Razer Barracuda HP-1 Gaming Headphones



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!

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Razer Barracuda HP-1 Side

Upon holding the Barracuda's, you realise how study and solid they feel, excellent for transporting around if you're into LAN gaming! My feelings were that the headphones were very robust and would withstand a lot of punishment if required. The foam ear pieces were exceptionally comfortable and the covering over the earpiece felt quite thin, hopefully aiding clarity.

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Warning Razer Barracuda HP-1 DVI

Razer Barracuda HP-1 DVI Adapter Razer Barracuda HP-1 Connector

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.

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Ear Razer Barracuda HP-1 Headband

Not only did the Barracuda's feel good to hold, but the comfort in wearing them was also impressive. They fashion a very effective elastic headband which moulds to your head removing the need for constant adjustment! Even when moving my head about quickly I could not get them to fall off or slip, something you don't want to happen if you're in the middle of a gun fight!!

Razer Barracuda HP-1 Microphone Razer Barracuda HP-1 Microphone

I particularly liked the detatchable microphone and the fact that it was fairly small and un-obtrusive. However, being detachable and small does beg the question of how easy would it be to lose?

Overall, the fit and finish of the Barracuda's was very impressive proving them to be a quality product!
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Most Recent Comments

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

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