We had the opportunity to listen to the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense, the flashy twin of the Razer Kraken V3. The mad scientist over at Razer HQ took the award-winning Razer Kraken V3 and gave it Haptic feedback….not as clumsy or random as the YouTube video where the guy adds a massive motor to his CS:GO, but more elegant haptics for a civilized age. Wellllll, unless you are as old as me and remembered Marvel’s Blade.
Yes, I fired up the old Bump mp3’s from way back when and had a head massage. Now, these weren’t the only song I listen to I even fired up some 90’s movies (can you say The Matrix?). The feedback on the Razen Kraken V3 HyperSense really makes you feel like you are in the movie or in the case of the Bloody rave scene (from Blade) in the club itself. For the rave music and heavy action scenes I used the max setting for HyperSense, however, when switched to the lowest setting the Kraken V3 HyperSense does give a new experience to even more mellow music, games and movies.
I followed the hectic music and movie scenes with some Lord of the Rings: The Hobbit music (didn’t have time for the full movie), Misty Mountains. Thanks to the 50mm TriForce (no not the TriForce from Zelda) titanium drivers and the THX Spatial sound you can hear every small detail. Add the HyperSense and you can feel the deep vibrating song, This was for me a great feature to use. I then fired up a very “The Great Fantasy Adventure Album” and used the “T-Rex!” and “CyberGenesis” tracks. You can actually feel the T-Rex stomping towards you and with Cybergenesis it was the same (no T-Rex but lots of lasers). A few of the other songs I played to have a broad feel for the sound quality and feedback ranged from Man-O-War’s The Warriors Prayer and Power of thy Sword to Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and Van Halen’s Panama and Hot for Teacher (especially the intro for Hot for Teacher). I always like to finish headphone tests with some John Williams. However there was one song that I was really curious to hear and that was “Leaving on a Jetplane” by Peter, Paul and Mary from their Album 1700. This version features a Double bass (upright bass), if you ever get the chance to listen to the song with the Kraken V3 HyperSense you will really love it.
Overall I was really pleased by the audio quality of the Razer Kraken V3 HyperSense and I could see why it is an award-winning headphone. Trough into the mix Razer’s HyperSense and you can really get an almost full sensory overload (maybe add this with VR). A bonus was that the headphones performed just as well on my work iMac (yes yes I am still PC based). However, you can not use HyperSense the whole time and your ears would need to get a break from using it extensively. You have the option to fine-tune the feedback in Razers Synapse software. This feature is would not be for everybody and could seem to some to be a bit of a gimmick. It is a bit more than the normal Kraken V3, coming in at about R2499 MSRP it might be too much for some gamers.
FREQUENCY RESPONSE 20 Hz – 20 kHz
IMPEDANCE 32 Ω (1 kHz)
SENSITIVITY 96 dBSPL / mW @ 1 KHz (HATS)
DRIVER SIZE – DIAMETERS (MM) 50 mm
NOISE CANCELLING Passive noise cancellation
CONNECTION TYPE USB-A
MICROPHONE STYLE Detachable HyperClear Cardioid
VIRTUAL SURROUND ENCODING THX Spatial Audio
OTHER CONTROLS Mic mute on / off toggle, Haptics Adjuster – Off, Low, Medium (Default), High