Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones



So where does this leave us? Well as a product, the Barracuda's are built to last. They are extremely durable, strong and above all comfortable. The 5.1 surround sound does work well, but is no substitute for proper surround sound speakers. However for headphones, they are the best surround sound units that I've used. When listening to music or watching DVD's they perform well and their in game performance brings depth and a spacial atmosphere that stereo headphones cannot match.

However the lack of bass was the only real thing that I found disappointing and no matter what I tweaked, I could not get that balance right. This certainly seems to be a problem for surround sound headphones as a whole, as it is very hard for their reduced size subwoofer speakers to match the performance of a good set of stereo headphones. Perhaps using the HP-1's along side the Razer AC-1 soundcard would have produced more favorable results, as no doubt the AC-1 card is tweaked to get the most out of the HP-1 headphones. But as it stands, the Barracuda's lack the all-round frequency response that I have become accustomed to with a good quality pair of stereo headphones, and being somewhat of an "old school" gamer, I think I'll be sticking with my stereo headset for the time being.

The Razer Barracuda HP-1 headphones are available from Komplett for a rather eye watering £89 (20/06/07). This is significantly higher than most other 5.1 headsets on the market at present, but then Razer products always do tend to be at the higher end of the price scale due to research and quality that goes into their products.


• Very comfortable
• Good clarity and depth
• Detachable microphone

• Poor bass.
• Very expensive compared to competitors.
• Too many options to tweak the sound balance.

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Thanks to Komplett for providing the Razer Barracuda's for review. Discuss this review in our forums.
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Most Recent Comments

21-06-2007, 15:21:12

"Today we put Razer's Barracuda HP-1 headphones in the hands of our very own professional gamer - Chris "Ins" Buer. Read on to find out if they improved his game or just left him open to attacks from the rear!"



21-06-2007, 15:37:12

Oww @ the price...

If they were cheaper perhaps.

Good job InsyQuote

21-06-2007, 16:03:47

Agreed if they were cheaper I would plump for a pairQuote

21-06-2007, 17:08:52

Ive used these before, Really impressed with them. Look flimsy.. but are perfect for lans

My speedlink medusa does me fine tho Quote

21-06-2007, 17:13:58

Who had them dan?Quote

21-06-2007, 17:59:29

The ginger troll (deathwishes brother)Quote

21-06-2007, 18:09:52

ahhh lolQuote

21-06-2007, 23:20:16

I have a pair and they are an awesome addition, although they are extremely dear.Quote

22-06-2007, 06:05:52

Look nice

I don't see how he hasn't heard of Rocketboy though, seeing as theres an Abit Rocketboy motherboard Quote

22-06-2007, 06:06:10

good review ins, they do look good, and the xtreme gamer can give them that extra bass; but the price U can get medusa's for £35 these days.Quote

23-06-2007, 15:38:54

Look at the price, dear me. I need one for my i31 coming up but too expensive. Any similar but do not get to high price. I think £50 max.Quote

24-06-2007, 09:38:21

Originally Posted by name='Thanh55'
Look at the price, dear me. I need one for my i31 coming up but too expensive. Any similar but do not get to high price. I think £50 max.
Get a speedlink Medusa. I know alot of people in this forum has one. Very good for gaming, music + dvds Quote

24-06-2007, 09:39:36

Or the Zalman Theater 6. Theyre good.Quote

25-06-2007, 03:50:07

My son's stopped using his Barracudas 'cos too many people were saying that they couldn't hear him very well - the mic does seem to be positioned too far away from your mouth.

Personally, using them for Skype, I got very good results.

For the price, the build quality is shockingly poor.

And a bit tight for my fat head.

He bought some Steelsound phones to replace them. They don't impress me too much - you can hear everything going on around you, no audio encapsulation at all.Quote

25-06-2007, 11:49:03

I still maintain that for competitive gaming and overall clarity in sound, you can't beat a decent pair of Sennheisers!

The PC166's that I purchased recently are extremely good indeed!Quote

25-06-2007, 13:21:13

I Got Sennheiser PC150 & PC160 i've been happy with Both apart from the inline On/Off switch which on my PC150 i have had to tape in the on position,

The PC 160 is going now The Barracuda inline switch looks very robust.Quote

16-02-2010, 02:39:40

Very poor quality construction.

Wiring is subject to faults due to very bad soldering.

Padding degrades and falls apart in first week of use.Quote

16-02-2010, 04:50:25

Who is this professional gamer?.

Anything from Razer is a God send.Quote

18-01-2013, 23:53:37

i baught these on the first day they came out, with the soundcard, i used them for about 30 mins, the screw snapped in half out of 1 of the cup hinges and the entire cup fell off, threw it in the bin directly afterwards cause it was unusableQuote

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