Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones
Published: 21st June 2007 | Source: Razer | Price: |Appearance
My first impressions were how big the headphones looked. I currently use a set of Sennheiser PC150 stereo headphones and in comparison, the Barracuda's dwarfed them. However this is to be expected as the Barracuda's are packing four speakers per earpiece!
Connecting to the Barracuda's is a fairly large plastic block that contains a three way button to turn the amplifier on or off (with or without the glow light), a master volume control and separate volume controls for bass, centre, front and rear speakers. Personally, I found this a little "clunky" and although it is great to be able to tweak the sound balance, I would have prefered to have a pre-set option enabled so that I did not have to "fiddle" around with the sound levels. Additionally, the volume wheels did not click into place, but instead slid into position. This I found a little difficult to get on with purely because it was easy to knock the one of the volume settings after spending too much time getting the balance just right. However I appreciate that gamers might want to change these settings in game and therefore this is in-line with Razers "On The Fly" approach to their gaming hardware.
You're also greeted by a number of wires and a DVI looking connector, which is in fact Razers own HD-DAI connector. Thankfully a bright orange label warns you not to connect it to your "video graphics card". The HD-DAI connector plugs straight into Razer's own soundcard which I've no doubt would give impressive sound quality when combined together. However, do not fear, you can connect the Barracuda's into a normal 5.1 soundcard by using the supplied adaptor.