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these go on sale a lot but are decent and you get good bass sound
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Just grabbed a pair of Razer headphones for $80 and I really like them. These are probably nice and all, but I think $80 is an awesome investment when it comes to headphones. That being said, mine also includes a mic so I wouldn't be surprised if these were similar quality
Not only do you get the amazing sound quality everyone raves about of the 9500S, but you can also pair it with a high quality microphone that is the vmoda boompro mic for another $30. Compare the two $80 sets for gaming then. I would actually be interested to hear your input. Imo gaming headsets tend to glorify explosions with bass boost so you can feel the vibrations. However, if soundstage and isolation is important, i would recommend you give the 9500S a shot
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Just grabbed a pair of Razer headphones for $80 and I really like them. These are probably nice and all, but I think $80 is an awesome investment when it comes to headphones. That being said, mine also includes a mic so I wouldn't be surprised if these were similar quality
Sorry to rain on your parade, but these #$^% all over your Razers in sound quality and build quality. Razer spends all of their money on marketing to "eXtReMe GaMeRz" instead of spending money developing their products. You will be kicking yourself when the in-line volume controls on your $80 headphones are frayed in 6 months. Don't feel too bad, almost everyone buys a Razer headset exactly once before figuring it out.

Buy your headphones from companies that actually manufacture audio equipment, not from companies that buy the cheapest audio components they can find from China and slap some green paint and their logo on them.
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I got these last time they were on sale ($49.99) along with the Fidelios that were/are $39.99.

Both awesome sets of headphones for the price. The Fidelios are geared for mobile use and work best for that purpose. Require less power to use, have a punchier bass and are on ear (but super comfy). These require more power but sound absolutely amazing. I have used them for music, gaming (PUBG and Rainbow Six Siege) and movies. Sound great in everything, but especially movies.

Not sure which Razer headset the other guy got, but soundwise these will likely be better. They're better than any gaming headset I've owned (Plantronics, Mad Catz, Turtle Beach, etc). I have them paired with a Nessie mic though I've been considering the V-Moda Boompro. Probably the only thing the Razer has that this won't is the simulated 7.1 surround if he got the Kraken that include those. That's a consideration, but Razer has a free program that will do the same for any headset, though I've been playing in stereo lately with no issues.
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I got these last time they were on sale ($49.99) along with the Fidelios that were/are $39.99.

Both awesome sets of headphones for the price. The Fidelios are geared for mobile use and work best for that purpose. Require less power to use, have a punchier bass and are on ear (but super comfy). These require more power but sound absolutely amazing. I have used them for music, gaming (PUBG and Rainbow Six Siege) and movies. Sound great in everything, but especially movies.

Not sure which Razer headset the other guy got, but soundwise these will likely be better. They're better than any gaming headset I've owned (Plantronics, Mad Catz, Turtle Beach, etc). I have them paired with a Nessie mic though I've been considering the V-Moda Boompro. Probably the only thing the Razer has that this won't is the simulated 7.1 surround if he got the Kraken that include those. That's a consideration, but Razer has a free program that will do the same for any headset, though I've been playing in stereo lately with no issues.
"Virtual 7.1" is another one of the marketing gimmicks that Razer specializes in. It sounds just terrible. Much worse than other options like Dolby Headphone (which I also think sounds terrible, just *less* terrible than Razer's version). As you know (but maybe others here don't), the Kraken does not actually contain 7 speakers and a subwoofer, it has 2 cheap speakers like every other Razer headset. So "re-mixing 8 channels" into 2 channels doesn't actually do anything. It still comes out of 2 channels. It honestly just muddies up the whole ordeal.

There are about a dozen different software suites you can get that do the exact same thing as Razer's offering, but frankly they all sound like crap compared to a default stereo mix on decent headphones. I have tried every one under the sun--CMSS3D, Dolby Headphone, Razer, Logitech, Scout Recond3D, and so on--all of them just smoosh and distort the soundstage in a way that creates much less accurate sound and no discernible positional advantage. A decent pair of stereo headphones with standard stereo mix will always be much more accurate and pleasurable to listen to.
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"Virtual 7.1" is another one of the marketing gimmicks that Razer specializes in. It sounds just terrible. Much worse than other options like Dolby Headphone (which I also think sounds terrible, just *less* terrible than Razer's version). As you know (but maybe others here don't), the Kraken does not actually contain 7 speakers and a subwoofer, it has 2 cheap speakers like every other Razer headset. So "re-mixing 8 channels" into 2 channels doesn't actually do anything. It still comes out of 2 channels. It honestly just muddies up the whole ordeal.

There are about a dozen different software suites you can get that do the exact same thing as Razer's offering, but frankly they all sound like crap compared to a default stereo mix on decent headphones. I have tried every one under the sun--CMSS3D, Dolby Headphone, Razer, Logitech, Scout Recond3D, and so on--all of them just smoosh and distort the soundstage in a way that creates much less accurate sound and no discernible positional advantage. A decent pair of stereo headphones with standard stereo mix will always be much more accurate and pleasurable to listen to.
Yep, I've been in the same boat too. I tried using Razer's simulated surround. Plantronics used a Dolby simulated as did the Turtle Beach.

I play a lot of PUBG where it's difficult to tell where shots are coming from and I've noticed no discernible difference since switching to stereo, meaning the simulated surround gave no advantage. These sound great with movies and have a great soundstage.

That said, I was very curious about these G. Skill headsets that claimed to have "true" surround by having multiple drivers on each side, but the reviews seem like those aren't much different than the software based surround.
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These work very well as gaming headsets with any detachable mic. Very comfortable and the open back makes a huge difference when you have them on for a long time as can happen while gaming.

Also great for listening to classical music and/or jazz if you are in to that as well. Strings sound really good on this pair.
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Multiple people have commented on the great sound quality, but I also wanted to add that these are crazy comfortable. I wear glasses and have had discomfort after a few hours with other sets. With these I don't feel a thing. They honestly feel like a headset that could be priced at at least $100.
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Recently lost my sony mdr V6 headpphones. Are these at least as good sound quality? If not for gaming, just music & netflix etc.
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Note that its the version with the S at the end. I think i remember people commenting that there's a slight change from the older one to this one
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Recently lost my sony mdr V6 headpphones. Are these at least as good sound quality? If not for gaming, just music & netflix etc.

Oh old post, the answer to the above question was yes, I found they are better. Only lacking in a little bass oomph compared to those closed sony's, but still good bass, overall pretty amazing soundstage and clarity, and more than anything so much more comfortable than any other headphones I've tried.

These seemed to stay around $50 pretty regularly I noticed after picking mine up. Definitely worth it.
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