the developers themselves video game to achieve a more realistic and immersive experience for each game.

Currently THX game profiles support up to 16 competitive multiplayer titles, including those tested for this review by Apex Legends and Valorant, in addition to other current hit titles like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive (CS: GO) or Call of Duty: Modern Warfare.

MC Seal Recommended Product

Presented worldwide at the same time of the publication of this article, the Razer BlackShark V2 are available through the official website of the brand at priced at 109.99 euros with free shipping costs for all of Spain (including the Canary Islands), in addition to having already confirmed its next availability in other specialized stores and distributors.

In addition, despite being focused for use on PC, the possibility of disconnecting the THX audio controller will allow us to connect the headphones through a jack, so we can use them both on PC (Windows, Mac and Linux), and on consoles ( PS4, Xbox One and Switch) and even mobile devices (Android and iOS).

Final assessment

Design and build quality8

Installation and software9.5

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