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Written by Ami Young   
Tuesday, 18 September 2012
Table of Contents: Page Index
Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset
Closer Look: Carcharias
Testing and Results
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Razer Carcharias Headset Review

Manufacturer: Razer USA Ltd.
Product Name: Carcharias
Model Number: RZ04-00270100-R3U1
UPC: 87986200486 EAN: 8886419312260
Price: $79.99 (Newegg)

Full Disclosure: The product sample used in this article has been self-supplied.

For many gamers, the most important piece of hardware in their repertoire (after their computers of course) is their headset. Whether you use one so you can game while your significant other is asleep, to get better audio quality than your speakers provide, or simply because you prefer them, there's nothing like a good headset. Razer offers gamers their Carcharias wired gaming headset, model number RZ04-00270100-R3U1. Priced for $79.99, the Carcharias offers good sound, a comfortable fit (even with glasses!), and plug-and-play interfacing. Benchmark Reviews will test the Carcharias headset for range, sensitivity, comfort and general functionality.

Product Description

Get ready to experience extreme comfort and quality audio as you have never experienced before. We're proud to introduce the Razer Carcharias. Like its ferocious predecessor the Razer Megalodon the Carcharias delivers superior, realistic audio with clarity and deep, thumping bass. The headset encompasses a circumaural earpiece with interchangeable cloth ear-pads for maximum comfort during extended gaming sessions. The in-line remote control provides fast and easy volume control while the adjustable, noise filtering microphone ensures high quality audio clarity. The Razer Carcharias is fully geared and ready to plug-and-play.

The Razer Carcharias, Model Number RZ04-00270100-R3U1, is a circumaural gaming audio headset designed for extended hours of gameplay with superior gaming audio, clarity and bass. The Razer Carcharias is a complete and comfortable gaming communications package that gamers can wear for hours on end. Courtesy of Razer USA

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Carcharias Specifications

Headphones

  • Frequency Response: 20 - 20,000 Hz
  • Impedance: 32 Ω at 1kHz
  • Sensitivity (@1kHz, 1V/Pa): 102 dB ± 4dB at 1 kHzMax
  • Input Power: 200 mW
  • Drivers: 40 mm, with neodymium Magnets
  • Inner Ear Cup Diameter: 50 mm / 1.97"
  • Cable Length: 3 m / 9.84 ft
  • Approximate Weight: 225 g / 0.5 lbs

Microphone

  • Frequency Response: 50 - 16,000 Hz
  • Sensitivity( @1kHz, 1V/Pa): -37 dB ± 4dB
  • Signal-to-Noise Ratio: 50 dB
  • Pick-up pattern: Unidirectional
  • Cable: 3 meters, Braided Fiber Sheath
  • Connector: 3.5 mm jack (headphone and mic)



 

Comments 

 
# Removeable EarpadsBruce 2012-09-19 20:32
Just wondering how easy it is to remove and replace the earpads. They tend to wear out on me, and I end up replacing them a couple times before I'm tempted by a new set of phones.... {%^D
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# Removeable EarpadsAmi Young 2012-09-20 04:53
They remove and replace fairly easily, but they won't just slide off and on. Requires a little fiddling. The earpads on that seem fairly durable as well.
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# Longevity/UseSteven Moeller 2012-10-04 14:53
I've heard extremely good things about RAZER hardware, about function and precision and that sort of thing, and I've heard extremely bad things about RAZER longevity, and for every product type, as well. The only conclusive thing I've determined, from both those that like their products, and those that don't, is that they never seem to last long. Some of the worst PC hardware horror stories I've heard have been about RAZER products, including one about a NAGA coming apart in my friends hands as he played. This guy treated his hardware more gently than his toddler. I'm left wondering if this is a quality control issue? What are your thoughts, Ami?
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# Longevity/UseAmi Young 2012-10-06 07:30
So far, they seem to have held up well. I'm not a very gentle person with my hardware, and they've put up with my abuse. I wear them around 8 hours a day, every day, and nothing's been shaky on them. I've heard of experiences with Razer products in the past, but so far, so good for me. They've been dropped and pulled off my head semi-violently (I stood on the cord), and nothing's moving in the connections and the headset itself is showing no damage.
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# Longevity/UseLuke 2012-11-14 17:55
I'm thinking about buying this headset because I really like razer products. I use a DeathAdder 3.5G and it looks very sturdy, not just like it's going to break soon. Considering that the Genius gaming mouse I had before (yea, Genius is bull#) broke in less than one year in my hands, this Razer mouse is doing pretty well.
I'd say that, if the headset is as good as the DeathAdder, I'll have no regrets.
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# RE: Longevity/UseAmi Young 2012-11-14 18:09
So far, so good. I've had it for a couple months, still find it comfortable and I've pitched it at the floor in a fit of MMO rage a few times.
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# RE: RE: Longevity/UseJacob 2012-12-27 22:48
I have had the same experience as Ami. The only downside to them I found what that the microphone is not resistant to dogs and the connecter is bent really easy when the cat knocks your laptop off the counter onto the connecter that's in the computer. Other than that there is no microphone and I have to fiddle the connecter, they still work amazingly well.
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# RE: Longevity/UseLasse Hauberg 2012-11-29 07:01
I've been having a these for almost 3 years now, and i'm only just starting to think of replacing them. They have never bailed out on me, nor has the quality ever dropped in them.
I can only recommend them.
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