|Razer Carcharias Gaming Headset|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Audio|
|Written by Ami Young|
|Tuesday, 18 September 2012|
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Testing & Results
Razer designed this headset with comfort in mind, and it definitely delivers on that front. The Carcharias, which sells for $79.99 (Newegg) offers many comfort-added perks, as well as some other bells and whistles. In this section, I'll inspect those features and offer my take on how they perform.
As many gamers know, frequently you wear your headset more than just about anything. I'm a fairly hardcore gamer, and frequently log 8 hours or more in EVE Online. Carcharias is light, and doesn't pressure the top of my head at all. I have an admittedly large head, and am sensitive to pinching, and I wear this headset almost as small as it will go. The 3 ¾ inch foam earpads were large, and very comfortable, even after hours of continuous wear. The covers allowed the cups to breathe and I had no perspiration issues. They are effective at canceling outside noise, however, they do let outside noise in a bit. I was very pleased with how the earpads sat on my ears, as I wear glasses and frequently find that headsets pinch my glasses into my head. I have not run into that issue with this headset. The microphone boom is adjustable, and it's easy to find the perfect position for the microphone.
Carcharias uses 40 mm (1.6 in) drivers, which means there's a decently large range of frequency response available. Razer specifications indicate a low 20Hz bass and high 20,000Hz, and it delivers. I would have like to have a bit more from the bass at the lower end, but I believe that's more of a personal preference than an issue with the headset, ad it performed well at all ranges. Solid ranges, and not bad performance with music. According to Razer specs, the Carcharias offers a sensitivity of 102 dB (@1kHz), although most users won't raise the volume beyond 70 dB. The microphone has decent characteristics, with a range of 50-16,000Hz and a Signal-to-Noise ratio of 50 dB. Designed for an analog connection, the Carcharias is compatible with any 3.5 mm audio jack, which is still standard on modern motherboards.
The Carcharias is a very comfortable headset, without too many unnecessary bells and whistles. There are many different types of headsets out there, and this one probably would be best described as midrange in price. The inline volume control is standard on most headsets, as well as the microphone mute. The main selling point to me personally is that the headset fits my head, and doesn't pinch my glasses, and yet still offers good sound quality.